Striving To Put Right What Once Went Wrong
Release Date: August 24, 2016
While Superman is trying to stay alive and ahead of Doomsday, we see Wonder Woman, Lois and Jon watching our hero's progress from the Justice League Watchtower and I have to tell you for how angry I was that Superman sent Wonder Woman away to watch over his family, I love this part of the book because while I might just be reading too much into things, it really comes off to me that Wonder Woman is having a problem just standing still and watching Superman have the fight of his life because while this Clark might not be the one that she knew and loved, he still looks and acts just like him and it's killing her inside not being able to be side by side with him or just simply protecting him. It's a great moment and thankfully Lois comes to her goddamn senses and finally forces Wonder Woman to go and help Clark because he's having a hell of a time fighting Doomsday off when he finally gets him to his Fortress.
In the end, with Wonder Woman's added help and distraction, Superman is able to get his makeshift Phantom Zone Projector working and our fight is finally over....... Yeah, it's kind of anti-climactic for how long these two have been going at it, but I love that this Superman had a plan and I love that we got to re-explore Clark's wanna-be Fortress. With the beast gone and things feeling like old times between Superman and Wonder Woman.......... not in a sexy way, Superman heads back to Metropolis to go and have a word with Lex Luthor, where he pretty much says that he's thankful for what he did for the city, but he still doesn't trust him yet...... and the interaction is gold, especially since the people of Metropolis refer to Lex as Superman. If that wasn't enough for you, we also see that Mr. Oz not only wanted to see what this Superman would do when pitted against Doomsday, but that he also wanted the monster for himself as well and achieved this goal when he somehow super scienced his way into intercepting the Phantom Zone projection and catching Doomsday like he was some kind of Pokemon.
That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while on the surface this issue really appears to be more of the same of what we've already gotten, I don't know if it was because of the interactions between our characters, coupled with Lois' narrations throughout the issue and Superman and Lex having themselves a little non violent interaction at the end, but I found myself enjoying this issue more than I've enjoyed a lot of the previous ones. It also might be the callback to Superman: Lois and Clark with the inclusions of this Superman's Fortress, but whatever it was, I just found this issue feeling more connected to things than any of the others in this arc and I don't want to say that it's just because this is the conclusion, but even the fight between Superman and Doomsday felt more epic. The art was great, even though I was initially thrown off by it when I first opened this book, but it got better and better as it progressed and the colors were fantastic. Yeah, I might have been swept up by the hype that we're finally moving on and the rest of you out there just might say that I'm crazy because this was just too much like our previous issues....... and you might be right, but one thing I know for sure is, this issue really seemed to have more heart than we've seen in any other Action Comics issue since Rebirth began.
Bits and Pieces:
Our "Path To Doom" story comes to a close with this issue and while all the mysteries that we've been dealing with might not be revealed here, what we do have is a conclusion that seems to have a ton of heart, great character work and awesome looking art. Yeah, it's still a comic about Superman fighting Doomsday, but it seemed to work better here than it has previously and because of that when I finished this issue I had a smile on my face.......... I just would have liked a little more on the revelatory side of things.