Comic Review: Action Comics #968 (DC Comics)

“What If they’re right, Superman? What If Lex Luthor is a mass murderer in waiting?” The Men of Steel Arc continues as Both Superman and Lex Luthor both face off […]

“What If they’re right, Superman? What If Lex Luthor is a mass murderer in waiting?”

The Men of Steel Arc continues as Both Superman and Lex Luthor both face off against two power foes. These new adversaries : L’cal The Godslayer and Zade are hellbent on preventing an apocalyptic future that Luthor has yet to create. In the midst of the battle, Superboy (Jon), Lois and Clark (Doppelganger) are observing the conflict. But things aren’t as black and white as they seem, what will L’cal do to Luthor once he’s captured him? How will superman be able to stop L’cal? And what will the Clark doppelganger do with the newly discovered information pertaining Lois and her family?

   Dan Jurgens consistently keeps the pacing up to speed. It’s tight and the is as explosive and fun as Tyler Kirkham’s art. I like the way the characters were written in this issue, especially seeing this Clark Kent doppelganger have a voice of his own. What I enjoyed a lot is seeing superman consciously disliking the idea of facing threats who provide no information or motivation. Jurgens writes superman in the best kind of way, which is that superman is as contemplative as he is reactive to the situations that he is in.

Kirkman’s art continues to improve and continues to shine especially in this issue. It’s kinetic, powerful and tight enough to move back and forth between the pages, not just for the story, but just to soak in all the visual information displayed. Every punch landed and every scene is displayed with an energetic scope. Kirkman’s art is able to translate a hybrid of the better years of the 90s comic art style (minus all the ridiculousness of the 90s) which is fantastic in its execution compared to other contemporary artists who are still trying to find their footing.  The rest of the team on this book have been doing a good job and give Action Comics the kind of title reputation it promotes.

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