I re-read all of the Action Comics issues prior to the new one, #1004, and then read the new one.
I like this book quite a lot. It’s the best thing Bendis has written in quite some time, including his little mini-revival at Marvel in the last 5 years. He’s really adding layers to Metropolis, and building it out in a way he hasn’t done with a city since his Daredevil run—but he’s clearly building it around the Superman character and doing a cracking job, filling it with nice little details and playing on tropes from the Silver Age and Donner films. This new one is a Lois-Clark romance issue, but he breaks out every trick in the book to make it innovative, engrossing, and moving. He was doing some great stuff at Marvel a few years back, but it’s been a while since his creative juices were flowing like this.
I am also caught up on the “Witching Hour” story now. Sad to say I’m liking it less as it’s going on—as is the case with most comic events, it starts off very intriguing and then it’s just loud noises by the end. There is also the problem that, in my opinion, Alvaro Martínez Bueno (on JL Dark) is just a MUCH better artists than the others. His issues feel epic and incredible, while the others are merely passable. I like the story’s use of DC lore but I’m looking forward to the story being over and digging into the repercussions after.