Action Comics #977

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ian Churchill Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 12, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 38
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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"Superman Reborn Aftermath" part one! Following the epic struggle against [REDACTED], Superman examines his entire history-the birth of Jon, the marriage of Lois and Clark, their lives at the Daily Planet-to discover who tried to destroy his life. Who is waiting in the shadows? Who is Mr. Oz? All questions the Man of Steel cannot answer alone. It is time for him to unite the entire Superman-Family!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 12, 2017

    With all the unanswered questions after the "Superman Reborn" story line, there needed to be a clarifying issue or two. Action Comics #977 goes a long way in assuaging some fears. Hopefully, the next few issues continue to fill in the gaps. However, the emotional response to this issue is a resounding "Yes!" If you were worried, don't be. Action Comics continues to be be a top-notch Superman title, managing to communicate the new amalgamated status quo inSuperman's history while also teasing the mystery that is still out there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 12, 2017

    In conclusion this series seems to really try and give Tomasi and Gleeson’s Superman a run for it’s money. This series is definitely one of the best books coming out of DC Rebirth and I hope that it continues to be strong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Apr 14, 2017

    Everyone involved focused on the fine details without ever losing sight of the big picture in this masterfully crafted issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 17, 2017

    I have read Superman's origin story countless times. But with the recent upheaval, setting his beginnings on solid ground felt necessary. And as a reader, I kind of needed to catch my breath a little after the Reborn arc. So Jurgens giving us this, so we can pause and understand who this Superman is, was a great idea. And as someone who like Superman Secret Origin, I don't mind that being the template. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 12, 2017

    Welcome to the Dan Jurgens show! Action Comics #977 proves Jurgens is one of the best Superman scribes alive today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 12, 2017

    The New World doesn't answer every Superman Reborn question, but there's a definite excitement about what Jurgens has in store. I'm thrilled to see Action Comics evolve into such an enjoyable read now. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 13, 2017

    This is a really beautiful looking comic and Churchill has turned out to be the perfect artist for the back-to-basics Man of Steel that we have after Superman Reborn. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 16, 2017

    Superman's Rebirth origin is interesting, albeit a familiar one. The visuals on this book are incredible. A good entry point for those to want to begin the Man of Steel's adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 17, 2017

    With its emotional hook and high production values Action Comics #977 doesn't shake the planet, but its aim is true when it comes to heartfelt superhero storytelling. Dan Jurgens, Ian Churchill, and Hi-Fi use the momentum from the recent Superman crossover and capitalize on it well, showing that Action is just as equipped for the kind of character-focused storytelling Superman has been enjoying since "Rebirth". Action Comics isn't essential reading just yet, but #977 shows that it has the potential to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 12, 2017

    A fine issue that spends way too much time recapping Superman's origin. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Apr 17, 2017

    An intriguing, succinct look into Superman's history that provides an emotional jumping-off point both for established fans and for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Apr 12, 2017

    The New World is a breather for Superman himself, still feeling the effects bounce off of the numerous Superman this month gives a sense of calm before the storm and that's what we're treated to exactly. Revisiting the tired and true, more “classical” moments of Superman's origin assures readers that nothing has changed and it's exactly what you remember. Substituting action for Jurgens retelling of events combined with Churchill and Hi-Fi colorful approach to telling what's going on helps the issue but doesn't elevate it past a recap issue with an interesting lead-in towards the next arc. While the past is set in stone, the present isn't assured whatsoever with enemies old, new, and mysterious are beginning to form to take control and ruin Superman's life for good. No pressure right? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Apr 12, 2017

    Churchill's art this issue is detailed and occasionally cinematic, muted colors notwithstanding. His portrayal of Krypton makes the doomed planet exotic while keeping things relatable on a human scale. Its a tough balancing act, but he maintains the believability of his characters on both Earth and Krypton. His facial work conveys the emotional agony of Jor-El and the wonder of his son when seeing Krypton as an adult. It's a genuine treat to see Superman's origins come alive through Churchill's however unnecessary the retelling may be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Apr 12, 2017

    We all know that the creative team of Action Comics are capable of creating an excellent story, so perhaps my negativity on this issue is due to how much of a high standard I have started to hold the series to. As an origin though, this is a fantastic place for a new reader (even one who has never read a Superman comic before) to jump on. I would even say a new reader could add an extra point to my rating as this literally gives the reader a full run down on Superman, saving spoiler filled trips to Wikipedia. For the rest of us though this is one we may have to play by ear, and the next issue will ironically fully reveal what value this one has to the story as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 12, 2017

    While you won't get any real answers in this issue about what went down in the conclusion of the Reborn arc, you will get the setup for what this new arc is all about and it looks pretty bad ass....... Too bad that the majority of this issue felt like a re-run that you've seen a hundred times before.  The art was great in this issue, but the answers were lacking and so was my excitement by the end. Read Full Review

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