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Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to verify the claims that Kal-El’s father somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. What they find, though, is a vastly different world than history has shown. When the time intruders are discovered, Jor-El and General Zod collaborate to capture or destroy them. The Eradicator will chase the pair through time to 25th-century Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to verify the claims that Kal-El’s father somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. What they find, though, is a vastly different world than history has shown. When the time intruders are discovered, Jor-El and General Zod collaborate to capture or destroy them. The Eradicator will chase the pair through time to 25th-century Gotham City and back to Krypton in pursuit of justice. Collecting ACTION COMICS #993-999 and a story from ACTION COMICS SPECIAL #1.


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Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to verify the claims that Kal-El’s father somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. What they find, though, is a vastly different world than history has shown. When the time intruders are discovered, Jor-El and General Zod collaborate to capture or destroy them. The Eradicator will chase the pair through time to 25th-century Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to verify the claims that Kal-El’s father somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. What they find, though, is a vastly different world than history has shown. When the time intruders are discovered, Jor-El and General Zod collaborate to capture or destroy them. The Eradicator will chase the pair through time to 25th-century Gotham City and back to Krypton in pursuit of justice. Collecting ACTION COMICS #993-999 and a story from ACTION COMICS SPECIAL #1.

30 review for Superman: Action Comics, Volume 5: Booster Shot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A weak finish to what has been a very good run for Dan Jurgens. Up to this point had been some of his best writing in years, but this is a clunker. Superman acts consistently out of character haphazardly bumbling around in other time periods, leaving Booster gold to clean up the timeline. These different time periods were confusing, they reference things that are no longer canon after the new 52 relaunch like the Earth / New Krypton war. In the "B" story, Lois is now some kind of ninja. He dad i A weak finish to what has been a very good run for Dan Jurgens. Up to this point had been some of his best writing in years, but this is a clunker. Superman acts consistently out of character haphazardly bumbling around in other time periods, leaving Booster gold to clean up the timeline. These different time periods were confusing, they reference things that are no longer canon after the new 52 relaunch like the Earth / New Krypton war. In the "B" story, Lois is now some kind of ninja. He dad is captured and she goes to rescue him before he's executed. Her dad who actually is special forces couldn't escape, but she can sneak into a hostile country and a prison to break him out. It's beyond dumb. All in all the writing was very poor. It's almost like you could tell Jurgens was pissed about getting booted off Action Comics before he could write issue 1,000.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Satisfying but flawed finale to Jurgen's solid Superman run. World: The art is mostly solid, I like the colors and the framing but I have always had issues with Booth's character's 'dead eyes' and they still have them. I love the world building for this arc, it's the end of Jurgens run so we have all the pieces that he's created since Rebirth used here and add to that General Lane and we have all the pieces for a wonderful story. Then there's Booster which make it even more awesome. Story: I love Satisfying but flawed finale to Jurgen's solid Superman run. World: The art is mostly solid, I like the colors and the framing but I have always had issues with Booth's character's 'dead eyes' and they still have them. I love the world building for this arc, it's the end of Jurgens run so we have all the pieces that he's created since Rebirth used here and add to that General Lane and we have all the pieces for a wonderful story. Then there's Booster which make it even more awesome. Story: I love Booster Gold and with this arc having him back it made me so happy. Jurgen's Booster run was solid but sometimes uneven and this story has all the best and not so best parts of Booster...meaning time travel. It's a bit all over the place and the rules are not consistent which irks me for time travel stories but in terms of emotions and story it is satisfying. It is a fun story, it's a bit draggy and pacey but it is a satisfying story with a lot of good emotional beats. Booster Gold is the best, I miss him and his story and his role in the DCU and having him back just put a smile on my face (when will he have a series again?!). I really also liked the side story with Lois and Lane, she's been amazing since Rebirth and this continues that trend..except. The end, which I did not like as she needed rescuing which I did not want cause she should have been able to take care of herself, but for the story I understand why...but I am not happy with that part. This hopeful Superman is great, and it was exactly what was missing from the New52, Rebirth, if nothing else changes, has made Superman great again and Jurgen's run as been solid in showing the world exactly what Superman is and why he's important and relevant today. Once final part with Hank was great, solidifying how Superman is timeless and that even old concepts can change for a new generation. Characters: Superman is a bit off this arc, he should know better about time travel, but as we know for the sake of the story he needed to be inconsistent and wow was he ever inconsistent until the end. Other than that he's been solid and a rock and symbol of what he's suppose to be. Booster, he's awesome, there was a lot of info dumping and reintroduction of him to readers again which I've read so many times my eyeballs are tired of reading about he's the greatest hero no one knows, but man do I miss him. Not much of an arc for him but he was great to play off Supes and the banter with Skeets is always great. Then there is Lois who has been a rockstar since Rebirth and this continues, she's strong and complex and she's just the best. Her end was not deserved but oh well. The villains for this arc were solid, not much depth but they needed to be powerful and that's what they were. A wonderful arc that had some janky pacing issues and time travel wet cement rule that took a bit away from the solid story. A wonderful end to Jurgen's run. Thank you Mr. Jurgens. I wonder what Bendis is going to do now? Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Let down. Dan Jurgens had been giving life into his action comics since the start. Getting better and better. However, this final volume was a BIG let down. This is just a what if story really. What if Superman can stop the destruction of his home? Like this hasn't been done a million times before? And Booster Gold is a fun character at times but having him for every issue, and Dan not writing him in my favorite way, this was a let down. Good: The art was pretty solid and the very very ending wa Let down. Dan Jurgens had been giving life into his action comics since the start. Getting better and better. However, this final volume was a BIG let down. This is just a what if story really. What if Superman can stop the destruction of his home? Like this hasn't been done a million times before? And Booster Gold is a fun character at times but having him for every issue, and Dan not writing him in my favorite way, this was a let down. Good: The art was pretty solid and the very very ending was sweet. Bad: Everything else was a bore, we knew there were no stakes, and nothing feels epic like the previous volumes. Overall a let down in a BIG way. I still recommend Dan's Action Comics run but this is a weak part of it. A 1.5-2 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Booster Gold, because if Dan Jurgens can get him into a comic, you can be damn well sure he will. But Booster may be Superman’s only hope when Clark travels back to the death of Krypton to try and discover if Mister Oz really is his time-displaced father Jor-El, threatening the entire timestream in the process. And in the present, Lois takes on an undercover assignment to rescue her father, General Lane, from capti [Read as single issues] Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Booster Gold, because if Dan Jurgens can get him into a comic, you can be damn well sure he will. But Booster may be Superman’s only hope when Clark travels back to the death of Krypton to try and discover if Mister Oz really is his time-displaced father Jor-El, threatening the entire timestream in the process. And in the present, Lois takes on an undercover assignment to rescue her father, General Lane, from captivity – but she didn’t count on Jon hitching a ride with her… I’ve missed Booster Gold. He’s had such a tumultous history since the New 52 hit, so it’s nice to see him back in mainstream comics again, and under the pen of his creator nonetheless (although I’m pretty sure if anyone at DC ever even mentions Booster Dan Jurgens just appears out of nowhere with a big grin on his face). His role in this arc is similar to his old ongoing series – he’s trying to protect the timeline, and manages to screw it all up. His banter with Superman is pretty great, although seeing Superman being the irresponsible one takes a second to get used to; considering what he’s been through lately though, it makes perfect sense. The storyline takes a twist for the unexpected when Supes and Booster end up trapped in a Zod-controlled future, which feeds nicely into the Zod story Jurgens told a few volumes ago as well as with what Robert Venditti is up with the character over in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps. A good old fashioned Kryptonian throwdown makes any comic more fun. This kind of synergy between books (and time periods!) is one of the things I’ve loved so much about DC’s Rebirth initiative; everything seems so connected these days. The subplot with Jon and Lois is almost as much fun as the main plot; Lois hasn’t had a lot of agency in the Superman comics for a while, but this restores a little of that and shows a) why she’s such a good journalist and b) why she’s such a good mum. Jon wanting to meet his other grandfather and heading straight into danger is perfectly in line with his character after everything he’s been through recently (like his father), and the one-shot issue right at the end of this arc that brings the entire Kent family together with General Lane is one of the most Superman-y comics you’ll read in a while as Clark desperately tries to get along with a man who clearly hates everything about him in a good twist on the old secret identity revelation issue. Also collected here is a story from Action Comics Special #1, which is the true end of Jurgens’ Action Comics run before Brian Bendis comes in and ruins everyth-I mean, takes over. This is a Lex Luthor story, with Superman nowhere to be seen. It’s a shame that Lex’s heroic development seems to have taken a backseat recently, but it’s nice to see him revisited once more before the final return to villainy over in Justice League. There’s a variety of artists on these issues, with Dan Jurgens himself pencilling Booster’s first issue while Brett Booth and Will Conrad tackle the rest of the series. Conrad has been in and out of Action Comics for a while now, and Booth seems to be floating after being dislodged from Titans, but they find good homes here with Booth taking the big bombastic action stuff that he does so well during the Zod stuff while Will Conrad tackles the later issues, and the Action Comics Special story. Dan Jurgens bows out of a hugely entertaining and emotionally powerful Action Comics run with this final arc. Personally I’ve found Action Comics a lot more consistent than the Tomasi & Gleason Superman (which was also great, but a bit scattershot, especially near the end), and this final arc sums up the fun time that Jurgens was clearly having writing it. There’s a reason Jurgens is one of the most prolific Superman writers in history, and his Action Comics run here will no doubt withstand the test of time in the same way that his more iconic stories already do.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Booster is always a treat in small doses, but the interpretations of all the other main characters are a bit off, even including the big man himself, who betrays the very essence of TRUTH, Justice and the American Way when he lies to Lex Luthor in the parting panel, for no explicable reason other than spite.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I LOVED this! Booster is amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dr Rashmit Mishra

    This was so disappointing . Dan Jurgens run in Action comics to this point has been superb and I'd say , his run returned this title back to it's glory, sadly this didn't work for me . The plot in itself is filled with various plot holes and both Superman and Booster act opposite to how their characters are supposed to act , with Superman not caring about the timelines , to acting all stubborn and insisting on not returning . And don't even get me started on the Lois lane story line that turned This was so disappointing . Dan Jurgens run in Action comics to this point has been superb and I'd say , his run returned this title back to it's glory, sadly this didn't work for me . The plot in itself is filled with various plot holes and both Superman and Booster act opposite to how their characters are supposed to act , with Superman not caring about the timelines , to acting all stubborn and insisting on not returning . And don't even get me started on the Lois lane story line that turned her into a ninja .. hang on , I just realized , that storyline turned her into Batwoman , Katherine Kane . Ffs Jurgens In the end , the story lacked any heart that previous Jurgens story had , part of it is maybe due to lack of Superman's interaction with his son and partly because of how out of character everyone is in this

  8. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    This was an ok volume. Superman acted a little out of character by (view spoiler)[considering sacrificing his wife and son so that he could satisfy his curiosity about his father and the past (hide spoiler)] . Also, since when did Lois Lane become a ninja? "She has a military father and knows how to take care of herself" doesn't automatically turn her into Jason Bourne. I also don't like how they(view spoiler)[brought Superman's dad back from the dead in the Oz Effect and confirmed it in this vol This was an ok volume. Superman acted a little out of character by (view spoiler)[considering sacrificing his wife and son so that he could satisfy his curiosity about his father and the past (hide spoiler)] . Also, since when did Lois Lane become a ninja? "She has a military father and knows how to take care of herself" doesn't automatically turn her into Jason Bourne. I also don't like how they(view spoiler)[brought Superman's dad back from the dead in the Oz Effect and confirmed it in this volume. Some things should just be left alone (hide spoiler)] . My favorite part was Booster Gold mentioning the Marvel universe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Georgie

    Booster gold is back and is fixing the timeline because Superman is gonna break it, wait that’s flashes job!! This is really sad because I really loved the first four trades but this and the oz effect are really bad, I just felt like dan jurgens was under pressure because after this was the debut of Brian micheal Bendis. Overall boring book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Swapnil Dubey

    Last time when I tried to read it, I don't know what happened and I put it down saying it's a boring one and the end doesn't worth the read of Jurgen's run. Today as I gave it a try again.. and man, what a great conclusion. Last time I read Booster and Superman together, it was in Death of Superman and Hunter-Prey. Booster is a hero who saves times and mostly nobody knows him. Not every being was lucky to get parents like Kents. Dealing with his own past Booster tries to save Superman from saving Last time when I tried to read it, I don't know what happened and I put it down saying it's a boring one and the end doesn't worth the read of Jurgen's run. Today as I gave it a try again.. and man, what a great conclusion. Last time I read Booster and Superman together, it was in Death of Superman and Hunter-Prey. Booster is a hero who saves times and mostly nobody knows him. Not every being was lucky to get parents like Kents. Dealing with his own past Booster tries to save Superman from saving Krypton. Time travel is a tricky business and Booster, his sidekick a AI robot named Skeet and Superman adventures through past then future and then present. This writing reminds me of old classics. I have been following Superman Action Comics Rebirth and Bendis' Superman and nothing disappointed me yet. Booster Gold and esp Skeet, both impressed me much and Superman, in my opinion, was behaving wreckless by trying to change the past. I loved the part where Skeet hacks the Eradicators' technique and use it against Zod and family. This sets the future for Mr Blue that his future is going to be very challenging. Booster makes the biggest sacrifice in the end for Superman and it gave me a weird feel that no one will ever know about that sacrifice.. esp not Sueprman, Lois and General Lane. Lex Luthor and Cyborg Superman returns. The reason why Superman frees Cyborg Superman from Phantom Zone can only be done by someone who knows how to grow beyond hate. Superman's ability to embrace the man always inspires me in a way that I know is near to impossible to achieve in real life. Lex's entry confused me as how there were two Lex Luthors. I think it's time to do some homework on Lex's history. It's a very well put TPB consisting of emotions, actions, sacrifices, trust, pure hate and vengeance and all the ingredients that makes the end wonderful. Don't hesitate. Just purchase and read. Highly recommended the Action Comics Rebirth Saga by Dan Jurgens and then follow the Bendis' run.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Just okay.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to see if Jor-El survived. Lois and Jon go to rescue Lois' father from being executed. 5 🌟 Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to see if Jor-El survived. Lois and Jon go to rescue Lois' father from being executed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book is very much about family, more specifically parents. Lois and Clark investigate their fathers, both hoping to reconcile what they believe to have occurred in the past. I found myself more interested in Lois's relationship with her Dad, the reasons they've been estranged and the resulting effects of leaving him out of Jon's life. It was also nice to have a story about Lois and Jon. So much of his time is spent learning about his powers with his Dad, so it's good to see his human side tak This book is very much about family, more specifically parents. Lois and Clark investigate their fathers, both hoping to reconcile what they believe to have occurred in the past. I found myself more interested in Lois's relationship with her Dad, the reasons they've been estranged and the resulting effects of leaving him out of Jon's life. It was also nice to have a story about Lois and Jon. So much of his time is spent learning about his powers with his Dad, so it's good to see his human side take some attention. Booster Gold features pretty heavily in Clark's story. I haven't had much experience with the character but I enjoyed him in this, seeing his double life as a kind of Bruce Wayne buffoon in public while secretly policing the timeline. An added bonus was the sudden reemergence of Superman's classic outfit, red underwear and all. I know very shortly he'll be getting a new creative team, but it's nice that Jurgens is back to writing the classic looking Superman he spent so much of his time with back in the 90's.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Love it...Jurgens plays with the two heroes he's likely best known for in a time travel adventure. Love the Avengers Easter Egg. Love it...Jurgens plays with the two heroes he's likely best known for in a time travel adventure. Love the Avengers Easter Egg.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This felt like a really unnecessary addition to the Superman story, and much more like a filler episode on their way to the 1,000th issue of Action Comics.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eskana

    Just going to be honest.... I only read the title story involving Booster gold. This collection also has two more issues, one involving Jon getting to know Lois' dad while Superman thinks about father-ly things and fights Cyborg Superman, and another involving Lex Luthor. In the "Booster Shot" story, Superman has used Flash's cosmic treadmill to travel back in time to Krypton's destruction to see if what he's learned- that the new villain Mr. Oz is actually his father- is true. Booster Gold quick Just going to be honest.... I only read the title story involving Booster gold. This collection also has two more issues, one involving Jon getting to know Lois' dad while Superman thinks about father-ly things and fights Cyborg Superman, and another involving Lex Luthor. In the "Booster Shot" story, Superman has used Flash's cosmic treadmill to travel back in time to Krypton's destruction to see if what he's learned- that the new villain Mr. Oz is actually his father- is true. Booster Gold quickly follows, concerned that Superman will mess with the timeline. This, so far, is the only time (apart from Convergence) that we've seen Booster effectively doing his real job of protecting time, rather than filling in the cover story of being an idiot who's at least partially in the hero game for the attention. For those who don't know about Booster Gold, maybe consider reading his series from 2008 by Geoff Johns. Anyway, the story is good, although there is a lot of time-jumping going on as well as talk of "soft time," "concrete time," and "fractured time" until you don't know what's going on, exactly. There are face offs with Eradicators, members of House Zod, and even just normal 25th century police. Superman seems to be written pretty standardly, and Booster is doing his real job, although still shown to be a bit of a goof and heavily relying on Skeets to come through. At the same time on Earth, Lois is trying to rescue her father, the General Lane, who has been captured while on a mission in an unstable country and is to be executed. Jon follows her to help her, but the two still manage to get into trouble. My reaction? I want to like this so much more than I do in reality. The art isn't that great; honestly, it's pretty messy, really, until about the last Booster issue. The plot feels a little jumbled, and then at the end of the day, a little pointless. They went back to the wrong time, a fractured time, and it took several issues to complete the short task that Superman set out to do in the first place. Why? Timey-wimey nonsense, apparently. Not that satisfying.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    3.5 Stars. When Booster Gold gets involved, we know everything is going to get messed up. But the main driving force behind the adventure in this Volume is the appearance of Mr. Oz, who claimed to be Jor-El, Superman's father (who we saw previously). The Volume starts with Superman taking Flash's Cosmic Treadmill to go back in time to see the destruction of Krypton, wanting to see if Jor-El was indeed taken from the explosion before it happened. What he comes across is a Krypton alive and thrivin 3.5 Stars. When Booster Gold gets involved, we know everything is going to get messed up. But the main driving force behind the adventure in this Volume is the appearance of Mr. Oz, who claimed to be Jor-El, Superman's father (who we saw previously). The Volume starts with Superman taking Flash's Cosmic Treadmill to go back in time to see the destruction of Krypton, wanting to see if Jor-El was indeed taken from the explosion before it happened. What he comes across is a Krypton alive and thriving under Jor-El and Zod, a fleet of ships being built so the society can escape the dying planet. This is when Booster Gold shows himself and tries to prevent Supes from getting further involved. What ends up happening is a adventure through time and various universes, seeing how Zod would take control, his family escaping the Negative Zone, etc. All crazy time travel hijinks.... While they are on their adventure, Lois has found out that her father is being held as a POW in a very unstable country and is scheduled for execution. She takes it upon herself to mount a rescue mission, and although she thought she left him at home, Jon is tailing her, keeping her safe from a distance. She eventually saves him, though with Jon's help, but the family is gunned down in the escape. Superman sees (after lots of back and forth through time with Booster) the destruction of Krypton, watching his mother die and father being taken away, just like Oz said he was. When he returns to Earth, he heads for Jon and Lois, not knowing they are already dead. Booster breaks time law by going back in time several seconds and prevents them from being shot, allowing Superman to help them and complete the rescue. This Volume ends with Action Comics #999, so I thought it would be something amazing to lead into the landmark issue #1000, but it ended up feeling a little like filler to me. The story wasn't bad overall, but way longer than it needed to be. Recommend, even though I wish the Volume had more impact.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a truly solid, action-packed, and emotional read. It has just about everything: time travel, alternate realities, and Super Family bonding. Seriously, there was one part of this graphic novel (which I won't share because... spoilers) that was a punch to the gut. But the way it ended... was actually really nice. Even comforting. The end theme--about how family is what really matters--is exactly why I keep coming back to the Superman and Action Comics titles. Like I've said before: We have This is a truly solid, action-packed, and emotional read. It has just about everything: time travel, alternate realities, and Super Family bonding. Seriously, there was one part of this graphic novel (which I won't share because... spoilers) that was a punch to the gut. But the way it ended... was actually really nice. Even comforting. The end theme--about how family is what really matters--is exactly why I keep coming back to the Superman and Action Comics titles. Like I've said before: We have Batman, Red Hood, and other titles to give us the doom and gloom of life. Let's leave Superman for the hopeful side of it. That's not to say that Superman stories shy away from sometimes dark and difficult themes... but the stories always ensure that hope, in some way or another--even if it's not always the way the reader expects--shines through. I think my favorite story was actually the one following "Booster Shot," where someone (no spoilers as to who, though) finds out Superman's secret identity. That was a thrilling story--causing the Man of Steel to face what he fears most: something happening to his loved ones--that ultimately ended up being a very thematic story as well. I'm curious what it means for the future of a certain character (who, because of spoilers, will remain nameless.) I have noticed that each volume of both Action Comics and Superman seem to raise the stakes in terms of danger for Lois and Jon--specifically, by examining what it means to be the wife and son of Superman. I hope DC is not building up to something devastating for the Man of Steel. This volume came seconds away from taking such a drastic turn... and I hope that the writers continue to always evade certain doom for the Super Family. But still... they certainly are giving us some great stories, and I'm ready to read what's up next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    The Goodreads description is for another volume in the series. This volume collects issues #993-999 by Dan Jurgens with art by Dan Jurgens (issues #993-994), Brett Booth (issues #995, 997), and Will Conrad (issues#996, 998-999) (and assorted inkers). Superman goes back in time and space to see for himself if Jor-El really escaped the destruction of Krypton. Time cop Booster Gold manages to track Superman down in an attempt to mitigate time-related anomalies. What Superman and Booster find is a m The Goodreads description is for another volume in the series. This volume collects issues #993-999 by Dan Jurgens with art by Dan Jurgens (issues #993-994), Brett Booth (issues #995, 997), and Will Conrad (issues#996, 998-999) (and assorted inkers). Superman goes back in time and space to see for himself if Jor-El really escaped the destruction of Krypton. Time cop Booster Gold manages to track Superman down in an attempt to mitigate time-related anomalies. What Superman and Booster find is a much different Krypton than Superman has always known. This Krypton is a spacefaring planet, readying an armada of spaceships to evacuate the population. Before Superman can verify what's going on, Booster launches him into the future. They end up on a planet ruled by General Zod and his family. This time hopping forces Superman to begin to come to grips with his destiny. This duo, dubbed Time's Finest by Booster, is an entertaining pair, and Booster is painted as a little bit less of a dolt than many other appearances, possibly because Dan Jurgens created the character and knows how to write him. The final issue is an epilog wherein Lois tries to reconcile with her estranged father. Superman, meanwhile, tries to give Cyborg Superman some hope beyond a numbing existence in the Phantom Zone. Not the greatest finale for Jurgens, but it sets up some interesting dynamics that may or may not pay off when Michael Bendis takes over the writing chores.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adan

    Normally, I’m a pretty big fan of time travel stories, especially when they feature Booster, but Superman and the storytelling are just so dumb in this one, I couldn’t enjoy it. His insistence on staying on old Krypton even though he’s clearly screwing up time, to the point that Booster and Skeets have to literally drag him away, is just ridiculous. And then the forced pit stops to other places and times thanks to the time bubble getting wrecked, only for it be just as quickly and improbably fix Normally, I’m a pretty big fan of time travel stories, especially when they feature Booster, but Superman and the storytelling are just so dumb in this one, I couldn’t enjoy it. His insistence on staying on old Krypton even though he’s clearly screwing up time, to the point that Booster and Skeets have to literally drag him away, is just ridiculous. And then the forced pit stops to other places and times thanks to the time bubble getting wrecked, only for it be just as quickly and improbably fixed just in time to get to the next forced forced pit stop... ugh. Meanwhile, Lois Lane goes to a fictional African nation to save her father with Jon in tow, and even though Sam Lane doesn’t know Superman’s true identity or the fact that Jon has powers, he still seems to just ignore the obvious horribleness of bringing a child into a war zone when he has the same exact argument with Lois that he always done, but Clark Kent somehow magically fixes it in the space of two pages. Sigh. Rounding off this collection of not great stories is one that serves no other purpose than to return Lex Luthor to his villainous ways. Never mind that he’s never been as interesting as when he was trying to be an actual hero and working alongside Superman while still being an egotistical jerk. Now he’s just gonna be another villain. Yay.

  21. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    This was an odd duck of a book. Superman spent most of this time moping, time travelling and generally suffering from a personality transplant. The b-plot involved Lois saving her dad from a hostile country holding him hostage. I am not sure where she got her ninja skills or why she didn't let Jon go instead but it irked me. Superboy is good enough to fight against supervillains but he can't take on bad humans? I get Mr Jurgens was trying to show the parallels between the two stories with both f This was an odd duck of a book. Superman spent most of this time moping, time travelling and generally suffering from a personality transplant. The b-plot involved Lois saving her dad from a hostile country holding him hostage. I am not sure where she got her ninja skills or why she didn't let Jon go instead but it irked me. Superboy is good enough to fight against supervillains but he can't take on bad humans? I get Mr Jurgens was trying to show the parallels between the two stories with both focus on loss and fathers but I was not impressed. There were ways of focusing on the emotional kernel which could have been interesting but instead we got bad action and inconsistent characterisation. I enjoyed parts of it when I switched off my brain - which is ok I guess. The artwork was also janky in places with faces appearing elongated in one panel and then normal in others. Nothing truly awful but nothing great either. All in the ok range. I liked Booster Gold in general but he couldn't save the odd plot. I gave this an ok rating / 2 stars in the end for his character, for some of the art in the back and a few lovely moments. Like Superman talking to Booster Gold's mom.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    Superman travels into the past to see what happens at the moment of Krypton's destruction. But will he be able to resist changing the past? Booster Gold is the sidekick character in this one, as he - or Flash - frequently are when dealing with timey wimey shenanigans. And while it is a bit interesting, I feel like this has been done many times before. It's something that really pushes the limits of Superman's hope to the brink. He wants to save his parents but he knows he cant change the past. I Superman travels into the past to see what happens at the moment of Krypton's destruction. But will he be able to resist changing the past? Booster Gold is the sidekick character in this one, as he - or Flash - frequently are when dealing with timey wimey shenanigans. And while it is a bit interesting, I feel like this has been done many times before. It's something that really pushes the limits of Superman's hope to the brink. He wants to save his parents but he knows he cant change the past. I think the unoriginal plot is not the worst thing about the book. The worst thing is the writing in general. Which I hate to say because Jurgens has actually been doing a great job on this book. But in this one, it reads more like a golden age book where characterization and rationality kind of get thrown out the window in order to move the plot along. The dialogue also reminded me of golden age books where it was very campy and cheesy. I don't know if Jurgens was going for a throw back vibe, but for me this didn't work at all. An unfortunately end to a good run, I would check this out only if you are a die hard Superman fan only.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Jurgens continues to do stellar work and I was impressed with Booth's pencils in this volume in particular. The parallel stories about Lois and Jonathan and Clark and Booster tied together seamlessly and thematically explored ground mainstream comics normally explore only through clumsy explicitness--family relationships, especially those between fathers and their children. The more comicsy elements--plenty of active, violent heroism and sci-fi/fantasy stuff are also out in force and Jurgens con Jurgens continues to do stellar work and I was impressed with Booth's pencils in this volume in particular. The parallel stories about Lois and Jonathan and Clark and Booster tied together seamlessly and thematically explored ground mainstream comics normally explore only through clumsy explicitness--family relationships, especially those between fathers and their children. The more comicsy elements--plenty of active, violent heroism and sci-fi/fantasy stuff are also out in force and Jurgens continues to demonstrate that these elements can work powerfully alongside human elements to capture well-developed character driven stories that still engage the fanboys who come mainly to see who Superman is beating on this week/month. Good stuff. Really, really good stuff.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Superman goes back in time to answer a critical question: could Oz really be Jor-el? And, that's a crucial question that has strong repercussions for the modern-day Superman comic, but unfortunately Jurgens writes it as a big snipe hunt. There's a trip to a Krypton where everyone survives, then to Buster's future, then to a planet enslaved by Zod. The Booster section feels important ... to Booster's character development. And the rest of it feels like it's just spinning the wheels of this comic. W Superman goes back in time to answer a critical question: could Oz really be Jor-el? And, that's a crucial question that has strong repercussions for the modern-day Superman comic, but unfortunately Jurgens writes it as a big snipe hunt. There's a trip to a Krypton where everyone survives, then to Buster's future, then to a planet enslaved by Zod. The Booster section feels important ... to Booster's character development. And the rest of it feels like it's just spinning the wheels of this comic. We get our answer, at least, for what it's worth. That it's all a part of Manhattan's manipulations. But then the whole DC Universe has been spinning its wheels on that question for a few years.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This book is an entertaining time travel romp. Your suspension of disbelief has to roll with Superman and Booster continually arriving - accidentally - at a time and/or location when they can interact with a piece of their past (Booster's past being our future, just happening upon the future of a world Zod has conquered). And toward the end of the book, Jurgens damsels out Lois too much for my tastes (Booster's "timely" save and several attempts on her life by super-old Luthor), but in the grand This book is an entertaining time travel romp. Your suspension of disbelief has to roll with Superman and Booster continually arriving - accidentally - at a time and/or location when they can interact with a piece of their past (Booster's past being our future, just happening upon the future of a world Zod has conquered). And toward the end of the book, Jurgens damsels out Lois too much for my tastes (Booster's "timely" save and several attempts on her life by super-old Luthor), but in the grand scheme of things - it's not a great Superman book, but it's still pretty fun with good action in the Zod chapters, some compelling father drama for Superman, Booster AND Lois.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aidanmark30

    This book was cool. This has been an amazing run for Rebirth. 1,3,4 and Superman Reborn were awesome. This book was probably the third worst in Superman Action Comics Rebirth. It’s still really good! Now there was 2 arcs in this story. Arc 1: Superman goes back in time, to see if MR.OZ actually didn’t die on Krypton. Arc 2: Lois Lanes father was caught by a corrupted government in some foreign country. This book has some cool parts such as when Lois Lane and Super-boy died. Thank god Booster Gol This book was cool. This has been an amazing run for Rebirth. 1,3,4 and Superman Reborn were awesome. This book was probably the third worst in Superman Action Comics Rebirth. It’s still really good! Now there was 2 arcs in this story. Arc 1: Superman goes back in time, to see if MR.OZ actually didn’t die on Krypton. Arc 2: Lois Lanes father was caught by a corrupted government in some foreign country. This book has some cool parts such as when Lois Lane and Super-boy died. Thank god Booster Gold changed time and stopped that from happening. That was a bit predictable and unexplainable. Overall great book! I rate it 8/10.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Action Comics issues #993-999 and Action Comics Special #1 I had high hopes for this story because it featured Booster Gold and time travel, but I felt really disappointed with the final product. There were some interesting aspects, but Superman's personality seemed really wrong in this story, which is a surprise since Jurgens has so much experience writing this character. The Action Comics Special was a nice surprise, but it is still a story that likely won't have a big impact. Final ra Collects Action Comics issues #993-999 and Action Comics Special #1 I had high hopes for this story because it featured Booster Gold and time travel, but I felt really disappointed with the final product. There were some interesting aspects, but Superman's personality seemed really wrong in this story, which is a surprise since Jurgens has so much experience writing this character. The Action Comics Special was a nice surprise, but it is still a story that likely won't have a big impact. Final rating 2.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    This whole Superman/Action Comics run started off so promising. It ended so badly though, that Oz Effect is one of the most unforgivable canon things I’ve read of Superman so far. I was really unimpressed with this trade yet again. I didn’t want to read about Booster gold, the time travel elements were weak, the b stories sucked too. I don’t know what more to say other than j wish it stayed as good as it did at the start of this run because all the wheels have fallen off and now Bendis is taking This whole Superman/Action Comics run started off so promising. It ended so badly though, that Oz Effect is one of the most unforgivable canon things I’ve read of Superman so far. I was really unimpressed with this trade yet again. I didn’t want to read about Booster gold, the time travel elements were weak, the b stories sucked too. I don’t know what more to say other than j wish it stayed as good as it did at the start of this run because all the wheels have fallen off and now Bendis is taking a shit on the character so it’s back to dark times for Superman dans unfortunately.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    This volume of action comics was pretty decent and a nice finish to the Action Comics: Rebirth story. Superman teams up with Booster Gold in a quest in time travel and end up in an alternate timeline where General Zod and his family are out of the phantom zone and now rule the world. I recommend this volume, as the dynamic team up between Booster and Superman was very entertaining. This volume of action comics collects action comics 993-999 and action comics special #1. Seven issues of comics for 1 This volume of action comics was pretty decent and a nice finish to the Action Comics: Rebirth story. Superman teams up with Booster Gold in a quest in time travel and end up in an alternate timeline where General Zod and his family are out of the phantom zone and now rule the world. I recommend this volume, as the dynamic team up between Booster and Superman was very entertaining. This volume of action comics collects action comics 993-999 and action comics special #1. Seven issues of comics for 19.99 is a deal as well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: Superman wants to know if Jor El actually is alive or not, and goes back in time to fund out, forcing Booster Gold to prevent him from messing up the time line. Any time Booster Gold gets involved, humor runs high and the story gets interesting. If I had any frustrations with this volume, it was that Superman was acting like a dick throughout and not actually talking to Booster. It went against type for Supes, which bothered me. Other than that, the story was enjoyable.

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