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Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #33Print

Action Comics #33

Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #33

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 2, 2014

Cover date: September 2014

Superman Doomed: Superdoom - Chapter One: "Unbound"

Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Aaron Kuder
Inker: Aaron Kuder

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    As usual there was a lot to like about this issue, which is saying a lot because that not only means that Greg Pak is delivering a fantastic run on this title but that he is also keeping the SUPERMAN: DOOMED event going in fine style. It has been a while since I was this engaged in the Superman titles. The fact that I am looking forward to the next chapter and can't wait to read it says a lot about how engaging DOOMED is and what a great job the creators are doing.

    The Lana/Steel scenes at the beginning and end of the issue were great. Lana has become the breakout character in Pak's run and her dynamic with Steel is a lot of fun. There's a flirtatious quality to their back and forth at the beginning that rides the fine line between being cute and being overt. The thrill Lana gets out of taking off into space and evading the drones was endearing and made me like her even more. Their scene at the end was equally as good and I liked how Pak played Lana finding out about Lois just as the Cyborg Superman appears outside of their window. It was two reveals right on top of each other and Pak did a great job with both.

Click here to read the complete review of Action Comics #33.


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#1 | LarGand on July 7, 2014 3:17am EST
Funny, I thought this issue was a shambolic mess. The 'Doomed' storyline ... sorry, 'event' ... offers me nothing surprising, nothing exciting, nothing enjoyable, basically nothing that I want to read and I'm a little suprised how much love it's getting on this web site. In contrast, this week I really liked the latest issue of 'Superman Unchained' (which I see got trashed here) and I thought the latest 'Batman/Superman' offers a far more interesting story than 'Doomed'. Pak is a good writer, but 'Doomed' is a misfire.
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#2 | supertorresmo on July 7, 2014 8:41am EST
I think Supergirl's characterization was totally off. She is not acting like this in her own book or even in the Red Lanterns Book. It feels like Pak have not read these books before using Supergirl.
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#3 | Meno on July 7, 2014 10:53am EST
Agreed with this review. I think Doomed is too long, and I think it might be the wrong move for two books' annuals to be dedicated as chapters, but this issue kind of rejuvenated the story.
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#4 | Hadrad on July 7, 2014 3:15pm EST
Doomed has been pretty good and the most invigorating thing to have happened to the Superman line in a good long while. I do have to agree with the Supergirl characterization bit, though, as it seems to be a recurrent flaw of Pak's. He just up and plants whatever voice he feels is appropriate to the plot in characters, regardless of their personalities. And I'm not sold on his over-the-top Lana, either.

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