Action Comics #993

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Brett Booth, Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 13, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 30
7.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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"BOOSTER SHOT" part one! As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz's true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only "hero" he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz's story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn't want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Dec 13, 2017

    This issue kicks off the arc that will carry us most of the way to #1,000 and we get a lot thrown at us in these first pages. With appearances by Flash and a few other recognizable faces, this issue casts a wide net in its appeal. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 17, 2017

    Superman continues to inch forward to discover who or what is responsible for the universe's Rebirth. This is incredibly fun and having Booster Gold become involved will only increase a reader's delight. The visuals are great, with some terrific scenes of the book's co-star. A winner in every way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 13, 2017

    Action Comics #993 gets a strong recommendation. Booster Gold is back and as great as ever. The Superman story is quite interesting, and the art team does some damn fine work. Give this one a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 14, 2017

    Where "The Oz Effect" felt very heavy and depressing, this story line's first chapter seems to offer something more in keeping with Superman's nature. It also seems to promise a definitive answer to Superman's questions about Jor-El. It's also at the heart of the Doomsday Clock/Rebirth/Watchmen storyline that's been unfolding for the past year and a half. These elements are critical to the DCU and Superman. It feels like a tale that shouldn't be missed! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Dec 13, 2017

    I have no idea where this story is going, which increases the intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 13, 2017

    Booster Shot already shows a lot of potential and with the rare Superman/Booster Gold team-up, Jurgens has a potentially great dynamic to play with in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Dmjohndrow Dec 13, 2017

    Action Comics continues to be the fun companion to Tomasi & Gleason's phenomenal Superman run, and this is an overall good issue that ends in a gripping cliffhanger that I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 13, 2017

    Dan Jurgens, an iconic writer/artist on both Superman and Booster Gold, finally gets to team up his favorites again on an issue where he once again takes art duties. And like Tony Isabella, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, and others, he shows he hasn't lost a step Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Impulse Gamer - admin Dec 13, 2017

    Action Comics #993 was classic Superman at its best and Jurgens successfully delivers another fun issue of everyone's favourite son of Krypton but more importantly, it was great seeing Booster Gold back in the DCU after his absence. Complementing the engaging text and story was the art by Dan himself which was finished by Joe Prado and Cam Smith who helped with the finishing touches. I also loved the full page panels employed by Jurgens, especially the close-ups that were filled with emotion and overall, the action scenes flowed well. However like the Oz Effect arc, there's definitely more to this story than meets the eye and I'm placing bets on a parallel reality! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Dec 14, 2017

    Superman travels back in time to discover what secrets lie around the destruction of Krypton Booster Gold goes back to stop him, and they both find themselves trapped in an unknown timeline! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 14, 2017

    While it is always entertaining to see Superman flung through time and subjected to Hi-Fi's beautifully colored double-page splashes of fractured time, it is Action Comics #993's down-to-earth moments that make this issue feel truly like a "Superman Family" book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Dec 13, 2017

    Story wise its a 2 out of 5 because its supposed to be a setup issue. Heres the deal, there were some fragmentary panels of Kryptonians I just couldnt identify that artist Steve Pugh took the time to draw really well, and I cant help but speculate if this is the first appearance issue for some of the folks we will be seeing in SYFYs Krypton series slated for 2018. If thats the case this becomes a 4 out of 5 and must pick-up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Dec 18, 2017

    A solid start to what is certain to be a good arc from Superman legend Dan Jurgens. I'm really excited to see where this arc takes us, and really hope to see more Booster Gold! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 13, 2017

    The art helps with Jurgens taking the helm and a look that looks like DC of the past. That's not a bad thing at all but Jurgens and others from his era have a different style than artists from the last decade. So, art wise, it looks more like the Superman comics I read growing up as a kid. The panel layouts and flow have more in common with those comics than those of today. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 13, 2017

    A solid start though it has its hiccups. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Blair Marnell Dec 14, 2017

    There are definitely worse issues, however this fell short of its trajectory. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Dec 14, 2017

    "Action Comics" #993 is crass and absurd but the nostalgic attitude and artwork make for an engaging read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 13, 2017

    While the story that we're dealing with in Action Comics seems really important, this installment to that arc really isn't........... you know, unless you want to know the basics about Booster Gold or see the set up for a Lois Lane story.  Besides that though, not much Superman or Krypton in this issue and that was pretty disappointing.  Thankfully, the art was decent though, I just wanted more out of the story at hand. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Dec 13, 2017

    The story is fun and exciting, as Booster mounts a rescue mission to prevent Superman from changing time any more than it has been. And while Booster and the Flash are both experienced time-traveller, its clear they have differing views on the ramifications of stepping into the past. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 18, 2017

    But between the forced Flash-fight, the overlooked Supergirl origin, and the return to Krypton, I sort of winced my way through this. The other histories look interesting. Now that we are here maybe the plot will blossom. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 13, 2017

    In conclusion, this isn’t really a great issue at all. We are not given any indication of the direction of the story. We know basically as much as we did last time and this issue does little to progress this. Read Full Review

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