Superman: Action Comics Volume 1: Path Of Doom
By Dan Jurgens, Tyler Kirkham (Artist), Patrick Zircher (Artist), Stephan Segovia (Penciler), Art Thibert (Inker), Ulises Arreola (Colourist), Rob Leigh (Letterer), and Arif Prianto (Colourist)
I received a free copy of Superman: Action Comics Volume 1: Path Of Doom from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.
Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom is here, as a part of DC Comics: Rebirth!
Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrow’s newest protector: Lex Luthor. But it’s not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected — the new Clark Kent! The two arch-enemies must put aside their differences and face the common threat of Doomsday, as Jimmy Olsen and the Planet staff try to uncover the truth: who is the man claiming to be Clark Kent?
Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) returns to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke) and Patrick Zircher (Green Arrow) for the next great Superman chapter in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom!
Collecting: Action Comics 957-962
Summary from Goodreads.
After my initial confusion as to what was going on, I really enjoyed this volume.
The storyline is jus one long fight between Superman, Lex Luthor and Doomsday. Considering that this volume was 120ish pages of pure fighting, I was astonished by the character development and how much was put across in this. We find out that this Superman is not the Superman of this Earth (he has died some time earlier, this is what confused me); Lex Author is now the protector of Metropolis; and this new Superman has a wife and kid. I feel like for someone who is only relatively new to reading DC’s line of comics, this much change from what I knew was too much.
The art style was okay. Whilst I did enjoy it, nothing stood out for me. When I read comic books, how much I remember the art work is a major factor for me. If not one panel is memorable, then something is not right for me. The art work is such a major factor in these stories that at times I find it more important than how the written story is put across. A picture paints a thousand words, and if done correctly add unimaginable amounts to the story.
Whilst I wish that the art style was more memorable, it was the ability to create such depth in the characters whilst being a long fight is why I enjoyed this more than I thought.
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