Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Action Comics #993 Review and *SPOILERS*

Krypton Saved?

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Dan Jurgens, Joe Prado, Cam Smith, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 13, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Superman's still reeling from the fact that Mr. Oz is his father Jor-El and because of that, he's determined to get to the bottom of how all of this is possible.  Too bad that our Man of Steel has decided that using the Cosmic Treadmill and going back to right before Krypton's destruction is the best way to do that because right as he left, Booster Gold showed up to stop him because whatever he was about to do was going to destroy the timeline as we knew it.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Booster can save the day and make sure that the world and our heroes keeps going the way we've always known it to.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Booster catching everyone up on what went down in the previous issue, before getting into a fight with the Flash, who showed up right as Booster was trying to figure out the coordinates that Superman went to.  So yeah, Flash doesn't like sharing his toys so obviously he's pissed, but ultimately, this is just page filler until Skeets activates the Watchtower's defenses against our Speedster, knocking him out so that Booster Gold can load the Cosmic Treadmill into his time sphere and track down the Man of Steel before he destroys time as we know it.

In Metropolis, Lombard is teaching Jon Kent all about Booster Gold because he's his biggest fan and this whole section of this just seems to be to catch people up on who Booster Gold is before Jon gets tired of hearing it and then eavesdrops on Perry and Lois, where we find out that General Lane was caught behind enemy lines and is set to be executed by the people of Logamba.

In the end, Superman is traveling through the time stream until he's hurled out by a chronal storm, that started showing him odd scenes that he didn't recognize and as our issue closes, Booster catches up with our Man of Steel as they both realize that this Krypton isn't right, since General Zod and Jor-El are working together and that they appear to be in a spaceport and if that wasn't enough, the two are spotted and Superman is without any of his powers.  Not a great time to not have powers after fucking up the timeline.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while I was really looking forward to this because it appears to be Superman getting to the bottom of whoever is messing around with time in the DCU, this issue just didn't do much to continue that story and actually spent more time to make sure that I knew who Booster Gold was and setup a story about General Lane being in trouble.  So yeah, not a lot of excitement going on there and by the time we get to the end and see that something intriguing as actually happened...... the issue is over.  The art in this issue is really good, but ultimately, the story was kind of boring and was a lot of filler just to get us to a cool cliffhanger.

Bits and Pieces:

While the story that we're dealing with in Action Comics seems really important, this installment to that arc really isn't........... you know, unless you want to know the basics about Booster Gold or see the set up for a Lois Lane story.  Besides that though, not much Superman or Krypton in this issue and that was pretty disappointing.  Thankfully, the art was decent though, I just wanted more out of the story at hand.


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