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Review: Action Comics #990


By Philip Schweier
October 25, 2017 - 04:02

Superman is facing a world in chaos. Crime, terrorism, and overall insanity is running rampant. His Kryptonian father, Jor-El, seemingly survived the destruction of Krypton, has been preaching a philosophy that humankind is unworthy of their attention. Earth’s culture is far too brutal and hateful to be saved.

But when Superman learns that much of the chaos is instigated by followers of Oz – as Jor-El is known to them – he begins to acknowledge the man he calls Jor-El may be a fraud. And if he is Jor-El, he’s still a fraud.

But what happens when the Son of Steel, Jonathan, comes between the two of them? The idealistic eyes of a child may neuter Superman’s ability to prevent his “father” from rescuing the family from turmoil he himself has stoked.

As I said a few issues ago, it’s likely this story will run up to the landmark Action Comics #1,000. It moves a bit slower than I would like, but that’s an unfair assessment, as I have no idea what the next 10 issues will entail. My hope is that the creative team can remain in place for the duration of the story. I find it frustrating when artists step away mid-way through a storyline. I don’t fault them for it, I blame the editor. He should manage the workload, and provide the art staff with the resources they require.

Rating: 7/10

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