Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Action Comics #999 Review and *SPOILERS*

Superman Being Super

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We've only got this issue before our big #1000 comes out and you know what that means?  That's right, we're getting a one-shot here and from the looks of it, we're going to be getting some more General Sam Lane in this issue and hopefully that means that we can put the Kent Family all back together again by getting Lois and her father to reconcile their differences and with that, give Jon a grandfather who doesn't have a horrible one-eyed face.  Alright, let's jump into this issue and see what it's all about.

Explain It!;

Our issue begins with General Sam Lane paying the Kent's a visit so that he can get to know his grandson and to get reacquainted with his daughter, but right from the get go you know this isn't going to go well because immediately Sam Lane and Lois start arguing about why they stopped speaking to one another in the first place, which then turns into an argument about whether or not Superman should be trusted.  Don't worry though, even with Lois and Sam's not so grand reunion, this issue primarily seems to be Dan Jurgens writing a love letter to Superman about why he is the world's greatest superhero and how he'll always go that extra step in doing the right thing.

So Lois and Sam aside, we go into space to see Superman cutting an asteroid in half to deviate its path towards Earth, but also because he's looking for this rare crystal on the inside that supposedly becomes almost impervious when it's in Earth's atmosphere and it's this substance that Superman will use to try and rehabilitate Cyborg Superman because one thing he learned above all else in his travels through time with Booster Gold is that maybe the Phantom Zone isn't the best place to keep villains because like Zod and his family, it may just make them worse then when they began.  With that, Superman creates a cell in the Fortress of Solitude, using the crystal and then releases Cyborg Superman from the Zone.......... Yeah, there's some fighting at first...... and apparently the Oblivion Stone is something that is just meant to be completely forgotten because it isn't mentioned here and doesn't appear around Cyborg Superman's neck, but by the end, Superman explains that he wants to make a better life for Hank Henshaw and gives him one of his crystals from the font so that he can relive his best moments with his friends and family as a way to maintain his sanity in his isolation.

In the end, with Hank Henshaw put in his new quarters and kept entertained, Superman heads home, where he cuts Sam Lane off from storming out his apartment and we end Dan Jurgens run on this book by Clark Kent reuniting his wife and her father in a way that gets past all their petty bullshit and sits them down for dinner, looking and acting like one big happy family.

That's it for this issue of Action Comics and while the Superman elements in this book are kind of boring, what with having to retell Hank Henshaw's origins and what became of him after the Superman Revenge Squad arc, it was really nice to just see Superman doing the very best he can in order to be a better hero than he's been and to just go about things in a better way than his father did.  Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the recap in the Superman parts of the book....... or just the lack of any mention of the Oblivion Stone, the Lois and General Lane parts of the book were just things we've seen time and again about General Lane's distrust of Superman and it didn't do much for me here, but all in all, when everything came together the overall feel of the book I had was positive and it was a good sendoff for Dan Jurgens' run.  Not to mention, the art in this issue was really good as well.  

Bits and Pieces:

While there is extensive recap of things we've dealt with in this series and even from the last arc, this issue of Action Comics actually left me with "the feels" by the end of the book, as it was just a love letter to the character about why is he the world's greatest superhero. 



  1. And just as we're about to lose him on this title, Dan Jurgens turns in what feels like the most definitive character thesis for what Superman is and should be, that we've seen over his entire run on Action (imo of course).
    I raved about how good his Superman was back when he reintroduced the characters in the limited Lois and Clark run, and I've been more than a bit upset that the character got dumbed down when they jumped over to Action, but at last here's a last glimmer of the intelligent and experienced Superman that should have been running through this book for the past year.
    Better late than never I guess?
    I'm not bitter.
    Regardless, this was a fantastic issue!

    Rock on!

    1. Loved Lois and Clark book though the end fell apart, but I understand why. I feel the same way you do about this book with Super Sons coming up this week...we finally get a great issue right as it is cancelled.