Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Action Comics #968 Review and *SPOILERS*
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 23, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
What are you going to do Action Comics? You gonna give us some answers here or are you just going to continue to string us along like a bunch of chumps? Maybe chumps was a bit harsh, but goddamn are we being strung along here and the worst part is.......... I'm starting not to mind. Yeah, it's frustrating not knowing what's going on in this series, but between having the Smith (Kent) family throughout this series just reminding us how great they are and the thought of having Super Lex being a permanent fixture to this title, not to mention the stellar art every issue........ Well, I find myself not minding so much that I'm still in the dark about the majority of this run. Previously, we saw two Apokolipteans come to Earth to kill the annihilator of worlds before he actually has the chance to do all that annihilating...... You know, future stuff. Now it's up to Superman and Lex to face off against these two powerhouses....... or you know, death. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.
Our issue begins........... and really, spends the majority of it with a big ass fight between Superman and the Apokoliptean Zade and Lex against the Godslayer named L'Call. Superman goes toe to toe with Zade, even gives a superhero loving family the thrill and fright of their lives when the fight crashes down close to them, but that's the most we'll see of the effects of this fight in the city because the rest is pretty contained to our two good guys trying to get all the information they can from the bad guys.
Eventually, after Jon runs a truck into Zade, the fight between Superman and his foe ends and our heroes can move on to see if Lex is okay, but we find out that even with his Apokoliptean Superman suit, Lex is still vulnerable to the attacks of the Godslayer........... who has a weird ass move where he either just phases out, disappears or teleports completely....... or a combination of all three, but whatever he's doing, he's keeping Lex on his toes and it's only after Superman shows up that L'Call stops beating on Lex.
In the end, L'Call shows Superman the fate that awaits him if he allows Lex to live, but even with the possibility of this future, Superman refuses to let L'Call kill Lex, which moves the Godslayer's attention onto our Man of Steel. Thankfully, L'Call seems to be a man of honor...... or at least just not a monster because when Jon yells from another building for him to stop because that's his dad, L'Call let's our hero go and Zade and him take Lex and teleport away, leaving Superman with Lois and the human Clark, who's making an analogy between going back in time and killing Hitler before he rose to power to letting Lex die before he can possibly do something terrible in the future.......... and I don't know if Superman just thinks that this human Clark is a jerk or if he's genuinely rattled by this comparison.
That's it for this issue of Action Comics and right off the bat I want to tell you that I love the art in this issue. It seems that Tyler Kirkham never does me wrong and I just love him on this book. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of this issue because all that really happens is a big ass fight scene and I got all of that out of my system during the first arc of this series dealing with Doomsday. Yeah, this issue moves us to an interesting place, where Superman will have to go to Apokolips and save Lex Luthor, but it just wasn't that interesting of a way to get us there, especially since Superman was weakened and we never found out why besides for Lois jumping to conclusions about magic....... which may or may not be right, but I would have just liked to know. Like most things from this series and the Superman series, the thing that really made me happy here was the emotion from young Jon, who in one sentence gave this issue a ton of heart...... which may sound stupid to some, but I just love that little boy.
Bits and Pieces:
While this issue is pretty much just a big ass fight scene, there are some enjoyable moments along the way and some excellent art depicting it all. If you're like me though, you'll still be exhausted from all the fighting we got from Doomsday at the beginning of this series and feel that it's just a little overplayed here, while we're all waiting for answers to all the lingering mysteries left out there.