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Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3 by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Action Comics #967-972. Since Post-Crisis Superman has arrived in the New 52 Earth, one constant source of suspicion has been the New 52 Lex Luthor and his attempts to pick up the mantle of the fallen New 52 Superman. Superman is given a chance to be free of this concern when a psychic bounty hunter arrives to take Lex Luther in and execute him for crimes he's going to commit. However, Superman can't let that stand...or can he?

This is a good book that examines a serious moral quandry in the course of a comic book story arc and it's a good story. All of the characters' motivations and arguments are reasonable. You can understand all sides of the issue. More importantly, there's a bit of drama over what Superman will do, though not much. More cleverly, Jurgens ties this in to Superman's attitude towards Lex and leads to a satisfactory conclusion to this overall conflict that's been going on in Action Comics since the Post-crisis Superman took over.

The book also moves along the plot of the mysterious Clark Kent who isn't Superman but begins to make some discoveries about Lois. It's a nice deepening of the mystery.

The book ends with a nice splash page previewing the perils to come for the Man of Steel. Overall, this is probably the best Action Comics book since Rebirth and it shows strong forward momentum for the title.



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Published on August 02, 2017 21:59 • 75 views • Tags: action-comics, dc-rebirth, superman
Action Comics: Superman-The Oz EffectAction Comics: Superman-The Oz Effect by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issue 985-992 of Action Comics.

First up is the two-part story, "Only Human" written by guest writer Rob Williams finds terrorists using chips from Lex Luthor to encourage mayhem and Civil War. Superman suspects Luthor has gone back to his old ways, but Luthor denies knowledge and the two team up to sort things out. This is a nice look at the Lex-Superman relationship and leads into the main arch.

Issue 986-991 makes up the proper Oz Effect story where Oz is revealed and his agenda is to convince Superman that humanity can't be saved and to take care of himself and his family. This is a good emotional arc that gets to the core of Superman is. I think Jon is a bit flat here, but otherwise it's a strong arc that sets up Doomsday Clock.

Issue 992 has Superman working in after-math of the main story, leading to a fateful decision to take an extreme step that will set up the next story arc.

Overall, some decent comics with an interesting answer to the question of Mr. Oz, although it's all a tease for what is to come.



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Published on June 07, 2018 22:52 • 148 views • Tags: action-comics, dc-rebirth, superman

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Adam Graham
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