Action Comics #978

Action Comics #978

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Ian Churchill Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 26, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 20
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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"Superman Reborn Aftermath" part two! Superman's life has been changed, some good is back, but the bad is back as well-with a vengeance! As Superman's allies gather to address the looming threat of Mr. Oz, another Squad seeks revenge against the Man of Steel-and you won't believe who made the team!
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  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Apr 29, 2017

    At the end of the long, careful climb up the mountain, this issue achieves the summit. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 30, 2017

    This summary of the Man of Steel's timeline is a good primer for old and new fans. It goes beyond the history lesson by introducing a new team of villains that will make Superman's life miserable soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 26, 2017

    Jurgens has really turned Action Comics around. What once was an obligatory read has become one of my most anticipated reads every other week. With the Revenge Squad on the way, there's no chance of that interest fading anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Apr 28, 2017

    Throughout the issue Barberi properly captures characters of all shapes and sizes, filling with panels with moments and action and you never lose yourself in the mix of it all is good for an issue dedicated to what came before, what is, and what's happening next. Combined with the inks of Santorelli's which blend into the pages so well they aren't noticeable to where it's overly distracting and the Hi-Fi colors which complete the overall package of the book and you have a well-rounded finale to an arc that sets the stage for the future of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 26, 2017

    This issue finally gives us the reveals that we've been looking for about how the Universe has changed in our post Reborn world and I'm intrigued as hell and actually think that the ways that the writers have used two histories and made them one is quite satisfying.  Yeah, we still have some inconsistencies, but I'm hoping they are explored further as the series progresses.  Besides all that though, the art was fantastic in this issue and the reveal of our big bad of this arc is something that I can't wait to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Tim Montoya Apr 26, 2017

    As a continuation from the last issue, we see Superman scrubbing his past to find any discrepancies. Looking for something, anything that shows what Mr. Mxy could have been talking about. Meanwhile, villains from Superman's past are getting corraled up by a mysterious person. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Apr 27, 2017

    My hope last issue was for a bigger pay off to the Villain story running concurrent with Clarks past, and we do see some of this touched on here in the final few panels. It is unlikely to surprise anyone who is a veteran of the series but it will still leave a lot of us grinning as we wait for next months issue. As mentioned above, this issue and the one before serve as an excellent introduction to the current Superman continuity and if you are new or just curious about what elements have stuck from previous incarnations then this is definitely something you wont want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 2, 2017

    I appreciated these last two issue intent on streamlining Superman's new history. I now have a sense of what happened and what didn't happen. I like the way the recent stories were welded into the old timeline. All that said, I wish they just made the Kents still be alive! It was the one thing I hoped would be a radical change. Lastly, it seems like the Oz arc is starting to boil and this Revenge Squad plot makes me think this book is still on a rising trajectory! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 26, 2017

    Another good issue, but the recapping can be a tad boring given we know it already. It's done well though! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey Apr 26, 2017

    In this issue, we explore more about Superman and the merging of two separate timelines. All of this should be way more confusing than it actually is, but Dan Jurgens is a great writer and manages to make it somewhat understandable. The introduction of Henshaw and The Eradicator make for a increasingly interesting conflict. And the art in Action Comics is always something to be admired. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 27, 2017

    It's not bad, but it's also not very satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 26, 2017

    If you like what's been restored, then this is an enjoyable issue. If you miss what's been lost, then you will feel lost. This issue tips slightly positive, overall for me. While this is a necessary diversion, moving ahead instead of revisiting the past is more important. Like Superman, there remains an uneasiness in the merging of the histories as I know not everything jives with what was published. There's no easy way through this. Hopefully, Mr. Oz and the Superman Revenge Squad that assembles by the end of the issue will provide a quality threat for the Man of Steel in ensuing issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Joshthewest Apr 26, 2017

    Action Comics #978 visits iconic moments in Superman's history that will makes any fan happy to see, and also gives important revelations about Superman's new life. But in the end, there are still so many questions remaining and few answers given. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bad Manta - Josh West Apr 27, 2017

    Action Comics #978 visits iconic moments in Supermans history that will makes any fan happy to see, and also gives important revelations about Supermans new life. But in the end, there are still so many questions remaining and few answers given. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho May 1, 2017

    Action Comics has been a wonderful surprise for Superman fans who were tired of mediocrity. Strong writing and good art help to make this series a must read. No Superman lover should be skipping this book. Period. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ockedman Apr 27, 2017

    This issue is way better than I expected! The new origin of Superman is successful, coherent and comprehensible. We get to revisit the most important parts of his history and it's really well-done. It's also interesting to notice how Dan Jurgens re-writes some stories that he wrote himself. There are many enjoyable references, like the destruction of Coast City with Green Lantern. I'd preferred though to get the whole history in one single issue. This short Superman Reborn Aftermath arc is pretty nice and I'm enthusiast for the return of the Revenge Squad! Carlo Barberi's art is nice but not as neat as Ian Churchil's in last issue. However, it's a shame that they put his name instead of Carlo's in the cover.

  • 8.5
    Supes' soups Apr 26, 2017

    I enjoyed this issue and it's starting to clarify things up but it's also proving that trying to mesh two continuities together is always going to be messy and a bit awkward. We see New 52 Superman come home to news that Lois is knocked up which messes up the New 52 continuity entirely and Jon's original birth was during Convergence and only Thomas Wayne of Flashpoint timeline was present. In this issue, New 52 Diana and Bruce are present during Jon's birth but after the birth, a post-crisis Superman goes into hiding with his family like the mini-series Lois and Clark after Convergence ended. You can already tell this is hard to keep track of and it still brings into question about whether Diana and Clark had a romance in the New 52 continuity, which I actually thought was one of the highlights of New 52 and Superman/Wonder Woman was a good series while Soule was writing. It's irritating that this is such an awkward transition and after a year of Rebirth it's still kind of a mess but hopefully we get somewhere.

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Apr 27, 2017

    It's not necessarily the most eventful book, but I do think it serves an important purpose. It setups the next arc as well as establishing what the current continuity for Superman is. It allows for future creators to know where to start from and creates a new Superman with the best parts of the old two.

  • 8.0
    MKW69 Apr 26, 2017

    This and issue before this should be one story. It's not a bad story, but I would prefer to be served in one Giant Size, like ,,Superman Secret Origin II". But the artwork is nice, and tries to emulate many artists from Superman History. Problem with the story is that they refference the stories from the 80's and ownards, but they do not specify how the story progressed. One example, in one pannel we see Superman in Gladiator outfit from classic story from the 80's Superman Exile. But new reader could be even more confused. Overall pretty good, but we should move on from continuity soup and write new stories.

  • 7.5
    Jack's Yattering May 5, 2017

    It's nice, for a change to get a continuity reboot with some immediate answers. Really, in five years of the New52, DC wouldn't commit one way or the other to whether or not Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday actually happened (for one example of a common problem with the New52...let's not even get into the history of the Robins over in BATMAN). Not a great issue but full of some nostalgic and truly,truly welcome images for a long-time reader like myself. SCORE: 7.5

  • 7.0
    daddyT Apr 28, 2017

    the art is still down a bit... not "bad" but not at all as good as some that we've seen... and he's playing back his memories again... the Eradicator is coming back we just got rid of him what? 10 issues ago maybe? are they really this lazy? Mr Oz shows up just to blast him once and leave. this book seems to be getting lazy.

  • 8.0
    Superior fan Apr 26, 2017

  • 10
    VanessaLivingstone Apr 27, 2017

  • 9.5
    Super17 Apr 26, 2017

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 26, 2017

  • 9.0
    Melkor Apr 27, 2017

  • 9.0
    egon244 Apr 27, 2017

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Apr 27, 2017

  • 8.0
    ActionCity Apr 26, 2017

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Apr 27, 2017

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Apr 29, 2017

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Apr 26, 2017

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jul 29, 2017

  • 7.0
    MPLSrobit Apr 28, 2017

  • 4.5
    Nobodyisemo Apr 29, 2017

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