Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Action Comics #971 SPOILER REVIEW

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Rob Leigh, Arif Prianto
Price: $2.99

The Verdict is Guilty

Still being a kid, Jon isn’t really trusted to stay home alone. Especially since last time he was alone he put a pizza still in the plastic inside the oven. A big mess, but no serious damage done. Either way Lois 2 decides to bring him along on her investigation; starting with Lois 1’s laptop in her old apartment. Back in Godslayer’s world Lex Luthor is facing certain doom. Lucky for Lex Superman is your all around good guy, and he can’t charge someone guilty without proof. Turning on Godslayer, Superman is ready to fight his and Lex’s way out of there. Seeing his chance Supes throws the mother box at Lex and tells him to get them out of there! L’Call being the slayer he is, somehow disrupts their boom tube with a single knife throw. Sending Supes and Lex to the middle of well I’m not quite sure where, but it doesn’t look like a good place to be.

To Infinity and Beyond

Lost in a dark jungle Supes powers are fading fast due to the red son that now inhabits the sky. With no super powers and a disabled mother box what in the world are they going to do? Two people stranded who already don’t like each other, it’s no surprise when they immediately start butting heads. Lex desperately tries to argue his innocence. The death of Kord and the budding relationship of him and the original Superman had him turn a new leaf. Sarcastic and rude comments obviously still remain. It’s hard to know what to believe. As history shows us, some people never change. So it’s no wonder new Supes is having a hard time believing Lex Luthor is now one of the good guys. With L’Call and Zade close on their tail Supes and Lex have to prepare for a fight. Back on Earth Lois is still deep into her research. Hopefully she’s looking into fake Clark Kent…because I want to know who he is! Nope of course not, she’s actually looking into the Geneticron building and its disappearance. Fake Clark or as I like to call him Flark, is only a second thought. Realizing what his mom is looking into, Jon reveals that he’s seen the missing building in the Amazon. When the doorbell rings Jon rushes to it hoping for some Chinese food, instead Flark is standing at the door. Oh no! Is the jig up?

The Confessional

This arc feels like it’s kind of dragging out a little bit. I mean it’s a good story but I think the readers are ready for some well deserved closure and conclusions. This issue does feel like it’s on the brink of delivering just that. At the same time opening new doors for even more confusing story lines. Is Lex actually a good guy now? Is Flark going to realize Lois isn’t really Lois? Will the Chinese food ever arrive? I guess we will have to wait to see. One thing that’s been a stand out is the art. I like the strong thick lines used to draw the characters, making them pop out on the pages. The colors aren’t so bright they are distracting and not so dim that you forget it’s a Superman book. The arc has been great, I’m just ready for an epic ending. I also I’m eager to see what issue 1000 has in store for us.

High Blessing: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

Ariel DuPey | NCR

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