Dinner with Supergramps (Action Comics #999 Comic Review)

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Will Conrad

Colors by Ivan Nunes

Cover by Kaare Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously: While deep undercover, Sam Lane was captured in Logomba. Because the US Government couldn’t intervene, Lois Lane went to go rescue him herself. Jon stowed away to help his mother, and ended up meeting his grandfather for the first time!

 

What happened: It’s family dinner night at the Kent’s apartment. Now that Lois and her father have reconnected, Sam Lane comes over and is greeted warmly by an enthusiastic Jon. Lois tells her father that Clark is busy working to make a deadline, and Sam suggests this is a good time to address the elephant in the room. Jon tries his best to play referee as his mother and grandfather discuss the issues in their relationship, from their different opinions about their jobs to their arguments about Superman, Sam and Lois spend most of the issue debating their past.

Meanwhile, Clark is not at the Daily Planet like Lois said, but in space stopping a giant asteroid from destroying Earth, in standard Superman style. He finds a strange and indestructible material inside the asteroid, and gets an idea. Superman heads his the Fortress of Solitude, and he gets to work. He accesses his Phantom Zone projector, and sets Cyborg Superman free. After seeing the hatred that the Phantom Zone instilled within Zod when Jor-El locked him there, and being forced to question the ethics of Jor-El after meeting Mr. Oz, Superman has decided that there is a better way than The Phantom Zone. Once Superman manages to settle Cyborg Superman down, he puts him in a cell made of the new material he gathered on the asteroid, and promises to work towards a better future for Hank Henshaw.

Back in Metropolis, Clark gets home just as Sam is leaving, having decided to cancel dinner due to tensions boiling over with his daughter. Clark brings Sam back in and insists that they go on with dinner as planned, effectively brokering a peace between Lois and her estranged father, and saving the day once again.

 

Thoughts on the issue: Dan Jurgens’ final issue before the landmark 1000th issue of Action Comics provides a nice end note to a run that was consistently about fatherhood and forgiveness. After Superman, Superboy, Val Zod and even Booster Gold got to deal with their relationships with their fathers, it’s only fitting that an issue be dedicated primarily to Lois and Sam Lane. The Superman story involving Cyborg Superman dealt with the last loose end from the run by using one of the best tropes in the superhero arsenal for Superman: having him save the villain instead of stop him. Whenever Superman decides to make a villain into an ally instead of a convict, he shows just how to be an example to the rest of Superheroism. One last thing though, how is Superman supposed to make a room out of an indestructible material? You can’t cut walls from something you can’t cut!

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Summary
"The General"! Superman's journey through time has crashed to a halt, and at the end of the line General Sam Lane stands face to face for the first time with his grandson, Jon. Buckle up, because the most awkward super-family reunion in history is about to begin!
Good
  • Family Drama
  • Superman saves the bad guy
  • Great artwork
Bad
  • Family Drama
  • The end of Armageddon
7.5
Good
Writing - 7
Artwork - 8
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Scott Shuken is comic book writer and Podcaster living in Bellingham, WA

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