Action Comics has quickly risen to the top of my read pile. I haven’t been this excited to read a Superman story in a very long time. What makes Action Comics stick out is that writer Dan Jurgens is packing each issue with so much mystery that you can’t wait to get your grubby hands on the next issue to see what’s…what. If you haven’t read Action Comics #957 stop everything that your doing right now (I don’t care if you are performing brain surgery) and go grab it, and this issue too, because Dan is weaving a great story that rivals some of his 90s Superman work.
The story in this issue gets ramped up because pre-Flashpoint Superman (who was killed by Doomsday before) is face-to-face with him again. This time around though Superman has the help of robotic-Superman looking Lex Luther. Surprisingly, SuperLex is coming across as a good guy as each issue progresses. The majority of this issue is a throw down between Superman (with the help of Lex) and Doomsday.
“In this corner, weighing in at 6,000 pounds, from underground, theeeeee Superman Slayer, DOOOOOMSDAY!”
“In the other corner, a farm-boy from the heart of Kansas, who has beaten the unbeatable villain known as DEATH, SUUUUUUPERMANNNNNN!”
Peppered throughout this issue is the strong relationship that Jon has with his dad and mom. In the last issue, we saw that Clark and Lois have taken the roles of Jonathan and Martha (MARTHA, why did you say that name?) Kent.
They have been raising Jon with as much love and direction as possible, but Jon is still dealing with the learning curve of when to use his powers or not. At one point, Jon, knowing that he has powers that can help his dad, looks like he’s about to fly off to help his dad.
At the end of the issue, Lex looks like he’s about to get crushed by Doomsday, watching on is that mystery figure from the last issue (Ozymandias?), and who Clark Kent really is…is still a mystery.
Patrick Zircher is still bringing his A game to this issue. I wish we would have gotten more than one splash page from him in this issue though because that’s where his work really shines. This issue is colored by Ulises Arreola and although not the same person who colored the last issue, I did not even notice. So, thumbs up to Ulises for keeping the look of the book in continuity.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Action Comics #958…drum roll…4 ½ out of 5 rotten brains.