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Review: Action Comics #994


By Philip Schweier
December 27, 2017 - 04:13

Time is broken, but that was kind of obvious last issue when Superman witnessed his father in league with General Zod. Superman has journeyed back to the past, before Krypton’s destruction, in an effort to discover how/why Jor-El survived the catastrophe. Thankfully, Booster Gold followed him and is able to save his bacon from being fried by Krypton’s red sun.

But what this means for the future (our present) is yet to be determined. Has Superman somehow interfered with the proper timeline, a la the butterfly effect? Or was it damaged already and his efforts to repair it are doomed to failure? The story takes a surprising turn at the end of the chapter, as our two heroes manage to escape Krypton’s destruction, but don’t actually return home. Stay tuned, true believers.

It’s fun to see Booster Gold in action, from creator Dan Jurgens. He presents him as being a much more likable hero than I remember him being. This Booster is adequately concerned with the brand he has become, but not quite the self-involved egotist I took him for. He legitimately has heroic qualities, even if some of his “enhanced abilities” are little more than futuristic toys. It works for me.

The artwork in this issue is a bit of a challenge for me, though. Dan Jurgens provided pencils, which were then finished by no less than four inkers. The changing styles were a bit jarring, and I may have preferred one or two fewer artists involved. But I understand the nature of deadlines. Perhaps when DC returns to its monthly publishing schedule, we’ll see more stable art teams in place.

Rating: 8/10

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