Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Action Comics #981 Review and *SPOILERS*

Fighting Blind

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Jack Herbert, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 14, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While we still haven't had the Revenge Squad in full effect, we seem to be getting towards that and the possible death of Superman because goddamn, how the hell could our Man of Steel possibly go up against Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, Blanque, Mongul, Metallo and now General Zod at the same time?  In our previous issue we saw our hero get on the trolley about at least Eradicator and tracked the villain to Belle Reve, which was being surrounded by the Black Vault at the time and it was only when Superman entered that he also found out that Cyborg Superman is still alive and kicking, but he didn't have a chance to put the big hurt on the cyber doppelganger because he was too busy losing his damn mind because of the affects of the Vault, which caused him to see his friends and family all zombified and telling Clark that it was his fault.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the Superman Revenge Squad will do now that they've got General Zod on the roster and how Superman will escape the Black Vault.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with more delusions about Superman's friends and family blaming them for their death, but eventually we get away from all of this and into our issue when the Black Vault implodes on itself from the events of this week's issue of Suicide Squad (which I haven't read yet) and Superman is out for the count for awhile, while Zod has himself a little talk with Cyborg Superman about who's in charge.  Yeah, Hank Henshaw lets Zod believe that he's in control of the situation and since Cyborg Superman can get Zod the Phantom Zone projector, Zod agrees to join his little squad for the long haul, especially if it means killing Superman in the process.  

Eventually, Superman comes to and finds Amanda Waller standing above him and it's at this point where things take an odd turn for our hero because on top of finding out that his troubles now include General Zod on top of the two villains he saw in the previous issue, now his super hearing is all wiggy to the point where an alarm going off is seriously hurting our hero.  Superman takes off in pursuit of the trio of baddies and after catching up with them........ he seriously gets his ass whooped hard, forcing him to run away from the fight so that he can figure out what's wrong with him.

In the end, we see that shit was more dire this issue than we previously realized because Superman's super hearing being messed up seems to be a side affect of him becoming blind from whatever the Black Vault did to him............ So yeah, a blind Superman in this book and a one legged Lois in the Superman title........ The Super Family isn't doing too hot boys and girls.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while it was fast as hell and padded some of the issue out with our hero having to have delusions about the people closest to him being all dead and judgy, this was still a decent issue that adds a new dilemma to our hero's chances of coming out of this whole Superman Revenge Squad thing in one piece.  I really dug Jack Herbert's art in this issue and was surprised by how much I liked it too because it doesn't fit the usual style of art that we get in this series and I usually fear change.  It was pleasant surprise though and while we didn't do much here besides get Zod on the team and make Superman blind, it was still a decent issue.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue moves fast as hell and doesn't get us much further than where we were in the previous issue, but it had enjoyable art and added a new dynamic to the story that doesn't bode well for our hero.  I liked this issue enough and had some fun with it, but in the long run I just wish we'd get more story each issue.


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