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Review: Action Comics #989
By Philip Schweier
Oct 11, 2017 - 4:17

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Writer(s): Dan Jurgens
Breakdowns: Dan Jurgens
Penciller(s): Viktor Bogdanovic
Inker(s): Viktor Bogdanovic, Trevor Scott
Colourist(s): Mike Spicer
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Nick Bradshaw, Brad Anderson; Neil Edwards, Jeromy Cox

Jor-El’s sales pitch on the deficiencies of the people of Earth continues. But when a gunman invades the Daily Planet, preaching the gospel according to Oz, it makes a reader wonder how much Jor-El has to do with creating the atmosphere of fear and chaos. But like any good grandfather, he is there when young Jonathan Kent needs him the most, while Super-Dad is half-way around the world, trying to stop a genocidal war.

I get “the needs of the many” philosophy, but I’m a bit selfish. My many come first, so I guess I’m projecting when I say that I’m disappointed in Superman not being on-site when the Planet goes into crisis mode.

The more of this storyline I read, the more I am convinced Jor-El is not who he claims to be. His world exploded, but he got better. Yeah, right. But who he truthfully is is anybody’s guess Mon-El? J’onn J’onzz? Superboy Prime? I expect it all to be revealed in an epic storyline that crosses over multiple titles, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by every DC artist who can spare a few pages.

However, the story is moving slower than I’d like, which is typical. I grew up in the age of Wolfman/Perez’s New Teen Titans, Now THERE was some dense storytelling, which I would like to see more of these days. But until those two legends can be harnessed into another ongoing series, I’ll have to content myself with back issues.

Rating: 5/10

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