Action Comics #959

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Tyler Kirkham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 57
6.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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"PATH TO DOOM" Chapter Three: Clark Kent gets caught in the crossfire as Doomsday crashes through the streets of Metropolis! As Lois struggles to keep young Jonathan out of the path of destruction, can former enemies Superman and Lex Luthor stop the monster that once destroyed the city and killed the Man of Steel-or does Luthor have other plans?

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 15, 2016

    This is fun, but could the Doomsday story be over and thetrulyoriginal content begin? This battle's deja vu is not improving over the original story. I'm much more interested in the “new” Clark, Super Lex, and Lois and Jon. Enjoyable, but I'm ready to move on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jul 13, 2016

    "Path of Doom" is easily one of the best read stories I've reviewed so far. It's action packed, full of emotional moments between Lois and Superman's son Jon Kent, and I like the idea of Lex Luthor being a hero. Anytime Doomsday shows up be prepared for a lot of destruction and Jurgens and Kirkham give it to us here in spades. I'm anxious to see exactly how a Superman/ Lex Luthor team up would work"or if it's even possible? And the revelation of Jon Kent is exciting as well. Kirkham did a remarkable job showing the concern on the boy's face as he sees his father battle Doomsday on live television. I know it's a little early to call it but I'd love to see a Jon Kent meeting Damian Wayne at some point in the future! The sons of the two world's greatest heroes in one book? Make it happen DC!!! I loved reading Action Comics #959 and if you're a fan of slugfests and constant action then this is the issue for you!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 13, 2016

    “Action” might be in the title, but Jurgens brings the heart to realizing that you need it to connect with its hero. Superman is back and he's more exciting than he has been for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jul 17, 2016

    Dan Jurgens and his collaborators once again have produced a good-looking book filled with action and intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Jul 13, 2016

    All in all this is a great read and is yet another title which is leading the Rebirth universe by example. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 14, 2016

    Yes, the fight will continue into the next issue, but I can't really complain since I'm having too much fun reading this title. Plus, the deepening of what continues to be one of Rebirth's greatest mysteries ensures my return for months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jul 13, 2016

    Action Comics #959 may not be the most revolutionary or brilliant comic, but the creative team absolutely nails the classic Superman adventure vibe it's clearly going for. Even with its flaws, and even with a plot that feels more familiar than innovative, it's still a perfectly fun and exciting read that lives up to the series' title of "Action Comics." That is why I'm giving the issue a 8/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 15, 2016

    As I said before, for me the strongest parts of this issue for me were the character moments and the added mystery elements. I thought all of those things were strong hooks for me as a reader. The action is certainly big and bold. But I felt like I was watching a bit of a repeat throughout the punches and blows. I am glad that the Doomsday element sounds like it is brief one. And I hope we learn more about Oz soon. If he is going to enigmatically show up every month, I need something more to mull over. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Jul 17, 2016

    Despite feeling repetitive at times, this was a good read that was big on the action. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jul 17, 2016

    Action Comics, while it is living up to its very name, is leaving some things to be desired. As with the last few, the art is profoundly good and is reason enough to keep reading this title. Either way Doomsday is here and how can our cast of heroes/villains(?) take him down? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 14, 2016

    It's unfortunate that we're barely a month into DC Rebirth and fill-in art is already becoming more common. But in this case, Tyler Kirkham's work stands out because it's so different from Patrick Zircher's rather than because it's poorly suited for the story Dan Jurgens is telling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Matthew J. Theriault Jul 12, 2016

    Action Comics is not good by almost any criteria, and yet I anticipate it more than most any other Rebirth title each month. Sadly, such speaks to the current state of comics more than any quality on the part of Action. We're in the new '90s. Let's just hope no one gets nostalgic for Superman Red and Blue next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 13, 2016

    Action Comics continues to give us over the top action and while it looks great with Tyler Kirkham rocking the art, it's starting to become a "been there done that" situation because on top of this happening every issue....... we've already seen this for the most part in the Death of Superman.  Even with that though, the mysteries of this series continue to intrigue even though the answers are being divvied out at a snails pace.  Hopefully the action can be balanced out better in upcoming issues because I just want more out of this comic......... but not from the art, that's right where it should be.   Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 15, 2016

    All the while, the mysterious hooded figure in green continues watching events through monitors and Action Comics compounds the multiple mysteries in play here while edging the narrative on slightly. It's beautifully rendered by Tyler Kirkham, expressionistically conveying not just the major action beats but also the more tender character moments, and his work helps prop up Jurgens' solid writing which nonetheless right now pitches a great deal in a holding pattern. We need to start pulling the trigger on some of these plot points or we're in danger of going in circles, and hopefully that will happen over the next issue or two. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jul 13, 2016

    Ultimately, however, the addition of a new artist is offset by the lack of forward progress to the story. While the fights themselves have been well done and entertaining, the complete stop in the story practically as soon as it begins has been getting tedious. Whats more, Lex, who supposedly is the major protagonist in this series, is almost superfluous so far, taking a back stage to the Superman who already has a book of his own. While this series has been in no way terrible up to this point, it is in desperate need of forward momentum, and the only way for that to happen is for this seemingly never-ending battle to end so that we may move on to more important, character related stories to better build up to future arcs. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jul 13, 2016

    While I didn't know what to expect with the visual team tagging out after two issues for a breather, I know now. Hopefully the second issue for Kirkham and crew gels a bit better than this one, and, maybe, just maybe, we'll get a little closer to the finale of the Doomsday battle. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 13, 2016

    Overall,Action Comicsis quickly loosing steam. It's a shame that a series with so much potential is content to sit back on cruise control and not try anything more daring or exciting. With this “path of Doomsday” story pegged as a six issue arc my patience is beginning to wear thinfor the series, if things don't seriously pick up next issue it may be time to let this one go. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2016

    The rinse wash repeat cycle with Doomsday keeps Action Comics on the lower tier of DC Rebirth titles. Next issue, a major hero arrives to lend a hand, which could help liven things up a bit. For this title to really warrant must-read status Jurgens needs to focus more on the characters and tone down the action to avoid sending the book on the Path of Doom. Read Full Review

  • 4.4
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jul 18, 2016

    For all the bombast of the brawl between Superman and Doomsday, this is an exhausting yet middling comic that already feels played out after three issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Jul 13, 2016

    The art is still pretty good. The action looks pretty neat. I kind of feel like there was a continuity jump where the issue starts with Luthor's armor torn up, but I could also be mis-remembering. Really this entire story makes me realize how much I want Lex Luthor to be the Superman of Action Comics. But he would probably have to suddenly turn into a giant jerk, and Superman would be a good guy"actually yes please let's do that! Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 13, 2016

    Having read literally every book in the "Rebirth" lineup thus far, I can say that despite some occasional missteps, DC has by and large made some encouraging course-corrections across its entire lineup. Unfortunately, Action Comics thus far feels like the exception to the rule, being the loud but insubstantial yin to Superman's heartfelt and evocative yang. While Dan Jurgens is clearly in an untenable position having to bring Superman's status quo back to a sustainable equilibrium, his attempts feel so stale that it's hard to give too much leeway, even for the benefit of the doubt. Here's hoping he can get through the necessary evil of continuity housekeeping quickly, and get Action Comics back to where it belongs. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 14, 2016

    That said Action Comics is still in need of either some forward movement on the Clark Kent Mystery or some major housecleaning in order to shake off the doldrums. Read Full Review

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