Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Action Comics #994 Review and *SPOILERS*



Filling Time's Hole


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert, Trevor Scott, Johnny Desjardins, Joe Prado, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 27, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We're gonna get back in time...... and see how Superman has fucked up the time stream and made it so that Krypton has an alternate timeline in the days before its destruction.  Hopefully Booster Gold is able to lay some knowledge on our asses because since we found out that 10 years have been taken out of our heroes' history, plus five years of memory for the Titans team, not to mention all of the alternate futures and Hypertime that has been thrown our way lately........ time and time travel have been a bit of a headache for me because every damn explanation usually goes against another and that's only if it makes sense in the first place.  Hopefully, Action Comics comes through and we see some sort of decent explanation going on here...... don't hold your breath though.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Booster Gold and Superman fighting for their lives against soldiers of Krypton and after they eventually escape, things don't get much easier for them because General Zod sends out a squad of Eradicators to go after them.  While all this battling and escaping is going on, Booster Gold does his best to try to explain to Superman and Us what the hell is going on and apparently what we get is with time being manipulated the way it was when Krypton was destroyed (you know, when Jor-El was taken), it seems that time is trying to fill that void with whatever it can and we get this strange new world that doesn't make any sense and with Booster and Superman being in it, it's creating a solidifying effect on the timeline that will allow this new time stream to take over and just cause a bunch of nonsense for the rest of time itself.  So the plan is leaving and hoping that all of this can just be simply erased and that's what our heroes do.

While Booster and Superman are talking time travel, Lois Lane is getting information about her father, now that he's being held hostage by the people of Logamba, which only leads to her deciding that she's going to take matters into her own hands, which you'd expect from what we got the last issue and in the end, Booster forces Superman into the Time Sphere so that they can make like a tree and get the hell out of there, only to crash land in the 25th Century, where it looks like one of the Eradicators has followed them.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and it really sucks that we don't go anywhere with the idea of Superman getting to the bottom of who's manipulating time and even with us kind of dealing with it here, all we get is nonsensical time travel jargon and Superman coming off like a dick because he's willing to screw up time to get his answers, even though he never could from the new timeline he was at.  Overall, the art was good in this issue, but the story was lacking and that's really disappointing for the initial idea of what this arc was.  Hopefully, things pick up, but with us going back and forth with Lois saving her dad and now it looking like this will simply become about surviving an Eradicator story, I don't expect much.

Bits and Pieces:

If you want some time travel jargon that may or may not make sense to you....... Well, you'll get it here along with some fights from an alternate timeline and Lois talking about things we learned last issue.  With that nonsense though, the art looks good in this issue and there are some parts of this that seem at least interesting.  

6/10
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2 comments:

  1. Action Comics the book with great story ideas that never come to fruition , the move on to something new , while wrapping everything up poorly . I'm out after 1000, with the off chance of coming back after several arcs of positive word of mouth.

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  2. I decided too leave Action Comics too. (I will be getting no 1000 for sentimental reasons though). Rebirth might have had good intentions, but merging two Supermans was a clusterf.. of epic proportions. Nothing makes sense in the universe anymore and this arc was just digging a deeper hole when I gave up on it. The arc wasn't even in continuity when it started. It was ages ago that Superman's rocket was the only one to leave Krypton. Where is the editor? This arc is messing up the timeline even worse while breaking some of Superman's core values in the process, endangering the history of the world. If anyone else had been doing what Superman is doing right now he would be rightfully labelled a villain.

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