By Kyle King
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are preparing to relocate from a farm in Hamilton County to an apartment in Metropolis. They are not the only ones setting big plans into motion, though. What is the Superman Revenge Squad doing to get ready to take down the Last Son of Krypton?
(Warning: Major spoilers follow!)
Action Comics #979 Synopsis:
Lois and Clark locate an appropriate apartment for their family to occupy upon their upcoming move to Metropolis. Elsewhere, the Eradicator frees Mongul from the Black Mercy, then the interstellar evildoers accompany Blanque to the Himalayas. They arrive at Superman’s obliterated hideout in search of the Oblivion Stone, which they retrieve before slaying Kal-El’s protected guests, Dratania and Klon.
Clark hears the intruder alarm at his Himalayan fortress and rushes to respond to the alert. Superman finds the bodies of Dratania and Klon, the broken Kelex II, and the empty case in which the Oblivion Stone had been stored. Blanque, the Eradicator, and Mongul materialize at the moon base commandeered by Hank Henshaw and Metallo. Henshaw uses the Oblivion Stone to transform himself back into Cyborg Superman before revealing the final puzzle piece needed to complete his scheme — the Revenge Squad will be completed by freeing General Zod.
Action Comics #979 Analysis:
After an issue in which the interior masthead’s conflict with the cover credits created confusion regarding the artist, Zircher left no doubt in Revenge — Part I that he was back on the job as both penciller and inker. This issue is replete with big images, distinguishing the pristine lines of the clean vacant apartment in Metropolis from the ragged rawness of ripped costumes, wrecked hideaways, and superpowered showdowns in a showcase of contrasts that makes use of the whole canvas. Colorist Hi-Fi adds to the vitality of Action Comics #979 with a palette full of hot reds and cool blues, while letterer Rob Leigh deserves special credit for the consistency of multiple characters’ individual stylistic speech signatures. The new arc is off to a visually vivid start.
In an issue filled with the haughty proclamations and absolutist ultimata of inflexible alpha antagonists, Jurgens makes room for a startling amount of subtle touches. Every line of Clark’s conversation with Lois sparkles, offering authentic insights into their touching family dynamic and doing complete justice to these caring yet strong-willed characters. There likely has never been a writer who had a better or more respectful grasp of the Lane/Kent relationship than Jurgens, and Action Comics #979 is another persuasive exhibit serving as proof of that proposition. Likewise, the seamlessness of the transition from Superman: Reborn to the restored Man of Tomorrow is encapsulated neatly by the convincing new family-focused explanation for the Himalayan facility originally introduced to accommodate a second Superman.
The copious callbacks of Revenge — Part I are not limited to those centered on the Action Ace’s nuclear family, although a number of the plot threads of Action Comics #979 were spun from Jurgens’s Superman: Lois and Clark. Blanque, the Oblivion Stone, and <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" Go to the full article.