Review: Action Comics #960
Wonder Woman joins the fight, but even her added might can’t slow down Doomsday’s rampage! As Superman comes face-to-face with the woman who once loved him, the Man of Tomorrow must also wrestle with the reappearance of Clark Kent.
Action Comics has focused on the action as writer Dan Jurgens has quickly established his mark (again) on the Man of Steel. This issue continues the battle with Doomsday, but Wonder Woman has now entered the battlefield to help.
There’s some good and some bad. I’ll get the bad out of the way. This story, while not bad, feels like it’s being dragged out. There’s a decompression at work with the storytelling, but that’s expected when comics are shipping twice a month. But, Jurgens is actually taking advantage of that and making it work.
While the battle itself with Doomsday feels like it’s dragging a bit, what Jurgens does with the other characters is key and this issue is a prime example of that. The previous issues have really focused on Superman’s battle, but also how his wife and kid react to his battle. There’s a human emotion to that.
This issue does similar work by introducing Wonder Woman. While she has had a relationship with the deceased Superman, she hasn’t with this one, and this one is married. That’s all addressed as she’s introduced to his family and the interaction is dry, but mature in some ways. It makes sense for a logical character such as Wonder Woman, especially since she knows this isn’t the same Superman.
There is a question as to when this takes place compared to what we’ve seen in the other Superman comic with Batman and Wonder Woman coming to Clark about his son.
Artist Tyler Kirkham delivers with some fantastic art. There’s some iffy moments with Wonder Woman towards the beginning, but once the issue gets rolling with her, things look fantastic. Kirkham’s art helps with the pacing and matches the tense nature of the comic itself as Superman races to his family.
The series is solid so far. The story. The art. It all comes together for a great comic that feels like it’s worthy of the big screen in how much action and excitement there is. But Jurgens also realizes with all of that, it’s the characters relationships that really matters.
Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Tyler Kirkham
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read
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