Krypton’s Heart in Action Comics # 999
Published by DC Comics
Written by Dan Jurgens / Artwork by Will Conrad
Lettering by Rob Leigh / Cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund & Andrew Dalhouse
Cover by Kaare Andrews
Review of Superman Action Comics #999
As Good as Krypton
Just prior to hitting one of the greatest milestones in the comic book history, issue # 999 offers a peek into Superman greatest power, his heart. In this issue, Superman ponders the banishment of Hank Henshaw, known as Cyborg Superman while dealing with an earth-killing asteroid. Elsewhere, in Metropolis, Lois and Jonathan are visited by General Sam Lane, their father, and grandfather. No matter what actions Superman has done to protect Metropolis and the universe, there are some who think he’ll one day go rogue. No one has the greatest concern of this than Sam, whose fear of Superman, has caused a rift between his daughter and his grandson. Take flight as the review of Action Comics #999 leaps towards issue #1000.
There’s excitement in the air as the 1000th issue of the Man of Steel will offer eight comic book covers, created by eight different artists, to represent each decade of Action Comics. Wow! But before the celebration, this issue looks back on what made Superman so likable among his friends and family and his boy scout motto that was despised by his enemies. Often thought of Superman as this powerful and immortal character in the DC Universe. Others saw the character as a champion of a man who sought the comfort of peace and forgiveness. Taking one of his enemies from exile exemplifies how Superman can still give hope to those who would take the pleasure of destroying him.
Artwork / Coloring / Lettering
There’s a lot of well-drawn emotions here. The panels of Superman, though ageless, offer the look of a man who’s seen plenty of horrible things he wishes could change. Cyborg Superman, known as Hank Henshaw, is one of them. Drawn in metallic steel and semi-human cyborg appearance makes the character menacing. The fight scenes of the two super beings brawling are big and detailed. What I found to be compelling is the wide array of emotions in each of the character’s face. For every moment of adversity expressed, W. Conrad gave a smile and the wide eyes of hope to resolve it. Great Job.
Intriguing enough, I fondly remember Cyborg Superman during my post-Doomsday comic book reading days (The Adventure of Superman issue # 500, btw). It was the belief that Superman, after taking his own life to stop Doomsday, in one of the greatest fight scenes ever, Superman came back as this Cyborg. Not the Superman we all know and love, but a form of a Superman that might take up the mantle. This is a humble comic book issue as Clark uses his strength to bring an enemy towards reformation while uses his farm-boys manners to bring a two drifted family members closer. I thoroughly enjoy this and I think you will too. The next issue of Action Comics # 1000 will hit comic book stores this April 18th while the book comes in on 11th.