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Review: Action Comics #969

ac_cv969_dsAction Comics #969 continues the fantastic run by Dan Jurgens featuring Superman, Super Lex, Lois, another version of Clark Kent, Superboy, and so much more. This arc is dealing with two aliens who have claimed they are on Earth to stop Lex for not what he has done in the past, but what he will do in the future. The Slayer of Gods, L’Call has brought Lex to the planet of Nideesi in a distant galaxy. We learn a lot more about L’Call and Zade, and get a look into their motives, and a get very touching look at L’Call and his wife and daughter. This really makes the Godslayer, who seemed like a straight up villain before this moment, a deeper character. There is one scene in particular that explains why he stopped fighting Superman when Superboy begged him to in a previous issue. It really made that line that he uttered to Jon that much more powerful when we see how it tied to his own child.

Like all of the issues in Action Comics so far, the story flows really well. According to the Godslayer, L’Call and his associate, they say that spheres have shown them the future where Lex Luthor will replace the fallen Darkseid as his equal and bring the same horrors and genocide to many living beings. Lex argues that they cannot punish him for things he had not done, and we get the Minority Report and Civil War II type story where one side says you can’t police the future while another says if there is any chance at it coming true, you must prevent it at all costs. This is an interesting premise for Lex since he has been such a monster before, but he has been doing a lot of good these days as another version of Superman.

Of course Superman is about honor, even when it comes to Lex. He searches for the man who for a very long time spent every waking hour trying to destroy him, even against the other Clark Kent’s wishes. This issue doesn’t deal much with the other Clark, but they have been hinting at something with him for quite some time, and something just isn’t right with him. I cannot wait to find out what it is, or who he is, and although everything checks out that he is in fact Clark Kent, there’s obviously a bigger mystery there.

The art by Patrick Zircher has a nice classic feel to it, and is well done. I felt like I was reading an old school Superman story, and that is a great feeling to have. DC has done such a good job on this series, and while it is what Dan Jurgens is doing with the story, the art is a big part of that as well. Not only do Superman and Lex look great, but so do L’Call, and Zade. The colors by Arif Prianto are bright and work well contrasting with the deep inks.

Action Comics is one of my favorite DC Rebirth titles and the great issues just keep coming. I highly recommend this series to anyone, even if you aren’t a huge Superman fan. This book provides a ton of mystery, and great storytelling. I really like how while there are smaller arcs, they all tie into the bigger story and what is going on with Mr. Oz, Doomsday, Lex, Superman, and more. This series has the biggest legacy of any comic book. These creators are doing a great job living up to it.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Patrick Zircher Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Action Comics #961

AC_Cv961_dsWith his family’s safety hanging in the balance, Superman confronts Doomsday to finally bring the beast’s destructive rage to an end. To save his wife and son, Superman must overcome the monster that once killed him, or die trying!

There’s lots of punching action in Action Comics #961 which again focuses on the battle between Superman and Doomsday. Written by Dan Jurgens, the comic gives us just enough more than the two titans trading blows to keep it interesting.

The comic since it’s Rebirth relaunch and been building towards something with a mysterious figure watching on, and in this issue we get some movement as far as that as the battle between the Man of Steel and Doomsday actually gets somewhere. It’s the end of the comic, but that just sets up the next one hopefully being a bit of a change of pace.

But it’s the non-punching where Jurgens keeps things interesting. The focus on Superman protecting his family grounds the comic and gives it some emotional heft. Seeing his son wanting to help him adds a bit as well. Throw in Wonder Woman helping out and it all gets rather interesting and helps build a new dynamic between the two characters (that weirdly hasn’t played out in other series like Justice League). There’s also a focus on the aftermath and destruction of Metropolis that adds a lot to the series as well. Things clearly aren’t going back to normal and resetting once they’re off page.

The art by Stephen Segovia, with inks by Art Thibert and colors by Arif Prianto, is solid as usualy. The style enhances the themes that Jurgens is going for. More importantly the action is dynamic and the quieter moments between Superman and his family work well. Key moments are emphasized through the use of panels and there’s some good transition between the action and those moments that comes through in the art. This is just solid Superman art that reminds me a bit of the 90s (minus the mullet).

The Superman team continues to deliver action and excitement and has me interested in Superman for the first time in a very long time. Here’s looking forward to the next issue and see if some of the mystery is finally revealed.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Stephen Segovia Ink: Art Thibert Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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