Comic Review: Action Comics #971 (DC Comics)

“Instead of having Superman as an ally, I have to protect him. The odds are not in our favor.” L’ycall and Zade alongside with their people have all come to […]

“Instead of having Superman as an ally, I have to protect him. The odds are not in our favor.”

L’ycall and Zade alongside with their people have all come to the conclusion that Lex Luthor should pay for his future crimes that may not ever come to fruition. Is Lex Luthor truly the Apokoliptian warlord that they are trying to implicate him to be? Will Superman no longer fight for Lex’s innocence and instead accept that may very well be his ultimate fate? Or will Lex Luthor prove once and for all, that his possible future nor his past, will not define what he will become today?

Dan Jurgens handle on Lex Luthor as a reformed do-better trying to convince Superman is entertaining. To see Lex hell bent on trying to prove that he is not what Superman thinks him to be in comparison to the world that Superman once came from.  It’s awesome to really see Lex Luthor really come into his own and make such progress and character development. It signifies that there nay be hope even for those that don’t seem to show signs of redeemability. This was a more centered issue on Lex and Superman coming to terms in where they stand with each other as symbolic figures and as unwilling allies. Everything in terms of their motivations and personalities are on point and it shows that Jurgens really kept on his toes as a writer, and never became outdated like others who came from the 90s.

The art by Segovia is consistently good, and seeing his Superman and Lex Luthor bicker with stone-jawed disagreement is visually appealing. The inks by Art Thirbert are strong and really builds good contrasts in Segovia’s art giving them much stronger form. Prianto’s colors are solid and serve its purpose, it may not always be vibrant, but it does an enjoyable job at not distracting the reader and avoids color mistakes which is always a great thing.

Rob Leigh handles the lettering exceptionally well and doesn’t deter the reader from actually viewing the illustrated pages.

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