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Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3, as a part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's action Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3, as a part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's actions justified? Will stopping Lex Luthor prevent catastrophe later? Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) continues his return 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 3! Collecting: Action Comics 967-972


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Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3, as a part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's action Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3, as a part of DC Universe: Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's actions justified? Will stopping Lex Luthor prevent catastrophe later? Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) continues his return 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 3! Collecting: Action Comics 967-972

30 review for Superman: Action Comics, Volume 3: Men of Steel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    The God killer has come to earth to kill Lex Luthor. He's had a vision where Lex has replaced Darkseid in the future. Supes and Lex team up to fight L-Call and Zane for 6 issues. There's also some minor plot with Lois and new Clark that gets left in the dust for the most part. The Good: This is the best volume Jurgens has written so far. He keeps the plot simple and it works well. I like good Lex and hope this version stays that way. I loved the interaction between Supes and Lex and why Superman The God killer has come to earth to kill Lex Luthor. He's had a vision where Lex has replaced Darkseid in the future. Supes and Lex team up to fight L-Call and Zane for 6 issues. There's also some minor plot with Lois and new Clark that gets left in the dust for the most part. The Good: This is the best volume Jurgens has written so far. He keeps the plot simple and it works well. I like good Lex and hope this version stays that way. I loved the interaction between Supes and Lex and why Superman has such a distrust of Lex. The three artists on the book have different styles, but are all talented. The Bad: Lois is pretty much filler in this volume. She and Jon hardly do anything. The Ugly: They better reveal Clark Kent's deal soon. I honestly don't really care and just want it over with. He's not in the least bit interesting. Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So the last volume of action comics was a little uneven for me. However, I enjoyed the first volume a lot (I know half and half for most people. Doomsday played out but I thought the fight was fun). So now we get a arc that focuses on Lex and Superman's trust in the man. The Godslayer is here and he has said Lex MUST DIE! Superman hears the reasoning of why Lex must die but will he agree to it? Well shit man, you gotta read to find out! What I liked: Something about Lex and Clark teaming up was So the last volume of action comics was a little uneven for me. However, I enjoyed the first volume a lot (I know half and half for most people. Doomsday played out but I thought the fight was fun). So now we get a arc that focuses on Lex and Superman's trust in the man. The Godslayer is here and he has said Lex MUST DIE! Superman hears the reasoning of why Lex must die but will he agree to it? Well shit man, you gotta read to find out! What I liked: Something about Lex and Clark teaming up was a ton of fun. Especially this Lex, who've I enjoyed. Smart as ever yet on the side of good. It's interesting to see him work together. I also enjoyed the art. Everything is so nice and easy to follow. On top of that the moments with the family is both fun and interesting. I thought Dan always got that right since Lois and Clark. What I didn't like: The other clark storyline needs to get moving quick. He's interesting, but they make him come across as creepy killer here almost and wondering if that's the path or not. They need to expose him! Overall this is another fun adventure into the world of Superman. If I'm to be honest Superman is Rebirth's best right now. Both Action Comics and Superman have been really really SOLID. I hope it continues this way!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books. I received a free copy of Superman: Action Comics Volume 3: Men Of Steel from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion. With this being the first time that I have been able to follow an storyline for more than a single volume, I have noticed the character development and how the overall storyline is going. I now have a better understanding of why the characters act as they do and am now starting to understand their motives. The art style was Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books. I received a free copy of Superman: Action Comics Volume 3: Men Of Steel from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion. With this being the first time that I have been able to follow an storyline for more than a single volume, I have noticed the character development and how the overall storyline is going. I now have a better understanding of why the characters act as they do and am now starting to understand their motives. The art style was very similar to the previous two volumes. The new characters seemed to be suited to the art style but both Superman and Lex Luthor did not seem to be the centre of attention in this volume (even though they should be). This seemed quite apparent in how each character was drawn, with me constantly being drawn to these new characters and not Superman and Lex Luthor. What really worked in this volume was the storyline. A lot was explained that furthered both Lex Luthor and this new Superman. The God Killer has deemed that Lex Luthor is dangerous enough in the future that to stop his future crimes, he is to be executed. Whilst Superman understand where the God Killer is coming from, he does not agree with punishing the victim before the crime. This volume seemed to delve into both Superman’s and Lex Luthor’s psyche and why they both do what they do. With this being the third volume, I would recommend that you read the first two too get a full understanding of the conflict that comes to heat in this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Superman and Lex Luthor team up to stop two creatures from another world who have seen the future - Lex is destined to become the new Darkseid, and so he must be stopped! This story screams 'written to fill out a trade,' which is a shame because the current DC trading schedules have meant that whatever story you want to tell, they'll make it fit. There's enough story here for three, maybe four issues, and instead it's dragged out into six as Lex, Superman, Zade, and L'Call go over and over the sa Superman and Lex Luthor team up to stop two creatures from another world who have seen the future - Lex is destined to become the new Darkseid, and so he must be stopped! This story screams 'written to fill out a trade,' which is a shame because the current DC trading schedules have meant that whatever story you want to tell, they'll make it fit. There's enough story here for three, maybe four issues, and instead it's dragged out into six as Lex, Superman, Zade, and L'Call go over and over the same arguments without offering any new perspectives until the ultimate conclusion in part 6, which is just frustrating. I was more interested in Lois and Jon back at the Planet than the intergalactic adventure that Superman and Lex were on by the end. The art is split between Tyler Kirkham, who's a lot more fast and loose with his pencilling, Patch Zircher whose very distinctive inking techniques are still my favourite on the book, and Stephen Segovia, who lands somewhere in the middle. They each pencil two consecutive issues each, which works for the three 'acts' of the story, since they're not that great of a match visually when their issues are set side-by-side. Too little, too long, for this one. Still fun, but in a mindless 'I can skim read this and get the whole story' kind of way. Go back to the shorter arcs, Action Comics - those are what you do best.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    3.5! A pleasant surprise! World: The art is mostly okay. It's very retro in it's colors and framing but I like it cause this is a Jurgens book and this Supes feels very classic and I like it. The world building here is interesting and it's moving full force forward with this New52 Luthor and it's a wonderful little bit of change. The pieces we see here are still a mystery and that makes this world interesting and I am enjoying this new Rebirth world. Story: I was very pleasantly surprised. It was 3.5! A pleasant surprise! World: The art is mostly okay. It's very retro in it's colors and framing but I like it cause this is a Jurgens book and this Supes feels very classic and I like it. The world building here is interesting and it's moving full force forward with this New52 Luthor and it's a wonderful little bit of change. The pieces we see here are still a mystery and that makes this world interesting and I am enjoying this new Rebirth world. Story: I was very pleasantly surprised. It was very classic in it's look at good and evil and the villain was very classic. The changes in the story and the world with Luthor was great, it made for good drama and good stories moving forward. L'Call was a good antagonist and the relationship between this Clark and Lex is fresh and new, feels like early Smallville. Characters: Clark is Clark and that's great, him working out his feelings with Lex is good and keeping his moral compass fixed is a good thing for the DCU. Lex is an interesting character, since the New52 he's become interesting and different, I want to see where they take this character and where he will (I assume) eventually end up. Lois and mystery Clark is also interesting and I am loving their story and their characterizations that set them apart from New52 counterparts. Very classic, very straight forward and very fun. Onward to the next book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Whoever figured out how to revamp Superman and his stories for DC Rebirth should be applauded. Both Action Comics and Superman titles are way better than they were during the New 52.... This Volume revolves around both men claiming the title of Superman (Lex Luthor and Pre-Flashpoint Clark Kent) and their encounter with "Godslayer", an alien from a future world beset upon by Darkseid and his army of Parademons. The twist is this: in his future, Lex has become Darkseid! Godslayer has been sent to k Whoever figured out how to revamp Superman and his stories for DC Rebirth should be applauded. Both Action Comics and Superman titles are way better than they were during the New 52.... This Volume revolves around both men claiming the title of Superman (Lex Luthor and Pre-Flashpoint Clark Kent) and their encounter with "Godslayer", an alien from a future world beset upon by Darkseid and his army of Parademons. The twist is this: in his future, Lex has become Darkseid! Godslayer has been sent to kill Lex and prevent this future tragedy. Much of the conflict here is internal and morality based, as Superman needs to save Lex, despite his acceptance that this potential future may be true. When they both end up on a world with a Red sun, Lex must return the favor and keep Superman safe. They ultimately end by calling a truce with each other and promising to not immediately assume the other did it for the future (we'll see if that lasts). The storyline with the other Clark still isn't resolved, but he does learn about Jon, being told that he is Lois' nephew, and all the drama is there still. I really hope this resolves soon. Overall, another excellent outing for Action Comics. Slowly approaching issue #1000.... high recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Men of Steel' by Dan Jurgens takes the issue of Lex Luthor acting heroic head on. When Superman died, Lex Luthor took on his role. With a powered suit, a boom tube that he acquired, and Superman's old cape, he was in business. The new Superman is suspicious. In his world, Lex is corrupt and evil. So when the God Killer shows up to kill Lex for something Lex will do in the future, Superman is understandably conflicted. He feels like his suspicions are justified, bu 'Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Men of Steel' by Dan Jurgens takes the issue of Lex Luthor acting heroic head on. When Superman died, Lex Luthor took on his role. With a powered suit, a boom tube that he acquired, and Superman's old cape, he was in business. The new Superman is suspicious. In his world, Lex is corrupt and evil. So when the God Killer shows up to kill Lex for something Lex will do in the future, Superman is understandably conflicted. He feels like his suspicions are justified, but can you condemn a man to death for something he hasn't done yet? This volume collects Action Comics 967-972, and it's a fight that spans just about that entire run. There are some subplots sprinkled throughout involving a missing building and a powerless Clark Kent and his interactions with Superman's wife, Lois Lane. Jon shows up as the eager young son who wants to help out. The art is pretty solid as are the covers. This graphic novel includes variant covers for the run. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    Really liking these Action Comics! no time to review.. must continue reading :) Just read the damn thing already ;)

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    A large improvement over the first two volumes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stabbing

    Read as single issue comics. Story line is still going strong.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Lex Luthor - "evil or misunderstood?" is the lazy 90's sitcom trope "will they or won't they kiss" blighted upon the comic landscape.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bram Ryckaert

    The story isn't anything special: Lex is hunted by two space-terminators who looked into the future and saw that Luthor could become the true successor to Darkseid and want to kill him. It's saved from pure mediocrity by the Lex/Superman dynamic, since Clark is reluctantly defending Lex and the two discover each other's qualities. What makes this arc more rewarding is having followed Luthor's story since Forever Evil, through Darkseid War and now AC Rebirth. It's a story that's been growing for The story isn't anything special: Lex is hunted by two space-terminators who looked into the future and saw that Luthor could become the true successor to Darkseid and want to kill him. It's saved from pure mediocrity by the Lex/Superman dynamic, since Clark is reluctantly defending Lex and the two discover each other's qualities. What makes this arc more rewarding is having followed Luthor's story since Forever Evil, through Darkseid War and now AC Rebirth. It's a story that's been growing for 5 years now and I like that Jurgens grabbed the torch Johns passed on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Very good comic book. A tons of action and interesting characters. The storyline is part of the Rebirth collection and is center on Superman and Luthor relation. I particularly like the «villain» that are not really, which I find very cool!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Superb. It is now official DC Comics has made Superman the must read for their line of comics. WhilePeter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason are telling more of family adventure story in the titled Superman series, Dan Jurgens is telling all of the big summer blockbuster Sci-fi stories in the Superman: Action Comics series. Action Comics just feels nostalgic but offers just a slight twist to make the book feel brand new. What makes this book tick is the emotional stakes and mystery hidden within the book. Superb. It is now official DC Comics has made Superman the must read for their line of comics. WhilePeter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason are telling more of family adventure story in the titled Superman series, Dan Jurgens is telling all of the big summer blockbuster Sci-fi stories in the Superman: Action Comics series. Action Comics just feels nostalgic but offers just a slight twist to make the book feel brand new. What makes this book tick is the emotional stakes and mystery hidden within the book. First, We have Superman but he is not really the superman of this earth. Then there is a mysterious Clark Kent running around in Metropolis which just not only confuses the main characters but the readers as well. In the third volume of series Superman has been investigating our Earth's version of Lex Luther. The Post-Flashpoint Superman is cautiously watching Lex to stop him from going down the dark path his Earth's Lex went down. This issue gets serious when two alien assassins show up at Lexcorp to kill Lex Luthor citing his involvement in a future crime that will kill millions. I could not help but feel that the plot to this book was DC Comics way of poking fun at Marvel's Civil War II. At any rate Superman faces a crisis of conscience as he must save Lex Luthor but in the process could he be endangering the future of millions. Jurgens tells a really well drawn story here. This is one good looking series and it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Dan Jurgens also writes a good Lex Luthor and the book really makes you question many notions about destiny and evil. This is a definite must read for all Superman fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A bit on the long side, as the main story featuring Superman and Lex Luthor could have been told in 2-3 issues instead of six. It got a bit repetitive, but Jurgens and company still keep it interesting enough. The Lois and Jon subplot, along with the mystery of the other Clark Kent, are the best parts of the book. Lois needs her own comic asap.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The art is good and so is the story in this graphic novel in which Superman's principles are put forward and tested in a way that I have not read in ages. I applaud Dan Jurgens for writing the character of Superman the way he's supposed to be written.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    ***** I received a digital ARC of this from Netgalley.com. With this 3rd volume, Superman: Action Comics continues to be one of the best Rebirth titles. Writer Dan Jurgens was the perfect choice to helm this series. Jurgens was one of the people behind the Death of Superman story back in the 1990's, and he keeps showing us that he's not out of great ideas for the character yet. This volume revolves a guy named L'Call, who refers to himself as the Godslayer, that is trying to kill Lex Luthor due t ***** I received a digital ARC of this from Netgalley.com. With this 3rd volume, Superman: Action Comics continues to be one of the best Rebirth titles. Writer Dan Jurgens was the perfect choice to helm this series. Jurgens was one of the people behind the Death of Superman story back in the 1990's, and he keeps showing us that he's not out of great ideas for the character yet. This volume revolves a guy named L'Call, who refers to himself as the Godslayer, that is trying to kill Lex Luthor due to visions he has seen of Lex's future. In these visions, Lex has become as much of a despot as Darkseid was. L'Call isn't alone in his quest to kill Lex. He brought his buddy Zade along. Zade releases pheromones that can weaken any enemy no matter what that enemy's strengths may be. For example, Lex was almost feeble minded around Zade because Lex's biggest strength is his mind. Superman is forced to come to Lex's rescue. He doesn't rust Lex, but there is no way he just stand by while L'Call executes Lex for something he hasn't even done yet. There are some nice action sequences in the book, but the main story element revolves around Superman coming to realize that the Lex of this world is not the same Lex he knew on his own world. During breaks in the story with Lex, Superman, and L'call, there is a subplot that focuses on Lois, Jon, and the non-powered Clark Kent. This is only slightly touched upon, but Jurgens gives the reader just enough to keep the plot in mind. I, for one, can't wait to see what's going on here. This has had me hooked since the beginning of the series. Jurgens delivers again. The writing for this one gets 4.5 stars. 3 artists cover 2 sequential issues each in the book. Tyler Kirkham illustrates the first 2 issues. Patch Zircher takes over for the next 2. Stephen Segovia wraps the book up. Kirkham and Zircher are very close in style and talent. The first 4 issues look great. The quality drops some for Segovia's issues. I wish that Zircher and Kirkham could handle the full load and just take Segovia out of the rotation, but Segovia's art isn't bad enough to detract that much from the overall quality of the book. The art gets 4 stars. Superman has never been a favorite character of mine and I've never read a lot of his monthly titles. Most of my comic related experience with the character has been in either team books or special stories like Superman: For All Seasons. Still, I love this series, and it has quickly become a favorite. This is definitely one of the must read Rebirth titles.

  18. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Again this book is a 2.5-3 star book - i.e. average in places with some moments which I really enjoyed. The central storyline revolves a pair of hunters after Lex Luthor for future crimes which he currently has not committed. It’s basically a rehash of the Minority Report premise with the ‘twist’ that Superman must decide if the actions of the Godslayer are justified or not. Of course they are not justified - as any sci-fi reader will tell you. The constant questioning of Superman of the ‘right Again this book is a 2.5-3 star book - i.e. average in places with some moments which I really enjoyed. The central storyline revolves a pair of hunters after Lex Luthor for future crimes which he currently has not committed. It’s basically a rehash of the Minority Report premise with the ‘twist’ that Superman must decide if the actions of the Godslayer are justified or not. Of course they are not justified - as any sci-fi reader will tell you. The constant questioning of Superman of the ‘right thing to do’ got dull. This part was probably the least interesting part of the story. If you’re not familiar with the future crime trope you might like this more than I did. On the plus side, the plot is easy to follow and is done in one volume. Miracle for DC! The rapprochement between Superman and Lex was generally more interesting - not significantly more as I am not convinced by Super Lex. I still think he is biding his time to turn evil again. Since I believe the comics will resort to the surprise trope again I am suspicious of this new avatar of Lex. Which is a shame, as this is the very thing that Lex and the comic are trying to rail against. If DC avoids the trope - even if they have to kill off Super Lex - then I will up this rating. The best part of the books - and the reason why I put this over into 3 star territory are the Super-family. Seeing Jon and Superman together and Lois work at the planet and have to juggle being a mom as well were the best parts for me. If you don't like the family dynamics you probably won’t like this. As an example, Jon commenting on the classic suit and Superman’s response ( "It wasnt “underwear”, Jon. It was part of the suit, a decorative element, all sewn together as one piece.” ) was great even though I agree with Jon. I also generally like the artwork in this one. Superman and Lois especially are really well drawn and very much in the classic frame. Human Clark is odd at times - wonder if that is deliberate. In the end I went three provisional stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    Superman returns in Volume 3 of the Action Comics Rebirth series and this time he's going head to head with the 'New Superman' Lex Luthor. In this alternative universe, Superman has entered a world where he is the new Superman, but he's not the new Clark Kent. Now married to Lois Lane and with their son, all three must deal with a Lex Luthor who has adapted the 'S' symbol and is using a new weapon that can manipulate matter. This new weapon catches the attention of a once peaceful planet turned wa Superman returns in Volume 3 of the Action Comics Rebirth series and this time he's going head to head with the 'New Superman' Lex Luthor. In this alternative universe, Superman has entered a world where he is the new Superman, but he's not the new Clark Kent. Now married to Lois Lane and with their son, all three must deal with a Lex Luthor who has adapted the 'S' symbol and is using a new weapon that can manipulate matter. This new weapon catches the attention of a once peaceful planet turned warrior, Nidessi, that have seen a future where prophecy has said Luthor will become a ruthless dictator across different worlds in the future and sentence him to death. This isn't the first time they've preempted a would-be ruthless dictator and their sentences are carried out swiftly. The warrior group led by the character Godslayer capture Luthor and take him to Nidessi where rather than kill him they put him on trial and jail him, as Godslayer has grown weary of his job as executioner. On his way to save the day once again, though, is Superman who believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and doesn't believe that Luthor should be killed for crimes he didn't (or has yet to) commit. What I love about the Superman comics is the morality that isn't self-righteous and the action sequences that never disappoint. Superman hasn't become some dark, moody character in this Rebirth series, he's still the moral compass that everyone looks to and who in the end decides that justice, even if it means setting someone like Luthor free, is the right thing to do. Great action sequences, great plot explanations given for anyone joining this series late, and great color and panel work. A worthy read for DC and Superman fans alike.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    Probably the best volume so far of the Action Comics: Rebirth volumes. Jurgens does a good job of addressing the issue of Superman having preconceived notions of Luthor without actually giving him a chance. I mean, how could you not? We all do, given the history of Luthor before the new 52. And that's what Superman is remembering. All that history is still part of this Superman's past, so its no wonder he's constantly waiting for the "turn" of Luthor. But ever since the new 52, Luthor hasn't been Probably the best volume so far of the Action Comics: Rebirth volumes. Jurgens does a good job of addressing the issue of Superman having preconceived notions of Luthor without actually giving him a chance. I mean, how could you not? We all do, given the history of Luthor before the new 52. And that's what Superman is remembering. All that history is still part of this Superman's past, so its no wonder he's constantly waiting for the "turn" of Luthor. But ever since the new 52, Luthor hasn't been really "evil". I mean, he's certainly a dick, and arrogant, and greedy, vain, selfish, etc... but, he doesn't really have super villain plots or hurt anyone (on purpose anyways). So when a "God Killer" comes to kill Luthor for crimes he will commit in the future, how does Superman reconcile that with his own preconceived notions of Luthor? He is ALSO worried about what Lex will do in the future. Ultimately, Superman is able to see past his own hypocrisy to protect the innocent until proven guilty. And its a great way to get not only Superman's guard down, but ours as well. This whole time I've been waiting for that inevitable turn, but for now, it seems Luthor has proven himself. The art was comprised of 3 rotating artists, and while their styles were different, they were similar enough, not to mention damn good, to not cause any major break in the story or make a noticeable difference in terms of quality. The art team did a great job. I like where this book is going, especially since they are setting up the new Clark Kent as something that will be explored going forward. Action Comics is hitting a stride, and I cant wait to read where it's headed next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    To put it simply, this was a COOL read. Superman having to save Lex Luthor; Lex Luthor later having to protect Superman--talk about the world being turned upside down! I'm really enjoying this take on Lex Luthor--a person genuinely trying to do good, but (because of his ambition that we have always known since the day he was first introduced in comics), there is always that threat of him being, not just a villain, but a terrifying force with which to be reckoned. That conflict is a fascinating o To put it simply, this was a COOL read. Superman having to save Lex Luthor; Lex Luthor later having to protect Superman--talk about the world being turned upside down! I'm really enjoying this take on Lex Luthor--a person genuinely trying to do good, but (because of his ambition that we have always known since the day he was first introduced in comics), there is always that threat of him being, not just a villain, but a terrifying force with which to be reckoned. That conflict is a fascinating one, especially when you add in the fact that Superman knew a Luthor who was exactly that, even if this one (maybe) isn't. This comic takes all of those suspicions, what-ifs, and struggles and forces them into the limelight. The end result is one that's heavy on character and themes (the fact that all life, no matter what, has value, and that we, as individuals, have the power over the future), but that also doesn't shy away from classic comic book action. And, among all that, Dan Jurgens still managed to keep the "other Clark Kent" mystery alive while giving us some great Jon Kent family moments. My only complaint is that I wish certain elements of the "visions" and how exactly they worked would have been made more clear. Some of that felt a bit lackluster in comparison to all the other insights we were given--especially when the comics were actually narrated by Luthor; that was pretty cool! Still, Rebirth keeps giving me what I want, and I'm excited to read more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I felt this was an exciting read which flowed well and told a good story. Two off-world aliens, Slade & L'Call come to take out Lex in judgment for the tyrant he is to become as a successor to Darkseid. Superman figures out that the Geneticron facility was moved by L'Call to cover his tracks since it housed the gateway back to his homeworld. We then have an epic battle with Superman never conceding to a verdict based on what someone might do, even though he finds out that Luthor has been holding I felt this was an exciting read which flowed well and told a good story. Two off-world aliens, Slade & L'Call come to take out Lex in judgment for the tyrant he is to become as a successor to Darkseid. Superman figures out that the Geneticron facility was moved by L'Call to cover his tracks since it housed the gateway back to his homeworld. We then have an epic battle with Superman never conceding to a verdict based on what someone might do, even though he finds out that Luthor has been holding onto a Motherbox that gives him unlimited resources. Despite a brief failure in trying to escape through a boom-tube and Superman's power's beginning to fail without the yellow sun, Superman is still able to persuade L'Call not to judge so quickly. However, it ends with L'Call seeing glimpses of a future that set the stage for some serious challenges ahead for Superman. There are some brief excerpts on Lois jumping into the old Lois's life after learning from Superwoman that she has died. She is to write a story about Superman, but also find out what happened to the Geneticon building. Jon is able to answer that question since he and Superman discovered it together. Clark Kent (who no-one yet understands why how he came to be) paid Jon and Lois a visit at Lois' apartment and after being shunted out as fast as possible, is now suspicious.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    I've never been disappointed by Dan Jurgens' work, and he doesn't disappoint here. In a story cool for its own sake, and important for ongoing Superman work in this new/newly-restored DCU, Superman and Lex team up to deal with an off-world threat, beat it and resolve their personal issues. This is a great example of how action in comics--combined with the traditional narrated thought "box" (it's the same damn thing as the thought balloons...but admittedly less visually distracting) can build cha I've never been disappointed by Dan Jurgens' work, and he doesn't disappoint here. In a story cool for its own sake, and important for ongoing Superman work in this new/newly-restored DCU, Superman and Lex team up to deal with an off-world threat, beat it and resolve their personal issues. This is a great example of how action in comics--combined with the traditional narrated thought "box" (it's the same damn thing as the thought balloons...but admittedly less visually distracting) can build character without sacrificing immediate action. Jurgens delivers both with elan in this volume. We learn about Superman, seeing Clark reinforce who he is, and we get inside Lex's head a bit more and realize that we, like Superman, are going to have to settle in and trust the bald guy, who may indeed have turned his coat in the new DCU. Furthermore we get a glimpse of future plotlines--both imminent and who knows how far off--as the human "Clark" who showed up a volume or two ago proves an increasing pain to Lois, and as there's a seer who, of course, in grand comic book fashion, gives us a glimpse of what's coming for Big Blue. Well done, Dan. Not an instant classic, but the kind of steady quality work that defined collectable when I was still buying monthly books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Three and a half stars for this - the book shows us how bad it could be with Superbratbastard asking annoying questions, failing to cook a pizza without taking it out the packaging, and so on, but then goes into a properly self-contained story about some aliens who want to kill Superlex before he becomes Superlexdarkseid. Supermantwo has to come to the conclusion Superlex is worth saving, and tries to do so, which is slightly unfortunate at times as he ends up explaining himself every six bleedi Three and a half stars for this - the book shows us how bad it could be with Superbratbastard asking annoying questions, failing to cook a pizza without taking it out the packaging, and so on, but then goes into a properly self-contained story about some aliens who want to kill Superlex before he becomes Superlexdarkseid. Supermantwo has to come to the conclusion Superlex is worth saving, and tries to do so, which is slightly unfortunate at times as he ends up explaining himself every six bleeding pages, but does at least allow for some good action. NewLois and UnsuperClark and all that tosh still get in the way, but if you ignore all that was awful about the previous volume, you could actually find yourself having fun here. It's full of holes - how does the alien work, is it pheromones or tech, just make your mind up - but beyond that it's an escapist pleasure, the likes of which DC have struggled with since the Rebirth.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marcela

    This arc was solid in that it pushed us a little further along in understanding where this Supes/Lois/Lex fit into the post-New 52 Rebirth world. It helped enormously that I'd coincidentally just finished up the New 52 Justice League run, so I'd recommend reading the Darkseid War stuff there first before picking up this volume. Interestingly, the core storyline here mirrored the catalyst for Marvel's poorly-executed Civil War II: if you have the power to see what crimes someone is capable of in t This arc was solid in that it pushed us a little further along in understanding where this Supes/Lois/Lex fit into the post-New 52 Rebirth world. It helped enormously that I'd coincidentally just finished up the New 52 Justice League run, so I'd recommend reading the Darkseid War stuff there first before picking up this volume. Interestingly, the core storyline here mirrored the catalyst for Marvel's poorly-executed Civil War II: if you have the power to see what crimes someone is capable of in the future, should you punish them before they can actually commit those crimes? As I suspected with Civil War II, this story works much better on a smaller scale (i.e. you don't need to involve a billion characters), but unfortunately, I thought the resolution here was a little too clunky. Still, I'm curious to see what this is all building towards.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom Brennan

    I enjoyed this volume as well. It takes considers the question, if you could kill [fill in notorious mass murderer here] before they could commit their atrocities, would you? Along the way, We find out a little more about Superman's family, though Lois and Jon seem to be comic relief and a way to move a secondary plotline along (which I really hope they resolve already because it's getting really annoying). Like the previous tomes, Action Comics relies a little more on the New 52 Universe so it I enjoyed this volume as well. It takes considers the question, if you could kill [fill in notorious mass murderer here] before they could commit their atrocities, would you? Along the way, We find out a little more about Superman's family, though Lois and Jon seem to be comic relief and a way to move a secondary plotline along (which I really hope they resolve already because it's getting really annoying). Like the previous tomes, Action Comics relies a little more on the New 52 Universe so it took a little to truly understand what was going on, but I certainly enjoyed it. Looking forward to Vol. 4 The New World. I know there are three different art styles going on here but I liked them all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    Superman is forced to defend Lex Luthor from a mysterious alien warrior who calls himself the God Killer. The God Killer claims he has a 100% accurate prediction of the future where Luthor ascends to Darkseid's throne on Apokolips and crushes Earth. There's a lot of talk about due process, and someone is innocent until proven guilty, which makes for interesting reading. How Superman resolves the dilemma is perhaps a bit of a stretch. I suspect the events in this volume will come back to haunt Su Superman is forced to defend Lex Luthor from a mysterious alien warrior who calls himself the God Killer. The God Killer claims he has a 100% accurate prediction of the future where Luthor ascends to Darkseid's throne on Apokolips and crushes Earth. There's a lot of talk about due process, and someone is innocent until proven guilty, which makes for interesting reading. How Superman resolves the dilemma is perhaps a bit of a stretch. I suspect the events in this volume will come back to haunt Superman. Note: I read this as individual comic book issues.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    It’s weird that Luthor legit seems to be a good guy now. Like, he’s still a jerk because he’s still Luthor, but his internal dialogue shows him as actually trying to do good, and now he even trusts this Superman. The story in this volume was alright, with some future-seeing aliens going after Luthor and Superman having to work with him to save them both. But the more interesting bits were with the depowered Clark Kent, who is acting super squirrels. I still don’t like Kirkham’s art very much, th It’s weird that Luthor legit seems to be a good guy now. Like, he’s still a jerk because he’s still Luthor, but his internal dialogue shows him as actually trying to do good, and now he even trusts this Superman. The story in this volume was alright, with some future-seeing aliens going after Luthor and Superman having to work with him to save them both. But the more interesting bits were with the depowered Clark Kent, who is acting super squirrels. I still don’t like Kirkham’s art very much, though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Action Comics issues #967-972 Superman and Lex Luthor are forced to team up in this collection, and it is fun reading about the relational dynamics between the New 52 Lex and the pre-Flashpoint Superman. This Superman is such a noble hero, it is hard not to like him. He is a great hero, and having a chance to see him as a family man makes it an even better read for me. Dan Jurgens was born to write Superman.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to Lex Luthor in this universe. Like the post-Crisis Superman, the only one I've ever known has been a criminal mastermind. So it makes sense that both Superman and myself harbour a natural suspicion of this one. I quite liked Lois and Jon's adventures with regular Clark Kent. I feel like Lois and Jon need more screentime together, so it works well when Clark is off with Lex. I really like the slow build and look forward to where this is all going.

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