Action Comics #900 (DC Comics)
by Paul Cornell, Pete Woods, Jesus Merino & many other creators
I heard some good things about this comic book (not from Fox News, obviously), so I decided to check it out. First of all, while this is issue #900, it isn’t the 900th issue — it’s the 902nd (remember issues #0 and #1,000,000). The strong storytelling that a friend told me about wasn’t to be found in the main story, which wraps up writer Paul Cornell and artist Pete Woods’ lengthy Lex Luthor arc, and it falls completely flat. While the inner conflict that ultimately proves to be an omnipotent villain’s undoing is a nice bit of super-hero genre writing, the path that gets the audience there is dizzying. I’ve read a lot of “The Black Ring,” and I honestly don’t know what’s going on here, even with all of the exposition. Furthermore, the inclusion of “Reign of the Doomsdays” plot elements interrupts the main story; it’s like a square peg being jammed into a round hole. The shifts back and forth between the two disparate plotlines is jarring, and Jesus Merino’s rough linework pales in comparison with the more polished, interesting work Woods offers up. Of course, I’m not always clear on what’s happening in those Superman/Luthor sequences either; they’re pretty, but often vague.