Review: Action Comics #993

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Story and Pencil Art: Dan Jurgnes

Finished Ink Art: Joe Prado & Cam Smith

Color: Hi-Fi



“BOOSTER SHOT” part one! As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz’s true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only “hero” he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz’s story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn’t want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!


It’s nice to see Dan Jurgens’ pencils again.  This provides a throwback element to the story, which is appropriate considering the theme of Superman returning to Krypton is a Mort Weisinger classic from the ’60’s.  Whilst the two aren’t from the same era, they both bring a feeling of familiarity to the story and provide a tether to a classic timeline.

The time traveling, time troubleshooting Booster Gold is the best incarnation of the character in my opinion.  It’s fantastic to see him back, and appropriate that the issue is being written and drawn by his creator, Dan Jurgens.  It’s also appropriate that Steve Lombard turns out to be Booster’s biggest fan.


I found no drawbacks in this issue.



Where “The Oz Effect” felt very heavy and depressing, this story line’s first chapter seems to offer something more in keeping with Superman’s nature.  It also seems to promise a definitive answer to Superman’s questions about Jor-El.  It’s also at the heart of the Doomsday Clock/Rebirth/Watchmen storyline that’s been unfolding for the past year and a half.  These elements are critical to the DCU and Superman.  It feels like a tale that shouldn’t be missed!


Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd

Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Louisville. Doctorate in Progressive Rock from Genesis and Rush. Father of 2 awesome daughters, husband to 1 amazing and understanding wife. Post-Doctorate in Comics from Heroes Aren't Hard to Find (Charlotte, NC) and Parts Unknown (Greensboro, NC). Managing a restaurant pays the bills.