Action Comics #900 Written by Paul Cornell, Paul Dini, Richard Donner, David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, Damon Lindelof
Art by Pete Woods, Gary Frank, RB Silva, Ryan Sook, Brian Stelfreeze, Miguel Sepulvedo, Matt Camp, Jesus Merino, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Rags Morales, Ardian Syaf, Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal
Letters by John J. Hill, Rob Leigh
Covers by David Finch, Alex Ross, Gary Frank
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Action Comics #900 is quite simply a celebration of everything great about Superman as a character. The issue, throughout most of the stories, is a showcase of Superman’s willingness to help and serve the human race primarily through self-sacrifice. Most of the recent anniversary episodes that we’ve seen, primarily through DC Comics, have been treated as anthologies with three or more short stories, one focusing on the end of a story arc, a couple of “untold tales,” and then one that starts the next story arc in Superman #700 and Wonder Woman #600; either that or a one and done story like Batman #700.
This book, on the other hand, focused more than half of its attention on the wrap-up of Lex Luthor’s Black Ring storyline by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods, and the return of Superman into Action Comics. Unfortunately, it also includes the recent Reign of Doomsday story arc, although in this issue it was a minor distraction, but still paled in comparison to the epic showdown between arch rivals Superman and Lex Luthor.
Justice League of America #55 Reign of Doomsday Part 3 (Eclipso Rising Part Two: Mayhem)
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Cover: Brett Booth and Andrew Dalhouse
Release date: March 23, 2011
Justice League of America #55 continues the “Reign of Doomsday” story begun in this year’s Steel #1 and Outsiders #37. It also continues the Justice League’s battle with Eclipso.
Part of the team is at the Emerald City on the dark side of the Moon visiting Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. Scott has been seriously injured and his daughter, Jade, is at his bedside. Wonder Girl and other Justice Leaguers are preparing to do battle with Eclipso. Out in space, Batman (Dick Grayson) and Supergirl are attacked by Doomsday while investigating the ruins of New Krypton. Supergirl is in her “Dark Supergirl” mode and wearing a black outfit. The battle also involves the Alpha Lantern Boodika, Starman, and Blue Lantern Saint Walker. It’s another brutal, violent battle with a shock ending. Also, Eclipso claims the mind of another Justice Leaguer at the conclusion of that battle.