Action Comics #963

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 32
7.5Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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"WHO IS CLARK KENT?" part 1! Look-down there on the ground! It's a guy, he's kinda's-Clark Kent?! As Metropolis recovers from the devastating attack of Doomsday, the mysterious figure claiming to be Clark Kent takes the spotlight to clear his name and prove once and for all that Clark Kent is not Superman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 14, 2016

    This issue manages to be both large and small all at the same time. It feels intimate and personal while dealing with huge ramifications for Superman and the entire DC Universe. If you've only passing interest in Superman, there's no way you can read Action Comics #963 and not get caught up in the excitement and intrigue. If you're a fan you cannot miss this issue and this story line. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 14, 2016

    Overall, the comic is a good one. Jurgens continues to bring a classic feel about this Superman, but at the same time, it's updated in many ways. Superman continues to soar as new life is breathed into the character and franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Sep 25, 2016

    Even though the action may be scaled back for this issue of Action Comics, the storytelling and characterisation are all there, and it's great that the mystery of the two Clark's, essentially, is being confronted head on. It helps that Patrick Zirchler's artwork is gorgeous, with panels that balance espionage and mystery with heroics as Jurgens' flashback driven script guides Clark's journey. Looking forward to seeing where this one goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 16, 2016

    And so my guess. I will bet that this Clark is a clone created in Geneticron. Why not? They have 'Genetic' in their name. They had Doomsday. Clark is obsessed with them. It is only the motive for creating a Clark that escapes me. But a tidy story, some nice riffs, and some great art. I continue to like the super-titles post-Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Sep 17, 2016

    Back at work as a newspaper correspondent, Clark finds that he has become a story. Daily Planet owner and publisher Lex Luthor arranges a press conference for Kent to explain himself, but his excuse that Superman sent him into seclusion and impersonated the journalist for his own protection fails to convince his listeners. Even after Clark passes a polygraph test, everyone still believes he is secretly the Last Son of Krypton. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Sep 15, 2016

    The book has a classic Action Comics feel to it. There are plenty of interesting plot threads at work here, which is a welcome contrast to the fairly one-note battle with Doomsday. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 14, 2016

    The success of this storyline will largely depend on Jurgens keeping it tight and not letting it go on needlessly. Superman meet Clark Kent gets off to a decent start. Hopefully it can play out and end just as solidly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Sep 14, 2016

    Overall, Action Comics is improving and finally going somewhere, but it looks as if the pacing issues are going to be a consistent problem going forward. It's a real shame, as there's a lot going on in this series I'm interested in, but it's so grating to have to have everything spoon fed to me. I'm on board again for now, but this title needs whipped into shape fast. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 14, 2016

    While you might have come to this issue looking for a Superman story, what you get instead is a Clark Kent story and that's probably more interesting, especially from what we saw during the last story arc.  I can't wait to get to the bottom of this mystery and hope that things aren't drawn out as much as they were with Doomsday because I can't wait another arc to get a dollop of information.  That being said, there was enough interesting things to this story to keep me upbeat and the art was great. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Matthew J. Theriault Sep 14, 2016

    Compared to its middling mediocrity since the start of Rebirth, Action Comics #963is a bit better, but barely. Still, if this is as good as Superman stories will remain for the rest of the postmodern age of comics, readers would have been better off had the Man of Steel's never-ending battle actually ended after American Alien were wrapped up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Sep 14, 2016

    Unfortunately, I thought that this issue was a bit of a disappointment. Clark acts a bit odd, which is probably justified as we still don't know what is going on with him, but therein lies the problem. It's been several issues so far, and yet we still know nothing about him, they haven't even really hinted at what is going on, doubling down on the narrative that this Clark Kent is the real Clark Kent, leaving me to wonder why they are trying to make me care so much about something that most readers will probably view as a weird, temporary arrangement. If we had gotten really any hint at an overall arc where this is going, it would be one thing (I have theories on what is going on, but as far as actual hints go, they're pretty much non-existent) but giving us basically nothing to work with was a mistake, and if this arc ends up being as long as the last one, could be a mistake that carries on for a while. Read Full Review

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