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Book Review: Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3 Superman: 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 Tags: action-comics, dc-rebirth, superman

Book Review: Action Comics: Superman-The Oz Effect

Action Comics: Superman-The Oz Effect Action 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 Tags: action-comics, dc-rebirth, superman

Book Review: Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 5: Booster Shot

Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 5: Booster Shot Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 5: Booster Shot by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 993-999 of Action Comics as well as an action comics special.

It starts off with the story, "Booster Shoot" where in the aftermath of, "The Oz Effect," Superman has headed back in time to find out of if Jor-El really was Oz. Booster Gold heads back in time to stop him from messing up the timeline. Meanwhile, with Superman gone, Lois sets out to rescue her father from a prison in a dictatorship. This is a very good story. Jurgens' loves his six issue story arcs and this is one that doesn't feel padded with some great time travel work as well as some solid interactions between Sups and Booster Gold.

The next is "What Would Superman Do" and it's a nice one-shot in which Superman is examining his approach to dealing with criminals in the Phantom Zone as well as life in general, while Lois deals with relationship issues with her dad. This is a solid issue that really serves to provide character moments for the man of steel.

Finally, the last story begins with Lois receiving a call from someone who knows she's "Mrs. Superman." Suspicion falls on Lex Luthor who has turned on Superman, but not apparently to a life of crime. This one has some nice twists in it.

Overall, I liked this book as Jurgens brings his run on Action Comics to a very strong conclusion.



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Published on October 12, 2018 08:31 Tags: action-comics, dan-jurgens, dc-rebirth, superman

Book Review: Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A bit of a mixed review on this one.

Not a whole lot hapepns here to move the ongoing plots forward for Superman. We get some interesting character insights with Red Cloud and Marisol Leone continues to promises a lot of mystery and make some public moves. And Naomi shows up and is more interesting than in her own book.

The big problem is that Naomi kind of takes over this book and becomes a bit of a Mary Sue and has an outsized role in dealing with a threat Superman's had in the background for two volumes. That is just off.

Overall, a so-so volume.



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Published on April 04, 2021 22:54 Tags: action-comics, brian-michael-bendis, superman

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