Action Comics #877
“The Sleepers: Part 3”
Author: Greg Rucka
Artist: Sidney Teles
Inker: Sandra Ribeiro
Colorist: Rod Reis
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Andrew Robinson
Assistant Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson
Action Comics #877 opens strongly, then limps all the way to the finish line. It’s no coincidence that Ursa’s scenes are the most interesting – she’s the most interesting character in the book at the moment – and she has the best dialogue, even if it is translated from the Kryptonian! Her scenes are better drawn as well. As good as the opening is (all three pages of it), it’s really just a hangover from its superior predecessor, which gave us an emotional [physical] battle between Ursa, and her estranged son Lor-Zod (aka Christopher Kent aka Nightwing).
The rest of the issue devolves into war-room politics with General Lane. I still find it ridiculous that Lois’ father is ‘back from the dead’ (though, to be fair, I didn’t even know he existed prior, let alone died), and that Superman’s father-in-law is his own worst enemy (he’s no Ra’s Al Ghul). Can we trade him back for Pa Kent? They killed off the best father figure in the book and replaced him with the worst. As always, General Lane and company stare at telescreens, discuss their plans some more and do nothing about them. Did Greg get the memo? It’s called Action Comics. There’s supposed to be action in it.
Apart from that, Dr Light performs a semi-interesting medical procedure on Flamebird out on Lois Lane’s deck. By the way, Nightwing and Flamebird are now officially the worst kept secret identities in comics. The General knows, the Kryptonians know – it’s only a matter of time before the whole world follows suit.
Teles’ art follows the same pattern as the writing. It’s like he’s losing interest as we are, which is fair enough I suppose. Rucka’s script is pretty dry.
Think of all the Senate scenes in the Star Wars prequels and you should have some idea of what to expect here. Definitely in need of more lightsaber battles. Skip it and you won’t be missing much.