Review: Action Comics #993

As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz’s true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only “hero” he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz’s story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn’t want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!

Fun and retro, that’s the best way to describe Action Comics #993 written by Dan Jurgens who also provides the pencils for the issue (with ink by Joe Prado and Cam Smith). Superman is off the try to figure out if Jor-El is really Mr. Oz and what he’s learned is true or not and that means heading to the past with the Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill. And Booster Gold shows up just too late to stop him because of course this isn’t going to go well.

Booster Gold has been absent during Rebirth so to see the character and his bit of fun introduced and in such a way is beyond welcome but Jurgens does it all in a way and style that feels like it’s a story that could have been written in the 80s or 90s and that includes the art in some ways too. That’s not a bad thing at all as the story is time travel crazy that only comics can deliver and it does in that “shocking” sort of way that you can tell Jurgens is in on it all and writing it a certain way on purpose.

The art helps with Jurgens taking the helm and a look that looks like DC of the past. That’s not a bad thing at all but Jurgens and others from his era have a different style than artists from the last decade. So, art wise, it looks more like the Superman comics I read growing up as a kid. The panel layouts and flow have more in common with those comics than those of today.

Story and art combine to create an experience that feels like a bit of a throwback in a good way. It’s turn your brain off fun that you want to see where it all goes from here. Experiencing this issue, I feel like I was my 10 year old self reading comics appreciating the shocking reveals and page turns. To get a comic to make you feel like that again is something that’s a bit special and is another example of why Jurgens’ run on Superman has been a highlight of the year.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Dan Jurgens Ink: Joe Prado, Cam Smith
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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