Action Comics #903

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 27, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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The mastermind behind "Reign of Doomsday" begins the final phase of his plan to destroy Superman and all mankind! Steel, Supergirl, Superboy and the heroes of Earth unite to try to stop the devastation, while Superman undertakes a dangerous journey in a desperate attempt to save the day!

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 29, 2011

    And, as I said, I liked Gimenez' art here, shining in the big moments of destruction and the quieter moments. I hope all my questions get answered next month. I did not think I would like this arc at all. Despite the difficult holes in the plot, this has been a lot of fun. This is Superman, until the next incarnation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Jul 31, 2011

    The art is detailed and very beautiful but it also looks rather subdued. For all the action taking place, we don't really see it leaping out of the page at us. We don't 'feel' the impact of the punches or the heat of the battle in the way that we would in the art of guys like Kirby or even Sal Buscema or Herb Trimpe. Franky, the art doesn't fit a story of what should be a violent and desperate struggle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jul 29, 2011

    I really don't have much to say about this one... It was perfectly acceptable. The story moved along well, Supes entered the Doomslayer's ship, setting up what I'm sure will be the final confrontation between Supes and the Doomslayer, and Supes appeared to deduce the Doomslayer's identity. Now if I read into this issue correctly, the Doomslayer would be a Doomsday clone who got lost on that massive alien ship for a few million years, meaning the lost Doomsday would have had a few million years to evolve, which would explain the Doomslayer's intelligence compared to the other Doomsdays. If that's the identity of the Doomslayer I have no qualms with it, as it makes sense. I'm a bit confused by the ending with the Doomslayer firing up the engines, since I thought he wanted to do that after his ship burrowed into the earth's core, but whatever. All in all, this was a good, fast, action-packed read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Jul 27, 2011

    When crossovers are done right, they're some of my favourite stories in comics. This issue of Action Comics was one of those moments, as having a bunch of heroes come together to fight a simple (but menacing) threat was done well. Crossovers lose their luster when the threat is over-the-top or the story drags on too long; fortunately, this arc seems to be wrapping up in the next issue, with a hopefully logical conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Aug 2, 2011

    I know that, come September, this will all be largely irrelevant, but I wish the original Action Comics was being given a more intense swan song. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Aug 2, 2011

    But there's no getting past how inconsequential this issue is. DC may be holding the line at $2.99, but these 20 pages pass so quickly that even that price seems steep. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Jul 27, 2011

    While Axel Gimenez' art makes up for the less-than-thrilling narrative by Paul Cornell in spots, Action Comics #903 is a bust overall. If DC's goal was to make Action Comics as boring as humanly possible in order to get fans riled up for good Superman stories come September's relaunch, then mission success. September realy can't come soon enough. Maybe then Action Comics will once again be worth shelling out money for. Read Full Review

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