Action Comics #873

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 14, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The "New Krypton"finale and a "Faces of Evil"issue! The rapidly rising tensions between the people of Kandor and Earth can only lead to expulsion or war! But even as the governments of Earth begin passing anti-Kryptonian laws, Superman's people have plans of their own beyond anything you can imagine! Writer Geoff Johns and artist Pete Woods (SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL #1) wrap up this cosmically important chapter in Superman's life by introducing a major change to The Man of Steel's status quo!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 21, 2009

    Action Comics #873 has a lot happening in it, which means this 22-page issue is jam packed with goodness. I didn't really care for the jumps in art thanks to three different artists stepping up to the plate to finish the issue, but story wise, Geoff Johns hits it out of the park again, earning Action Comics #873 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jan 20, 2009

    Action Comics #873 was a nice dramatic and satisfying end to the New Krypton story arc. Johns also does a good job teasing the reader with a great double hook ending concerning the events that will spin our of New Krypton's creation. If you missed out on the New Krypton story I would recommend picking up the trade paperback whenever DC publishes it. New Krypton was a solid super hero story that should appeal to most fans of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 17, 2009

    Once you get past the cover, it's a strong issue - but I still think the cover was a cheat. Speaking of which, Luthor only appears in two pages of the story. Just sayin' is all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 14, 2009

    In the end, "New Krypton" succeeds as a good story, but it definitely lost a little bit of its punch towards the end; one or two less installments and I think it would have been fantastic from start to finish. As it is, it's still very good and I'm glad I read it, but that wow factor from the first few issues just couldn't make it to the conclusion. Then again, with all sorts of new wow events just around the corner as shown here, well, the good times are clearly going to keep on coming. With Johns taking some time off of "Action Comics" for the upcoming "Superman: Secret Origin" series, hopefully it won't be long before we see the follow through. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 14, 2009

    In conclusion, there's no other way to say it: New Krypton failed at nearly everything it set out to achieve. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Rodriguez Jan 19, 2009

    All-in-all, its an okay read. It wont bore you, but it wont leave you wanting more either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Raymond Hilario Jan 14, 2009

    This closing issue is clearly disappointing, since I expected more epic scenes and something revealing. Johns had a chance to challenge Superman with a story involving family and with this concept of him not being alone anymore. But instead, he gives us an arc that doesn't seem fully delivered, as he leaves us with an easily forgettable final chapter. I think it's pretty obvious that this issue isn't exactly a conclusion. The reader is left with an ending similar to the previous arc– where Superman stands before Pa's grave and rips his shirt to reveal the “S,” and two epilogues that are supposed to wet our appetites that features a highly prominenet member of Superman's rogues. But we've seen this formula before in your last story, Johns. Superman is served with a personal loss, and a known villain is re-introduced. Should we expect another story with an ending absent of closure that's going to be filled with these recurring elements? Read Full Review

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