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Action Comics #895 (DC Comics)
By Paul Cornell, Pete Woods, Nick Spencer,RB Silva & David Finch
After his encounter with Death last issue, Lex Luthor has a new clue about the true nature of the Black Lantern rings he’s seeking, and their history on Earth. What he doesn’t know, though, is that another of the DC Universe’s greatest villains has plans to clash with him – Vandal Savage. We’ve seen these two working together in the past, and Paul Cornell
does a very good job of reconciling their previous encounters with the new backstory added to their relationship in this issue. He’s also done a remarkable job of casting Savage in a role that actually makes you almost root
for Lex Luthor, which is about as far from ordinary as one can imagine. In the second feature, meanwhile, Jimmy Olsen has found a way to drive off a group of thrill-seeking aliens… bore them to death. An interesting strategy, to be sure, and it gives Nick Spencer
a good opportunity to delve both into Jimmy’s mindset and into the psychology of the people of Metropolis. The pieces come together to make another installment in a very entertaining storyline. I know next month marks the end of the co-features, but I’m anxiously awaiting news of just where this story will find its conclusion. --Blake M. Petit