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The third and fourth volumes of SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS as a part of DC Rebirth are collected here in hardcover for the first time ever! Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS VOL. 3, as a part of DC Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mant The third and fourth volumes of SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS as a part of DC Rebirth are collected here in hardcover for the first time ever! Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS VOL. 3, as a part of DC Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's actions justified? Will stopping Lex Luthor prevent catastrophe later? Writer Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his return to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (DEATHSTROKE) and Patrick Zircher (GREEN ARROW) for the next great Superman chapter in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS - THE REBIRTH COLLECTION DELUXE BOOK 2! Collects SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS #967-984.


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The third and fourth volumes of SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS as a part of DC Rebirth are collected here in hardcover for the first time ever! Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS VOL. 3, as a part of DC Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mant The third and fourth volumes of SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS as a part of DC Rebirth are collected here in hardcover for the first time ever! Superman must team up with his arch-enemy Lex Luthor in SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS VOL. 3, as a part of DC Rebirth! Lex Luthor is under attack--and only Superman can save him! When the world's most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis' new Man of Steel, the world took notice--and so did the mysterious Godslayer! But are the Godslayer's actions justified? Will stopping Lex Luthor prevent catastrophe later? Writer Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his return to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (DEATHSTROKE) and Patrick Zircher (GREEN ARROW) for the next great Superman chapter in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS - THE REBIRTH COLLECTION DELUXE BOOK 2! Collects SUPERMAN - ACTION COMICS #967-984.

30 review for Superman: Action Comics: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    ★★★1/2 This second Action Comics deluxe starts off strong, with the "Men of Steel" story that focuses on Lex Luthor being targeted by alien assassins set on stopping him from fulfilling his prophesied destiny of becoming the new leader of Apokolips and causing mass destruction. This was fascinating because it showcased Superman's true sense of justice. He knows Luthor is bad, and there's a really good chance that if left unchecked, the man could really become the future warlord of the prophecy, b ★★★1/2 This second Action Comics deluxe starts off strong, with the "Men of Steel" story that focuses on Lex Luthor being targeted by alien assassins set on stopping him from fulfilling his prophesied destiny of becoming the new leader of Apokolips and causing mass destruction. This was fascinating because it showcased Superman's true sense of justice. He knows Luthor is bad, and there's a really good chance that if left unchecked, the man could really become the future warlord of the prophecy, but he can't bring himself to sit by and watch a man be executed for a crime he hasn't committed yet. It leads to some very cool moments between Superman and Lex, and is a solid tale. The other stories are the ones that weaken the collection due to them feeling incomplete. DC made the mistake of including two issues that are part of the Superman Reborn crossover, a story that will be difficult to follow without reading the rest. These issues shouldn't have even been in this collection if they couldn't include the others. The last story also suffers from something similar to a lesser extent. The "Revenge" arc is sort of a weak, "half-crossover" with Suicide Squad. You really need to be familiar with what was going on with Suicide Squad at the time to get a full sense of what's happening here. DC didn't fully commit to making it a crossover so it falls somewhere in the awkward middle of neither/nor.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Gray

    This is more like it. These are the kinds of stories that I’ve been hoping for since I’ve started binging on the Rebirth Superman family stories. Dan Jurgens proves that the dream of the 90s is alive at DC in this mammoth volume. In the first arc (the 6-part “Men of Steel”), the unlikely combo of Lex Luthor and Superman work together to form a newfound respect, the first resolution to a story that began back in “Path of Doom.” Yet it’s the next two stories that really soar: “Mild Mannered” and “ This is more like it. These are the kinds of stories that I’ve been hoping for since I’ve started binging on the Rebirth Superman family stories. Dan Jurgens proves that the dream of the 90s is alive at DC in this mammoth volume. In the first arc (the 6-part “Men of Steel”), the unlikely combo of Lex Luthor and Superman work together to form a newfound respect, the first resolution to a story that began back in “Path of Doom.” Yet it’s the next two stories that really soar: “Mild Mannered” and “Superman Reborn” (which is really one long arc) finally give us an answer to the identity of the bonus Clark Kent, initially reintroducing us to an old-school character in a way we’ve never seen him before. The consequences of that encounter play out in “Reborn,” although this might be the one misstep of this volume. “Reborn” is actually the first Action Comics crossover with Superman in the current era, yet the linking issues are not included here. It’s easy enough to work out what’s going on, but there are a few jarring transitions between issues. Would it have been so hard to include two more issues (Superman Vol. 4 #18 & 19) in here? The final two arcs (“The New World” and “Revenge”) are the kinds of blockbuster stories that get the fan juices flowing. Starting with a potted history of Superman, combining elements of the New 52 with the pre-Flashpoint arc, the two worlds merge into one and lay the groundwork for a battle royale that is a true crossover for the Super Family. With the ultimate villain team-up leading to a story that sees Superman, Supergirl, Kong Kenan, Steel, Lex Luthor, and Superwoman sharing the fight. In the hands of Dan Jurgens, it’s as cool as it sounds. There’s a number of artists on board here, with Patrick Zircher and Stephen Segovia’s art leading the pack. It is excellent, but Victor Bogdanovic’s lantern-jawed Superman (in “Revenge”) recalls Frank Quitely or Gary Frank in its optimistic realism. They are some of my favourite pages in the volume. Similarly, Doug Mankhe depicts (view spoiler)[Mr. Mxyzptlk (hide spoiler)] in the most sinister way possible, a snarling villain crossed with a kid who has lost his favourite toys. As we see across dimensional time and space, Mankhe incorporates elements of the cartoons, board games, and comics history from Curt Swan to the present. With a rousing conclusion that firmly establishes the return of a classic villain, Jurgens sets up another awesome-looking arc that makes it very hard not to go straight onto the next volume right now. However, the inclusion of Kong Kenan and Superwoman in particular has me going back to check out their respective titles to fill in some of the gaps. I don’t think I’ve been this immersed in Superman’s world since I first started reading Superman…in the early 1990s. It’s the circle of life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Wow. So this was a LOT of Superman to take in, and as is only natural with a compilation of this length I liked some bits considerably more than others, so take the "3" rating with a grain of salt. Let's break this mofo down. In the first part, the New/Old Supes (confused yet? just go with it) is fussing and feuding with Lex Luthor (who is flying around in his battlesuit wearing Nu52 Superman's cape because reasons) and they wind up trading insults and baring their trust issues while fighting a pr Wow. So this was a LOT of Superman to take in, and as is only natural with a compilation of this length I liked some bits considerably more than others, so take the "3" rating with a grain of salt. Let's break this mofo down. In the first part, the New/Old Supes (confused yet? just go with it) is fussing and feuding with Lex Luthor (who is flying around in his battlesuit wearing Nu52 Superman's cape because reasons) and they wind up trading insults and baring their trust issues while fighting a prophetic anti-hero from offworld. Honestly, I didn't hate it, and I think it was a solid way to get those two to start working together more productively. Also, it was a good test of Clark's "no killing" rule as the premise was that one day Lex will become the new ruler of Apokolips and threaten the universe, yadda yadda, but he actually hasn't done anything bad YET. Points deducted for the character design of the two baddies, though- way too Rob Liefeld fever dream for my tastes. The second part was arguably the weakest in my view as Mr. (ungh, thank God for Google so I can check spelling) Mxyzptlk shows up as (view spoiler)[ the true identity of Doppelclark (hide spoiler)] and things get very loopy as Jurgens bends all his storytelling might to reconcile 70 years of continuity inconsistency and retcons as seen by an entity that stands astride the 4th wall. Suffice to say, I wasn't very impressed...though points for the Bat-mite cameo! The last section is dedicated to a storyline about a "Superman Revenge Squad", which was a pretty cool concept. On the side of Super-Revenge are: The Eradicator, Blanque, Metallo, Mongul and (eventually) General Zod, under the putative aegis of (groan) the Cyborg Superman. The early '90s comics answer to Schwarzenegger's box office appeal rants and schemes and essentially makes himself into the laughingstock of the story from the moment his identity is "revealed", while Zod steals the show as a proper villain, with the Eradicator as a proper obedient hench-entity. At first when it's Supes v. the Squad it makes for riveting one man against all odds reading, but this being comics in 2018 it doesn't take long until a motley crew of caped Super-Allies coalesces including Lex Luthor, Steel, Supergirl, Superwoman (huh?) and Chinese Superman Kenan Kong ( 咦?). FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! And the denouement involves some Phantom Zone stuff, some Deux Ex Portal stuff, some clash of the Kryptonians stuff foreshadowing...All in all, I'm obviously going to keep reading in the run up to issue #1000 but if I were choosing I'd probably just read the Luthor stuff and the Revenge Squad stuff and give poor old Mr. Mx%^l&*&$K a miss altogether.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alek Hill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story starts off with "Men of Steel". A Minority Report type assassin is after Lex Luthor and Superman has pick the side of the argument where you can't condemn someone for a crime they have yet to commit. Story felt kind of tedious and melodramatic just to get Superman and Lex to see eye to eye. Now the two issues of "Mild Mannered" were just build up to the "Superman Reborn" story. It did a good job off enticing me into the mystery of a human Clark Kent, because man he was creepy. But the The story starts off with "Men of Steel". A Minority Report type assassin is after Lex Luthor and Superman has pick the side of the argument where you can't condemn someone for a crime they have yet to commit. Story felt kind of tedious and melodramatic just to get Superman and Lex to see eye to eye. Now the two issues of "Mild Mannered" were just build up to the "Superman Reborn" story. It did a good job off enticing me into the mystery of a human Clark Kent, because man he was creepy. But the Superman parts in these issues were dumb. His snapping his fingers and going "of course!" in both issues to the Superwoman problem was... just awful. And that party of the story never real gets addressed again due to the Reborn story arc. This book only carries parts 2&4 of the Superman Reborn story, but they're kind of the only parts that matter. The villain is revealed in part 2 which was very interesting, and explains how Superman gets his secret identity back. Part 4 is the conclusion merging New 52 and Pre 52 Supes and Lois together giving them their lives and friends back. The "New World" issues though are far more important. Essentially just a bunch of exposition where Superman reviews his entire history. But it was so cool! It shows you how Superman fits back into this world. Giving us all the moments that we need. Finally the "Revenge" story. This story started out well. Hank Henshaw is the villain in the shadows and he's recruiting. At first all the characters make since, but then they recruit Zod. Most of Superman's rogues gallery is full of strong personalities; and alpha males. When you team them up and make them subordinate to one main villain though, it inevitably ends up with a character that normally acts like a strong willed tyrant sound like stooge. Zod takes over the Superman Revenge Squad and after that the villain's all sort of lose their menace. Characters like Blanque and Mongul are sniveling sycophants or knuckle dragging bullies. Overall the stories writing was a bit dated and flawed, but the main theme is still enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Flynn

    I'm enjoying the "Rebirth" Action Comics so far, but this collection has some imperfections that annoy me throughout. The biggest thing is the Superman Reborn story line in the center of this collection is only half the story (parts 2 and 4). Why you wouldn't include the entire thing in what's supposed to be a "deluxe" collection is beyond me. My other major nitpick is the art shifts from issue to issue. It's a little distracting and one of the characters in particular inexplicably changes facia I'm enjoying the "Rebirth" Action Comics so far, but this collection has some imperfections that annoy me throughout. The biggest thing is the Superman Reborn story line in the center of this collection is only half the story (parts 2 and 4). Why you wouldn't include the entire thing in what's supposed to be a "deluxe" collection is beyond me. My other major nitpick is the art shifts from issue to issue. It's a little distracting and one of the characters in particular inexplicably changes facial hair 3-4 times depending on artist. Other than that though, the story and arcs are fun and it's enough to make up for some of the shortcomings. It revels in the 90's stories and has obvious throwbacks littered throughout. It's an era of Superman I really enjoy, so the callbacks and references are really hit a chord for me. I'm hoping the last Rebirth Deluxe Action Comics continues the good trends and improves the bad ones.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The entire team behind these stories did a very nice job. The art is mostly good. It's always fun to see a hero in a tough spot of defending a bad person for something they've not actually done, as Superman and Lex team up against the Godslayer for Lex's possible future crimes. The Reborn arc was a bit aggravating, only because it's half in this book and half in SUPERMAN REBIRTH v. 2, (why DC didn't collect the entire arc in one book or the other - or even in its entirely in both - I'll never un The entire team behind these stories did a very nice job. The art is mostly good. It's always fun to see a hero in a tough spot of defending a bad person for something they've not actually done, as Superman and Lex team up against the Godslayer for Lex's possible future crimes. The Reborn arc was a bit aggravating, only because it's half in this book and half in SUPERMAN REBIRTH v. 2, (why DC didn't collect the entire arc in one book or the other - or even in its entirely in both - I'll never understand.) but it was fun, particularly Paul Dini's Mxy-centric chapter. Finally, the Revenge Squad - in its most powerful incarnation that I can recall - capped it with a real thriller that puts several villains (Zod and his crew, Mongul) back on the board in new ways. Jurgens' dialogue is sometimes a bit stitled, but he makes up for it excellent pacing and strong plots that push the characters hard, but always feel like they resolve in a fitting and logical way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Probably 3 and 1/2 stars. The first arc is a nice look at whether someone should be tried for crimes they haven't committed yet and the idea of free will vs the future being set in stone. Then Superman Reborn, that's cool. But then the last arc fell into the problem of Superman should be whooped by a collection of his strongest villains, but they have in-fighting and are defeated. I really love gathering villains, but I want them defeated by heroes' teaming up or ingenuity, not because the bad g Probably 3 and 1/2 stars. The first arc is a nice look at whether someone should be tried for crimes they haven't committed yet and the idea of free will vs the future being set in stone. Then Superman Reborn, that's cool. But then the last arc fell into the problem of Superman should be whooped by a collection of his strongest villains, but they have in-fighting and are defeated. I really love gathering villains, but I want them defeated by heroes' teaming up or ingenuity, not because the bad guys became stupid.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hugo Emanuel

    Dan Jurgens writes aaction-packed and character-forwarding stories, that live up to the title's moniker of "Action Comics". The events in this volume have a great deal of bearing in forwarding the lives of Superman and its characters, more so than the concurrent Superman title by Tomasi and Gleason, but the non-stop action and big events leave little room for pause, which somewhat robs the situations depicted of their emotional ressonance and importance. Its good fun, and not badly written, but Dan Jurgens writes aaction-packed and character-forwarding stories, that live up to the title's moniker of "Action Comics". The events in this volume have a great deal of bearing in forwarding the lives of Superman and its characters, more so than the concurrent Superman title by Tomasi and Gleason, but the non-stop action and big events leave little room for pause, which somewhat robs the situations depicted of their emotional ressonance and importance. Its good fun, and not badly written, but lacks some of the depth that have been present in previous stories by Jurgens and Tomasi/Gleason concurrent title. I almost gave it four stars, since the first arc titled "Men of Steel" and the last one "Revenge" were actually pretty enjoyable, but the middle section of the book really bogs it down - specifically "Mild-Mannered", the tie-in "Superman Reborn" and the somewhat recap arc "A New World, which were pretty dull.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    A love letter to 90s Superman fans. References to 90s story arcs, the return of 3 of the "Supermen" (Eradicator, cyborg Superman and steel) as well as Mongol coming back into the fold. This definitely for 90s fans and lives up to the name "Action Comics" with tons of punching, things getting broken and action. A love letter to 90s Superman fans. References to 90s story arcs, the return of 3 of the "Supermen" (Eradicator, cyborg Superman and steel) as well as Mongol coming back into the fold. This definitely for 90s fans and lives up to the name "Action Comics" with tons of punching, things getting broken and action.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

    I had so much hope for this after the First Book, but unfortunately this didn't live up to it. The art Was good through out the book but the 3 story arcs was Ok at best. I had so much hope for this after the First Book, but unfortunately this didn't live up to it. The art Was good through out the book but the 3 story arcs was Ok at best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joakim Ax

    Even though I´ve read this before I think I liked the mystery of the clark kent double better this time, knowing the outcome of it. I´ll have to sit on this book for a while cause at first I thought this would only be a read and then sell situation. But I don´t know. The humanity of this version of superman is more dear than the previous New 52 version.

  12. 5 out of 5

    starksreactor

    3 stars .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ming

    It was alright.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jack Phoenix

    Jurgens proves once again why he's one of the finest writers in whose hands Superman can be trusted, telling stories that are fun, bizarre, and take full advantage of Superman's fantastic world. Jurgens proves once again why he's one of the finest writers in whose hands Superman can be trusted, telling stories that are fun, bizarre, and take full advantage of Superman's fantastic world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deane Hariss

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rex

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gerhardt Schuette

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sera

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darik

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Huston

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  29. 4 out of 5

    CJ Soares

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Hanson

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