Here’s my review for Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 by Dan Jurgens and Patch Zircher.
The Book Itself
This is another book in the Rebirth Deluxe Edition line by DC Comics. These are the best books you can buy as far as comics goes. Out of all comic book formats, either Single Monthly Issues, Trade Paperbacks, Hardcovers or Omnibus Editions, this is my favorite comic format. The oversized hardcover means you have a solid sturdy book with plus-sized pages for really enjoying and savoring the art. You have a nice dust jacket with gorgeous art. These books have sewn bindings which is top-quality. And you get a nice variant cover and sketch galleries in the back.
This book is full of top-knotch art by the great team of Patch Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Doug Mahnke, Ian Churchill, Carlo Berberi, Jack Herbert, José Luis, Victor Bogdanovic, Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott, Matt Santorelli, Ray McCarthy, and Jonathan Glapion.
With such an army of pencillers for such a modest sized book, you might reasonably fear that the quality would be low and there would be jarring changes of style within issues or from one issue to the next. However, despite the large roster of artists I didn’t find myself too bothered by that as I read the book. Instead, I liked pretty much all the art here and I even appreciated the variety sometimes.
This book collects Action Comics #967-984.
The first big arc served up by Dan Jurgens is called “Men of Steel.” It involves an alien warrior named the God Killer attempting to hunt down and execute Lex Luthor! God Killer has had a vision of the future where Lex Luthor becomes the ruler of Apokolips, and has conquored earth, killing millions in the process. He wants to eliminate Lex for these crimes he is “destined” to commit. Superman is torn somewhat, obviously it is wrong to punish or kill someone for something they haven’t even done, but maybe the world would be better off without Lex Luthor?
Next there is a cross-over story with Superman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 involving Mr. Mxyzptlk. I was unfamiliar with this character before reading this story, and honestly I didn’t much care for it or him. Luckily it’s not too long and the next story is better.
The next arcs are called ‘The New World’ and “Revenge” respectively. It involves someone gathering together a squad of some of Superman’s most deadly and dangerous foes in order to take him out. Metallo, Mongul, Eradicator, Cyborg Superman and finally General Zod all tag team to try to take Superman out! I love any story with General Zod. And Cyborg Superman was actually pretty awesome in this arc as well. Quite fun.
Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 is a fitting continuation of Action Comics in the Rebirth era. This book is even a bit more enthralling than the plain Superman book at this stage in the run. I found myself really enjoying the Superman action but also the side stories involving Clark Kent and his entourage.
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