Action Comics #957

Action Comics #957

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 8, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 55
7.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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PATH TO DOOM Chapter One
Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrows newest protector: Lex Luthor. But its not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected the new Clark Kent! DONT MISS: ACTION COMICS returns to its original numbering with this issue! NOW SHIPPING TWICE MONTHLY!

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jun 10, 2016

    Dan Jurgens restores the iconic Superman in this exciting and uplifting tale. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - David Rose Jun 27, 2016

    Jurgens is mixing together a brew worthy of both your time and interest. The title is already shipping every other week and that's simply not soon enough. I eagerly await to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 10, 2016

    Despite my questions about Doomsday, this was a great issue. As I said, there was so much about this book that I loved. It all felt right. The family scenes, the city scenes, the Luthor and Superman conversation ... it all felt right. Thankfully!!! It all felt right. And I haven't been able to say that for a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Slackjaw Punks - Just Bob Jun 8, 2016

    Simply amazing storyand I cannot wait to continue my journey with DC Universe: Rebirth Superman Action Comics. By the way, this is available today, so""yeah hit the bricks and treat yourselftoday. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Jun 8, 2016

    While Action Comics #957 isn't a masterpiece, it's difficult to find much to complain about. The biggest problem is that it still has a complicated premise that may baffle new readers, yet it uses this strange situation to its advantage. If you're willing to overlook how convoluted DC's current canon is–which you should, because that isn't this particular comic's fault–I wholeheartedly recommend jumping onto Action Comics right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 8, 2016

    For this first issue of Action Comics now that it's gone back to its classic numbering, Dan Jurgens is throwing everything except the kitchen sink at you in a wonderfully crazy way that somehow works beyond my belief.  I had so much fun reading this comic because it bridged the gap between when I first started reading Superman to what we're dealing with currently and by the time I was finished with it I had to have someone slap the dopey grin off my face because that's how happy this issue made me.  We've got great art, a story that intrigues the hell out of me so really, what are you waiting for?  Go out and get yourself some Action Comics already.  You won't be sorry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 8, 2016

    A very solid foundation is laid in what may be THE book to read this summer. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe and it does taste delicious (though I recommend you don't actually put your comic book in your mouth). If that's not enough to guarantee your return in two weeks, perhaps the prospect of Superman and Lex Luthor vs. Doomsday will. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jun 8, 2016

    With a slight cameo by the enigmatic Mr. Oz and the appearance of a surprising Superman cast member, Jurgens and crew don't simply make this a Superman comic. This is, as the title says, an “action” comic, and there's plenty of action and suspense. So the only thing to do is to give readers a splash page final image that'll stick with readers long after this comic is closed. From there, those readers checking their calendars in anticipation of the next chapter titled, “ANNIHILATION!” I'm pretty darn thrilled to be able to look forward to reading a Superman comic again. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Phil Casey Jun 9, 2016

    The main issue for me is that it does not feel like a good launching point for new readers. “There were two Supermen and one of them died, and the older one is now the new Superman and he's taking over” is a fairly convoluted plot device for story telling, and all the lead up to this sort of underscored that point substantially. However, this is a good issue. The writing is pretty good, the plot is strong, and the art is the best part of all. Pick up ACTION COMICS #957 and give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 8, 2016

    Overall though, this was exactly the sort of debut I was hoping for from the newSupermanbooks. It's big, bold and features both cool new elements as well as a return to the character's core elements. I'll wait to see how Tomasi's proper debut goes before recommending one over the other, but for Superman fans,Action Comicsseems to be the book to go for. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 8, 2016

    In the first chapter of “Path to Doom” Jurgens and Zircher seems to be blending the old and the new together in a way that works and works really well. Action Comics #957 feels like a return to what Superman should be, and that's super. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jun 8, 2016

    Patrick Zircher's art has a touch of realism to it. Even with bright colors and larger-than-life characters, his line work is very clean and consistent. Just when I start to take it for granted, Zircher breaks out a splash page of Superman taking flight in his full red-and-blue's to remind me how epic he can get in his visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 8, 2016

    Zircher and Jurgens try their best with the final page of Action Comics #957, but it doesn't quite live up to the big two's most recent twists. Still, if there's one thing that Action Comics #957 promises, it's that Action Comics #958 is going to feature the mother of all super-powered fights. And after all, what else are we here for but a good ol' brawl? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Nick Enquist Jun 8, 2016

    The comic does raise a lot of good questions though. So many new ideas, and twists happen that it's going to be hard to wait two weeks for the next issue. The ending scene certainly will excite a lot of fans. Patrick Zircher's artwork is dynamic and colorful, the dialogue is great, and overall it is an exciting reintroduction to the Man of Steel and his original comic series. Action Comics is certainly a book to look out for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 8, 2016

    There's a lot to like in the latest issue of Action Comics. The return of the original numbering and classic Superman is something we've been looking forward to. With Lex Luthor launching his latest scheme, we're seeing a return of the old conflict between him and the Man of Steel. Zircher and Morey's art and colors gives the story a great feel. The issue does serve as a catch up for new readers and also drives the story forward. Jurgens sets up some nice twists readers won't be able to turn their backs on. My excitement for Superman comics has risen to a new level. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 9, 2016

    Make no mistake. If the New 52 Superman wasnt your cup of tea, give this book a try. Jurgens makes it easy to understand whats going on for new readers and provides a lot of moments for nostalgic readers all while setting up a couple mysteries worthy of the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 8, 2016

    Action Comics #957 gets the ball rolling on its first arc and makes it an exception to Superman: Rebirth's dull affair. Dan Jurgens has the potential to do an interesting take on the Death of Superman (something that story fell short of). It still suffers from leaving awkward unanswered questions like what happened to the New 52 Superman and that doesn't play well when surprising plot twists happen and the reader isn't sure whether this is something they should be aware of or not. Patrick Zircher, though far from the most expressive artist is fantastic in technical design and perspective. Tomeu Morey backs him up on colors. I'm still not certain what to make of this series as of yet, it seems to be rushing into its story far too quickly but I'm far more intrigued with this than I was with last week's Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 8, 2016

    It's good to have a classic-numbered Action Comics back on the stands. This first issue doesn't completely live up to its potential in terms of Lex Luthor's role in the series, but it does offer a fun blend of old and new Superman elements as Superman and Luthor butt heads in front of Metropolis' residents. This issue looks great, and the series shows potential to keep building on the crazy twists and turns already brought about by DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 8, 2016

    Titled "Path of Doom, Part I", Action Comics #957 features a storied Superman made new. The new DCU could probably do with some of the home-spun earthly wisdom from the wizened Clark Kent and Lois Lane, even if it is laid on a bit too thickly this week. If the super-parents dial back their finger-wagging life lessons and Jurgens quits reaching into his dusty bag of tricks, Action's cannonball run towards issue #1,000 ought to be a fine one, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jun 8, 2016

    Readers looking to dip back into the Superman titles may want to see how Tomasi'sSuperman#1 does next week before choosing between this andAction. Readers who've been tracking classic Superman sinceConvergence may want to keep going with this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Dave Pecci Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, I think this new Superman saga will grow on me. I wish the first new Superman Action comic didn't start off with Lex Luthor. I feel Lex has been featured in too many Superman movies and comics as of late.This is a rebirth, but it doesn't have to be a re-hash. I want to see writers push creativity to the limits and show us something new in every Rebirth issue. I feel this comic does a little of this, but could do more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - John Moorehouse Jun 9, 2016

    I've never been a huge Superman fan, but I'm glad I picked up this issue, and I'll be reading for at least the next few weeks to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 13, 2016

    A solid, if overdone, introduction to the new Superman status quo. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Jun 8, 2016

    Dan Jurgens has failed to bring back the post-Crisis Superman as promised. The character in this issue certainly shares the same history and memories of that incarnation of the Man of Steel, but hes changed more than any exposure to Red Kryptonite ever cause. But the readers in the era of Rebirth are not without a worthy Man of Tomorrow. Though I doubt it was Jurgens intent, of the various heroes flying in the skies above with a big S proudly emblazoned across their chests, Lex Luther is arguably the most meritorious of the name Superman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 9, 2016

    Ultimately, Zircher's art is the big winner of "Action Comics" #957. It's a handsome look for the title, and I'll be glad to see more of it before long. Jurgens' story needs to find some new ground to cover, though, even amidst a back-to-basics setup. On the bright side, now that "Action Comics" is on a twice-a-month publishing schedule, he has the opportunity to advance the writing at a much faster pace. Once some more issues are released, "Action Comics" may very well turn into a properly intriguing comic, but -- at least for now -- the best part of this new structure (Superman's family) is the least present element, and that's a shame. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 9, 2016

    Despite being a case of too much, too soon with too little real development, Action Comics #957 still offers an interesting first installment for the new era and if it undergoes some streamlining in the later issues could stand as a big win for the Superman line. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Juggernautze Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, this was an issue that I truly wanted to enjoy, however the focus on action and surprise reveals, mixed with odd artistic choices and a lack of time to acclimatize to a new status quo, that of Lex as Superman, detracted from the issue as a whole, and made it seem more like a preview for the Superman book itself. An unfortunate disappointment that, hopefully, is not telling of how the series will proceed forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Jun 8, 2016

    The art is pretty good though. The super 90s style that infected early New 52 isn't around which makes me happy. There was a little heavy shadowing, but nothing that was really bad. The colors and shadows did seem to disappear on every shot of the Superman symbol, which at least shows that there's light still possible even with continuity headaches. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ockedman Jun 8, 2016

    When I read this "first" issue, I saw Jurgens's experience with the character. The tension between these two Supermen is great: pre-52 Superman still believes Lex is evil and the second one doesn't trust his opponent. Patrick Zircher illustrates the confrontation of the heroes very skillfully. The cliffhanger is not surprising but still very exiting for the next issues, which I'm looking forward to.

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  • 9.0
    Supes' soups Jun 8, 2016

    That Oz character shows up again in a panel if you were paying attention. The rumors that the New 52 Superman may have been a creation may hold water and I suspect the "Clark" we see in this issue is another Superman that was created. If Oz does turn out to be Ozymandias and the New 52 was just one giant conspiracy by the Watchmen, we could potentially have a buildup to an extremely interesting event, hopefully without the word "crisis" in it. My guess is that we could have the Watchmen reveal themselves to the DCU characters by Christmas, if not, definitely by next summer. If DC pulls this off well, they could finally change the status quo without destroying their history. For now, Rebirth seems like the characters are all doing some soul-searching and getting back to what defines them at the core. Killing off New 52 Superman is still a gamble. Even at the comic shop today, I heard grumbles about having the old, "boring" Superman back. At the same time, some are happy with it, either way DC has made its way back to my pull list in a meaningful way...for now

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  • 8.0
    TheMatteo0 Jun 8, 2016

    Certainly a better and more interesting introduction to the new storylines than the rebirth title, this issue offers a nice mixture of intrigue and action which really sets up some excitement to come. There are some confusing elements still in place, but hopefully these will get cleared up as the issues continue. Overall, a solid, albeit not spectacular start.

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  • 8.0
    the green death Jun 8, 2016

    Very classic 90s take on the Big S, and worked better than the Rebirth Superman one shot in setting up the characters while also driving the plot forward. A good issue.

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  • 8.0
    The Villain Jun 8, 2016

    The first issue of the Detective Comics Rebirth is a pretty solid issue. It starts a bit of mystery and a conflict between the classic rivals in Superman and Lex Luthor. I'm interested to see where it goes ass there is a pretty cool final reveal.

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  • 7.0
    Big Guy 4U Jun 8, 2016

    The definitive 90's Superman writer is back just in time for the quest for Action Comic's 1000th issue. While I would have preferred Joe Kelly, Jurgen's work on Superman:Lois and Clark wasn't too bad, and while I wasn't excited for his Action Comics title, I wasn't apprehensive. This issue is relatively simple. Luthor is the new Superman. Superman fights him. There's a new Clark Kent. And Doomsday shows. Kudos to Jurgens for introducing and balancing several new characters and ideas. While the execution (pacing, dialogue) isn't perfect, there is a lot of content in this issue, but it never feels too rushed. The art by Zircher is good. Zircher's pencils are relatively standard, but his polished pencils give the edge over other artists. I believe he also did the coloring for this book too, and it's also done well. Zircher primarily uses reds, pinks, and browns, which gives the book a warm and classic Superman type feel. I do feel that this issue did move at a clunky pace. Superman drops out of hiding immediately, just so he can fight Luthor (who they have little reason to distrust anyway). It's not the Superman book that the world may really need, but it's an enjoyable Superman book. The real deal's back, and I'm personally happy to see him.

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  • 5.5
    Sherman The Wonder Dog Jun 11, 2016

    Kind of dry and boring for a Rebirth based off of a classic series.

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  • 4.0
    EggMath Jun 8, 2016

    Action Comics 957 for the most part was a pretty alright comic. Zircher’s art is good and Jurgen does a mostly fine job scripting. The cliffhanger ending was bad. You don’t make your “surprise” reveal something that’s been revealed on the cover and the solicits for months. That’s just bad storytelling. Now, my biggest problem with this issue was that this Superman is a hate-filled person who does not look past his own grievances. He has searched Lex Luthor and found nothing dirty on him. He knows Lex Luthor has saved the world when the heroes weren’t around. He knows Lex Luthor was a member of the Justice League and was never unceremoniously kicked out. Yet his first reaction to seeing Lex Luthor save some hostages wearing the S symbol is to immediately shave his beard, assume the identity of Superman, and to attack Luthor. I am absolutely disgusted with Superman’s actions here. People would like to say that this is the real Superman and are overjoyed by Post-Crisis Supes being back. But frankly, I disagree. New52 Superman handled Luthor so much better and in a more dignified way. If Superman is meant to be the paragon of morality and the ideal superheroe, this comic failed to show it.

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  • 4.0
    ComickerPerson Jun 8, 2016

    Best way to describe this is aggressively mediocre

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  • 10
    Jeff Andrew Jun 8, 2016

    Loved it

  • 10
    SkyroCBR Jul 21, 2016

    Superman is back in the classic suit. Nuff said.

  • 9.5
    Comic Booger Aug 3, 2016

    My proper review is here with the exact score: https://comicbooger.com/2016/08/01/action-comics-957-review/

  • 9.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jun 10, 2016

    Good art and crazy story. I really loved the scenes with Clark and his family. The Superman-Superman-Superman story got wild at the end, but I do knock one point off this issue because the storyline gets a little confusing. Who do we call Superman? Who do we call Clark Kent? Clark White? Then the final reveal of the issue??? Can't wait until the next issue!

  • 9.0
    Joe Jun 11, 2016

    I liked this issue, it builds up to what is sure to be a fun rumble, Superman's reaction was a bit extreme, but I personally see it as the reaction of a guy who has seen Luthor "go straight" before, and every time, Luthor has turned around, done evil, and killed a lot of people, in that lens, Superman is just cutting the middleman and confronting Luthor. All in all, this issue was fun, and builds to something exciting.

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Jun 23, 2016

    Good start to Action that leaves many questions to be answered. Favored this start of a Superman comic more than the regular Superman series.

  • 7.5
    Speeding Bullets Jun 8, 2016

    Overall I enjoyed this first chapter but it had its share of problems as well. My first issue was the pacing. It tried to accomplish a little too much over 20 pages. To me the best Superman stories are character driven plot where this seemed to be the reverse. I'm a fan of Patch Zircher and I would have liked to seen a nice 2 page splash of the new suit being revealed for the first time but all the action (no pun intended) didn't allow for it. My bigger problem was the Superman/Lex interaction. The dialogue between the two is cliche and Superman makes some strong assumptions without any evidence to support it. The purpose of his whole diatribe seems forced to push a confrontation between the two. It would have been more in character to voice his suspicion to the motivations of Lex and then the defiant refusal of removing the shield to get to the same place.

  • 7.5
    myconius Jun 8, 2016

    Dan Jurgens may have let the conclusion of his Lois and Clark series fall flat, but his first issue back on Action Comics COMPLETELY made up for it!!! . . . . . . . . an explosive issue that has me completely excited for the next issue!!!

  • 7.5
    brandongernux Jun 8, 2016

    This didn't do a lot for me as a non-Superman fan who has read very little Superman since the New 52 (and before). With that being said, there were still elements that were interesting, like making Lex the hero (and Clark possibly the villain to his own ego). The art was gorgeous, but I don't know that there was enough for me to stick around to buy this twice a month.

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