Action Comics #18 Preview: Morrison’s Final Issue

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superman comic bannerGrant Morrison will end his run on Action Comics this Wednesday with the release of issue #18. In Morrison’s final issue the Man of Steel will fight Vyndktvx, a being from the fifth dimension for the fate of all creation. Today the prolific comics scribe spoke with EW to look back on his run you could describe as nothing less than trippy.

Morrison touched on his finale issue and looked back at his run as a whole:

Everyone’s trying really hard to do the three-act structure, and write like movies, and do it by the book. You know what you can do in comics? You can do anything. So what I did was to have the impossible happen. There’s a bit in [Action Comics #18] when Superman comes to the audience and says: “If we do the impossible, the devil disappears.” And you go: What? How? Why? I put it in there because nowhere else — you couldn’t get away with it in TV, you couldn’t get away with it in movies. I wanted to show that comics can actually do the impossible.

Here’s a comic that would never get by a committee. This is true weirdness. I’m hoping it will be an actual experience for people. I want it to be almost psychedelic on that level. People should go check it out, because it’s Psychedelic Superman.

Andy Diggle will come in to take over writing duties for Action Comics next month. Morrison looks back at the entirity of Superman’s history and discusses where he thinks he’s left the last son of Krypton in comparison. He sees it as an amalgamation of sorts:

Hopefully he’s an amalgamation of past versions, to the point where a writer can play pretty much any story now. You can do the Messianic 2000s Superman, who’s a little bit whiny, a little bit mopey. You’ve also got a bit of the ’70s Macho Superman, or the 1930s’-style Brawler Superman, who doesn’t put up with any crap.

For me, the main thing that I wanted to bring back is that sense of Superman’s confidence, bordering on a kind of arrogance. We know he’s not arrogant, because he’s just Superman. I like the guy who just doesn’t stop. Even if you think you’ve beaten him, he figures out a way to stop the bad guy. That’s what he represents to me. As an idea in our heads, Superman’s just this unstoppable guy. As I think I may have said before, Batman fights death and Superman fights the impossible. Those are their ultimate antagonists.

The extra-sized issue hits comic book shops tomorrow, priced $3.99. The issue features art by Rags Morales and a beautiful cover from Paolo Rivera.

  •  You don’t dare miss Grant Morrison’s stunning, extra-sized final issue of ACTION COMICS!
  •  It’s no small battle as Superman fights to save all of creation in this epic!
  •  This issue is destined to be a milestone in The New 52!
  •  Plus: In the backup story, whatever happened to the men of tomorrow(s)?
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Source : EW