Action Comics Rebirth 957 – 975

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Action Comics #957
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

Ok here we go this is Action Comics Rebirth…the real Superman that I grew up with returning to Action Comics in his own series again! Written by the great Dan Jurgens no less. In this issue, the Pre-Flashpoint Superman comes out of hiding after Lex Luthor tries to replace the New 52 Superman as Metropolis’s protector after the New 52 Superman’s death. And if that itself isn’t mystery enough…someone who looks just like Clark Kent is now working at the Daily Plaent! This was a good start. I do wish Jurgens was the artist though. And I don’t really care about seeing Doomsday again.

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Action Comics #958
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

This issue has Doomsday brawling with Superman most of the issue while Lex Luthor helped. It was not exciting…and Doomsday is almost never exciting. But the mystery of Mr. Oz and the strange Clark Kent are enough to keep me interested.

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Action Comics #959
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Tyler Kirkham

While this was more of Superman’s fight with Doomsday, I enjoyed this more which may have something to do with liking Kirkham’s art and Lois’s flashback to when Superman first fought Doomsday. It seems that the fake Clark Kent seems to actually think he is Clark Kent and that Superman sent him in to hiding? I don’t know but this is all very interesting.

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Action Comics #960
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Tyler Kirkham

Wonder Woman shows up to help Superman in this issue as he fights against Doomsday. Later, Doomsday goes after Jon Kent and Wonder Woman meets the pre-Flashpoint Lois “for the first time.” I put that in quotes because I still believe we are reading about the Pre-Flashpoint Earth with their memories erased and therefore this is the Same Wonder Woman from Pre-Flashpoint.  The one anomaly in this theory is the New 52 Superman and Lois who somehow were duplicates. Kirkham draws a sweet Wonder Woman.

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Action Comics #961
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

So Mr. Oz has a while army of people working for him? Apparently Mr. Oz is now capturing Doomsday like he did Red Robin over in Detective Comics. Hmmm. What was his motive? He seemed to be the one who let Doomsday out to begin with right? This was a good issue but I am glad this doomsday arc is going to end soon.

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Action Comics #962
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

Mr. Oz’s goona are killed by Doomsday and it is up to Superman to save the day and he does by trapping Doomsday in the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile, Mr. Oz intercepts and now has Doomsday imprisoned. Interesting. Who is Mr. Oz? Is he Ozymandias? Should I finally get around to reading Watchmen? I know. I know. I am a comic book fan but I am a fan of things that are in DC Continuity. Stories that are part of this great never-ending story of this universe and Watchmen was never part of that…till now maybe.

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Action Comics #963
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

It seems that this fake Clark Keny actually believes himself to be a Clark Kent who was never Superman. This issue focuses on him. Clark is apparently doing investigative journalism into a company called Geneticron and claims he went into hiding at Superman’s request. Pretty much nobody believes him until he passes a lie detector test. It was the best issue of this Rebith of Action Comics so far. Good art. Good mystery. No Doomsday.

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Action Comics #964
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

In this issue, Superman takes the strange new Clark Kent to the fortress of solitude where his machines not only confirm the man is human, but that he has real memories of being Clark Kent and growing up in Smallville. Also, it turns out Geneticron is behind Doomsday and then there entire building disappears.  Pretty crazy stuff as the Rebirth mystery only gets deeper… I rather enjoyed this issue.

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Action Comics #965
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

So the New 52 Lois has gone missing and the Post-Crisis Lois (the real Lois imo) has gone to replace her at the Daily Planet while at the same time investigating her dissapearance. This was a fantastic comic book. I love how Lois recognized some parts of the New 52 Lois’s life but not all. There were so many great moments. Steve Lombard still being a slimeball, the apartment number being the same as when this Lois was single in Metropolis. Very cool. And then the new Superwoman shows up who I know is Lana Lang. Can’t wait to read the next issue!

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Action Comics #966
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

In a sad scene, Lana the new Superwoman reveals to Superman and Lois that the New 52 Lois is dead. In a video, she asks our Lois to take over her life if she died. That is a woman who really does not want her loved ones to suffer, I can’t say I would have asked a doppelganger of me to do the same! I loved how there was a very awesome Pro-Working Mom message in this comic book, which is unfortunately a message we need more of in this Trump world we now live in.

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Action Comics #967
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Tyler Kirkham

In this comic book, Superman and his son discover the Genotech building in the Amazon. Meanwhile, Lois interviews Lex Luthor when they are both attacked. It was pretty good. I wonder who this Godslayer is?

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Action Comics #968
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Tyler Kirkham

The Godslayer is here to kill Lex Luthor who he believes will one day take over Apokolips and slay millions of worlds. One way we know that Clark Kent is not the real Clark Kent is he actually suggest letting Luthor die. Interesting. Jon Kent is kind of annoying in this but it was a good issue.

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Action Comics #969
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

Interesting. Godslayer believes Lex Luthor is to take Darkseid’s place. I hadn’t realized that Darkseid was dead because I did not read any of the New 52. It seems to me that Zircher really stepped up his game in this issue, which is good. Somehow Geneticron is also tied to all this. I can’t wait to see where this is all going.

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Action Comics #970
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patrick Zircher

We learn about Godslayer’s past as Superman tries to defend Lex Luthor from Godslayer and his people who have condemned him for actions that hasn’t happened yet. It was beautifully drawn but felt a little decompressed. Otherwise, good issue.

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Action Comics #971
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

In this issue, Superman and Lex are stranded on a world with a red sun, meaning that it is now Lex’s turn to defend Superman. It seems that Lex actually might be innocent in this DC Rebirth world after all? Or at least still innocent until later on in the timeline? That’s interesting. I mean I always thought of Lex as actually just jealous of Superman to the point of hatred but in this comic he says he genuinely respected the new 52 Superman. That is an interesting development.

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Action Comics #972
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Stephen Segovia

Lex Luthor and Superman decide to start fresh after they are finally able to convince Godslayer not to kill Lex when he looks into Superman’s future. I am interested as to what the final page means. What did Godslayer see? Is Lex truly good? This was a great issue. This mystery is fascinating for a continuity buff like myself.

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Action Comics #973
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by  Patch Zircher and Stephen Segovia

Ok things keep getting weirder and weirder with the fake Clark Kent as the security guard at his apartment building says he hasn’t seen Clark for weeks, meanwhile he asks our Lois out on a date, and Superwoman is nearly dying so Steel brings her to Superman for help. This was one awesome comic. I have to say that out of the two Super-books on the stands, this is by far the better of the two. Not that Tomasi’s Superman is bad…it just focuses way too much on Jon Kent for my taste.

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Action Comics #974
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Patch Zircher and Stephen Segovia

Hank Henshaw is trying to break into the Fortress of Solitude where a weirdo named Blanque is being held captive by Superman. Who is this guy? Meanwhile the creepy fake Clark proposes marriage to Lois! She rejects him and he seems to go psycho. This is getting soooo good!

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Action Comics #975
Written by Dan Jurgens and Paul Dini
Art by Doug Mahnke and Ian Churchill

This is Part 2 of the Superman: Reborn crossover that began here. The mystery behind who the fake Clark Kent is solved in this issue….its Mxyzptlk! I am a little underwhelmed. I have never really read a good Mxyzptlk story and I expected this to be more tied into Rebirth. But then I read the backup story by Paul Dini, and it sure is tied to Rebith and Mxyzptlk tells Jon Kent of how he was imprisoned by Mr. Oz. It was actually really amazing as it is revealed that Mxyzptlk is aware that it is all a comic book and is even aware that he has existed in other media with Superman such as the cartoon show! Ok I think I might be reading the first well done Mxyzptlk story in my lifetime of reading comics! I can’t wait to see what happens next. By the way, Churchill’s art in the backup is fantastic.

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