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Action Comics #887

Action Comics #887

Scheduled to arrive in stores: March 10, 2010

Cover date: May 2010

"Truth To Power"

Writer: Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann
Penciller: Pere Perez
Inker: Pere Perez
Cover: Halman Andrasofszky

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Lois visits Raymond Industries to recover data from the bullet-ridden laptop. John Raymond aka The Web gives Lois a replacement supercharged, nano-tech laptop as a replacement while his team work to recover any lost data. That was Metropolis four days ago and Lois is now blogging in Iraq at the crater site. Flashing back 36 hours we're where we were last time - with the hand of Rao reaching out of a portal deep beneath Iraq. Jax-Ur reveals he was able to use the hidden DNA within Thara and Chris to bring Rao back from the dead. Jax also activates the kill switch on Chris to accelerate his sunstone poisoning.

As Flamebird/Thara attack, Jax-Ur reveals he too is a reincarnation - that of Vohc the ancient Kryptonian demigod destined to keep Flamebird and Nightwing apart (if you read the last few issues 'Divine Spark' you'll be able to brush up on the legend). Vohc reveals that he is able to control his Rao automaton - a sort of soulless clone of the original.

Lois is hot on their trail, as we flash forward her Blackberry is working overtime calling in favors all over the shop to get her blog out. Meanwhile Jax-Ur has flown into orbit using parts from an abandoned space station to fashion some new tech. On Earth Thara and Chris are battling their very own 'Millennium Giant' as it walks around laying waste to the planet. Lois' blog turns the tide of hate towards Kryptonians by revealing the legend of Flamebird and Nightwing - pointing out - if they were the enemy why were they putting their lives on the line to save us. Lois and a reluctant pilot follow the devastation refusing to give up. Over on New Krypton the Order of Rao realize he has come back and begin ceremonies to encourage their fallen god.

Rao has made it to Pakistan now and the Military there are going full force to protect their nation. Chris flies in an pulls his adopted mother out of the copter so it can get to safety, Chris explains to Lois about the cloned Rao made from 'God Essence' as they watch the battling forces below. Lois worries that if Rao walks to Kashmir they might try nuclear weaponry to stop it.

Missiles fly down and just like in the bible - creation begins. Vohc returns and battles Thara while Vohc/Jax-Ur reveals the weapon he was building in space - a staff doubling as a Void of Shadows Projector. Firing it at Chris, he explodes like a shattered mirror. With Chris trapped in sunstone shards and Flamebird mourning her lover, Lois watches Jax-Ur & Rao walk away hunting for energy to begin their very own version of the universe. Lois however is adamant they should not give up and pulls out the Blackberry again...

To Be Continued...

4Story - 4: The story is building to a crescendo now and that is a good thing. Thara and Chris' adventures have been a long and arduous journey, they've failed their original mission but stumbled onto the machinations of a demigod they were unaware had been reborn as they were inside a new body. I hate the Millennium Giant thing - and the fact that a Blackberry is Lois' main weapon of choice (wonder if they're a sponsor) but I'm liking the new twist and hope, now the action has been stepped up, that Rucka & Trautmann continue in this vein. The origin issue of Vohc, Flamebird and Nightwing was a confusing one and seemed originally to be misplaced but now, looking at this new angle, it's the perfect set up for this 'attack of Rao' story. I'm wondering what the difference is between The Phantom Zone and the Void of Shadows is though?

4Art - 4: When Perez gets to draw the action it's an all out art fest! I don't like the design for Rao - he looks like the baby Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake would have if they procreated, but otherwise the 'thrill factor' of the issue was at a high that was very enjoyable! I'm a fan of Chris Kent (possibly the one and only) but I was as devastated as Thara when he literally shattered to pieces! Action Comics this year has been described as 'Angst Comics' so it's nice for some back to basics.

3Cover Art - 3: BLAM! I'm sure many folk are happy to see Flamebird get a slap (me included) and the only reason I'm not giving this a 5 is that I really have taken a dislike to the design DC have come up with for Rao.

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