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Review: Action Comics #894

I'd give this Pick of the Week, but I haven't read anything else this week yet.

Is Lex Luthor dead? Well, he may be since Death (From the series Sandman) has crossed over into Action Comics! The Black Ring Part 5 continues in one of the most intriguing Action Comics stories in years!
 

The Good

Where to start? I was incredibly leery about Death crossing over into the book, since Vertigo and DC characters are so different from each other in many ways. However, after reading the first few pages, I knew this was a dynamite issue. This is a great introduction to non-Vertigo readers to the character Death. I, myself, have read a few Sandman issues here and there, and one or two issues featuring Death, so I knew a tiny bit about her, but this issue of Action is great at letting everyone else know about her. Beware though, this issue is all dialogue between Lex and Death, but it's some phenomenal dialogue, and by far, one of the most interesting issues I've read this year. If I were doing a end-of-the-year award type thing for best issue, this would for sure be nominated. This issue is all a discussion about what Death is, how humans deal with it, and what waits for us in the afterlife, and the best part is that we will be seeing Death again. Probably not in the next issue, but she'll be back soon enough (at least I hope so!). This book ends with a sneak peak at what we'll see next, and SPOILER ALERT: It involves Vandal Savage. B-List fans unite!
 

The Bad

How do expect me to read a Jimmy Olson back-up after this great main story? Sure, it's pretty good, but it's nothing compared to the rest of the book!
 

The Verdict 5/5 - MUST BUY!

Don't look for any action in this month's Action Comics; however, it was a dynamite issue regardless, and a wonderful introduction to Death from Sandman. Although you may not be into the direction that Action Comics has taken the past few months, this is one issue you have to pick up. By far, it's one of my favorite things DC has put out this year.
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Posted by dondasch

This intrigues me and makes me feel as though my soul has died a little at the same time.

Posted by countvontrey

I'm probably about to get pelted with horrible sharp rocks, but I have never read any Sandman....

Posted by J1ml33
@countvontrey said:
" I'm probably about to get pelted with horrible sharp rocks, but I have never read any Sandman.... "
well when ever you can get the money get the first few volumes of the trade (its great Gothic dreamy  stuff ...) kid tested mother approved ...and its apart of this complete balanced breakfast . one in four Goths agree its  a great source of fiber .


and creeper too ...
Posted by inferiorego
@J1ml33 said:
" @countvontrey said:
" I'm probably about to get pelted with horrible sharp rocks, but I have never read any Sandman.... "
well when ever you can get the money get the first few volumes of the trade (its great Gothic dreamy  stuff ...) kid tested mother approved ...and its apart of this complete balanced breakfast . one in four Goths agree its  a great source of fiber .


and creeper too ... "
Hey! I know that Orange Lantern Lex Luthor! He comes into my store on Sundays sometimes!
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Posted by Decept-O

It must be good.   
Jimmy Olsen could become Sandman's Pal and all sorts of hilarity would ensue.
Posted by NightFang

A very interning issue.

Posted by Theodore

I can't wait to pick this bad boy up.

Posted by comicbikerscott

i might buy
Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I've never read Sandman either but I'm going to have to now. Death is awesome.
 
When it comes to the Jimmy Olson Co-Feature, just do what I do. Read it first. Flip to the very back, then flip forward until you reach the start of the co-feature and don't spoil the end of the main. Read the Co-Feature, then read the main. Works every time.

Posted by inferiorego
@The Mighty Monarch said:
" I've never read Sandman either but I'm going to have to now. Death is awesome.  When it comes to the Jimmy Olson Co-Feature, just do what I do. Read it first. Flip to the very back, then flip forward until you reach the start of the co-feature and don't spoil the end of the main. Read the Co-Feature, then read the main. Works every time. "
Good idea. I'm going to do that from now on
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Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@inferiorego said:
" @The Mighty Monarch said:
" I've never read Sandman either but I'm going to have to now. Death is awesome.  When it comes to the Jimmy Olson Co-Feature, just do what I do. Read it first. Flip to the very back, then flip forward until you reach the start of the co-feature and don't spoil the end of the main. Read the Co-Feature, then read the main. Works every time. "
Good idea. I'm going to do that from now on "
Glad I could help. I've been reading a lot of comics with Co-Features I liked less than the main title. Streets of Gotham's original Manhunter Co-Feature was so mediocre but Streets itself was so fantastic, that's what got me started doing that. Jimmy Olson's Co-Feature is actually one of the best Co's imo, but of course, Action Comics is currently so phenominal it's impossible for any Co to keep up XD
Posted by Mumbles

this will be a sought after book.  pick it up now before it goes for $10 in a month or two.

Posted by kevdude

Pretty good issue,  glad I got it. 
Posted by longbowhunter

So good!! Jimmy Olsen back up story is actually worth reading as well.
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Posted by difficlus

Wow...this looks really good, i want to read it now!!

Posted by aztek_the_lost
@inferiorego said:
I was incredibly leery about Death crossing over into the book, since Vertigo and DC characters are so different from each other in many ways. However, after reading the first few pages, I knew this was a dynamite issue. This is a great introduction to non-Vertigo readers to the character Death. I, myself, have read a few Sandman issues here and there, and one or two issues featuring Death, so I knew a tiny bit about her, but this issue of Action is great at letting everyone else know about her. 
   
BLASPHEMY! 
 
also, if anyone can't commit to Sandman right away, they should at least check out Death: The High Cost of Living, haven't read this issue yet but based off the preview it reminded me of Didi (from High Cost of Living)
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Posted by the_nightwalker
@NightFang said:
" A very interning issue. "
"interning" get it play on words, luthor was "interned" as in dead. what a clever fang. jk.

Posted by longbowhunter

I smell a second printing.
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Posted by aztek_the_lost

I wonder how many people were after the variant cover, I appreciated its homage to Ramadan and Endless Nights...but I prefer the regular cover because it has more Death

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Posted by kitsuneconundrum

i want me a magic singing pony.

Posted by Theodore

Incredible... MY pick of the week!

Posted by Dr. Maxwell

So good, so...so....good, definite Pick of the Week

Posted by Pizawle

Been one of my most anticipated issues ever. Delighted to finally have it. Such a superb issue. One of the best of the year.
 

Awesome set-up to the next issue as well.
Posted by danhimself

I've been loving Action Comics since it became Lex Luthor's book and this was my favorite issue of the run so far
 
I've also been liking a lot of books with a lot less action in them lately....it's like the writers have to work harder to make the book interesting and it pays off most of the time

Posted by inferiorego
@Theodore said:
" Incredible... MY pick of the week! "
@Dr. Maxwell said:
" So good, so...so....good, definite Pick of the Week "
I haven't read all my books yet, but it's leading the pack by far, with JSA 44 trailing behind
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Posted by NightFang
@the_nightwalker said:
" @NightFang said:
" A very interning issue. "
"interning" get it play on words, luthor was "interned" as in dead. what a clever fang. jk. "
Thanks, I try my best.
Posted by Sticky_Venom

I've reread this one so many times now.  Such an amazing issue.  Probably one of my top 5 comics from last year.  It was the first time I've ever been introduced to the character and now I can say I'm a fan of Death.  Sounds odd when said aloud though.