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Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Path of Doom

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Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom is here, as a part of DC Comics: Rebirth!

Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrow's newest protector: Lex Luthor. But it's not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected -- the new Clark Kent! The two arch-enemies must put aside their differences and face the common threat of Doomsday, as Jimmy Olsen and the Planet staff try to uncover the truth: who is the man claiming to be Clark Kent?

Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) returns to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke) and Patrick Zircher (Green Arrow) for the next great Superman chapter in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom!

Collecting: Action Comics 957-962

128 pages, Paperback

First published February 17, 2017

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Dan Jurgens

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Dan Jurgens is an American comic book writer and artist. He is best known for creating the superhero Booster Gold, and for his lengthy runs on the Superman titles Adventures of Superman and Superman (vol. 2), particularly during The Death of Superman storyline. Other series he has been associated with include The Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1), Thor (vol. 2), Captain America (vol. 3), Justice League America, Metal Men, Teen Titans (vol. 2), Zero Hour, Tomb Raider: The Series, Aquaman (vol. 3), and the creator of DC Comics' imprint Tangent.

Jurgens' first professional comic work was for DC Comics on Warlord #63. He was hired due to a recommendation of Warlord-series creator Mike Grell who was deeply impressed by Jurgens' work after being shown his private portfolio at a convention. In 1984, Jurgens was the artist for the Sun Devils limited series (July 1984 - June 1985), with writers Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas. Jurgens would make his debut as a comic book writer with Sun Devils he began scripting from Conway's plots with #8 and fully took over the writing duties on the title with #10. In 1985, Jurgens created the character Booster Gold, who became a member of the Justice League. His first work on Superman was as penciller for Adventures of Superman Annual #1 (1987). In 1989, Jurgens began working full-time on the character when he took over the writing/pencilling of the monthly Adventures of Superman.

Dan Jurgens was the penciller of the 1990–1991 limited series Armageddon 2001 and co-created the hero Waverider with Archie Goodwin. In 1991 Jurgens assumed the writing/pencilling of the main Superman comic book, where he created a supporting hero named Agent Liberty. During his run on Superman, Dan created two major villains, Doomsday and the Cyborg. Doomsday was the main antagonist in the Death of Superman storyline. Jurgens wrote and drew Justice League America for about one year and in 1993 pencilled the Metal Men four-issue miniseries, which was a retcon of their origin story. Jurgens wrote and pencilled the 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover Zero Hour. He wrote and penciled layouts (with finished art by Brett Breeding) to the Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey miniseries, which was a follow-up to the successful Death of Superman storyline. In 1995 Jurgens and Italian artist Claudio Castellini worked on the highly publicized crossover Marvel vs DC. In the same year, he gave up the pencilling duties on Superman.

Jurgens scripted and provided layout art for the Superman vs. Aliens miniseries. The story was about a battle between Superman and the aliens created by H. R. Giger (a.k.a. the Xenomorphs), from the Alien film series. It was co-published by Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics in 1995.

In January 1996, Jurgens was writer and penciller of the new Spider-Man series, The Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1), at Marvel Comics. The title was initially conceived to be the flagship showcase for the new Ben Reilly Spider-Man (it replaced the Web of Spider-Man series). The initial seven issues (#0–6, January–July 1996) were written and pencilled by Jurgens. Jurgens pushed strongly for the restoration of Peter Parker as the true Spider-Man and plans were made to enact this soon, but Bob Harras, the new Editor-in-chief, demanded the story be deferred until after the Onslaught crossover. Jurgens had by this stage become disillusioned with the immense amount of group planning and constant changes of ideas and directions and took this as the last straw, resigning from the title. In a past interview several years after his Spider-Man run, Jurgens stated that he would like to have another chance on the character, since his run was with the Ben Reilly character during the Spider-Man Clone Saga, and not Peter Parker.

Jurgens had also written and pencilled Teen Titans (vol. 2) for its entire two year, 24 issue run. New Teen Titans co-creator George Pérez came on board on this incarnation of the Titans as inker for the se

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Profile Image for Anne.
3,918 reviews69.3k followers
July 29, 2017
While Superman is still my favorite Rebirth(ed?) character, the Action Comics storyline just didn't pull me in the same way the Superman title did. That's not to say this is awful, I just personally prefer Tomasi's stuff.


Ok. So this is (once again) a volume 1 that isn't a great starting point for newbies who haven't been following DC's Superman and/or Rebirth stuff closely. I mean, I read a lot of comics and there were several head-scratching moments for me in this sucker.
For example, Lex is evidently good now, and he's taken to flying around in a suit (ala Iron Man) bearing Superman's recognizable S on his chest to honor the memory of his fallen Justice League buddy.
Of course, the new/other/older Superman isn't going to stand for that.
{insert Big Battle for dominance of Metropolis here}


Without spoiling too much, the gist of the story is this:
You've got a volume long fight with Doomsday that (sadly) never really got my blood pumping. In the background, there's this mysterious figure in the shadows who is pulling strings and making muahahahaha sounds, while watching everything go down on a wall of TVs from his control room. And to add some spice, Clark shows up.
Yeah. Clark Kent, no powers. Nobody knows who the fuck he is, so I guess that's gonna be a somewhat fun mystery to find out about on down the road.
Last up, this thing puts the Power Couple storyline to bed with a team-up between Wonder Woman and Superman that allows Diana and Lois to hug it out.
Lois: I know my husband looks exactly like your dead boyfriend, but on my world we were BFFs!
WW: To tell the truth, I've been missing Steve so...ok, we're cool!

The transition was almost too smooth to be believable, but whatever. I was sick enough of the New52 Superman to just be happy that they were sweeping this under the rug and out of sight.


All in all, this wasn't bad. Not sure if I'm completely interested enough to keep reading, but I'm not sorry I took the time to find out what was happening in this volume.
Profile Image for Alejandro.
1,127 reviews3,551 followers
October 4, 2018
Doomsday's back!!!

This TPB edition collects "Action Comics" #957-962.

Creative Team:

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Illustrators: Patch Zircher, Tyler Kirkham & Stephen Segovia


Superman died in the "Rebirth Earth", and...

...he didn't come back from the dead.

However, there is another Superman...

...the one from before New52, who escapes from the destruction of his reality along with his wife and son: Lois Lane and Jon Kent.

They have been living low profile in the "Rebirth Earth", since there was a Superman there anyway, but now that one died, and Lex Luthor is taking his mantle as the "new Superman" of Metropolis (with a Mother Box-powered battle armor, wearing the S-Shield and the cape of the fallen man of steel)...

...Superman had enough and appear before public...

...just in time that a normal "Clark Kent" appeared too!

Before Superman and Lex Luthor could end their arguments of who would be the real protector of Metropolis...

...Doomsday rises!!!

Lois Lane is scared watching her husband battling Doomsday on TV, since she knows too well how ended when Superman tried to stop the killing monster, and she's unable to tell to his son, Jon, to avoid scare him too.

But even the combined power of Superman and Lex Luthor barely were containing Doomsday...

...it's good that Wonder Woman joined the fight!!!

Superman has the lethal experience of having dealt with Doomsday before, so he needs to apply a plan, but the problem is having enough time to avoid that Doomsday would destroy Metropolis...

...but also hunting down his son, Jon Kent!!!

Profile Image for Sam Quixote.
4,484 reviews12.8k followers
February 22, 2017
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.
Profile Image for Chad.
7,714 reviews867 followers
May 12, 2021
This could have been a lot better. The majority of the book was a great big, long, punchfest with Doomsday, as if we haven't seen this before. Doomsday is such a boring one note character and yet Jurgens continues to bring him back and milk him for all he's worth again and again. The book harkens back to the not very good 90's era when Jurgens was poorly writing Superman.

I did like that Lex Luthor has returned more powerful than ever and is trying to honor the previous Superman. I hope that continues instead of turning him back into a villain. I'm also curious at the return of Clark Kent and his untold story (and who he really is). The art is very good with Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, and Stephen Segovia sharing the art duties.
Profile Image for Bookwraiths.
698 reviews1,044 followers
October 16, 2017
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Okay, I really didn’t like the New 52 Superman. Sure, there were a few stories I read and thought were okay, but the main problem I had with the book was Clark Kent: the guy was a weak, emotional loser. At least, that is how I felt about him.

Well, DC jettisoned that New 52 Superman. In comes the Rebirth Superman, who just happens to be a Clark Kent from pre-Flashpoint where he is happily married with a growing son. This hero-in-hiding now stepping back into the limelight, taking up the Superman mantle again. And I have to admit really digging this new direction with Supes.

The story here starts off as the new Superman comes into conflict with Lex Luthor, who has turned good, built a super suit (envision a DC version of Iron Man armor), and taken to hero-ing across Metropolis with the familiar Superman “S” emblazoned across his chest. Naturally, the real Superman can’t let that slide, so a confrontation ensues. The big outcome of which is the appearance of a non-Superman Clark Kent!


Meanwhile, there is a shadowy figure lurking just off screen. This individual pulling strings, moving pieces across a game board for some unknown reason. It isn’t clear exactly who this person is or what endgame he/she is targeting, but no doubt, the mystery man/woman has something to do with Doomsday’s reappearance and his targeting of Supes’ son Jonathan.

The rest of the tale is a running fight between Doomsday and Superman. Rather ho-hum, but still okay for establishing this new Superman as a hero and family man as well as ending a few story threads from the New 52, specifically the Wonder Woman and Superman relationship.


What I really liked about this book was the return to the old Clark Kent I read about back in the 1990s. You know, the mature, dedicated hero who revealed his identity to Lois, got married, fought Doomsday to the death, came back to life, and all the rest. At heart, that Clark was a family man through and through. The guy who loved his parents, respected and loved his partner Lois yet expected that same respect and love to be returned. That Superman was the quiet leader where ever he went; a man who would follow others when needed but never was led around by the nose by anyone. That old Supes was a hero who derived his unwavering determination from his bonds of familial love and viewed every person on the planet as part of his extended family. He was a real hero, not a whiny manchild trying to act like a hero, and finally we have that Superman back, and I for one am overjoyed to finally see him again.

Equally as important here is Jurgen’s outstanding portrayal of the two people closest to Superman: Lois and their son Jonathan Kent. Both these key characters adding immensely to the dynamics of this new story direction.

Quite honestly, I disliked the New 52 Lois almost as much as I did Clark. Mainly this was because she was a pale reflection of the former strong, confident, but caring Lois I grew up reading about. You know, the pre-New 52 Lois who would stand toe-to-toe with any corrupt politician or super villain, but was secure enough within herself to be in a committed relationship with Clark and put that relationship and her family on equal footing with her own ambitions and desires. Well, now, that woman is back, and the fact she is also a dedicated mother only makes her that much more interesting.


As for Jonathan Kent, the son of Lois and Clark is a real revelation. This young man adding yet another dimension to the story, as he is an amazing mixture of both parents; a farm boy whom most readers will instantly likes, because he is just a normal child who finds himself dealing with his dad becoming a hero, coming to terms with his own powers materializing, and trying to process how all of this puts he and his mother in danger. And I hear he is even better in Super Sons, where his career as Superboy really takes off! (Bad pun, I know.)

Does my love for Clark, Lois, and Jon mean I adored every second of this book? Nope, it means that even though this book had some boring parts (The running Doomsday fight was predictable.), stupid parts (The Lois and Wonder Woman reconciliation was way too quick and easy.), and underdeveloped parts (The mystery villain was teased and not developed at all.) I can forgive all that due to Jurgens nailing the core characters and making me empathize with and like them. Quite honestly I’ll overlook a hell of a lot if I like someone, and after putting down this book, I know I like this family and want to read more about them.

For those who are interested in my thoughts on the art, all I can say is that I really liked it. Tyler Kirkman, Patrick Zircher and all the rest of the team bringing their A game to this iconic character. Definitely, this was done in the current DC style, but that is fine by me since I adore what DC does these days.

To close, I thought this was a very good beginning to Superman’s new Rebirth era. Kudos goes to whomever at DC decided to return the Man of Steel to his glory days and focus on his family man persona. Love the potential with this going forward, will definitely be reading more of it.
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1,938 reviews158 followers
October 21, 2017
I was a little bit confused as to what exactly happened prior to this "rebirth" crap and am still a little lost. Apparently Superman is dead, Luthor is wearing a Superman style armor and helping people and Clark Kent is just Clark Kent. On top of this Doomsday makes a return-only to be fought by Luthor and a Superman from another dimension (though that's not explained). This Superman is married to a Lois and has a son named Jon. On top of which Clark Kent, a non-super version, is also running around. *shrug* I am not sure what's going on.

But that aside this was a nice read. The whole Doomsday vs Luthor\Superman\Wonder Woman was well done. It was a fun and enjoyable read and Tykler Kirkham's artwork is quite decent. Not a very complex plot- Doomsday is back and Superman, Wonder Woman and Luthor try to fight it. For what it is, it is a good story. There is much left unexplained, likely in later volumes, about what exactly is happening with all these Supermen but the story doesn't suffer from it.

Not much to say about this plot since it is rather simple. The complex stuff is happening in the background and isn't really explained. That's ok this is the first volume. I like Dan Jurgen's take on Superman and enjoyed this story. I like this Rebirth title so far.
Profile Image for James DeSantis.
Author 19 books1,123 followers
October 27, 2016
You know what? I actually really enjoyed this.

Don't get me wrong. It's just one really long fight but goddamn it, the fight is glorious. Doomsday arrives and now Superman, Lex, and Clark Kent have to stop him. Yes, you read that right. Do you not understand? It's okay, neither do we even by the end.

Superman of the old is now in the New52 universe and things are starting to piece together. He knows his responabilities. His family comes first but he must protect the people, and with Lex on his side (or so we hope) and Wonder Women as well they all go into a huge brawl with the big bad doomsday.

I thought this was perfect comic for Dan. He's not the best writer around but he's solid and gives us some great fighting moments. We also get some true inspirational moments we all love to see from Superman. And Jon is the cutest fucking superpowered kid ever, just saying.

There's a lot of mystery in this series, and the series itself is balls to the walls insane, but I actually enjoyed that. Especially after most of new 52 action comics being a large pile of dog shit mixed with garbage. So sign me up, this one was a ton of fun. Will read more!
Profile Image for Subham.
2,558 reviews59 followers
June 21, 2021
Probably one of the best Superman stories ever!

Superman is back!

The new Superman after seeing Luthor and what he knows about from his world goes to stop him after Luthor dons the cape of New 52 Superman but then they get attacked by Doomsday and its a big fight but also a strange CK appears and so our guy Superman has to stop Doomsday, while protecting the people of Metropolis and find out the mystery of this mysterious CK. Thankfully for him WW arrives on the scene and there is this amazing moment where they tea up to fight the monster and he asks her to save his family while he deals with him when suddenly some mysterious assailants appear and the story revolves on will clark be able to save his people and family and stop this monster? And with so many mysteries in the background its such a great story!

I remember reading it at the time it was so special as it fixed so many continuity issues and finally I like how here we have a man who is not of this world but fights for everyone regardless and meeting the monster who once killed him is shocking but he takes it on himself and fights him and to defeat him and save his family. That just is the essence of his character.

What I like about this story is its ability to take the complex continuity and make an interesting story out of it, show some insane team ups and also give so many great mystery villains and challenges for this Superman to come and the art throughout is so awesome, just perfect with the colors and each page a delight to read! Probably one of the best runs ever!
Profile Image for Nikki in Niagara.
3,866 reviews123 followers
February 22, 2017
This was awesome! I love it! Doomsday is the villain, and the art of him is fantastic. We are given a quick background story on him too, so newbies understand his power. Wonder Woman makes an appearance, and I always like her and Supe together. It's a great story I'm just not sure where it's taking place: our Earth or another one. They keep mentioning "this" world and "our" world. I've missed a bit of the story somewhere as I did read the trade where Superman "died" and we were introduced to the "other" Clark Kent, but there is something between it and this. It's pretty cool though We have this Kent/Superman with a family, Lex Luthor playing Superman since the real one is "dead", and interestingly enough there is also a human (non-Superman) Clark Kent, reporter. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Profile Image for Sesana.
5,186 reviews345 followers
February 16, 2017
The lesser of the Rebirth Superman series, in my opinion. I admit that Jurgens lost me almost immediately: Jimmy Olsen reacts with shock when Luthor mentions Superman's death, but over in the other Superman book, "original" Clark helped Lana steal the ashes of this universe's Superman from his elaborate memorial so he could be buried with Ma and Pa. So... is his death common knowledge or a state secret? I really don't know. It doesn't help that the entire book revolves around a tired smash 'em up of a story featuring Doomsday that doesn't really go anywhere or contribute anything. There's some attempt at introducing real story elements with Luthor trying to take on the mantle of Superman and an apparently entirely human Clark Kent showing up out of nowhere, but the only nods towards interesting storytelling are pushed to the back burner so Doomsday can get punched. This could have been so much better.
Profile Image for Steve.
962 reviews94 followers
February 8, 2017
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

This was a lot of fun, and a great way to "introduce" the new Superman, the new Lois Lane, their son, etc. Lots of surprises, too.

I really like the mysterious way ahead, lots of possibilities for the future here.
Profile Image for Chris Lemmerman.
Author 7 books94 followers
April 9, 2017
I'm on a Superman kick recently after reading Tomasi & Gleason's Superman, as well as the Superman Reborn crossover, so I thought I'd try the other Superman ongoing right now.

This is good fun, if a little samey. The plot is stretched thin across six issues, since it's just a glorified fight between Superman, Doomsday, Lex Luthor, and Wonder Woman, but it's pretty engaging even so. I do think reading it in trade is actually detrimental for a change, since every issue seems to open with the same opening monologue and repeats the same 'I'm not Superman!' dialogue from a few different characters.

As I said though, it's good fun. The visuals are superb from all involved, two issues each from Patrick Zircher, Stephen Segovia, and Tyler Kirkham, and you can really feel the weight of the punches and the destruction caused. Jurgens manages to slip the new/old Superman into the status quo of the Rebirth universe easily enough, and sets up some new mysteries along the way as well.

If it was two issues or so shorter it'd probably have a higher rating, but not bad at all.
Profile Image for Pat the Book Goblin .
423 reviews124 followers
January 30, 2019
Well that was a bit confusing. I think I accidentally went way too far ahead from where I was. I had finished volume 8 of the Superman Chronicles (1950s) and jumped to this. Imagine my surprise when I found out Superman DIES somewhere along the way and is rebattling Doomsday? Why is there a plain Clark Kent...a dead one...and another Superman who has married Lois and has a kid??????? Buuuuut anyway this story seems interesting and I’ll definitely finish it and the go way back and start from where I left off haha.
Profile Image for Shelby.
258 reviews
November 5, 2017
3 Stars
I enjoyed this book but it did not grab me as much as what the other comic books have. I liked the other version better than this one. It had amazing artwork that was put in this book. I liked the writing but I wish it was a little bit more better than what it was. I like how there was some action involved though. I wouldn't probably read this book again just because it wasn't my favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes superman comic books.
Profile Image for Koen.
811 reviews1 follower
August 23, 2017
So... frakking... strange... but I quite liked it still..

We're seeing all our favorite characters: Supes, Lex, Doomsday, WW, and Clark Kent .... Ok, seems to me I'm a bit lost .. again ...
Still I like the story being told here and although it's just basically a huge fight front to back, it kept me interested..
And I definitely want to know what the guy in the hoodie is planning! :D
Profile Image for Bookishrealm.
1,909 reviews4,796 followers
September 11, 2019
This was definitely a quick read but I think it was really confusing attempting to figure out why there were two Superman’s and I think that if I didn’t have prior knowledge about DC Universe I would have been completely lost. If this is supposed to be a jumping point new readers than I think that they could have done a better job where everything didn’t feel so disjointed. I thought the art was amazing and I loved seeing the dynamic between Wonder Woman and Lois Lane. I’m hoping that with the next volume we learn more about the complex relationship between the two Superman’s and the different worlds in which they thrived.
Profile Image for RG.
3,090 reviews
April 11, 2018
Wasnt great, wasnt bad just meh. One long graphic novel of Superman bashing doomsday.
Profile Image for Logan.
986 reviews33 followers
October 13, 2016
So I think Dan Jurgens is a cool guy; I can imagine he's the one who at the story board meetings contributes the most ideas, is the most enthusiastic etc, but when it comes to the finer details, he skips that part... This story can be described as a big block buster film with tons of action, but it ain't winning any Oscars! So the story is a simple, Superman vs Doomsday story, with annoying family elements added! The family element is Lois and Clarks Son, crying every time superman has to go out and be a hero; this is obviously because of what happened in The Death Of Superman Arc(Despite the fact Superman has fought and defeated Doomsday multiple times since then!!!) and their worried something is going to happen to him; I understand if they do it once in a very powerful scene, but when their showing it to you every five seconds, it gets old very quick, I mean thanks for the vote of confidence Lois and Son(I forget his name)! Despite that and the weak story, the artwork is top notch, and the fight scenes are well done, plus theirs a side story with Luthor that I liked! But overall its an enjoyable read, and not as bad as some people are saying it is!
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1,271 reviews45 followers
June 26, 2017
The Action Comics Rebirth is not a bad book, but rather middling. We see Lex Luthor come on the stage as the successor to the dead New 52 Superman, which causes the new (old?) Superman to come out of the woodwork to see what nefarious plot Luthor has up his sleeve. Yes, there is something fishy going on, but then Doomsday shows up and Superman, Lex, along with Wonder Woman and even Jon, have to find a way to defeat this notorious super-killer. (heh) Not a bad plot, but it goes on, and on, and on. Dragged out way to much for my tastes.

Jurgens does a good job with the dialog, etc., and it's nice to see his take on the Superman, Lois, and Jon family unit. He doesn't quite get it like Tomasi does over in Superman's own book, but it's not bad.

I don't care much for the art here, as these artists seem to be rather poor to be on such an important DC book. Body proportions are often skewed, and some of the fight scenes are poor. Faces aren't consistent. I think DC could find better artists than these. Ryan Sook's covers, though, are primo.

So not as good of a book as Superman, but still interesting enough.
Profile Image for Arturo.
366 reviews13 followers
October 31, 2016
2 issues a month, and Batman v Superman just coming out, could explain the length of this paper thin plot. It's a good start for new readers, I could see this being easier to digest to young readers instead of Death of Superman. Overall the art saves it from being a below average read. Fun and simple, bland and boring.
On another note, The mystery of Clark Kent was interesting.
Profile Image for Robert.
99 reviews
August 15, 2017
Well, the name "Action Comics" certainly is appropriate. I'd wager about 80%+ of this volume is fighting.

Which is kinda good, because it doesn't give Dan Jurgens time to dial up the cheese as much as he did in Superman: Lois and Clark.

Instead, (I don't remember pre-Flashpoint Superman being a "punch first, ask questions later" kind of guy, but, ya know, it wouldn't be a superhero comic with excessive punching.)

it's all kinda pointless. No one seems to really get hurt. And when they do, it lasts for a few panels, then they're back to 100% for more punching. Eventually, you know someone will figure out how to beat the big bad (with bigger punches, maybe?). Yawn.

Oh, and there's some omniscient dude watching everything. I'm sure that'll turn out to be something contrived and lame. Like this thing with a guy who says he's Clark Kent but not Superman. Creating interesting mysteries is always easier than resolving them in an interesting way and I have little faith in Jurgens to pull it off.

But in this volume, we didn't get to that. And despite the wall-to-wall action, it wasn't terrible. I'm torn between 2 stars and 3, but I guess I'll give it three because I didn't end up really disliking it, for some reason.

Son of Superman was definitely better. If you're only going to read one Superman Rebirth TP, I'd suggest that one. Unless you prefer "action" to character development, in which case I suppose someone might like this one better.
Profile Image for Murphy.
404 reviews1 follower
October 14, 2022
I loved the writing. Dan Jurgens has been a top-notch Superman writer for decades now, and he draws on iconic storylines for his plot here. Most of the art is mediocre, and Tyler Kirkham's pencils on a couple of these issues are utterly hideous. I don't really understand why DC insists on publishing weekly titles when this is the best product they can produce, art wise. Still, I liked it more on this re-read.
Profile Image for Eli.
697 reviews109 followers
July 27, 2018
3.5 stars

Spent a lot of time being confused, but it wasn’t a bad story. I thought my prolonged experience of reading New 52 Justice League to completion would let me understand Rebirth, but it hasn’t. I don’t know why these things are happening in this book. If anyone can explain, please help me out.
Profile Image for Kelen.
4 reviews4 followers
January 5, 2020
Ładne odwzorowanie akcyjniaków z eSem z lat 90. (nie ma się czego dziwić, biorąc pod uwagę, kto jest autorem scenariusza), początek ciekawej tajemnicy w klimacie, którego nie spodziewałbym się po komiksie z Supermanem.
Profile Image for TehBeast.
26 reviews2 followers
December 10, 2018
This was a good book. I have never been a superman superfan but i guess this was surprising to it pretty well. I Loved the drawings by Patch Zircher it was pretty cool, and Dan Jurgens’ writing was pretty aswell. I like the thinking included with Lois lane and how they added wonder woman in this book. Doomsday in a green like clothes kind of confused me at first but they i realized that they were restraining him. Good book, if your a fan of Superman and Lex luthor you should get this book.
Profile Image for Dave.
767 reviews
April 17, 2017
So DC is rebooting their universe again....after their run of "The New 52"...
I have to be honest and say I have read very little of the New 52...so I am a little lost here.
Near as I can tell, the Superman from the 80s-90s run is now in this version of the DC universe. He is just a tad older than the New 52 Superman(who always looked like Superboy to me) he is married to Lois Lane and has a young son.
The New 52 Superman is dead..
and Lex Luthor is flying around in a version of the Superman suit, proclaiming himself as the new protector of Metropolis.
This sets off the old/new Superman who rushes to confront Lex....right in time for Doomsday to pop up. The Doomsday who 'killed' this Superman for a bit...
Lots of action. Wonder Woman shows up acting like Gal Gadot....
Many questions are left unanswered...
I will try to keep up with the series....
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February 13, 2017
Now, this is how you write a Superman story. If it's Dan Jurgens who turns this ship around, so be it. This has everything: action, intrigue, friendship, family, love, and Superman showing mercy and not killing. It's a perfect story.
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