Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Action Comics #1034 Review

The Source Of Problems

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art By: Christian Duce, Adriano Lucas, Dave Sharpe, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 24, 2021

There's so much turmoil going on in Action Comics right now and it's all thanks to the machinations of Mongul and his terrible Warworld. Not only have a group of off-shoot Kryptonians, called the Phaelosians come to Superman for what he believes is help, but a piece of the Source has captured the attention of not only the Atlanteans but the American Military and who possesses the piece is going to be the catalyst for war is Superman doesn't do something fast. Let's jump into this issue and see if things can turn out any better for our Man of Steel or Lois Lane for that matter because when we left the previous issue, warriors of Mongul had invaded the Fortress of Solitude to kill the refugees and I doubt Lois would get out of that scot-free. Let's check it out.

So as we've seen previously, Superman has had some problems with the Atlanteans and the Americans fighting over who should own the piece of Source from Warworld and that aspect continues here where I think our Man of Steel has overstepped his boundaries a bit and yoinked it right away from both sides not only ruining his friendship with Aquaman but possibly becoming a public enemy of the United States. Now, I can't speak on if that's the case or not, I'm sure that neither side is happy about what Superman did but this aspect of our story while it may lead to something huge going forward, doesn't do as much for me here as I would have liked, while the important stuff feels like it's going on at the Fortress of Solitude.

Lois Lane is in trouble. Not only does she have to contend with Mongul's invading forces but the perceived moral obligations that Thao-La believes she must complete and I don't know if Superman or the rest of the Superman Family is going to be able to stop her from crossing a line she can't come back from. On top of that, we continue our Midnighter backup, where....... Well, where Midnighter continues to kill Andrej Trojan troops as he makes his way through Trojan Solutions with Shilo Norman, and like previously, there's nothing of note to this installment and my only takeaway is...... it's almost over.

All in all, the art in the Superman section of this Action Comics is amazing and looks great the whole way through and like usual, the art in the Midnighter section is something that I'd rather do without because on top of a story that doesn't do much throughout, that Midnighter art doesn't really add anything either and I can't wait until we can finally end that backup. As for the main Action Comics story, I look forward to seeing what will happen with Thao-La and the tensions between Atlantis and the United States against Superman but for how it's presented in this issue, it may be too much at once for this series because it doesn't feel like there's enough time to really do much with either story and each time something interesting happens...... Well, the issue is already over and I'm disappointed. Maybe this will change now that Superman has changed the scenario but as for this issue that section of the story just took away from what I was interested in.

Bits and Pieces:

While the Superman section of Action Comics remains pretty strong, that Midnighter backup does little besides up the price of the book and I can't wait for it to be over. With that, I'm still hoping that the Superman section can find better pacing than it has here because the way it splits up what story it wants to tell just leaves both sections feeling weaker than they should, which sucks because separately they both seem like really important stories that I wish we could concentrate on.  


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