Thursday, 23 February 2017

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom Review (Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher)

It’s another Rebirth book - you know the drill by now. Sigh...

I guess it’s because Death of Superman was (is?) a big seller for DC but they’ve basically decided to rehash it anew for the first Action Comics Rebirth arc with the same author, Dan “Talentless Yet Somehow Still Working!” Jurgens. 

If you haven’t read the original - and I urge you not to - it was about Superman and possibly the stupidest, most one-note supervillain ever created, Doomsday, punching each other one issue after another until they stopped. Mind-numbing is the only way to describe that reading experience which is how I felt about this one too. 

At one point Doomsday targets Jon, Superman’s son, which is what the villain of the other Superman Rebirth book did - so that’s why Superman suddenly has a son: contrived weakness/instant plot! It’s already repetitive.

Positives, positives, let’s see… I’m interested to find out who the mysterious robed figure with the staff is - is he one of the Watchmen? Dude also mysteriously appeared at the end of Detective Comics. Maybe he’s got some part to play in an upcoming event book? I’m also intrigued with who “Clark Kent” actually is - in this book there’s Superman and there’s another dude calling himself Clark Kent and they’re two different people. The art is very solid too - Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham and Stephen Segovia have clearly put a lot of effort into their work. 

But it’s definitely not a good book. It’s full of stupid, uninteresting fighting that’s not going to make any new readers fall in love with Superman and will likely bore older readers who’ve seen it all before. This really is the most brainless comic. And while I want to find out who “Clark Kent” is, DC need fewer Supermen around and more good ideas instead. For the most part Action Comics Rebirth is stale, unimaginative drek - another disappointing Superman book.

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