Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Action Comics #969 Review and *SPOILERS*

Two Weeks Till Retirement

Written By: Dan Jurgens 
Art By: Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 14, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While we may not be getting all the answers we want out of this Men of Steel story arc, we sure as hell found out what was up with "old red cap", who we saw in previous issues just hanging in the background, teleporting the Geneticron building away and then finally revealing himself to be an intergalactic bounty hunter of sorts, who goes around the galaxy and stops future threats.  This time around it seems that he's set his sights upon Lex Luthor, who from some fancy future seeing orbs believes that Lex is on the verge of becoming an even worse threat than Darkseid ever was.  Yeah, Superman has just been looking for a reason to hate Lex Luthor on this world, but even he can't let an innocent man be executed for crimes that he may never commit so now it's up to our Man of Steel to find where Lex Luthor and his kidnappers have gone so that he may save his once arch nemesis.  Let's jump into this issue and find out a little more about the Godslayer L'Call and maybe see how Superman is going to get to wherever they went.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with me realizing that I was totally wrong about L'Call and Zade being any sort of Apokolipteans because here we see them take Lex Luthor to some distant galaxy on a near dead planet called Mideesi, where through a flashback we find out is Zade and L'Call's........ well, not home, but place of business and as we find out here, they've been in the business of stopping future evil for a long ass time.  The thing is though, L'Call's had enough and wants to retire because he's just tired of killing even if it's for the greater good, but after Zade is persuaded by their mentor Ch'arr to talk L'Call into taking a look at the future one more time, L'Call is forced back into action by the evil that he sees Lex Luthor being capable of.  

Really, that's the majority of the issue.  We find out that L'Call's family and his people were slaughtered and that's how he got into the business of being the Universe's Godslayer and after Lex Luthor is killed, he can finally rest.............. Which sucks for L'Call because if I've learned anything from movies, it's that once you say two weeks till retirement, you're sure to die.  

In the end, Lex Luthor somehow persuades L'Call to do something that he's never done before or maybe it's because he's lost faith in the accuracy of the future telling orbs, but before executing Luthor, L'Call plans on holding a trial........ which seems insane to do for something that hasn't happened yet, but if Lex gets to live long enough for Superman to save him, I'll go with it.  As our issue closes, Superman has an epiphany about how to get to Lex and that's by going back to the Amazon, where the Geneticron building was transported to because he believes it was placed there to hide something and he finds that those two shattered pods we saw previously were actually some sort of device that allows him to teleport himself to Mideesi.......... Yeah, it's a bit hokey and I don't know why they'd be there if Zade and L'Call can just teleport, but until we get any further explanation I guess we'll just have to go with it.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while I've been complaining about the amount of fighting that this series has given us since Rebirth, I have to say that I missed a bit of that here simply because this issue was low key as hell with it's backstory to why L'Call wants to put a hurt on Lex.  There just wasn't much to it and ultimately, the way that Superman finally made it to the planet that L'Call, Zade and Lex are on just felt a little too convenient.  The art in this issue is amazing though and I'm still interested in this series, I just want some damn answers to all the lingering questions and maybe having an issue that's a medium between too much action and not enough because it really seems to be one or the other now.  

Bits and Pieces:

Not a lot goes down in this issue besides for getting a little background information about our Godslayer L'Call and what he's all about.  It's a tad disappointing that we can't find a happy medium between balls to the wall action and none at all, but we still get a book that's full of amazing art and even with my disappointments here, I still can't wait to read the next issue.


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