Action Comics #997

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Will Conrad Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 19
6.8Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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"BOOSTER SHOT" part five! Superman and Booster Gold are stranded in time on a world ruled by not one but two Generals Zod! As Lor-Zod asserts himself as rightful heir to the military dictatorship of their adopted homeworld, Old Man Zod turns his attention to the interlopers from the past. Our heroes' only hope of survival is to repair their craft and get home-but to do that, they'll need to travel into the belly of beast!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 14, 2018

    The final page offers a real shock and will require some legit creativity from Jurgens to address. It'll be fun seeing how he pulls that off. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Feb 13, 2018

    The story moves quickly, is action-packed and ends with a cliffhanger. The battle between Superman and Zod's family is entertaining and perilous. By the end Superman and Booster are in real danger. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - John Jack Feb 18, 2018

    If anyone ever wants to contact me, look me up in my groupfor the love of comic books, I also have several comic pages dedicated to my various true loves,Batman,Spider-man,Marvel,Oldie GoldiesandHats! (Long story on that last one haha) or on Twitter@johnbatusijack Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 16, 2018

    Plenty of action in this title as it approaches issue #1000, and the resolution to this story line is sure to be a doozy as this issue leaves Superman, Lois and just about all the good guys apparently dead. While it's clear that this is not how this arc will end, the build up to the finale is reaching an almost unbearable tension! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Feb 15, 2018

    Action Comics #997 is building to something big and this was a fun issue from start to finish. Sure, we all know how it will end but it's all about the journey that boasts decent characterisation, enjoyable dialogue and some dynamic art from Brett Booth who really brings this issue to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 14, 2018

    Our Booster Shot arc continues here and where I felt that this story has been pretty mediocre, I have to say that this issue caught me by surprise with how many risks it's taking and how far it's willing to go.  Yeah, consequences really don't mean anything in a time travel story, but I really enjoyed what we got here and loved the art way more than I thought I would from what we got in the previous issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 14, 2018

    Brett Booth's art is well-suited to this story, and there's a real sense of tension throughout. However, the Booster/Superman story isn't on the level of the b-plot, focusing on Lois Lane and her son Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Feb 14, 2018

    “Booster Shot” continues the journey through time as Superman continues to seek answers at the heart of it all, it does feel as if Superman gets lost in the shuffle to combat the immediate threat of Zod. Jurgens has the voices set with all of the characters involved and Booth's pencils sell the action and down to earth moments immensely with his style of art. Rapmund and Dalhouse impress with the colors and inkingaccentuating the scenes that demand more than the other and Leigh's letters are on full display with the action in this chapter of “Booster Shot.” Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 19, 2018

    Of course, we are talking about a time travel story so I can only surmise that a else-when rescue is about to happen. So this was an action heavy issue, perfect for Action Comics. But this whole thing is like flat soda. You can say it is a little tasty. But it isn't what you really want. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 12, 2018

    The march to Action Comics #1000 continues, but Superman and Booster Gold, not to mention Lois and Jon, have some tight situations to get out of first in Action Comics #998. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 15, 2018

    This is starting to read like a comic from the '90s, which is a step back in quality from the heights of DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Have A Hulk - Nicola Austin Feb 16, 2018

    Action Comics #997 starts off feeling once again like a bit of a filler issue to the titles milestone #1000, but there's quite a bit of a shocker at the end which has very much caught my attention. How will both teams make it out of their sticky situations? I'm very much intrigued to see what Jurgens does next – I'm sure it'll involve some sort of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Feb 16, 2018

    "BOOSTER SHOT" part five! Superman and Booster Gold are stranded in time on a world ruled by not one but two Generals Zod! As Lor-Zod asserts himself as rightful heir to the military dictatorship of their adopted homeworld, Old Man Zod turns his attention to the interlopers from the past. Our heroes' only hope of survival is to repair their craft and get home-but to do that, they'll need to travel into the belly of beast! Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 14, 2018

    Character inconsistencies (Skeets doing the exact opposite of what he just advised between pages) and ample clichs (a villain explaining their plan in excruciating detail) make for a tedious issue of filler that leaves us looking for to Action Comics #1000 as a light at the end of this tunnel. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 18, 2018

    Action Comics #997 makes it clear how much of a stopgap the Booster Shot is intended to be on the road to #1000. While the book has its bright spots, Booster Gold himself being chief among them, none of them make up for how empty this story was intended to be all along. I can recommend it to the Booster and Superman completionists, as the story is not entirely a disaster. However, anyone with cursory interest may as well wait for #1000. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 14, 2018

    Save for some fun action this is a lackluster issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dispatchdcu Feb 14, 2018

    Loved the recap page in the beginning. I've read the entire arc BUT his is issue 5 of the arc meaning it started two months ago and I probably forgot s thing or two. So we need more recap pages in comics!!!

    I personally didn't see old man Zod coming, which was a nice surprise. I like how Superman overcame Lor by saying it's because of the lack of fighting experience... makes enough sense to me.

    The side store with Lois is the worst part to me. Lois gets to break out her pops, but I want to see how Lois explains why her son is in a war zone and not some type of super powered hero. I don't see her "logically" getting out of this one.

    They did a good job getting her into the country in a reasonably believab more

  • 8.0
    CWagz19 Mar 2, 2018

    This again has some really good art work and a decent nice little story that will probably have zero consequences. Booster and Supes have really gotten into a jam and I have no idea how they will get out of it. The Lois part of the story is still distracting and pulls away from the momentum of Booster and Superman's story. Also how is Sam Lane not gonna figure out that Jon is super and then deduce that Clark is Superman. They can't just brush that off either. If they do the Lois story should definitely not even exist.

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Feb 14, 2018

    Strangely, the Lois Lane's bits of story were more interesting than the main story, in which pretty much nothing happened. Booth's art didn't help too. Overall, a decent, but a skippable issue, which is quite a letdown, considering how strong did this arc start.

  • 5.5
    SloboSOY Feb 15, 2018

    This will be hard to come back to that... Sup & Lois both are in deep trouble and I don't see what will be doing for saving seem without destroying all the work in the book for now. So much for two undercover missions. The lost of Skeets didn't affect me much.

    Cover - I take the variant. Not link at all to the story inside. But very wonderfull. 1/2
    Writing - A superman issue, Booster downgrade too support character, and not a bright one. Jon come out of the shadow take a full part in his mother story. 1.5/3
    Arts - Booth is good. I really like his older Zod. 3/3
    Felling - I was a little disappointed by this story & fear a easy answer with a Deux ex Machina. 0/2

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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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