Review: Action Comics #958

June 25th, 2016 | by Kyle King
Review: Action Comics #958

Reviewed by:
On June 25, 2016
Last modified:June 25, 2016


Classic characters, energetic action, and simmering mysteries pack this effective issue.

Action Comics #958 exploded onto the scene on Wednesday, continuing writer Dan Jurgens’s and artist Patrick Zircher’s Path of Doom storyline. Rebirth has marked the return of the pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane, along with a whole host of familiar faces. ComiConverse’s Man of Steel reviewer, T. Kyle King, is here to offer his thoughts.

Superman! Lois Lane! Clark Kent! Lex Luthor! Jimmy Olsen! Doomsday! Action Comics #958 is virtually a medley of Jurgens’s greatest hits, but he has the volume up to eleven in this 20-page thrill ride. Is there room for a story amid all this adventure and mystery, though?


(Some spoilers follow.)


Superman and Lex Luthor, both wearing red capes and S-shields on their chests, are battling Doomsday on the streets of Metropolis. Jimmy Olsen and a powerless Clark Kent watch from the sidelines, Lois and Jonathan witness the clash on television, and the mysterious Mr. Oz is looking in on them all.

Lois, recalling her husband’s fatal encounter with Doomsday on their own Earth, cannot bear to watch, but she must stop their impetuous son from flying to the scene to help his father. Superman’s and Luthor’s uneasy attempt to divide up the monster-fighting and bystander-saving chores puts one of them in dire jeopardy, forcing the other to make a difficult choice.

Action Comics #958

Credit: DC Comics


After the gradual unspooling of the plot threads in Jurgens’s Superman: Lois and Clark, the rapid-fire pace of Path of Doom cannot be overstated: Action Comics #958 is, if anything, even more incessantly frenetic than its predecessor. In seven lightning-quick opening panels, the audience is brought up to speed on pretty much everything after Convergence and Savage Dawn, then, ready or not, the reader is plunged head-first into the dizzying activity in post-New 52 Metropolis.

Story continues below

Muttering before a glowing bank of monitor screens, the shadowy Mr. Oz subsequently opines, “Rarely do the pieces fall into place so quickly.” He most definitely has that right, as evidenced by the double-page splash image in which Jimmy Olsen, marveling at his photojournalistic good fortune, asks rhetorically, “Clark Kent, Superman, Doomsday and Superlex all in one shot?”

As exciting as all this is, though, there are moments at which Action Comics #958 calls to mind Michael Keaton’s recollection of the day during the filming of Tim Burton’s Batman on which Jack Nicholson “just looks at me and says, ‘Well, we just gotta let the wardrobe do the acting, kid.’ And that’s true, after awhile man, you just work the suit.” As attested to by Jimmy’s opening observation, the second installment of Path of Doom occasionally veers ominously near to just working the super-suits.

Fortunately, though, Jurgens locates seams in the spectacle and finds ways to insert subtleties into the interstices. Lois’s careful and caring commentary keeps Jon figuratively — and, later, literally — grounded as he reacts to the realities of what it means for his father to be Superman. When told the Man of Steel fought Doomsday previously, the boy wants to know what happened. His mother replies, “Daddy won… That’s the most important thing.” The knowing Lois, the curious Jon, and their mutual affection despite sometimes incompatible perspectives effectively mirror the broader audience Rebirth is designed to unify.

Action Comics #958

Credit: DC Comics

Likewise, Luthor’s condescending arrogance, Superman’s valiant attempts to adjust past facts to changed realities in the heat of battle, and both protectors’ commitment to clearing civilians out of the combat zone before an innocent bystander gets hurt all contribute to keep Action Comics #958 from becoming a mere rehash of past exploits concealed beneath a flurry of bony punches and red-blue blurs.

Zircher’s artwork is filled with big images that match the scale of the story. The inks sometimes are a little heavy, and the hectic twice-monthly release schedule likely is responsible for the rushed look of some of the background details in the fight sequences, but there is compelling emotion in the still scenes and kinetic energy in the active ones. Rob Leigh’s large lettering resonates in the sound effects, while Ulises Arreola’s colors give life to the sweeping motions and mighty impacts.

Along the way, Action Comics #958 offers just enough answers to keep the mysteries interesting. At this point, it is pretty much taken as a given that Mr. Oz is Ozymandias, but, even if that forthcoming revelation is one that will take no one by surprise, there remains some real drama about several of the characters.

It is yet an open question whether this world’s Lex Luthor is merely a haughty hero — not unlike Adrian Veidt, come to think of it — or whether Superman’s suspicions about him are farsighted rather than narrow-minded. Any thought that the Doomsday freed from the Geneticron vault was an artificial construct was dispelled, as well, when Kal-El confronted him and realized, “It’s him. It is Doomsday.”

Action Comics #958

Credit: DC Comics

The most intriguing conversation taking place in this issue, however, is not between Superman and Luthor, nor between Lois and Jonathan, nor even between Mr. Oz and himself. Rather, the exchange warranting the most attention is the running discussion between Clark and Jimmy as they duck flying punches, dodge hurtling extraterrestrials, and endeavor to report this monumental story as it develops. After years of the bespectacled journalist possessing crucial knowledge while the younger ginger photographer was kept as much in the dark as in the darkroom, the tables have turned: Olsen is the one with the insights, while Kent, inscrutably, is clueless.

At first, it appears possible that Clark is merely playing dumb, feigning ignorance of what Jimmy means when calling him “a part of the story”. As Superman is thrown for a loop in the air just above their heads, Olsen recounts the events since Truth and asks, “How am I supposed to believe you are who you say you are?!” “I know what you’re saying,” comes the enigmatic reply, “but I did what I had to, Jim. I did it to survive!”

We have no time to wonder what this impenetrable answer may mean — in the ensuing seven pages or so, Doomsday tries to stomp Superman, Luthor opens fire on Doomsday, Superman flies Doomsday up into the sky, Doomsday knocks Superman back down to the ground, and a WLEX news helicopter is smashed in midair — but, then, as the pilot and the cameraman plummet toward the pavement, Clark confesses that he cannot fly.

Story continues below

What games are afoot are far from clear, even if the ostensibly obvious Ozymandias obfuscation ends up being exactly as advertised rather than the opening gambit of a bait-and-switch deception. Path of Doom is off like a rocket, with the adventure rollicking along at breakneck speed, the characters speaking and acting with authenticity, and perplexing questions in abundance. Action Comics #958 was another winning entry in the successful Rebirth of DC Comics.

Let us know your thoughts on Dan Jurgens’s and Patrick Zircher’s latest effort. ComiConverse with us in the comments below!


T. Kyle King is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @TKyleKing.

Classic characters, energetic action, and simmering mysteries pack this effective issue.

(Visited 746 times, 1 visits today)


  1. MartinGray says:

    Really nicely written and perceptive review, Kyke … I especially like the suit metaphor. I love this new fortnightly release schedule.

  2. I just want to tell you that I am all new to weblog and absolutely savored your web-site. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have exceptional well written articles. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us your web page.

  3. try this out says:

    I simply want to tell you that I am newbie to blogging and actually liked this blog. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You really come with impressive writings. Many thanks for revealing your webpage.

  4. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  5. Business says:

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

  6. of course like your website however you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the truth then again I will surely come again again.

  7. Automotive says:

    Hello.This post was extremely remarkable, especially because I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Saturday.

  8. Automotive says:

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

  9. Technology says:

    My husband and i have been quite relieved that Albert managed to round up his homework through your precious recommendations he grabbed from your blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply always be giving out guidelines which many others could have been trying to sell. And we take into account we have got you to appreciate for that. The illustrations you made, the easy blog menu, the friendships you will make it easier to foster – it’s mostly great, and it’s really letting our son and us believe that the article is amusing, which is really essential. Thanks for all the pieces!

  10. Fantastic beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  11. Great tremendous issues here. I am very glad to peer your post. Thank you so much and i am having a look forward to touch you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  12. As I website possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling wonderful , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

  13. Law & Legal says:

    I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  14. I want to express appreciation to you for rescuing me from such a setting. Right after scouting through the internet and meeting methods which were not productive, I assumed my life was gone. Living minus the solutions to the problems you have sorted out all through your blog post is a crucial case, as well as the ones which could have in a negative way damaged my career if I had not come across your blog. The natural talent and kindness in maneuvering almost everything was very useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t discovered such a step like this. I can now relish my future. Thanks a lot so much for the specialized and results-oriented help. I won’t be reluctant to suggest your blog post to anyone who would need support about this area.

  15. Very well written post. It will be valuable to everyone who employess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts.

  16. Emery EPS says:

    It really is the best time to prepare some intentions for the long-term. I have scan this blog posting and if I can possibly, I desire to suggest to you you a few helpful assistance.

  17. says:

    Remarkably insightful knowledge that you have mentioned, thank you for submitting.

  18. Business says:

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou . “Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.” by Marva Collins.

  19. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this issue here on your website.

  20. Automotive says:

    Someone essentially help to make significantly posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible. Great activity!

  21. Woman says:

    Some really quality articles on this web site , saved to my bookmarks .

  22. Gardenings says:

    I really enjoy studying on this web site, it holds good blog posts. “Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.” by Demosthenes.

  23. imscseo says:

    IMSC SEO is a Singapore SEO Company. They provide comprehensive Singapore SEO services to help SG businesses to gain traffic from search engine. Their SEO agency has many years of experiences working with overseas companies on more competitive grounds. They are the best seo company in Singapore you can find. Their SEO expert and consultant understand exactly what search engine optimization your company need to gain search engine traffic.

  24. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  25. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  26. IMSC SEO is a Singapore SEO Company. They provide comprehensive Singapore SEO services to help SG businesses to gain traffic from search engine. Their SEO agency has many years of experiences working with overseas companies on more competitive grounds. They are the best seo company in Singapore you can find. Their SEO expert and consultant understand exactly what search engine optimization your company need to gain search engine traffic.

  27. Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

  28. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  29. IMSC SEO is a Singapore SEO Company. They provide comprehensive Singapore SEO services to help SG businesses to gain traffic from search engine. Their SEO agency has many years of experiences working with overseas companies on more competitive grounds. They are the best seo company in Singapore you can find. Their SEO expert and consultant understand exactly what search engine optimization your company need to gain search engine traffic.

  30. Emeryeps is a SEO(Search Engine optimzation) and Internet Marketing company. They help businesses to get traffic from various search engine and online community. They have seo experts and consultants with many years of SEO Experiences. No matter where your business is located, can help your business to secure your highly convertible leads online.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This