Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Action Comics #1027 Review


Round and Round

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 24, 2020

It's almost over!  A time when Superman fans can wake up from their long slumber and start reading their favorite character again!  We aren't there just yet, but it's so close I can smell it.  I can also smell the stank coming off this penultimate issue.  Is that a spoiler as to how I felt about the issue.  Yep, and I don't care!  We are so close...

This issue stinks!  I'm tempted just to give you my score right now and call it a day since that would emulate the effort that Bendis and Romita Jr. put into Action Comics this month, but I won't play limbo with them because they have already proven they can go pretty damn low! 

Bendis goes the route of exposition over explanation , and while he thinks that he can prove how significant a threat the Invisible Mafia was and is because Superman says so, I don't think anyone cares.  Plus, Leone gets away (to where I hope we never find out!), and Red Cloud receives a stern talking-to from Superman.  Not quite the payoff of over two years of story!

That's not all, though.  We also get horrendous art from John Romita Jr. that is hard to follow even when nothing is happening, and that's a lot of this issue.  This issue has the worst looking Phantom Zone I have ever seen!  Villains deserve to suffer, but what the hell has the reader done to deserve this torture?!?

As for the story, the Superboys, Supergirl, and Brainiac-5 save Superman by flying around Red Cloud, Lois gets arrested and let go by Cameron Chase, Leon gets away, and Jimmy now owns the Daily Planet.  I'd laugh more at the last one, but my head hurts from this nothing of a story and the awful art.

We have one more issue in this run, and it can't be over soon enough!  Since Bendis came over to DC Comics, he has tried to make himself relevant at the expense of a great character and has flubbed it every step of the way.  I guess it will all be retconned after Future State, and we can all pretend this didn't happen.  

Bits and Pieces:

The Invisible Mafia story ends with a thud... the thud of me pounding my head on my desk!  Not much gets resolved, and it looks awful not doing it!    If you have been waiting for a good time to jump back on Action Comics, March seems like it will be it.


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