Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Action Comics #1030 Review

You Gotta Have The Talk With Jon

Written By: Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, Dave Sharpe, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 27, 2021

Let's continue the stories that will eventually lead to the end of Superman...... at least that's what Superboy is telling us from what he learned in the future but those records are always messed up and time has a way of doing whatever it wants in the end, especially when it means making money off of Superman so really, I don't know if we should be worried about our Man of Steel... Even if it looked like Mongul and Warworld were eventually going to make their way to Earth. Let's jump into this issue and see what our Superman Family are up to.

For this issue, we have a whole species of Monguls in Warworld telling the big Mongul himself how great he is and while this feels weird..... especially since Warworld was destroyed not too long ago in Bendis' run on Superman and Action Comics, the thing that feels the weirdest is there's no frame of reference anymore about what Mongul we're dealing with because now it's the fourth Mongul that this one old dude has served and I don't even know who has beef or rivalry with who on Earth anymore. I'm seriously just sitting here wondering when they're going to bring Mongal back. With this portion of the story though we have a mysterious figure who looks like he'll eventually lead Mongul on his way to Earth to capture the Man of Steel as we saw in Future State, but not before we get the strange idea thrown at us that Kryptonians are still out and about and have a not too shabby looking population...... you know, compared to what it was before.  

As for our Midnighter backup, the story continues our Future State look at Midnighter and his fight against Andrej Trojan and like the last issue of Action Comics, this just continues to be convoluted to the point where I'm not even sure if I read what came before because now it seems like the older and younger Midnighter have been trading places throughout time for a while now and who knows what that means to the rest of the story or if it means anything at all and it was just here to fill up page space. Either way, Midnighter plans on changing the future with a bullet.

All in all, I did find myself enjoying aspects of our Action Comics story, even if it felt it wanted to throw these weird curve balls at us, like a species of Monguls just chilling on Warworld, Kryptonians being alive and Superman's powers being diminished, even though he still seems fine. It was a lot to take in for this one comic and it felt out of nowhere, even with the lead into this with the Breach monsters because them hurting Superman and giving him radiation poisoning feels weird for what we saw and the idea that he was susceptible to the monsters but Jon wasn't isn't even brought up beyond the idea... "Jon's getting stronger" and the whole concept just feels like it's thrown out there with not a lot of thought behind it. It's still an okay issue with great art, I just wish we could have covered more about why and how Superman could be dying. As for our backup...... I don't think I'll ever really enjoy this story or the art that depicts it. It was something that I wasn't a fan of in Future State and bringing it back to our present isn't doing anything more for me and ultimately, I just wish it would go away.

Bits and Pieces:

There's a lot of cool ideas in this issue, I just wish that they were all thrown at us at the same time because it feels like it's kind of cluttering the story and not having enough time to really flesh things out beyond just saying something is happening and moving on before explaining why it's happening. There's some fun to be had here and some decent interactions between the characters involved, not to mention that the art looks great. I just wish I felt half as strongly about the backup because that story and art does nothing for me.


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