The DC Rebirth is now into its third week and we finally get our first taste of Action Comics, the comic which introduced us to Superman more than 75 years ago. With a biweekly schedule, legacy numbering and expanded cast of characters Action Comics #957 look like Superman will have a big start to the Rebirth era. Read on to find out more about this series were written by classic Superman writer Dan Jurgens and artist Patrick Zircher as well as taking a peek at some preview pages.
Before I go too far into this preview I should address the numbering. Part of the DC Comics Rebirth is the return of the legacy number of two of DC Comics’ oldest comics – Action Comics and Detective Comics. As a result Action Comics will enter the Rebirth era with issue #957. Don’t worry, even though it’s number #957 there’s no need to read the previous 956 issues for this to make sense. It’s a fresh start.
It’s also worth noting as a side-note that with the biweekly schedule Action Comics will reach issue #1000 in less than 2 years.
In the opening story, titled “Path to Doom“, Superman returns to Metropolis and runs into Lex Luthor. In Superman’s absence, he has taken the role of protection of the city, using it as a way to take not only Supe’s image but also his legacy. Before the two can go head-to-head to see who the champion of Metropolis truly is they may have to set their differences aside for a much deadly threat.
While the Superman series focuses on Superman and his immediate family, Action Comics has a much larger cast of characters. This comic will feature characters that are widely associated with the Man of Steel such as Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Wonder Woman, Clark Kent and everyone at the Daily Planet. As the series goes along there’s no doubt we will see even more – both friend and foe.
Scribing Action Comics is classic Superman writer Dan Jurgens. Jurgens has had stacks experience with writing Superman from a long run on the character throughout the 90’s and more recently the fan favourite series Superman: Lois and Clark. With this in mind, we should get some solid Superman stories!
Action Comics is also in good hands in the art department with Patrick Zircher drawing this series. He’s worked on everything from Iron Man to Nightwing to Cable & Deadpool. With his vast experience Action Comics is in very good hands.
Take a peek at some preview pages of this issue as well as the variant cover by Ryan Sook courtesy of Comic Book Resources.