Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Action Comics #1032 Review

Kinda Kryptonian

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: June 22, 2021

It seems that Mongul is trying to get Superman's attention by sending a spaceship full of refugees from his Warworld to Earth, where the people inside have been branded with the House of El symbol and honestly.. that's a pretty good way to get our Man of Steel's attention. If that wasn't enough, we also have a fragment of stone that is believed to be a part of The Source and while I don't exactly know what that means or how this fragment came to be with this spaceship full of refugees, I do dig that Atlanteans have claimed ownership of it, giving Aquaman a reason to show up in an Action Comics book. Let's jump into this issue and see if we learn anything more about the people or the things involved with Mongul's plot. Let's check it out.

There's a bunch of strange ideas in this book because even though it seemed like Supergirl and Superboy had all the proof that they need that these refugees that were sent to Earth weren't Kryptonian, that doesn't seem to be the case at all here, where Lois discovers an ancient group of Kryptonians in the database that apparently left Krypton a long ass time ago, known as the "Phaelosians" and it's this group that our heroes decide must be the refugees they found. It's a weird situation that I hope gets added to soon because I want to know the difference between these people and our Superman Family...... Another thing I want to know about is that piece of Source that the Atlanteans found because good god did this book take a step into the weird in dealing with that this issue, where the story became Lovecraftian with old sleeping gods and a world inside of another monster..... just weird as hell and while I do want to know and understand more about this situation, I love that it causes drama between Atlantis and the United States.

As for the Midnighter backup, while it's been something that I thought was convoluted and unneeded in an Action Comics book....... I do think this might be the best installment of it yet, even though I still think of it the same way as I did previously. This chapter of the backup just had more to do with Midnighter and Apollo's relationship and Andrej Trojan's goals leading to Future State and think that it did the most that we've seen in the least confusing way.

All in all, while I do wish that our Superman story relied less on stacking mysteries and suspense on us and decided to give us some answers, this story is keeping me intrigued enough to want to keep coming back..... I just hope that it all works out with everything that Phillip Kennedy Johnson is setting up. Like I just said previous to this paragraph, the Midnighter backup is the best its been but even with that, I continue to not be a fan of the art and ultimately just want these backups to go away because, for the most part throughout the DC lineup of books, none of them are doing anything for anyone and are just there to charge an extra buck. Thankfully though, with the intriguing story going on with Superman and the rest of the Superman Family, we get some great art throughout there, and now that Phillip Kennedy Johnson only has this Super book to work on I hope that his focus isn't split anymore and can put everything he has into this title.

Bits and Pieces:

While a lot of the Action Comics element to this story feels like it's stacking mystery upon mystery, I do feel that it is intriguing enough to keep me interested, while also giving me great art on top of it. So while that's a plus, the Midnighter backup, while probably the best so far, isn't something that feels like it belongs here and I don't think I'll ever be a fan of the art style that goes with it.


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