Is there any reason to live anymore?
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Action Comics #870
by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Okay, I know I pretty much ragged on last issue for being really formulaic and un-creative, but this issue just kicked so much butt.
There were so many perfect moments here, and even though they're based on some really old concepts (power of humanity, emotion, blahblahblah), those concepts are never going to get tired so long as you believe in mankind.
There's almost no need to review Action Comics #870; I just need to roll the clip:
1. The power of love: it's Lois's love that gives Superman the power to break free of Brainiac's constraints. It's not his Kryptonian strength that makes him strong; it's the concept that makes us all human, Superman included.
And shucks, don't that just beat all?
2. Superman as a role model: You don't really see this every day, but this is one of the ways that Superman should be used -- to give ourselves strength, as Supergirl shows us.
3. Learning: We don't learn by bottling ourselves up and reading, in a case parallel to Brainy's.
Learning is an active process: we need to ask questions, we need to discuss about it (whatever it is. . .), we need to go out there and interact with the world around us. We learn about the world by being a part of it, not by separating ourselves from it.
In conclusion: if you didn't get these in singles but are interested in it, get it in trade, since that's ultimately how the singles were written. I've pretty much given the whole darn thing anyways, but whatever. This issue individually was probably the best though, because the arc probably could've been written in three issues, compressing the first four and then ending with this one.
If you had anything to say about these that I didn't cover (<-- VERY likely), feel free to speak up! I guess that'd be an example of active learning!