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Written By: Dan Jurgens Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 9, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
If there's one thing I can say about Action Comics, it's that it remains consistent....... Only problem there is, it consistently throws mysteries at us and that's about it, without answering any questions before it moves on to a brand new mystery wrapped in an enigma folded into dumbfounded look on my face. I mean, we've got Mr. Oz going on, Doomsday making a reappearance, a human Clark Kent, the New 52 Lois Lane sending the Pre-Flashpoint Lois messages within dreams from beyond the grave and now two Apokolipteans who have come to Earth so that they can kill the destroyer of worlds. Yeah, it's a lot to grasp and hopefully we'll break that consistent mold that this series has taken and get some answers out of this arc........... but I won't hold my breath. Let's jump into this issue of Action Comics and find out who these Apokolipteans are after and why they think they need to kill him. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with a dark look at the future to come, where our heroes are dead and Apokoliptean parademons have overrun the world. We see this vision through those two Apokolipteans we saw at the end of the previous issue, Zade and ol' red cap, who we find out here is L'Call, the Godslayer. It seems these two want to stop the annihilator who brings about this future and ends up destroying countless worlds.......... and if you haven't guessed it already........ well, you probably haven't read the Darkseid War, but I'll let you in anyway, these two are talking about the God of Apokolips, Lex Luthor. While all of this is going on, Superman and Superboy have located the missing Geneticron building in the Amazon jungle, but why L'Call transported the building there........ or at all is still a mystery.
At the Daily Planet, we see that the Pre-Flashpoint Lois Lane has eased into her double's life quite nicely as she is about to interview Lex Luthor and we get a little dose of that human Clark Kent that's just hanging around as well, but we still don't get any clues about who or what he is, only that Lex called him in to work over the weekend to deliver some papers, but really it's all about him secretly monitoring his vitals while he's in Lex's office. It's all cloak and dagger on Lex's front, but not as much as I would have liked because things don't seem to be adding up to me because when Lois is interviewing Lex and taking a peak at his Superman armor, Lois asks if she can speak to his sister Lena and Lex just tells our intrepid reporter that she's not available at the moment............. but the thing that strikes me odd is that in the Superwoman book, which this issue tells us to check out to get the full story on Lena Luthor, it's stated that Lex made everyone think she was dead, while he kept her hidden in his lab for years so that he could try and find a cure to her disease.......... So I have no idea what's going on with the continuity here,.
In the end, the interview is cut short when Zade and L'Call make their attack on Lex and end up blowing a big ass hole in the side of the Daily Planet, almost killing Lois, but everything comes up Milhouse for her when the human Clark comes out of nowhere to save her....... which is pretty funny because she yells for Clark, but she just doesn't get the one she suspects. As our issue closes, the human Clark activates his signal watch to get Superman there and both our Supermen of this series have their hands full taking on these Apokolipteans.
That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while I do like that we're finally exploring what it means for Lex to be the God of Apokolips........ since we really haven't dealt with it since the Darkseid War, I'm still kind of pissed that we have all these dangling mysteries still looming over us with no real answers in sight. I'm mean, we see Geneticron here, but besides for the possibility that something else escaped along with Doomsday, we get nothing........ except more mysteries! With that though, I do love seeing Super-Lex and having all of the stories that we've previously touched on converge with this issue and I look forward to exploring Lex's part in the destruction of the world going forward. So yeah, if you don't mind the answers to all our questions being just out of reach and love some fantastic art, well you might be all about this issue, I know that I'm still hanging on for the explanation to all of this that just has to be right around the corner............ right?
Bits and Pieces:
While you won't get any real answers out of this issue to all the big questions we've had surrounding this series, what you will get is the beginning of a new story that really looks interesting.......and maybe the beginnings to some of those answers we so desperately want....... maybe. We've got great art though all the way through and all of our previous stories converging here, which gets me pretty excited.