After a few issues of really hoping for some answers on just what the hell is going on in Metropolis, we finally start to move the story forward in Action Comics #960.
Superman has been locked in another epic battle with Doomsday, this time in a multiverse that is unaware of the events of "The Death of Superman," so there's a great deal of dramatic irony within this series not just for the reader but also for Clark, Lois and their son Jon as well. After fighting the baddie with Lex Luthor's Superman helping out, Wonder Woman joins the fray in this issue, just as confused as to how Superman is fighting a beastly villain with the help of Lex Luthor while Clark Kent reports on it for the Daily Planet.
At first I thought this series was going pretty slow, and to be fair it still is as we have many questions that still remain unanswered after four issues, but in this issue I realized that similar to what's going on in the Superman series of DC Rebirth, there is a family theme within this book right now as it pertains to Clark, Lois and Jon. It's not nearly as intimate as the Superman series is at the moment, but throughout the fight with Doomsday we are brought back to Lois and Jon watching from afar, Jon convinced that his dad is going to win and Lois fighting back the horrible memories from having lived The Death of Superman arc before.
In many ways, this Action Comics arc is currently serving as a Death of Superman Revisited story, especially in this issue as Superman explains Doomsday's origins and intent to both Diana and Lex. This battle is going very differently from the first battle of course, thanks to Clark's prior knowledge of the situation and his level of expectation for how this fight is going to go. There are times when he's not sure about the outcome so far, which is to be expected from him given what happened the last time he fought Doomsday. Whatever worries he may have about it, Lois certainly shares them.
Speaking of Lois, she has arguably the toughest emotional job of this story arc, which consists of "lie to my son about whether or not he can really beat Doomsday again while trying my best not to freak out over the situation because Clark COULD die AGAIN and I don't want to deal with it." The torture that she is going through so far in this series is completely off of Jon's radar as she desperately tries not to watch the news of the battle and deal with the possibility that one of the darkest days in history could happen again with the death of her husband.
The battle takes an intriguing turn at the end of this book and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Now that it might be picking up pace a little bit and advancing the story, we will see just where it all goes this time around as opposed to the last time this all seemingly happened.
4 out of 5 stars - DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH: Action Comics #960
This series is biweekly, next issue due out August 10th.