Genesis 10:8-9: "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord." So basically, Nimrod was such a mighty hunter before the Lord that people would gasp, "That's Nimrod the might hunter before the Lord!"
Good luck with that.
Look how young and idealistic young Superman is! He's going to change the world!
I bet Jason Todd would like those Hamsters!
Timewise, it looks like this comic takes place after he's secured the suit and emptied Brainiac's satellite but before the Justice League begin using the satellite as their headquarters because Supers is using it as his Fortress of Solitude. It also happens after Darkseid's invasion and before Supes meets with the Legion Members to stop the arms sale in Superman's brain. I don't know which Robin Batman is currently working with or if Diana is currently boinking Steve Trevor. This continuity stuff is hard to keep track of!
This is a very clever moment. Superman, the naive boy scout, casually mentions Batman's secret identity. He doesn't mean anything by it at all. He's just pointing out they have the resources to help the world. But Batman can't let it go. He has to regain the power by pointing out to Superman that he knows Supes' secret identity as well! This is characterization done elegantly.
Batman's rejoinder to Superman's plea.
And back to Superman.
People call Superman a boy scout but it's Batman who is always prepared.
Grant Morrison is one of those names. I might sound like Grant's grandmum extolling his every virtue, but this book is very well done. If it wasn't, I'd say so but I'd be perplexed because I know how good he can be. If I hadn't decided to read all of The New 52 and comment on it, you can be sure I'd be reading far less comics and they'd cross the spectrum of all the publishers. I'm currently reading Super Crooks and Hit Girl as well because Millar is worth reading. But I'm not blogging about those. I don't even have enough time to blog about the New 52. *sigh*
Back to the comic, Clark and Lois and Jimmy are messing about in Clark's apartment. Looks like Clark's trying to foist the hamsters on one of them. Clark is checking out Lois's scrapbook of Superman sightings while Jimmy checks out Clark's Smallville Yearbook.
Clark continues to point out many of these are years before Superman's "first" official sighting. So that's why Nimrod mentions 20 plus years of Superman sightings.
Meanwhile, some metahuman with a hoodie, cape, and mind control powers hitches a ride into Metropolis. He has a glowing jewel in his chest and he calls himself Adam. I don't know who he is since I doubt he's Stormwatch's or Shazam's Adam.
Lois continues to try and get Clark to come over to the Daily Planet while they head back from lunch. They notice a commotion in front of Clark's paper (or old paper? Not sure of the timeline again!) where a man is pushing his way through the crowd. Clark thinks he recognizes him from a story he did and runs toward him to see if he can help. Always with the helping!
And the exploding. Always with that too.
Later, in the hospital, Nimrod realizes his own arrogance in knowing that everything leaves a trail but forgetting that that includes himself as well. This time, the prey got the better of him. But the Little Man (Mxyzptlk?) has an offer for Nimrod.
Clark's friends and co-workers are telling tales about their recently deceased friend (remember? He blew up! I just mentioned that like thirty seconds ago!). Jimmy mentions how accident prone Clark was but those accidents always managed to save someone else from getting hurt! What a lucky guy!
Then Lois says some emotional stuff about what a good person was and how he made everyone around him better. And then they all leave the bar and wish Clark had been there to hear all the great praise. Lois thinks it would have surprised him because he was so humble. But *gasp* Superman was listening the whole time! And it touched him so much maybe he'll save Clark Kent in Issue #12! Also, Superman was wearing his t-shirt and jeans costume. Maybe he saves the Jim Lee Supersuit for Justice League during these early years.
Action Comics #10 Rating: +1 Ranking. I really enjoy comics like this where the big threat really isn't a big threat at all. But the reader gets a glimpse into various aspects of Superman's life here and they're all very well done. I know this is comics so the readers expect the big fisticuff issues but it's issues like these where the reader gets close to the main character so that the reader can care what happens during those big fisticuffs. Supergirl needs a few of these issues. She's already had plenty of getting her ass handed to her.
The back-up story was fairly standard cliche crap but it was written by Sholly Fisch. I don't really expect much out of the back-up stories even though they're costing me an extra dollar.