Remember that time when Superman eerily peered into the house of Lois Lane using his x-ray vision in Superman Returns?
Remember slouching in your seat as the cringe-o-meter in your head started to go off while watching that scene? Ah yes, good times for sure. What does any of that have to do with Action Comic #957 you ask? Well, you see there are good ways of writing Superman, and there are bad ways of writing Superman. I prefer the good ways – the traditional ways.
After reading this issue I can say that Dan Jurgens knows how to write the Big Blue Dude. It doesn’t hurt that Dan’s story is being drawn by the amazingly talented Patrick Zircher, and colored by Tomeu Morey. From start to finish, the book showcased the talent of everyone involved. By far, it was one of the best Superman comics I have read in a long, long time. Action Comics is back on my pull list.
In this issue, Lex Luther tries to replace Superman as the protector of Metropolis due to the death of New 52 Supes (see Superman #52). What’s cool is that Lex is all suited up in some kind of robotic-Superman looking getup. He looks badass, and interestingly he’s wearing dead Superman’s cape.
After appearing to prevent a robbery (I say appearing because I’m suspicious that Lex didn’t have anything to do with it), the media swarms armored Lex who declares himself the new Superman. Let’s pause here for a moment. In order to understand what happens next I need to let you know that Pre-Flashpoint Superman from the world before the New 52 universe (the Superman that died at the hands of Doomsday and came back with a mullet) at some point in time came into the New 52 universe. He and Lois Lane have a son named Jon, and they have been hiding in the New 52 so that they don’t disturb the time-stream-continuum or for some kind of Back to the Future ethical reason.
Seeing the positive media attention Lex was getting, Superman changes his mind and decides to reveal himself…as Superman in front of Lex and the media. In doing so, a battle between Lex and Supes erupts. All the while, Lois and Jon are watching it unfold on television. By the end of the book we come to find out that the robbery was staged (possibly by some unknown person using mind-control) in order for the body of Doomsday to be stolen from a facility.
Layered throughout this story is the fact that Mr. OZ (from DC Universe Rebirth) is watching this all occur from a bunch of TV monitors. Now we know, after reading DC Universe Rebirth, that The Watchmen universe has somehow become a part of the New 52 Universe. Who else have we seen watching a lot of TV monitors before…that’s right Ozymandias.
Could it be him? Time will tell I guess.
By the end of the issue, Doomsday is ready to do battle with Lex and Superman, and Clark Kent shows up out of nowhere. Dan kept dropping bombs of mystery all throughout this issue because in a prior issue of Action Comics Lois told the world that Superman was Clark Kent. So how the hell can Kent be alive if he’s dead? I have no idea, but I want to find out.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Action Comics #957…drum roll…5 out of 5 rotten brains.