Action Comics #863

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 2, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 8
7.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

To save the galaxy, Superman and the Legion must clear the good name of Krypton's Last Son in the finale to the 6-part "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes!" But to do that, they must defeat the greatest villains of their time: the JLA!

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 3, 2008

    And, as Johns seems to imply, Superman wouldn't be who he is without them. As he says when he defeats the ridiculous Earth-Man, "I've been an outsider every day of my life." Not when he was with the Legion, though. For those moments, both past, present, and 1,000 years in the future, Superman belonged. And in those moments, surrounded by dozens of peers with special powers, Superman could feel like a human. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Apr 2, 2008

    Once again, Gary Frank's art is top-notch from the first page to the last. Frank's adult redesigns of the Legionnaires have been the best visual aspect of this arc, but his rendering of this book's high-octane action isn't anything to slouch at either. If I have one word of advice for Mr. Frank, it's to move away from drawing Superman as an almost exact portrait of Christopher Reeve. In early issues, Frank seemed to strike the perfect balance between Reeve's Superman and John Byrne's, but the later influence seems to have fallen by the wayside as this arc progressed. It's pretty distracting in some places, and I'd hate for it to remain a problem for the rest of his run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Apr 10, 2008

    The issue's final pages comprise a trailer for another upcoming storyline by Johns, and whilst I won't spoil it here, I do think that it's perhaps a little too soon to be revisiting the same concepts that he's only just finished using in this story. Maybe the next Legion story will be a slightly different animal to this one, but since I don't think that this arc was the greatest Superman story I've read recently, I'm not in a rush to read more of the same in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 4, 2008

    Action Comics #863 was an anti-climactic and sloppy finish to what was a disappointing and sluggish story arc. Obviously, Johns was writing this story arc with a trade paperback in mind. This will enable to DC to cash in on a trade of this story arc just prior to the Legion of Three Worlds mini-series that is due out in August. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 2, 2008

    From there, all the Legion members take turns trying to stop Earth-Man, who has all of their powers and then some at his disposal. It was a basic, "hey, we have powers, look at us!", scene where they end up all failing to stop him. This leads to Superman punching him once to knock him out and ending the threat. Way to kill any credibility Earth-Man or the Legion has by making them all look like fools, Kal. Felt like a rushed ending to a very Silver Age-esque story. Read Full Review

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