Action Comics #981

Action Comics #981

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Jackson Herbert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 16
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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"REVENGE" part three! Superman races to save the Suicide Squad from General Zod, Cyborg Superman and Eradicator. Can the Man of Steel escape the Black Vault and stop the carnage before Harley, Deadshot and the rest of Task Force X are forced to make a final stand?

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jun 16, 2017

    Subtle touches, painstaking characterization, and hard-hitting action combined to make this forward-looking issue effective. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jun 16, 2017

    Though not ideal for a new reader there is enough explanation and some exposition here – thanks to Cyborg Superman to ensure that most readers will pick up exactly what is going on. A thoroughly compelling read this week which I have no trouble recommending to new and existing readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 14, 2017

    With this issue's cliffhanger, Superman is going to have a real tough time battling any of the Revenge Squad. I can't wait to see what Jurgens does next with a book that's become one of my favorite Rebirth reads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Sam Bajraktarevic Jun 14, 2017

    With Superman stuck in The Black Vault General Zod is out for REVENGE! Will Superman get out of The Black Vault in time to stop him! Let's find out in this weeks Action Comics! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jun 15, 2017

    The "Revenge Squad" arc has had its ups and downs, but the combination of Jurgens and Herbert has already demonstrated the ability to elevate this story to a much higher level. And I can't wait to see their next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Jun 16, 2017

    Action Comics has been hit or miss with its different arcs and so far Revenge is turning out to be a major hit. One full of big adventure with the type of world-ending stakes you want in an Action Comics story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bad Manta - Josh West Jun 16, 2017

    The story here is good, but the art is what makes this issue great. Any Superman fan will appreciate seeing a weakened Superman try to take on the Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, and General Zod all at once. That being said, this isn't a great issue for new readers, but it's a very rewarding issue for readers who have been keeping up with Action Comics in Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jun 26, 2017

    Action Comics remains a strong and engaging DC Comics Rebirth book. Jurgens continues to reinvigorate the character. It's not often that the same writer gets to pop culturally orchestrate the rebirth of a character twice in their career. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey Jun 14, 2017

    This story is picking up heat quickly. Some of Superman's worst foes are out and on a stampede of vengeance. Superman is suffocating in his own guilt, and loses more than he ever has before. Jurgens is doing a fantastic job in giving each character enough space to really highlight their motives and their qualities. If you've ever thought to yourself that Superman was a flat character, this book will change that idea pretty quick. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 14, 2017

    A good fight comic that complicates Cyborg Superman's plan, changes Superman (maybe forever?) and ties well into the emotional side of Superman's friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 20, 2017

    I often find the middle chapter of an arc to slow things down a bit and this issue holds form. There is a great cliffhanger. There is a nice building momentum in some side scenes. And there is a lot of fighting. But this issue didn't feel like it had the substance of the prior chapters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jun 14, 2017

    Revenge Part 3 ups the scale and dire situation of Superman vs. the Superman Revenge Squad to the darkest period it's been yet. Jurgens now has a Superman that's doubting himself and not fully in the fight and brave and courageous as he may be…it won't be enough. The theme of family has been explored and more so teased to greater effect in this issue. Our hero is down and out as it stands and it's going to take some like minded individuals that bear their own “S” on their chests to help him out in these trying times. Revenge Part 3 continues the adventure of the Superman Family and gets all of the pieces on the board as things mount for both sides. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 14, 2017

    This issue moves fast as hell and doesn't get us much further than where we were in the previous issue, but it had enjoyable art and added a new dynamic to the story that doesn't bode well for our hero.  I liked this issue enough and had some fun with it, but in the long run I just wish we'd get more story each issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 18, 2017

    Though bits of the plot are familiar, their assembly here works to great effect, leaving Action Comics #981 an effective and engaging read with excellent art on every page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 14, 2017

    The classic approach to Superman is a welcome direction. However, there does seem to be a lack of depth in the plot. The off beat approach to trying to reconcile the two Supermen at the beginning of this run produced a more interesting challenge for both the reader and the Man of Steel. Though a step up from last issue, it's good, but not great. Read Full Review

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