Here’s my review for Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 by Dan Jurgens, Patch Zircher and Tyler Kirkham.
The Book Itself
This volume of Action Comics is an oversized hardcover with a dust jacket and a sewn binding. The art on the dust jacket is different from the art on the hardcover itself, and both are beautiful. The dust jacket is well designed and the spine is nice looking on the bookshelf, and it goes well with all the other Rebirth Deluxe Edition books that have been published.
I’ve gotta say a list this big of pencilers for such a small collection is a bit bizarre. We’ve got a big name in charge of writing, but a big stable of lesser known artists cycling through the book. Essentially it felt a bit odd compared to the Superman Rebirth book with a more stable roster. It doesn’t hurt the book too bad though. The art is good throughout, sometimes quite good, but it didn’t stand out to me as great.
This book collects Action Comics #957-966 and Justice League #52. The story is written by Dan Jurgens.
The beginning of the book we see Lex Luthor, equipped with a motherbox and sporting his high tech armor, decide that he should take up the mantle of Superman, after the death of the former Superman. However, his reign as the new Superman is cut short, as the real deal shows up to say he’s back.
Then, disaster strikes, as Doomsday is released on Metropolis, once again. The battle to stop Doomsday runs the length of a full arc and Superman has to call upon the help of longtime ally Wonder Woman, among others.
This is a fun and action packed arc.
Next up we focus more on the the other side of Superman’s life, as Lois goes back to working for the Daily Planet, and we’re faced with the mysterious presence of a human Clark Kent, with all of Superman’s memories of growing up in Smallville, moving to Metropolis, becoming a journalist, etc, but none of Superman’s super powers. This is an interesting tale and we won’t see the ultimate conclusion to this mystery until we get to Book 2.
Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 is a good book. I really enjoyed this battle with Doomsday and the unfolding story with Lex Luthor. Therefore, if you’re a Superman fan this book is worth getting.
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