Action Comics #979 (DC Comics)
One of the most consistent DC Rebirth books has been Action Comics. The back to basics super heroics approach to the Man of Steel has been a very solid read, much in part to the writing skills of Dan Jurgens. By peppering in clues to the Rebirth event as a whole, Action Comics has become one of the must read Rebirth titles, and with the start of the “Revenge” storyline, that’s not ending any time soon.
With Clark and Lois moving back to Metropolis (and recently back as residents of “our” universe), things are starting to look up for the Man of Steel again. However, members of his rogues gallery are secretly meeting and joining forces thanks to Blanque, the villain who has been imprisoned in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude for a majority of the series since the DC Rebirth relaunch. As he assembles Mongul, Eradicator, and other villains, we quickly learn that the actual man behind the scenes is none other than Hank Henshaw, who has now returned to his Cyborg Superman persona and is ready for his revenge.
While it’s a bit of a bummer that this issue doesn’t feature Superman squaring off with the Revenge Squad, the set up from Dan Jurgens is well worth it. Jurgens has a long history with Superman, and he uses that to his advantage here. There have been a lot of changes made to these characters in New 52 and DC Rebirth, but somehow Jurgens is able to make these changes work within his script, turning it back so the classic versions of these characters are still in place despite all of the changes made to them.
Patrick Zircher has been the main artist for Action Comics, and it’s great to see him here. Zircher is not only the best artist in the Action Comics stable; he’s one of the best artists at DC period. Every panel here is spectacular, and filled with images that will totally be used for in house ads for years to come. Zircher always brings his A game for this series, but here he definitely outdoes himself.
“Revenge” serves as a great entry point for Action Comics. It’s a great example of what Dan Jurgens and his artists have been doing with this series: simple super hero stories that remind you why Superman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time. At a time when Superman should be the top dog in the yard, it’s good to see that Dan Jurgens thinks so as well.