Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Action Comics #997 Review and *SPOILERS*

End Of The Line

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time for another Booster Shot as we continue this arc that has seen Superman travel to an alternate past of Krypton, the future of Gotham and now finally a decade into his own future on the planet Jekuul, where Zod and his family have made it into the New Krypton.  While that's been going on, Lois and Jon have been having their own adventure in saving Lois' father, General Sam Lane, who's been captured behind enemy lines and is facing a firing squad.  Hopefully, everyone in our Super Family can come through in their mission and get back home to where they belong.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Booster Gold and Superman taking on the Eradicator and Lor-Zod and while things are looking up for time traveling duo, it doesn't last long because an older General Zod and Ursa show up to take the advantage away from our heroes and after all of this time of not beating on a El....... Well, they're more than eager to shed a little blood.

While Booster and Superman are getting their butts whooped, Lois is getting into the prison holding her father and it's at this point that Superboy finally makes his presence known to her... and it's a good thing he does because if not, Lois would have been shot to hell and also, she wouldn't have been able to open the cell door holding her father.  Oh yeah, superpowers come in handy on a secret rescue mission.  Of course though, having to maintain Jon's super secret, Lois looks like a terrible mother in the eyes of her father for bringing a child into a war zone.

In the end, Booster Gold and Superman are strung up as the House of Zod torment our hero by telling him that they're going to use the time sphere to go back in time and kill Lois and Jon in all sorts of different and terrible ways.......... and it's at this point where the book just shocks the hell out of you because Skeets is destroyed, the House of Zod just start laying on the heat vision on Booster and Supes to where they're going to die and back in Logamba in our present, Lois, Jon and General Lane are seen escaping and shot down immediately.  That's right, we have a whole lot of death going on here.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while I haven't been a fan of the Lois bits of this story throughout this arc, I have to say that the the ending of this issue after all that setup was kind of worth it even though we're dealing with a time travel story, where you know the reset button can be pushed at any given time.  It was all kinds of doom and gloom at the end here for everyone involved and it really added an impact that hasn't been felt throughout any of the issues in this arc so far and for it I applaud because by the end of this issue my jaw actually dropped and now I need to know what happens next.  As for the art, I was saying last issue that I wasn't digging Brett Booth on this title even though him and this creative team are some of my favorite artists at DC, but I have to say that I actually found this issue to be way better than what we had previously and I was pleasantly surprised with what we got and actually look forward to them finishing off this arc........ which I don't know if that's the case or not, but at least if it is I can look forward to it.

Bits and Pieces:

Our Booster Shot arc continues here and where I felt that this story has been pretty mediocre, I have to say that this issue caught me by surprise with how many risks it's taking and how far it's willing to go.  Yeah, consequences really don't mean anything in a time travel story, but I really enjoyed what we got here and loved the art way more than I thought I would from what we got in the previous issue.


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