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Following the world-shattering events of THE OZ EFFECT, the Man of Steel must come to terms with a new status quo in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6! Superman has never faced a challenge like this--how will it change his relationship with Metropolis? And more importantly, with his wife, Lois Lane, and his super son, Jonathan? Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF Following the world-shattering events of THE OZ EFFECT, the Man of Steel must come to terms with a new status quo in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6! Superman has never faced a challenge like this--how will it change his relationship with Metropolis? And more importantly, with his wife, Lois Lane, and his super son, Jonathan? Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his epic return to the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6, collecting issues #1001-1006.


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Following the world-shattering events of THE OZ EFFECT, the Man of Steel must come to terms with a new status quo in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6! Superman has never faced a challenge like this--how will it change his relationship with Metropolis? And more importantly, with his wife, Lois Lane, and his super son, Jonathan? Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF Following the world-shattering events of THE OZ EFFECT, the Man of Steel must come to terms with a new status quo in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6! Superman has never faced a challenge like this--how will it change his relationship with Metropolis? And more importantly, with his wife, Lois Lane, and his super son, Jonathan? Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his epic return to the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6, collecting issues #1001-1006.

30 review for Superman: Action Comics Vol. 6

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Lex booms the Superfam over to Apokolips to become its saviour because Superman is somehow The Chosen One – yowzers, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason sure are imaginative, original writers! Why does Lex suddenly care about Apokolips’ wellbeing? Because contrived bullshit. Tomasi/Gleason are horrible writers, they don’t need reasons! He might’ve had reasons but I was beyond bored to notice. And Lex is bopping around in a Superman armor these days and pretending to be good so the reason was pro Lex booms the Superfam over to Apokolips to become its saviour because Superman is somehow The Chosen One – yowzers, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason sure are imaginative, original writers! Why does Lex suddenly care about Apokolips’ wellbeing? Because contrived bullshit. Tomasi/Gleason are horrible writers, they don’t need reasons! He might’ve had reasons but I was beyond bored to notice. And Lex is bopping around in a Superman armor these days and pretending to be good so the reason was probably equally dumb and uncharacteristic anyway. If you thought that was bad, Superman and kid go to a dying planet that looks sickeningly like the Gungan city from The Phantom Menace because the story parallels what happened to Crapton and snore… Meesa couldn’t cared less! Superman, Volume 6: Imperius Lex was awful. The stories are dull and pointless – why should Superman bring peace to Apokolips? What does that accomplish? The only thing Apokolips had going for it was that it was this cartoonishly nightmare world full of mental weirdos constantly fighting – now it’s neutralised and everyone’s boring, what’s the point of its existence? Who cares about some water planet full of religious nutters in denial of its impending doom? There’s also a forced feel-good story about disabled orphans or something going on a day trip to the Watchtower – ugh, so corns. Look, I get it: Supes is a tough character to write good stories about. He’s too well-defined at this point, he’s the OG OP character, etc. That’s why every other Superman story is a retelling of his origin and why the latest Superman titles under Bendis just rehash familiar tropes – it’s easier to go back and redo what’s worked in the past than go the much harder route of figuring out new, exciting stories to tell instead. I wouldn’t know how to write a great Superman story any more than Tomasi/Gleason/James Robinson or DC seem to! Still, that doesn’t excuse the crappiness of this book any - Imperius Lex is imperius drek!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Imperious Lex picks up the story that started in Darkseid War towards the end of the new 52's Justice League run. It's been a long time coming and ultimately caps Superman and Lex Luthor's relationship. It could have used another episode or two to fully flesh it out. Then there's a very emotional issue where the Justice League spends the day with some kids with serious illnesses. Having friends whose son went through the whole Make-a-Wish thing, this definitely gave me a case of the feels in a v Imperious Lex picks up the story that started in Darkseid War towards the end of the new 52's Justice League run. It's been a long time coming and ultimately caps Superman and Lex Luthor's relationship. It could have used another episode or two to fully flesh it out. Then there's a very emotional issue where the Justice League spends the day with some kids with serious illnesses. Having friends whose son went through the whole Make-a-Wish thing, this definitely gave me a case of the feels in a very nice way. Also included was a 2 part story by James Robinson paralleling Krypton's destruction. Superman and son head to a planet that is ready to explode to help and are rebuffed by an ultra-extreme religious theocracy that is ready to die instead of striving to save themselves. Robinson surprised me by nailing the relationship between Clark and Jon. Robinson seems to be regaining some of his mojo from when he was writing Starman and Leave It to Chance back when he was one of my favorite writers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    3.5 stars While the colorful 'Imperious Lex' / Apokolips opener runs a little long, it was sort of worth it for the scenes of armor-clad Lois joining forces with / jumping into battle alongside the Furies. Lots of action here, and a few scenes that echo Shakespeare's "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" line. The latter half of the book features two stories that are more down-to-earth in nature. Superman practices his own style of the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' in the pleasing Goodnight Moon, f 3.5 stars While the colorful 'Imperious Lex' / Apokolips opener runs a little long, it was sort of worth it for the scenes of armor-clad Lois joining forces with / jumping into battle alongside the Furies. Lots of action here, and a few scenes that echo Shakespeare's "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" line. The latter half of the book features two stories that are more down-to-earth in nature. Superman practices his own style of the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' in the pleasing Goodnight Moon, featuring a group of juvenile cancer patients on a surprise field-trip they'll never forget. The closer Last Days is a father / son adventure (featuring some nice, natural-sounding conversations between the two) with a narrative that bears intentional similarities to Superman's own origin tale.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A bit rushed, a bit simple but still quite good. World: The art is fantastic, so far this series has had a couple of artists and I will say that the art has been able to set the hopeful tone for this series since Rebirth. The world building here is also quite good with tied all the way back to Darkseid War and Superman’s past. The pieces were all there to play with and I will never say no to a trip to Apokolips. The ties to the past and the ties to the core of the character of Superman for Last A bit rushed, a bit simple but still quite good. World: The art is fantastic, so far this series has had a couple of artists and I will say that the art has been able to set the hopeful tone for this series since Rebirth. The world building here is also quite good with tied all the way back to Darkseid War and Superman’s past. The pieces were all there to play with and I will never say no to a trip to Apokolips. The ties to the past and the ties to the core of the character of Superman for Last Days was also pretty great. Story: ‘Imperius Lex’ was a rushed story where characters and interaction could have slowed down to breath and allowed for better progression. That being said this story had huge consequences and it was a good story. The past with Lex and then with Superman and the prophecy was done well and as I said a little more time would have made a huge difference especially the end when the emotional cues needed to pay off. That being said seeing all those characters and the amazing art was fantastic. ‘Last Days’ was almost bordering on preachy and othering but Superman and the final conversation he has with the aliens really showed that he is the best and has a layer of depth and hope and compassion that other heroes simply does not. I like it, it was a quick 2 issue arc that was expected but the mirror of Superman’s origins really hit the emotional cues. Then there is a amazing and beautiful ‘Goodnight Moon’ a perfect book. It was sugary it was melodramatic but it was needed. Much like the ‘Independence’ story a couple of issues back this one is quiet, and really focuses on the humanity of Superman and the world. Lateef and the kids were all the feels. Characters: Superman is great, he’s a rock, he’s an ideal and so far with this creative team he’s been a beacon for the DC universe, it’s great. Jon playing along side him is fantastic and gives area for Jon to grow and also accept and learn from Superman, he’s our window into Supes. Lois is fantastic this arc and has been since the start of Rebirth, she’s strong, she’s deep and she’s just a well written character. Lex gets a lot of growth this arc and the end of ‘Imperious Lex’ was a culmination that has been going on since the end of New52 good job (1 more issue would have been so much better). Apokolips and all the people we see, awesome and that’s all I can say cause you need to see them, the art did them justice. A good arc that hits the feels but could have used an extra issue to knock it out of the park. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  5. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Superman, Superman, he can do what...Oh wrong hero. Wow I'm bored. Okay, so this is getting very close to the end of Tomasi run on Superman! A run I mostly loved despite a drop in quality for last volume (Which half wasn't even done by him) but this volume we have Superman heading to Apolopik or however spell it, after Lex comes clean that he is not a god to these people. So instead they want Superman to replace Lex but of course Superman decides fuck that and fights for what's right! We also ha Superman, Superman, he can do what...Oh wrong hero. Wow I'm bored. Okay, so this is getting very close to the end of Tomasi run on Superman! A run I mostly loved despite a drop in quality for last volume (Which half wasn't even done by him) but this volume we have Superman heading to Apolopik or however spell it, after Lex comes clean that he is not a god to these people. So instead they want Superman to replace Lex but of course Superman decides fuck that and fights for what's right! We also have a one shot of Superman taking a bunch of terminally ill kids up to the justice league tower. Last but not least is James Robinson story of Superman visiting a planet who wants to die. Good: Loved the HELL out of the one shot of Superman with the kids. It's heartfelt, amazing, and so damn adorable. It's everything Superman is about. I also enjoyed the Apolopik arc, though not crazy good it was interesting enough throughout to keep my attention. Once more the art is stunning as usual. Bad: The last arc was really boring. To the point I frankly kind of lost track of the page a few times and nearly fell asleep. What a weak closing chapter to a otherwise solid volume. Overall, not amazing but better than last volume. Here's hoping volume 7 will close out Peter's run in a strong way! A 3 out of 5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: First, Apokolips kidnaps Lex Luthor because they think he is their savior, and then Superman is kidnapped by Lex to set things straight. Then a couple of other shorts show Superman showing a good time to a kids cancer ward and attempting to save a planet from destruction. The Apokolips story had some cool moments in it. Lois as a Fury was pretty damn cool. I really liked the shorts, though, as I felt they really captured the heart of Superman. There is some fairly deep philosophy in t Basic plot: First, Apokolips kidnaps Lex Luthor because they think he is their savior, and then Superman is kidnapped by Lex to set things straight. Then a couple of other shorts show Superman showing a good time to a kids cancer ward and attempting to save a planet from destruction. The Apokolips story had some cool moments in it. Lois as a Fury was pretty damn cool. I really liked the shorts, though, as I felt they really captured the heart of Superman. There is some fairly deep philosophy in the last short, and I really liked it. Solid art throughout. Very enjoyable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Cast off bits and pieces from other storylines and preachy one-shots combine to be even worse than the individual parts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    (3.5) solid superman series contiues right along. This volume had 3 stories but they all worked well together. The Lex story about the planet Apokolips was fun. The mid story about the supers taking the kids to space was silly and lighthearted. The last story with Clark and John saving a distant plant was great. Art was great. Ill keep reading

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] There exists a prophecy on Apokolips of the one who will replace Darkseid, killed in the event known as the Darkseid War. It is time for that prophecy to come to fruition. But when Superman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor are all transported across the universe to fulfill it, the true heir apparent might not be quite so apparent after all. Plus, Clark and Jon travel to a planet dying in a way very similar to Krypton, and find that they cannot stand by and watch that kind of cat [Read as single issues] There exists a prophecy on Apokolips of the one who will replace Darkseid, killed in the event known as the Darkseid War. It is time for that prophecy to come to fruition. But when Superman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor are all transported across the universe to fulfill it, the true heir apparent might not be quite so apparent after all. Plus, Clark and Jon travel to a planet dying in a way very similar to Krypton, and find that they cannot stand by and watch that kind of catastrophe befall anyone else. But how do you save a planet whose inhabitants don’t want to be saved? Imperius Lex is one of those storylines that feels like it’s been teased for a long time, but I think it’s just that it was due to start about two months earlier than it actually did, but art schedules pushed everything back a bit. Unfortunately for me, this upped the hype levels as well which means that the story itself fell a bit flat. It scatters the characters across Apokolips and then focuses on each in turn, which you’d think would be a recipe for great character moments, but it all just feels kind of…eh, until they join back up again. The stakes never seem that high either. With the throne of Apokolips as the prize you’d expect it to feel like a high pressure storyline, but there’s a lacksidasical element about it where no one feels like they’re in much of a rush. Then we get yet another filler arc as James Robinson steps in to tell a more compelling tale that helps Jon come to terms with his ancestry even if he’s never been a part of Krypton. The parallels between the world in this story and Krypton are eerily similar which is exactly the point, but the ending’s a little more optimistic, if not by much. Robinson nails the father-son dynamic easily too, which is the lynchpin of the story. There’s also a one-and-done set on the Justice League Watchtower between the two stories that will 100% make you cry, and that’s one of the highest compliments I can give to a comic. The art is mostly Doug Mahnke and Ed Benes, both reliable Superman artists, with the one-off issue pencilled by Barry Kitson. It’s a bit of a mish-mash in terms of timing, since there aren’t many issues by the same artist consecutively, but it’s not a bad combination overall. My own expectations may have marred my experience of this storyline. I’d actually recommend the filler stories over the main one, which isn’t something I often do. Imperius Lex feels like it should be more epic than it should be, while the filler stories don’t pretend to be anything that they’re not.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    Preachy, silly, and ultimately pointless. Last volume we got an American history lesson. This time we get to hang out with sick kids and find out that *gasp* a scientist can also believe in god. The only two things of note that happen is (view spoiler)[Superman becomes emperor of Apokolips, which isn't as cool as it sounds. He just says "Be good to each other like Ma and Pa Kent taught me" and then leaves (hide spoiler)] . And Lex throws a hissy fit because Superman won't be his BFF (I kid you not Preachy, silly, and ultimately pointless. Last volume we got an American history lesson. This time we get to hang out with sick kids and find out that *gasp* a scientist can also believe in god. The only two things of note that happen is (view spoiler)[Superman becomes emperor of Apokolips, which isn't as cool as it sounds. He just says "Be good to each other like Ma and Pa Kent taught me" and then leaves (hide spoiler)] . And Lex throws a hissy fit because Superman won't be his BFF (I kid you not) and (view spoiler)[gets rid of the "S" on his chest in a teenage girl-like rage (hide spoiler)] . Finally, we get a story about a planet about to be destroyed, but the inhabitants won't evacuate because of their religious beliefs. They did this exact same story over in the Green Lanterns book not that long ago. Getting strapped for ideas DC? Remember when a Superman comic wasn't an after school special and had some fun, original ideas? Those were the days.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Some very good art (mostly Mahnke), and some OK stories. A little cutesy,- Jon Clark (Superboy) is all over the place here. Very middle of the road. This is a side note, but I thought that Jack Kirby meant for "Hunger Dogs" to refer to the oppressed people of Apokolips.. Here, the term is applied to actual dogs. Some very good art (mostly Mahnke), and some OK stories. A little cutesy,- Jon Clark (Superboy) is all over the place here. Very middle of the road. This is a side note, but I thought that Jack Kirby meant for "Hunger Dogs" to refer to the oppressed people of Apokolips.. Here, the term is applied to actual dogs.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Iris Nevers

    Im seriously sad that all Super books ended because Bendis came to DC

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    This one was frustrating...The actual "Imperius Lex" storyline which opens the volume is all right. It wraps up the situation on Apokalips post Darkseid's fall...of course as I just saw him over in Wonder Woman he seems ready to come right back...so...Also I'm a bit confused by the ending. The denizens of Apokalips, who were willing to boomtube Luthor and Superman over to force them to tae the throne of Apokalips as the new dictatorial power now that Darkseid's gone are suddenly willing to accep This one was frustrating...The actual "Imperius Lex" storyline which opens the volume is all right. It wraps up the situation on Apokalips post Darkseid's fall...of course as I just saw him over in Wonder Woman he seems ready to come right back...so...Also I'm a bit confused by the ending. The denizens of Apokalips, who were willing to boomtube Luthor and Superman over to force them to tae the throne of Apokalips as the new dictatorial power now that Darkseid's gone are suddenly willing to accept Superman as absentee ruler...Didn't quite sit right. There are, however, some Lois and Jonathan moments that made the story worth the read, oh, and Lex being humbled. That's always nice. Then issues 37-38 weren't collected here. I assume they're part of some other collection somewhere that I have yet to identify. Issue thirty-nine was weak...I've never seen a better single issue example of pure filler. Superman and the JLA team up to be nice to some sick kids in what seems essentially to be the ultimate granting of Make a Wish... Finally, the last story, a two issue take that covers Superman's attempt to save a world destined to explode much like Krypton did, and on/near the anniversary of Krypton's death is fantastic. Tomasi tries a little too hard to play up religious fanaticism, but he does end up asserting that faith, knowledge and science can work hand-in-hand, a gesture I appreciated. Also having Superman face so dramatically the issue of whether someone he attempts to help actively refused to be saved was well-handled, particualrly in the context the story uses. I liked this story alot. A smaller complaint, but one I find myself making a lot with this newest round of DC collected volumes is that so many of the issues are drawn by guest pencilers, and clearly relatively untrained and lower quality guest pencilers. They're not bad, they're just...not anywhere near on par with the pros who get advertised as having theses monthly gigs. Another reason the final two-issue story was my favorite is both issues were drawn by Ed Benes who did a fantastic job on both of them a welcome relief after the previous issues of the volume.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    It was up and down. Apokolips was amazing and kept me on edge. The other half barely kept me asleep...

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The story would have been much more compelling if the author had remained true to the source material. Apocalypse is a place without hope. Stories have long been made of Superman trying to bring hope to Apocaypse and that world rejecting the hope that he offered, because Apocalypse is a world of despair. This story pissed all over that, and not even very well. The only positive thing that I can say is at least Lex Luthor is back to normal.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another great installment from Peter J. Tomasi. The "Imperius Lex" story alone was fantastic: solid action alongside phenomenal characterization as it allowed each member of the Kent family to shine in their own way: Superman, Lois, and Jon. The strong family themes that were interwoven were done perfectly, but even more interesting were the dynamics explored between Lex Luthor and Superman. I am fascinated by this "good" Lex Luthor, and the relationship between a Superman expecting him to go ba Another great installment from Peter J. Tomasi. The "Imperius Lex" story alone was fantastic: solid action alongside phenomenal characterization as it allowed each member of the Kent family to shine in their own way: Superman, Lois, and Jon. The strong family themes that were interwoven were done perfectly, but even more interesting were the dynamics explored between Lex Luthor and Superman. I am fascinated by this "good" Lex Luthor, and the relationship between a Superman expecting him to go bad--but who is honestly also hoping for him to continue on the right path--and a Luthor who is still just as prideful and ambitious as the one we've always known, but who is also genuinely trying to fill those needs by being a hero rather than a villain... that relationship and (after this volume) former partnership is one that is being handled brilliantly. Seriously, the strongest aspect of these Superman comics is how characterization comes first; story just half a step behind it, hold its hand; and THEN the comic book action we all know and love. Fantastic. Though my favorite issue was definitely the "Goodnight, Moon" story. It was so sweet, and had practically no action. It just simply showed the Justice League being heroes in a different way--a way that we can all do in our own lives: being kind and going out of our way to do something special for someone who needs it. Seriously, I NEED TO OWN THAT COMIC. The last one was also really solid, but it was much more... "thinky." I had to really ponder that one long after I closed the book. I wasn't quite sure how to take it, but once I mulled it over... the end theme to me seemed to be about how religious belief is not enough--it's being a good person along with religious belief. And that's a nice theme that also doesn't alienate any faiths. I also liked the theme that science and religion can coexist. I'm a religious person, and as such, it was nice to see those ideas in a mainstream comic book. (Though, of course, I know the comic could be interpreted many ways. This was my personal take-away. But, to me, that's the magic of writing: It's a conversation between writer and reader, both coming with their own ideas and intentions, and both learning something about each other and themselves. That is what good writing is supposed to do... and this graphic novel was DEFINITELY good writing.) So, again, thank you Mr. Tomasi, for delivering with Superman. I look forward to the next adventure.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I don't really have what to say on the Imperious Rex storyline... I don't know why or how Lex got the S on his chest, how long he and Superman have been working together, or how Lex ended up as the pretend savior of Apokolips for a bit... Though I didn't like the art, there are two aspects of the story I really liked: 1. How Lois and Jon are independently smart and strong...How they each held their own and were able to find a way back to each other. 2. The confrontation at the end between Lex & Su I don't really have what to say on the Imperious Rex storyline... I don't know why or how Lex got the S on his chest, how long he and Superman have been working together, or how Lex ended up as the pretend savior of Apokolips for a bit... Though I didn't like the art, there are two aspects of the story I really liked: 1. How Lois and Jon are independently smart and strong...How they each held their own and were able to find a way back to each other. 2. The confrontation at the end between Lex & Superman. Though rushed, it got them back to where I'm most comfortable with them -on opposite sides of the fighting line. 3 stars for Imperious Rex. Even though it was a four-part story, I think it could have gone on a bit longer, maybe adding more to the end. The next story Goodnight Moon... I don't even know how to rate, so I won't. This is one-off fluff issue of Superman hanging out and being wonderful with children with cancer. I just can't give this a poor rating even though it had nothing to do with the volume. I actually liked the last storyline The Last Days by James Robinson, but didn't love the writing. Clark and Jon go off to try and save a planet on what is its last day of existence. There's a lot of overt Krypton baggage (it's the anniversary of Krypton's destruction & Clark and Jon are in the middle of watching the video of Krypton exploding when Clark gets an alert that the planet Galymayne is about to explode very much the same way). When Clark & Jon arrive, they find Galymayne to be a (science hating) Theocracy, readying themselves to die as it is their god's will. They don't want or need Superman's help to be saved. To which Superman says: "Even if it might be morally wrong to force my values on an alien race, if it means lives will be saved, that's all that matters." Which is such an interesting idea for a Superman comic, and I wish held more focus in this story. 3 stars for The Last Days storyline. The art was eh, and the writing could have been tighter, but the ideas were all there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Overall, an enjoyable story which completes the Lex Luthor arc and adds a few little side adventures. Superman comes across a little too holier-than-thou which is a shame but I still enjoyed it. The story set on Akropolis was fun - even if Lex is reverting to being a megalomaniac. I liked seeing the Superfamily get their own little adventures in the big arc ((view spoiler)[ Truly loved loved loved the scene of Jon with his (mutant) dog patrol (hide spoiler)] ). The ending was a little too pat wi Overall, an enjoyable story which completes the Lex Luthor arc and adds a few little side adventures. Superman comes across a little too holier-than-thou which is a shame but I still enjoyed it. The story set on Akropolis was fun - even if Lex is reverting to being a megalomaniac. I liked seeing the Superfamily get their own little adventures in the big arc ((view spoiler)[ Truly loved loved loved the scene of Jon with his (mutant) dog patrol (hide spoiler)] ). The ending was a little too pat with Superman making this fairly cliched speech about the importance hope and self determination. It wasn’t untrue but it felt rushed with so little panel space devoted to it that it came across as a bit of a cheap shot. The entire volume suffers from this rushed feeling with ending tied up abruptly with a little homily. It felt like those 80s cartoon where children have to be taught a lesson at the end. It mostly came across as the writer being tired of having to continue the plot which was a shame as it brought down the volume. The last story with the dying planer (which thankfully is not Kryption) suffers from a similar pacing issue. Lines like “I am a being of great power - super power - and more importantly I have possible solutions to your plight, due to my own planet suffering the same fate many year ago.” made me hold my head is disbelief. The dialogue was so stilted that I wondered if Superman was hit on the head or something. It’s like the writers decided to fit pages and pages of plot into one balloon to save space and get this filler adventure over with. The best story for me was when Superman and the Justice League take a bunch of sick kids into space. It was cheesy and emotionally manipulative but I did tear up. It showed the eartness of Superman in the best way. Plus some of the artwork, especially the panel of earth from space was fantastic. Overall, a solid volume which I like but some pacing and writing issues kept me from loving it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    In issues #33-36, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, with art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ed Benes, Jack Herbert, Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert, Suprman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor are transported to Apokolips where Lex is mistaken for Darkseid's successor, but soon realizes Superman is the prophesied one. Superman meets his match in the denizens of Apokolips, something that's been missing in many of the recent issues. Moreover, Lois and Jon prove that they can ha In issues #33-36, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, with art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ed Benes, Jack Herbert, Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert, Suprman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor are transported to Apokolips where Lex is mistaken for Darkseid's successor, but soon realizes Superman is the prophesied one. Superman meets his match in the denizens of Apokolips, something that's been missing in many of the recent issues. Moreover, Lois and Jon prove that they can handle themselves against the New Gods. Meanwhile, Luthor shows his true malevolent stripes. All in all, this is the best run in a long time, only marred by some inconsistent artwork by an army of artists. Issue #39 (issues #37-38 are part of Super Sons of Tomorrow), written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, with art by Barry Kitson, is a rare one-and-done story about how Superman and his friends in the Justice League give a special day of fun to a group of pediatric cancer patients. This is the kind of moving and inspirational tale that DC used to do a lot, and should do more of. Issues #40-41, written by James Robinson, with art by Doug Mahnke and Ed Benes, sees Superman and Jon traveling to a distant world that is about to explode just as Krypton exploded so many years ago. But when the heroes arrive, they are met with stern opposition from the majority religious leaders. A lone scientist is the world's only hope to save the legacy of his species. This story has some thought-provoking ideas about religion versus science, noting that they are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

  20. 4 out of 5

    M

    A host of talents unite for this hope-infused Superman collection from the DC Rebirth era. The opening arc sees Lex Luthor abducted back to Apokolips to once again rule the desolate planet. Refusing the responsibility, Lex uses a contingency plan to try and locate Superman as backup. While the Man Steel is found, the entire Kent family finds themselves separated on the hostile alien world. Though Superman manages to end the civil war with a new democracy, Luthor opts to rid himself of the S symb A host of talents unite for this hope-infused Superman collection from the DC Rebirth era. The opening arc sees Lex Luthor abducted back to Apokolips to once again rule the desolate planet. Refusing the responsibility, Lex uses a contingency plan to try and locate Superman as backup. While the Man Steel is found, the entire Kent family finds themselves separated on the hostile alien world. Though Superman manages to end the civil war with a new democracy, Luthor opts to rid himself of the S symbol and return to doing things his way back on Earth. A fun romp of a filler issue follows, as Superman enlists the Justice League to provide some relief for a wing of hospitalized children. A zero-gravity rude, Watchtower scavenger hunt, and a moonwalk are great - but nothing compares to try to get a photo of Batman smiling! The volume concludes with Superman and Superboy attempting to save an alien race from their planet’s inevitable destruction. Yet things get complicated when the population has accepted its grisly fate as per their religious beliefs. The book’s strengths and weaknesses both arise from the same area - a plethora of writers and artists. The Lex-centered story offers the most action, but bounces between rough cut lines and shapely feminine curves depending on the artist selection. The one-shot issue is wonderfully written, but is not as smith on the artistic details. The closing arc is well-drawn, but falls into the science vs. religion debate trope. Overall the hopeful discourse does give the collection an upbeat feel, yet sets the stage for darker developments down the road. Superman: Imperius Lex closes the door on the heroic Luthor, while still infusing the DC Universe with hope.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    An overall nice, complete graphic novel with several really good lessons! The story here is divided into 3 parts: - With Darkseid gone (see Darkseid War AND Dark Nights: Metal to find out where he really is!), the throne of Apokolips is empty. There is a prophesy about who will reign next, so the denizens of the planet take it upon themselves to abduct Superman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor and see who really should be in charge. A cool story involving lots of battle, Jon taking over a pack of wild d An overall nice, complete graphic novel with several really good lessons! The story here is divided into 3 parts: - With Darkseid gone (see Darkseid War AND Dark Nights: Metal to find out where he really is!), the throne of Apokolips is empty. There is a prophesy about who will reign next, so the denizens of the planet take it upon themselves to abduct Superman, Lois, Jon, and Lex Luthor and see who really should be in charge. A cool story involving lots of battle, Jon taking over a pack of wild dogs who help him, Lois defeating a Fury and taking her place, and Superman establishing a reign of peace and hope that will hopefully continue on in that chaotic realm. Also, Lex, furious at how events unraveled, removes the "S" from his chest. - A short, one issue story where Superman takes a bunch of cancer kids for a trip to the Watchtower where the Justice League helps them to have a great day ending with them watching the Earth from the surface of the moon. (So heartwarming and touching!) - Technology at the Fortress of Solitude warns Clark and Jon that a planet is nearing destruction in a manner very similiar to Krypton. Off they go to save the day, but the inhabitants want to follow the "will of their gods" and die along with the planet. They do meet a "man of science" (though the species that lives on that planet more closely resembles sea horses) who doesn't agree with the rest of the people. Compromise happens, as sad as it may be, so the planet dies with everyone, with the exception of a container holding the embryos of the scientist and his wife, which Clark and Jon take to a safe planet to grow and develop without the chaos of the religion battle. Good art, good story.... another winner here, big fan of Tomasi. Recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    I've read nearly every New 52 Superman issue and this is my 4th Rebirth Superman issue. I've also read nearly all New 52 Action Comic volumes and I have read all the Rebirth Action Comics. Personally if you gotta choose between collecting Superman or Action Comics I really recommend AC, particularly Rebirth AC. It forms a pretty continuous story and is focused on Supermans adventures... while the Superman line is more about him and Jon (his son) and Lois (his wife) As far as Superman Volume 6 Imper I've read nearly every New 52 Superman issue and this is my 4th Rebirth Superman issue. I've also read nearly all New 52 Action Comic volumes and I have read all the Rebirth Action Comics. Personally if you gotta choose between collecting Superman or Action Comics I really recommend AC, particularly Rebirth AC. It forms a pretty continuous story and is focused on Supermans adventures... while the Superman line is more about him and Jon (his son) and Lois (his wife) As far as Superman Volume 6 Imperius Lex...? It's a servicable story, since I haven't read Volumes 4 and 5 it's hard for me to say if there was a big lead in to these books, but Lex having ruled as "God of Apokolips" (from New 52 JL Darkseid Wars Saga) has this same story arc pick up in Imperius Lex, with members from Apokolips deeming Lex as their only hope. I was able to buy this Vol for $9.99 CAD at my local book store and if I find Volume 4, 5, and 7 I'd likely buy them but more for completion sake and less cause I think the Superman line is all that good. If your diving into collecting I recommend the Action Comic line as a more exciting story to follow. Grab New 52 Before Truth and Final Days of Superman and then get Road to Rebirth Superman Lois and Clark Rebirth Action Comics Vol 1 Path of Doom Vol 2 Welcome to the Planet Vol 3 Men of Steel Vol 4 A New World Superman Reborn Superman The Oz Effect Vol 5 Booster Shot This is a well connected AC story run and I highly recommend it over the Superman line. Having said all that this book is still a fun read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Superman issues #33-36 and #39-41 The opening four issues deal with some fallout from the "Darkseid War" event of 2016. Lex Luthor is the main focus, and while I didn't love this story, it does move Lex into the next stage of his villainy. At first I thought Issue #39 was too cheesy, but by the end it was my favorite issue of the collection. A true "Superman being Superman" story. In the final two issues of this collection, Superman and Superboy set off to help a planet that is facing a si Collects Superman issues #33-36 and #39-41 The opening four issues deal with some fallout from the "Darkseid War" event of 2016. Lex Luthor is the main focus, and while I didn't love this story, it does move Lex into the next stage of his villainy. At first I thought Issue #39 was too cheesy, but by the end it was my favorite issue of the collection. A true "Superman being Superman" story. In the final two issues of this collection, Superman and Superboy set off to help a planet that is facing a similar doom to what Kypton experienced. It sounds good, but it wasn't that strong of a story. I was also really put off by how Superman seemed to be lacking the faith that he typically displays. I'm not saying that Superman has to be a Christian, but while on one hand he says that he has seen too much to not believe in God, on the other hand he seems to be dealing with some sort of crisis of faith. Honestly, I haven't read enough Superman to confirm my initial reaction, but the way he spoke about faith just seemed off. Maybe his sentiments are more of a rebuke of organized religion that has gone wrong.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ross Alon

    This volume contains two diffrent stories. The first by Peter J. TomasiPeter J. Tomasi which continues his superman family are. The plot is kind of illogical, even in comic book terms. But his take on the super family is nice, throughout this series, so nothing changed much. His Lex Luthor take is also kind of nice and seems like he understand the character. The second story is by James Robinson, which used to be one of my favorite writer. Now he tends to write stories like this one, full of sesam This volume contains two diffrent stories. The first by Peter J. TomasiPeter J. Tomasi which continues his superman family are. The plot is kind of illogical, even in comic book terms. But his take on the super family is nice, throughout this series, so nothing changed much. His Lex Luthor take is also kind of nice and seems like he understand the character. The second story is by James Robinson, which used to be one of my favorite writer. Now he tends to write stories like this one, full of sesame street values, wrapped in an "already done before" plot. Most shamefully is that the second story share so many similarities with the first in same volume, yet feels like a filler story. The editor who approve this story should be fired. Overall, you can read the first story, and lose nothing by skipping the second one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The main thrust of this story is about Superman and Lex Luthor on Apokolips, arguing or fighting or something. The more alien and exotic the Superman stories get, the less interested I am in them. I had a similar issue with Action Comics Volume 6, a big time travel story that I found less interesting than Lois trying to track down her Dad. So, while I enjoyed seeing Jon riding around on the back of a giant dog monster, the highlight for me was seeing Superman take a bunch of sick kids to the Watc The main thrust of this story is about Superman and Lex Luthor on Apokolips, arguing or fighting or something. The more alien and exotic the Superman stories get, the less interested I am in them. I had a similar issue with Action Comics Volume 6, a big time travel story that I found less interesting than Lois trying to track down her Dad. So, while I enjoyed seeing Jon riding around on the back of a giant dog monster, the highlight for me was seeing Superman take a bunch of sick kids to the Watch Tower. It might come across as schmaltzy to some, but seeing Superman take the time out of his day to bring a moment of joy to kids with cancer really got to me. This is what the character is about for me. I don't care about him punching robots into the sun or fighting doomsday weapons... I like seeing that at his heart he really is just a good natured country boy from Kansas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adan

    This is four stars because of that issue with the sick kids on the Watchtower. That made me cry. The other stories featured the Kents and Lex on Apokolips (which they somehow turn into a peaceful planet), then Clark and Jon try to save a planet from imminent destruction on the anniversary of Krypton’s explosion. The Apokolips issues features Lois as a Female Fury and Jon leading a band of Hunger Dogs, which were both awesome, but also inches Lex closer to being a bad guy again, which is bad. The This is four stars because of that issue with the sick kids on the Watchtower. That made me cry. The other stories featured the Kents and Lex on Apokolips (which they somehow turn into a peaceful planet), then Clark and Jon try to save a planet from imminent destruction on the anniversary of Krypton’s explosion. The Apokolips issues features Lois as a Female Fury and Jon leading a band of Hunger Dogs, which were both awesome, but also inches Lex closer to being a bad guy again, which is bad. The doomed planet story featured a bunch of religious fanatics who’d rather die than be saved because it’s the will of their god, but then tries to redeem the leader even though we know she’s an extremist who killed most of the scientists on the planet, and still consigns her entire race to oblivion. That left a bad taste in my mouth.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    I’m gonna have to say this sucks. I really liked the Lex Luthor/Superman team up and dynamic. I always knew they were going to turn them Into enemies again, its just the way they made it happen feels cheap. I think it could’ve been developed for longer and made into a really cool story instead it’s zippity zorped and back to normal again. I don’t think I’m going to read any superhero monthly’s other than Batman and Captain America (and Hickman’s x-men) next year. I feel like these stories are rush I’m gonna have to say this sucks. I really liked the Lex Luthor/Superman team up and dynamic. I always knew they were going to turn them Into enemies again, its just the way they made it happen feels cheap. I think it could’ve been developed for longer and made into a really cool story instead it’s zippity zorped and back to normal again. I don’t think I’m going to read any superhero monthly’s other than Batman and Captain America (and Hickman’s x-men) next year. I feel like these stories are rushed not through fault of the writers but of the editors above them. It sucks to see the characters interesting stuff stripped away obviously because they’re gearing for Bendis to take the character over and fuck up. Ergh. I have really enjoyed Tomasi’s run on this I just wish DC trusted him as much as they seem to trust Bendis.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    Jack Kirby managed to infuse New Gods with a sense of the cosmic that set Apokalips and New Genesis apart from other alien worlds. Unfortunately nobody in the New 52 era seems to have a clue: the main story of Superman and Lex intervening in the post-Darkseid era on Apokalips might as well have been a visit to Flash Gordon's Mongo. It's lost the specialness. The reason this doesn't get one star is the the final two-parter has Superman and son Jon adventuring together and Jon is easily the best th Jack Kirby managed to infuse New Gods with a sense of the cosmic that set Apokalips and New Genesis apart from other alien worlds. Unfortunately nobody in the New 52 era seems to have a clue: the main story of Superman and Lex intervening in the post-Darkseid era on Apokalips might as well have been a visit to Flash Gordon's Mongo. It's lost the specialness. The reason this doesn't get one star is the the final two-parter has Superman and son Jon adventuring together and Jon is easily the best thing the New 52 has done with Superman. He's fun on Apokalips and he's good working with Dad to prevent another planet from going Krypton. Doesn't make up for the New Gods flop, but it's fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Doctor Doom

    Plenty of other reviewers to fill you in on the 3 story lines. My concern is that in the last story faith is under attack-basically a straw-man argument against having too strong a faith. Some faith is finally conceded to be okay but don't be strong in your faith. Since no faith is specifically stated one supposes that all faiths are equally good or equally bad... except faith in "science" that seems to be okay. All in all I would suggest super-hero comic writers stay away from "faith" topics si Plenty of other reviewers to fill you in on the 3 story lines. My concern is that in the last story faith is under attack-basically a straw-man argument against having too strong a faith. Some faith is finally conceded to be okay but don't be strong in your faith. Since no faith is specifically stated one supposes that all faiths are equally good or equally bad... except faith in "science" that seems to be okay. All in all I would suggest super-hero comic writers stay away from "faith" topics since they tend to misrepresent faiths [purposefully or just due to their own ignorance?] and tend to emphasize the negative aspects from their point of view. I don't read Superman for his theology.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Weston

    This was a very interesting Superman story. The idea is that Apokolips needs a ruler and prophecy tells of a man very similar to Superman who will lead them into a new era. Initially they believed that to be Lex Luthor as he had led to believe previously that was the case. This story is what happens when Superman and family are trasported to Apokolips and separated and have to survive the civil war and find each other and find a way home. I thought the way the story was told in this book was very This was a very interesting Superman story. The idea is that Apokolips needs a ruler and prophecy tells of a man very similar to Superman who will lead them into a new era. Initially they believed that to be Lex Luthor as he had led to believe previously that was the case. This story is what happens when Superman and family are trasported to Apokolips and separated and have to survive the civil war and find each other and find a way home. I thought the way the story was told in this book was very good a clear storyline with what felt like real stakes. very much enjoyed.

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