Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Action Comics #970 Review and *SPOILERS*

Throw The Book At Him!

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Patrick Zircher, Ulysses Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 28, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Superman has to save Lex Luthor?....... What?  Yeah, even though our Pre-Flashpoint Superman has spent his life fighting and despising Lex Luthor, now that our New 52/Rebirth version of the character has been taken by a intergalactic doomsayer bounty hunter, it's up to Superman to put all of his wariness about this version of his old foe aside so that he can be the Man of Steel we all know and love............. and maybe, get some answers about all the lingering questions that this series still has out there all willy nilly.  Yeah, I doubt we'll get any of that, but I like to stay optimistic.  So yeah, Lex Luthor was kidnapped by Zade and L'Call and brought back to their home planet of Mideesi so that he can face trial for the future crimes he will commit, that apparently consist of him becoming the next Darkseid and conquering the Universe.  Let's hope that Superman will be able to be a decent lawyer and prove that Lex isn't the man that even he made him out to be.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Superman getting teleported outside of the planet Mideesi, even though we saw him teleported onto the ground in the previous issue, but that's all nit picky nonsense so let's move on.  Anyway, Superman shows up and instantly breaks into Lex's cell and pulls the nullifier off of his armor so that they can more easily escape, but before that's possible, they're found by Zade and L'Call and the fight is on.  It's during this part of our story where we get a little more backstory on L'Call than we got in the previous issue because here we see that Darkseid invaded Mideesi and started murdering it's populace and taking the survivors to be converted into his army.  When L'Call's family was attacked, L'Call fought back, but when confronted with Darkseid himself, he begged for his family to be spared and in return he would serve the Dark Lord.  Yeah, things didn't really turn out too well for L'Call because Darkseid figured that L'Call would best serve as a warning to all who oppose him and murdered his family in font of the future Godslayer, sealing his fate to end the lives of future despots all over the Universe.

Even with L'Call's heartbreaking story, Superman still needs actual evidence of Lex's crimes and doesn't want to hear anymore of this future vision nonsense, but that's all our antagonists have besides for the fact that they found Lex's Mother Box and in their minds proving that with this tool he will most definitely become what they say he will.  It's funny though because throughout this issue, Superman holds strong with his convictions that he needs actual proof....... until Lex is found guilty by survivors of Darkseid's invasions and at the last minute, it seems that Superman is all about saying Lex is guilty because of him having a Mother Box.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and where I had problems with the previous issue because of how little we got out of L'Call's backstory since it seemed to be basic information that the reader could have gathered by what we already had, here it's explored in more detail and actually feels like it adds a lot to the story.  Besides that though, there isn't all that much more here than what we got previously.  Superman needs proof, fights L'Call, we see that Lex has a Mother Box, which isn't news to us and just because we need an interesting cliffhanger, Superman flip flops on his opinions of Lex.  Yeah, not much going on here, but even with that, there were things here that I really enjoyed and the biggest one of them is the excellent art by Patrick Zircher.  So yeah, even though Action Comics is still trudging along with only the smallest details thrown out at us, I still find myself enjoying this series and find myself optimistic about what will come next.

Bits and Pieces:

There really isn't much to this issue besides for an extended backstory on L'Call, but even with that, there's enough here to enjoy and have a good time with this book.  The art is fantastic as always and even though there's not a lot of progression here, I'm still intrigued about where this story is going.


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