I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s a perfectly serviceable Superman story, where Big Blue saves the day from a huge monster, but that’s all it is. The ‘Pax Galactica’ characters are totally forgettable and stupid, like something out of He-Man, and it’s basically just one big action sequence.
There are nuggets of interest in here, like the origin of Lourdes and Lexus, the fact that they are twins, etc, but they are only explored in 1 page, and then Lexus is killed. I did like that Lobdell established that Superman is not actually invincible, and had Lexus actually hurt him, but other than that… just a big bowl of meh. I want Greg Pak on Action now please. I did enjoy Tyler Kirkham’s artwork though, he can certainly draw space battles, and his Superman looks pretty bad-ass.
The ‘World Of Krypton’ back-up story was also a little bit disappointing, it felt like Hannah ran out of time to tell his story, and it just ended. I do like the irony of Jor-El managing to stop a Military Coup with the help of General (well, Commander here) Zod, and those two characters being childhood friends is a cool idea, but other than that, again, meh.
Seriously, this comic was fine, but I want Action Comics to be more than just fine. Do I have unrealistic expectations? I don’t know, but Superman deserves better than ‘OK’.