Action Comics #975

Writer: Dan Jurgens, Paul Dini Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ian Churchill Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 52
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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"SUPERMAN REBORN" part two! Celebrating our 975th issue with a supersize special as another layer of the Superman/Clark Kent mystery is exposed! And in a backup story written by  Paul Dini with art by Ian Churchill, learn what it all means for the Son of Superman, who is the prize in a deadly game! The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.

  • 10
    Critical Blast - S.J. Mitchell Mar 13, 2017

    When it's all said and done this will fix the problem created when Lois outed Superman during the New 52. Now it's all about seeing how we get there and watching it play out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Mar 14, 2017

    This super-sized special edition offered appropriate nods to the past while advancing significant existing plotlines toward a triumphant resolution. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 8, 2017

    Superman Reborn is unfolding in a wonderfully imaginative way and paying off all the hype and more. This is easily your if you can only buy one comic this week pick. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Mar 8, 2017

    Action Comics #975 breaks the lid off of one of DC Rebirth's long standing secrets. This anniversary hit all the right notes when it came to the story, execution of the reveal, art from beginning to end, and even added a worthy backup that also stands as an equally important chapter in the Reborn event. Jurgens and Dini have woven a Superman narrative that's taken a peek at his history for Rebirth, fills in missing gaps, and continues to leave excited with what will happen going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Mar 8, 2017

    We finally get to see who Clark Kent is, however before truly revealing who he is, Clark toys with Superman, making himself look like other villains Superman has faced. He changes into Lex, Bizarro, Brainiac, Mongul, Doomsday, and others. Finally revealing himself to be.... Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Mar 8, 2017

    Complex, dangerous, yet still fun. Action Comics #975 delivers some of the the best comic book value available. Beyond dollar value, DC's commitment to every other week shipping ensures a sense of momentum to this story line. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Mar 8, 2017

    Overall Action Comics has entered their best arc yet, and it's worth reading this, if for nothing, at least to find out where some of the threads of Rebirth are going! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 8, 2017

    This is about as good as an anniversary issue can get while still progressing the storyline. There are fun homages, meta-nods, and cool reveals that should satiate even the more rabid of Superman fans. The art throughout this volume is top notch well worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Mar 9, 2017

    With one of the larger mysteries revealed, 'Superman Reborn' has kicked into high gear with Action Comics #975. Jurgens and Dini both bring even more emotion to the story with their sympathetic and angry Mxyzptlk and Mahnke and Churchill displayed him that way very well. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Oz will play into the story and what exactly he's got planned for Superman as the story continues next week. For now, though, Action Comics #975 was not only a great chapter in an intriguing story, but an excellent anniversary issue for the world's oldest superhero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Mar 8, 2017

    Bravo! Nostalgic, fun and a throwback to the Silver Age, Action Comics #975 is everything New 52 wasn't. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Mar 8, 2017

    Want to know who the other Clark Kent is? Well you don't want to miss this action packed issue because I guarantee it is going to take you by surprise! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Blair Marnell Mar 9, 2017

    It's not clear if the mystery villain can maintain that threat level for the entire story, but Dini and Churchill actually made him feel relevant for the first time in years Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Mar 9, 2017

    This is what superhero comics is all about. Drama, suspense, emotion from earnest storytellers without compromising on fun or silliness. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 13, 2017

    And how does this all lead to the origins of the Supermen? And who is Oz? Does Mxyzptlk being here make my guess of Vyndktyvx more likely? Will Mxy be the villain for the rest of this arc? Good stuff all around. I liked the art throughout. Churchill doesn't seem as precise here but he does a good job aping others takes on Mxy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Carl Hamlin Mar 8, 2017

    So" this is the book we've all been waiting for, that has been hyped all week" we finally know the human Clark Kent is and I have to say that the surprise took me back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Mar 15, 2017

    Still, Action Comics #975 does feel like a payoff for those who've stuck with the complexities of this character for the last few years and offers a mostly satisfying explanation for one of the strangest mysteries in superhero comics today. It's also a testament to Jurgens' continued mastery of this character and this universe, keeping the focus on how the Man of Steel impacts not only the DC universe but a host of heroes and villains who see him as a leader and fiend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 13, 2017

    Action Comics #975 is an over-sized issue, and it's safe to say you certainly get your money's worth, with two great stories by two great writers, accompanied by sequentials from two outstanding artistic teams. Despite a couple of bumps in the road, Action Comics #975 is a solid second chapter in the "Superman Reborn" story, primarily because it succeeds in delivering on the mystery of the doppelganger Clark's identity that's been brewing since issue #957. However, Jurgens is sure to leave you wanting more, with plenty of questions, including the mysteries surrounding Mr. Oz, still left unanswered for the time being. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 8, 2017

    Despite revealing the identity of Clark Kent in the main story, this back up is the better of the two. It is a good idea to split up the story lines into distinct stories, but it could've been more effective with better pacing. Perhaps, a extending the tension of the reveal through a harder search and let the back up stand on its own in a separate issue. Overall, the story line maintains the reader's interest, but the execution is uneven. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 8, 2017

    Well, we certainly get a reveal in this issue and while I'm not totally on board with it because it doesn't make sense to the timeline that we've been given, I'm sure a lot of people are all happy about it because it brings a legacy character back onto the page.  Personally, I feel that it cheapens the story overall, but with that I had a good time reading this issue and I thought that the art looked great the whole way through. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 10, 2017

    Action Comics #975 was a fun comic book even as we get some answers while adding more questions to what we already know. The heavy focus on Mr. Mxyzplk and why he would turn out to be the fake Clark Kent was a necessary story to be told. It at least puts a stamp on the whole fake Clark Kent mystery and gave us more insight into Mr. Oz's role in the story. There are still some execution problems with the general concept of 'Superman Reborn' that need to be solved. If not this arc may end up doing more bad than good for the long-term future of the Superman franchise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Mar 9, 2017

    Detailing the back-up would spoil the big reveal so I'll avoid doing so, but Dini has a far bigger sandbox to play in, making for the more entertaining portion of this issue. Read Full Review

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