Friday, July 16, 2010

Action Comics #890

Action Comics #890: Writer: Paul Cornell. Artist: Pete Woods.

Review: This issue kicks off with Lex Luthor dangling from a building while a bunch of kidnappers watch him. Lex seems perfectly fine with his predicament, stating that if the kidnappers wanted him dead they'd have killed him already. Since he felt he was in no trouble, Lex decides to have a flashback... Yeah, I guess that's what I'd do if I was hanging upside down over the edge of a skyscraper... We discover that Lex has become obsessed with acquiring a Black Lantern ring, and as such has put nearly all of his resources into that endeavor. Besides that, Lex has managed to create a robot version of Lois Lane from Kryptonian technology and his own vast intelligence. Lex pretty much does mean spirited things to people, such as firing one of his workers for telling him something couldn't be done, and then has the man executed after he had the audacity to strike Lex. Besides that, Lex basically acts like a jerk. After finishing up his flashback, Lex heads back to the present where he discovers that Mr. Mind was the one behind his abduction.

What I Thought: Meh. I was expecting SO much more from this comic! I mean come on, it stars Lex freaking Luthor, probably one of the most complete villains in all of comics! How can't that be a lay-up? This comic just never really jelled for me though. Maybe it was the overly long flashback, or maybe it was the weak reveal at the end(Mr. Mind? Really!?!), but I just never got into this comic like I thought I would... Oh well, hopefully next month will be more cohesive.

Score: 5 out of 10.Note to self: Do NOT mess with robot Lois...


  1. Finally someone agrees about the reveal. I hated that reveal because Mr. Mind bores me to tears after 52 and Joker's Last Laugh. I also wondered where this Lois thing is going. Luthor's so lame and alone he needs a fake Lois? Really?

  2. Well, you know Lexy has always had a thing for Lois, so if you can't get the real thing, why not just create a uber-powerful fake version!? I can't wait for the inevitable Superman/fake Lois meeting!

    Yeah, Mr. Mind is yet another one of those really lame DC characters. Sorry, but no matter how much DC tried to make Mind into a threat during 52, all I kept thinking was, "He's a frigging bug!!! Just step on him!!!"

  3. Wow, I thought you might like this issue X-Man. I think the robot Lois is good for a laugh, if nothing else.

  4. I actually like the Lois-bot! That seems like such a Lex Luthor thing to do! The rest of the story left me wanting more though. But I'm still confident that within an issue or two I'll be loving this title... I hope!

  5. I didn't like the fact Lex seemed desperate enough to make a Lois-bot. That being said I enjoyed her, I loved her having all those guns and stuff but just the idea that Lex is that pitiful is odd to me.

    Agreed. Why doesn't someone just grab a can of Raid or a big flyswatter and take him out?!

  6. Awww I kind of liked this comic. Well the whole Lois-Bot thing. That through me for a loop. Actually had em laugh out loud.

    But I do agree, Lex is this POWERHOUSE when it comes to being evil and manipulative. Yet he has to make a fake Lois? couldn't just call up some chick you know, shoot the breeze, do some adult things and that be that?

    I honestly think him and Mercy are banging it off in the limo. Lol.

    But anyways, nice review sir. :) thanks a bunch! ^_^

  7. Huh, the Lois thing doesn't bother me at all, because it's already be established that Lex has ALWAYS had a thing for Lois. She's the ONLY thing his money probably can't buy him. Hell, he brought the presidency, but he can't have Lois! Imagine how that must make him feel! So with that said, I can completely understand the Lois-bot. In a way it gives him that one thing he can't have.