The GeeksverseAction Comics #900

Action Comics #900
Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 by

Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Pete Woods (main) Jesus Merion (reign)
Colored by: Brad Anderson (main) Blond (reign)
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: A- David Finch; B- Adam Hughes; C- Alex Ross
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

Additional art by: Dan Jurgens w/ Nom Rapmund; Rags Morales, Ardian Syaf; Jamal Igle w/ Jon Sibal; Gary Frank

What a way to end Lex Luthor’s saga in Action Comics.

Lex is given the chance to be the greatest hero the world has ever seen. But can he if it’s his greatest enemy that helps him do it?

Cornell shows that he knows Lex inside and out. Everything Lex does in this story is in character and a natural extension of how he would react. Lex has always seen himself a hero and when he’s given the chance to be greater then Superman he fails.

This issue also shows how to craft a crossover. Cornell does an great job of taking the Reign of Doomsday and integrating it into his Black Ring saga. The idea that the two storylines would connect didn’t occur to me.

It ends the only way it could. Lex defeated, but by his own hand, and disappearing. There was no other way that it could end, there was no way that Lex could go back to the status quo he was at when the Black Ring started, especially with the largest secret in the DCU being revealed to him.

Whether he remembers the secret when he returns is a question and I hope he does as it’ll set up alot of potential storylines.

The flashback sequances are good, showing just how human Superman truly is.

Pete Woods work is great. The cosmic fight sequances are well done. They have a large scale feel to them. Merino’s sequances aren’t as strong, there’s a rushed quality to them.

The stories that are included are decent. Nothing spectacular with the exception of the Damon Lindelof and Ryan Sook story. Sook’s work is breathtaking and beautiful like always and Lindelof’s story has a quiet strength to it.

Action Comics #900 receives
4.5 out of 5

Good wrap-up to the Black Ring saga and a good retrospective on Superman.

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