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    Action Comics #977: A Walk Down Memory Lane

    The death of the New 52 Superman. The discovery of another Clark Kent. The near loss of his son Jon at the hands of Mister Mxyzptlk. Kal-El has had little time for reflection. But his latest adventure with Mxyzptlk has shaken him to the core–and left him wondering about his true past. Is someone manipulating him and the entire DC universe?

    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)
    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)

    Superman Reborn Aftermath Part One Begins

    Action Comics #977 expertly alternates between the past and present, Superman relives the final hours of his home planet, Krypton. For the first time, he sees his parents struggle as they say goodbye to their infant son. They are comforted only by the fact that Earth’s yellow sun will give him power and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Writer Dan Jurgens even manages to slip in a political reference, with superdad Jor-El. He’s complaining that his planet’s leaders would rather embrace money than trying to save their people from the coming catastrophic natural disaster.

    Supes also witnesses his arrival on Earth and his rescue and adoption by the Kents. At the same time, a mysterious villain is assembling a rogues gallery of super adversaries including Metallo and Blanque.

    Artist Ian Churchill is given the plum assignment of depicting the futuristic Krypton (complete with baby Kal-El’s superbinky). In addition, he has the task of bringing to life the seemingly endless cornfields of Kansas that the Kents call home. His more modern depiction of the assembly of villains is seemingly taken straight from the Matrix, which adds to the intrigue. But it’s his multiple splash-page depictions of Superman himself that make the reader want to come back for more.

    And with a story and art like this, keeping readers hooked on this Action Comics series isn’t going to be a problem.

    SUPERMAN’S LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED IN SUPERMAN REBORN AFTERMATH PART TWO. PRE-ORDER ACTION COMICS #978 TO SEE HOW

    Action Comics #977, DC Comics, Released April 12, 2017, Written by Dan Jurgens, Art by Ian Churchill, Colors by Hi-Fi, Lettering by Rob Leigh, $2.99

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    Review: Teen Titans #20

    Review: Teen Titans #20

    Teen Titans #20 coverIssue #20 of Teen Titans opens up as it has done so for a while now which is by introducing our key players in a tongue-in-cheek way that allows the readers to disarm themselves before heading into a good comic. Churchill reestablishes the strange relationship between Monsieur Mallah and The Brain over the course of two pages just to remind us as readers just how oddly romantic their partnership is.

    Once that problem is established in our exposition, we drop in on Red Robin running through training drills with the rest of the Teen Titans. We are reminded exactly why Tim is the leader of the Titans, but when his “firm leadership” turns into a total beating, both verbally and physically, the team starts to turn sour.

    Both our heroes and our villains set out to silence a political web site that has been publishing headlines that make our characters look foolish. And, as fate would have it, they have both arrived on scene at the same time! As one would expect, things get hairy for our favorite teen team.

    While this issue does refer to issues prior, this is possibly a good jumping off point for new readers if one wants to start getting into the Teen Titans. Our new writer cleverly sprinkles in bits of character description to let readers know who’s who in this comic while still managing to push the story along. This is an arc that is set up in such a way to focus on Red Robin, the leader of the group, and readers can already see in this first issue that he has many difficult decisions ahead!!

    Teen Titans #20, written by Tony Bedard, art by Ian Churchill, published May 25, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts.

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    Review: Teen Titans #19

    Review: Teen Titans #19

    Teen Titans #19Teen Titans #19 opens up with a quick recap for those who may have missed part of the story. While it isn’t the typical “Last Time on Teen Titans,” kind of recap, a new reader jumping in gets a pretty quick read of the field in regard to who the major players are. Cassie, aka Wonder Girl, is faced with a heavy decision in this issue, and she is torn between her demi-god aunts who both make valid arguments in support of their stances. Cassie’s friends, the Teen Titans, help her weigh both sides as the clock winds down on one of her most important decisions.

    Teen Titans #19 takes us as readers through a turmoil we all face on a regular basis. Do we make the easy decision or the harder one that we know is right? This issue tugs at the heartstrings as we see Cassie struggle to figure out what to do with the new power given to her, and we ultimately see that the decision she ends up making, albeit the right decision, doesn’t always yield the satisfaction one should receive from being the bigger person.

    As always, Teen Titans does a fairly good job pacing the story across its pages, and the artwork has a style that is almost unmistakable. The readers get to see all members of their favorite teen team in this issue, and they are all important players in the decision that looms over Wonder Girl.

    Teen Titans #19, written by Greg Pak, art by Ian Churchill, published April 27, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts.

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