Action Comics #897

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 26, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

The last place Lex Luthor expected his quest for the Black Lantern energy to take him was Arkham Asylum specifically to the cell of The Joker! What clues about Lex's quest could The Joker have to offer, and why on Earth would Lex trust him? Get ready for a one-of-a-kind confrontation between comics' two greatest villains, as brought to you by the twisted minds of Paul Cornell and Pete Woods!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 26, 2011

    Despite the lack of anything remotely resembling explosions, the drama in this issue is just as intriguing to read. And with Larfleeze as the nest issue's guest star, an explosion is only a matter of time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jan 26, 2011

    All in all you will be hard pressed to find a comic this week, or any other for that matter, that will deliver as solid of a read as Action Comics #897. If you're a fan of this current run, The Joker, Lex Luthor, or just entertaining comics, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 27, 2011

    Luthor seems to be getting close to solving the puzzle that has driven him for two-thirds of a year, and Cornell is definitely showing his readers a fun time along the way. Luthor and Joker have been allies and adversaries. These two even share a passion against their archrivals, but they truly are, as robot Lois points out, polar opposites. Sure, they may not appear to be opposites, but Cornell does a fabulous job defining them as such over the course of this story. In my review of a previous issue, I stated that, "Luthor is far from a character that I empathize with, but he's certainly a character I enjoy reading." That holds true now, and with Cornell guiding Luthor's path, I don't see that enjoyment diminishing any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jan 30, 2011

    Save for the antiheroes of Secret Six, there has yet to be anything resembling a superhero in the pages of Action Comics since Lex Luthor became protagonist. Its easy to overlook that fact because DCs super-villains have been more compelling than a lot of the companys heroes these days. If Action Comics #897 is any indication, maybe the DC universe doesnt need superheroes at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 28, 2011

    Pete Woods continues to shine in this book. His Joker is frightening and goofy. And he has the right body type. I hate the emaciated look for the Joker. Can you imagine a Brainiac, Darkseid, Luthor, and Superman throwdown in Action Comics #900? I think I am aiming too high. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jan 30, 2011

    In the end, thats what Cornell is doing--telling a new and engaging story. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Jan 30, 2011

    By now, reports of the excellence of Action Comics are old news. The fact that this issue, starring two of the greatest villains in all of comics, ranks in quality somewhere around the middle of Cornells run is a testament to how spectacular the writers work has been on the whole. Even when it stumbles, this is a Top Five book, easily. Read Full Review

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