Review: Action Comics #957
Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrow’s newest protector: Lex Luthor. But it’s not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected — the new Clark Kent!
Superman has been a bit of a mess in the New 52, never quite clicking for me. The best Superman post New 52 and pre-Rebirth was the one reintroduced by writer Dan Jurgens that was in fact the previous Superman from the world before Flashpoint. It’s weird, very comic book like, but just roll with it.
The New 52 Superman is dead and in his place is now Lex Luthor acting as a superhero (or is he?) and Clark White, who must decide if he’ll reveal himself to the world. The answer to that question is an easy one. But watching this new Superman take flight in the new DC Universe is something awesome. This old/new Superman must reconcile this isn’t his world and things are different, and at the same time this old/new Superman is full of hope and good that’s been missing.
Jurgens nailed it with Superman in Superman: Lois and Clark and he’s continuing that here.
Artist Patrick Zircher is solid when it comes to the art. It just looks epic at times and the scenes each hit their emotional note. When Lex flies in, it feels grand. When Superman returns, the art and set up makes you hear the classic Superman theme. The design is great where things blend the old and the new, just like Jurgens’ storytelling. An example of which is Luthor’s armor which looks fresh, but also is a bit of an homage to his classic green armor. It’s not really a spoiler to say Doomsday shows up since he’s on the cover, and when folks see how he’s drawn, those that remember his original debut will be having flashbacks filled with glee.
In the first chapter of “Path to Doom” Jurgens and Zircher seems to be blending the old and the new together in a way that works and works really well. Action Comics #957 feels like a return to what Superman should be, and that’s super.
Written by: Dan Jurgens Art by: Patrick Zircher
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy
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