Action Comics #985

Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Guillem March Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 9, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 25
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"ONLY HUMAN" part one! Superman finds himself side by side with Lex Luthor once more, but is his former foe truly committed to being a hero, or is it just a ruse to gain the Man of Steel's trust? As world events point to something dark on the horizon, the mysterious Mr. Oz makes his final move against the Man of Tomorrow.

  • 10
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 9, 2017

    Action Comics #985 is a fantastic issue -- it's so fun to read and is truly action packed. The art is a perfect fit to this book and I can't wait to see what happens next with this fight against the Machinist. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Aug 14, 2017

    This issue is perfect for readers of all ages, regardless of their level familiarity with the series. The story is new and everything is explained as it unfolds. I do wonder at what is in store next issue, will there be a sudden twist to the events unfolding or will the promised battle take place? Im excited to see just what Williams and his team have instore and Id recommend this to anyone looking to break into the DCU given the stellar track record of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 9, 2017

    This is for people who like a bit of hope in their books, who might want a bit of optimism in their lives. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Aug 9, 2017

    This story is about optimism, perseverance, and heroism as Superman must overcome a longtime foe even while he faces a new threat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 9, 2017

    A fun two parter story starts here teaming Lex and Superman up in a high emotions drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 14, 2017

    The Luthor/Superman relationship is one of my favorite things about Superman in general. I love Lex as the arch-villain. And probing this new dynamic is a decent hook. But in some ways I am already looking past this to the Oz arc. And that is a great compliment to Jurgens and the artists on the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 10, 2017

    All in all a fun issue. I hope we get to see more of these team-ups of Superman and Lex Luthor. It adds a fascinating level of complexity to the relationship between Superman and his one time arch-foe. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Aug 10, 2017

    In conclusion, Action Comics #985 is a fun Superman story and never having read about the Machinist before, I'm eager to see the direction of this fill-in creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey Aug 9, 2017

    This was a fun and fast paced story; something about it felt very golden age to me though. Maybe it was the simplicity of the plot. This isn't to say it was bad, it's just a dramatic contrast to the story that just unfolded previously. I'm excited to see more of Lex, so maybe next issue I'll be able to get more on board with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Aug 9, 2017

    The guest arc for Action Comics has a fairly light start to another Superman and SuperLex team up and while the art has it's muddled spots, Williams maintaining the characterization we've come to know of these two Supermen, giving Lex Luthor his own spotlight of sorts as the voice of the arc gives you an okay start to look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Aug 11, 2017

    There has been a trend in DC where some have complained about some of their titles plotting and pacing. This title doesnt seek to fall under the umbrella of being slow, with not much happening. There are panels which slow action down but they are few. I can not say this is most compelling story about superman I have ever read, but it is fast paced and intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Aug 9, 2017

    So here we are, picking up on some threads from ambitious series that couldn't do all they planned to. That being said, the issue doesn't feel bogged down by history or continuity. It's a pretty straightforward superhero story. Superman finds some goons, finds they masked leader, and grabs a friend to help take him down. The "twist" at the end felt obligatory, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun to see. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Aug 9, 2017

    Gullem March and Hi-Fi are on pencils and colors, respectively. March's figures are perfectly serviceable, if sometimes oddly posed. The facial expressions he gives his characters, however, hovers between expressive and ridiculous. March's Luthor in particular is given plenty of odd facial mannerisms that make him look more like a loony toon villian than the sleek billionaire he's usually portrayed as. Hi-Fi's colors do the art no favors. His dulled tone fits ill with March's more flamboyant style. Brighter colors would go along way in bolstering the art on this title. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell Aug 10, 2017

    There's a lot about the current Superman books that are very enjoyable, which is why it's so disappointing to see some of that goodwill get squandered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 9, 2017

    The concepts of how the characters in this issue interact with one another comes off feeling odd for how much we've seen their relationship grow since Rebirth and while I wish that was the only thing that I wasn't a fan of in this issue, the art here wasn't that great either and at the end of the day I am hopeful that we'll get something memorable out of this arc, but sadly it won't be from this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 9, 2017

    There's not a lot to be excited about with this issue from a writing or artistic perspective. Jurgens returns in another issue for The Oz Effect and it might be best for regular readers to just wait for issue #987 as there's little to enjoy here. Read Full Review

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