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Written By: Dan Jurgens Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: July 13, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Well, it's been a knock down drag out fight so far in Action Comics and even though I'm not someone who snubs their nose at a good fight, it seems that's all this series has really been so far, except of course throwing some big ass mysteries at us....... which is great and all, but I'm left yelling at the comic to start answering some goddamn questions, but instead it's Superman and Doomsday punching each other....... and I've read that one already. So yeah, Doomsday, Clark Kent showing up on the scene without any powers it seems and Mr. Oz being a big ass creep just watching the whole thing while probably touching himself....... Okay, now you're all caught up. Let's jump into this issue and see if Lex Luthor went and got his head popped like a grape, like it looked at the end of the previous issue and see if we get any answers about what the hell Clark Kent is doing........ you know, except being all mild mannered reporter about it. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with Lois recounting the time that her husband fought Doomsday previously..... and even though it's a little tedious because we already saw this in the previous issue, it is a little nice seeing it from Lois' perspective....... and then I don't give a shit about her perspective because I have to concede to Jim's thoughts on Lois being the worst mother in the previous issue because she goes and lets Jon watch his father get the second beating of a lifetime on TV. What the shit Lois? You trying to traumatize that little boy to the point of no return? Besides for Lois being a bad parent though, we do end up seeing Clark Kent go on about how he can't fly some more, but sadly this too just seems like a repeat from last issue, but don't worry things on the Clark Kent front do get better here.
Back to the battle, we see Superman begin taking on Doomsday again........ so Lex can keep his pretty bald head and all and yet again we hear more about his previous fight with Doomsday...... which might be nice for people who have never read The Death of Superman, but I have to think that it's getting a little old for them now too. Eventually after all that thinking about his previous fight with the monster, Superman comes to an epiphany about how he has to isolate the bruiser away from all the people and how he has to keep his distance too.......... you know, what with all the death and all last time........ of course you know, you've read like seven times. Things do get a little interesting here though because after Superman forces Doomsday into the sewers, Clark Kent goes and does the dumb shit by telling everyone to back off because they could fall in....... and then he goes and does just that and breaks his arm in the process. It's here that we get a little back and forth with Superman and Clark and apparently this Clark went into hiding months ago and somehow it was Superman's plan....... Yeah, this Superman doesn't know what the hell Clark is talking about, or even how he's there, but this is certainly an interesting development, which is immediately over when Superman gets Lex to fly Clark to safety and make sure that all the civilians in the area are safe.
In the end, Superman decides that heat vision is the best way to go at keeping Doomsday at bay, but for some reason Superman is dumb as shit and is totally taken by surprise when Doomsday grabs a gas line.......... and Boom! As the smoke clears on the street, Clark Kent looks on to see how Superman is doing after that explosion, but it seems that Clark is about to have a worse day than he's already having because as our issue closes, Doomsday is approaching him and that's not good for anyone.
That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while I do find this Clark Kent mystery intriguing as hell, I'm kind of mad that this issue for the most part was just a rehash of the previous issue because the previous issue seemed in a lot of ways to be a rehash of the issue before that........ shit really needs to start happening soon..... whether that be some answers from Clark Kent or Mr. Oz, either way I'll be happy, but I need something because the suspense is killing me here.... and that's probably where the strengths of this issue lie because while I desperately want to have these mysteries revealed, it's because of these mysteries that I keep reading........ you know, besides for the whole review thing. This series really needs to balance the action a bit though because it's just a little too much for something that for the most part we've already seen, but luckily, the art was fantastic in this issue and I always look forward to something that Tyler Kirkham brings us...... I'm a Kirkham groupie.
Bits and Pieces:
Action Comics continues to give us over the top action and while it looks great with Tyler Kirkham rocking the art, it's starting to become a "been there done that" situation because on top of this happening every issue....... we've already seen this for the most part in the Death of Superman. Even with that though, the mysteries of this series continue to intrigue even though the answers are being divvied out at a snails pace. Hopefully the action can be balanced out better in upcoming issues because I just want more out of this comic......... but not from the art, that's right where it should be.