Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The New Steel
Over on the Source Blog, DC has released some preview images of Steel's appearance in Action Comics #4. Here is the link: http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/12/05/steel-joins-dc-comics-the-new-52/
John Henry appears both in the main story by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales but also a back-up feature by writer Sholly Fisch and artist Brad Walker. The above image is from the Fisch/Walker feature.
I like the sort of stripped down, semi-low tech feel to this suit of armor. For some reason it reminds me of the Tin Man from the Oz books. And I am glad the hammer remains a part of the get-up. Looks like John Corben (playing the role of Metallo/Brainiac drone) is about to taste the pain.
There looks like there will be some good characterization as well, contrasting Irons with Luthor. That should be a nice wrinkle to Steel's origins.
The thing that strikes me though is Steel's place in the DCnU. If Superman is truly the DCnU's first super-hero to appear then Steel is it's second! That's pretty cool ... unless this isn't considered super-heroics.
As for the creative team on the back-up feature, I only know Fisch from the Johnny DC books (Super Friends and Brave and the Bold) that I read with the supergirls at home. I thought Fisch did a fine job there writing upbeat stories and expanding the DCU into those books. I'll be interested to see what he does in a more mainstream book.
And artist Brad Walker has drawn a lot of issues here and there. He penciled Supergirl #31, one of the last chapters in the underrated Kelley Puckett run. This was a pretty dramatic issue where Supergirl tries to convince Thomas' mother to try whatever she can to save her son. Here Supergirl recalls the chance her parents took in trying to save her, how that was risky and difficult, but showed the depth of their love. Walker did a really great job here.
With the addition of Steel to the DCnU, Team Superman is back to it's full roster. Let's hope they can all eventually get along and team up!