Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Action Comics #1029 Review

Rinse and Repeat

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art By: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 23, 2021

It's time to move into Action Comics and see what Phillip Kennedy Johnson brings to this title, where maybe we can get a little bit more than we did in his first official Superman issue. I'm not holding my breath and I can't say that I'm looking forward to the Midnighter backup that boosted this issue's price by a dollar but there could be some serious win going on here so let's drop our preconceived notions and give this issue the fair shake that it deserves. Let's check it out.

So...... if you read Phillip Kennedy Johnson's last issue of Superman...... you've pretty much read this issue because we have our characters essentially talking about and doing the same things that they previously were and the only real difference is that Superman tells us about our parents being mortal on top of Jon doing it this time and we get to see that at some point Mongul's going to get involved. The sad part is, Superman gets caught up with what we already know this issue, with Star Labs working for Amanda Waller in opening up the dimensional breaches.. but nothing comes of it. I'm sitting here wondering why Star Labs is working for The Wall or why Superman would trust Star Labs after just dealing with them being evil under the control of Dr. Glory but instead we get Pa Kent falling off a ladder....... and a Midnighter backup.

In case you don't know Midnighter, this Wildstorm character has a fight computer in his brain that allows him to be awesome at everything and by awesome I mean seriously violent and if you did know that going into this issue..... what you know will be reinforced. Beyond that though and how it ties into what we saw in Future State, we actually see the continuation of where we left off with that strange, strange time travel, paradox story that may see the end of the Andrej Trojan future, but also the end of Midnighter as we know him.

All in all, I wasn't a real fan of this issue or its backup because for our main story, it's pretty much the same issue that we had previously in Superman with no real progression in what's going on in the background of why the action is happening and as for the backup....... that original backup story of Midnighter in Future State was convoluted enough to begin with and the idea that we'll continue on is actually kind of upsetting. Yeah, maybe it's just me but I wanted more out of our main story and didn't really want anything out of the backup and the art in my mind was disappointing with both.  

Bits and Pieces:

If you read Phillip Kennedy Johnson's first official issue of Superman or the first part of this arc running between Superman and Action Comics..... then you pretty much read this one. Yeah, we're progressing our story a bit but it feels like we're trying to tie ourselves into Future State a little too soon to me, not to mention that I hope you read and understood what we got out of Midnighter in Future State because we'll be continuing it here. Overall, I wasn't a fan of either of our stories in this issue of Action and the art wasn't for me either.


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