General Zod blinds Superman, defeats him at last!

Ever since Rebirth, Action Comics by Dan Jurgens has been a summer action blockbuster, issue after issue. In Action Comics #983, Jurgens brings major drama to match the exquisite action. 

(***Spoilers to follow***)

During the last several issues of Action Comics, we’ve seen Cyborg Superman assemble his Superman Revenge Squad—which consists of Mongul, the Eradicator, Metallo, and Blanque. The last member to join the squad was perhaps the most ruthless and powerful—General Zod. After battling Superman outside of Belle Reve a couple issues ago, Superman’s vision began to falter to the point of utter blindness. But Zod wasn’t going to stop there.

After battering Superman within the walls of the Fortress of Solitude, Zod begins to realize that Clark can’t see. To neutralize any opportunity Superman has to fight back, Zod screams into his ears so he can’t rely on his hearing either. And just when it seems as though it can’t get any worse, Zod finds the projector instrument that opens and closes the Phantom Zone—the most advanced imprisoning mechanism in the universe. Rather than freeing his former Kryptonian soldiers, Zod first blasts Superman and his allies (Steel, Superwoman, the “New Super-Man,” and Lex Luthor) into the Phantom Zone. 

In a twist, Zod also turned on Cyborg Superman (which had been building for a number of issues). Zod blasted Cyborg Superman into the Phantom Zone along with the Eradicator—the latter more so to carry out a mission of finding his former soldiers. 

But perhaps the most shocking moment of the issue came when Lois and Jon are trying to flee the Fortress of Solitude before Zod could find them. At Kelex’s suggestion, Lois and Jon board a ship and begin so leave the area—however, Zod was not going to allow it. One major heat vision blast later, we are unsure if Lois and Jon are even still alive. 

Major disturbances in the world of Superman.

As for the execution of the issue, this is a perfect 10 on our end. Jurgens just knows this character—which is what happens when you author as many seminal stories as he has. Additionally, artists Viktor Bogdanovic and Jonathan Glapion knock it out of the park. This is an amazing issue not to be missed. 

Stay tuned. 

Written by | Omar Hussain

Omar Hussain serves as the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Heroic Universe.