It's been something of a slow play with Action Comics' current arc right now, "Path of Doom" AKA "Death of Superman Revisited," but after four issues of somewhat drawn out setup, we finally start to get to the meat of the story being told.
Up to this point, Superman has been acting as though Doomsday has just shown up at the wrong place at the wrong time, and for three issues he fought his greatest enemy with only the intent of saving Metropolis in the process, disregarding the original reason he appeared in Action Comics #957, which was the presence of the "new" Superman, Lex Luthor, who has been in the middle of this battle with Doomsday the entire time.
In #960 Superman and Doomsday had left Metropolis and headed for his house where Lois Lane and their son Jon were at, leaving the city in major disarray from Doomsday's oddly calculated carnage. This leaves Lex and Wonder Woman, who also appeared on the scene in #960 to pick up the pieces of Metropolis and help save those who were in need after the battle ended. They get a little help from another superhero who coincidentally had her Rebirth series start with a hell of a bang in the same week, which is a great tease to toss readers to her story as well.
Meanwhile, Superman does what he can to keep Doomsday from killing his son who also possesses Kryptonian DNA that makes him a target for the monster that once killed the Man of Steel. All the while, the mysterious "Mr. Oz" continues to observe it all and by the time the book is over, will have made his move, and it's interesting to say the least.
I've been reading all of the Rebirth series' and this one is likely the slowest developing in terms of plot, but now that we are finally outside of Metropolis and no longer focusing on just one battle, "Path of Doom" does feel like it's starting to get some legs under it, which is none too soon considering that there's one issue left in the current six-issue story arc. With "Mr. Oz" having made his move at the end of this book, Action Comics #962 should feature the revelation behind it and the conclusion of this "Doomsday Revisited" tale.
As slow as the issues may have been with this series, it does feel like a return to past glory for Superman as he is cathartically able to face the instrument of his own death once before with fresh hindsight and new emotions to get him through it this time. The family nature of the story has really been a huge sticking point for this series continuing to be solid, as we still have a number of questions to answer regarding Doomsday's random appearance, the identity of "Mr. Oz" and last but not least, the existence of a separate Clark Kent, who we have seen since #958 when this arc began.
If you've been reading this Action Comics arc to this point, then you are definitely in it for the long haul and hopefully we all get the resolution we are looking for in the next issue, the sixth and final chapter of the "Path to Doom" arc.
4 out of 5 stars - DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH - Action Comics #961
This series runs twice a month, next issue due out August 24.