Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Action Comics #1035 Review

Going To War...World

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sean Lewis
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, Dave Sharpe, Sami Basri, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 28, 2021

Continuing our story of the refugees from Warworld, we previously saw Mongul's forces teleporting into the Fortress of Solitude to not only kill Superman's loved ones but to kill the refugees as well since Thao-La wasn't able to finish the murder job she was originally sent there to do. On top of that, we saw Superman take the Genesis Fragment from Atlantis, stopping a war between the underwater kingdom and the US but also making Superman persona non grata to both factions. Let's jump into this issue and see if Superman can not only stop the Mongul from murdering people he loves but also get back in the good graces of everyone around him. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Action Comics, we see this arc winding down so that we can start seeing that Future State version of Superman who's been trapped on Warworld for years because everything comes to a head here to get Superman off-planet, including the weird idea that it's this Superman who put together the Authority team to go to Warworld with and not some older version of the character like it appears in the Superman and the Authority book. So yeah, we just essentially see Superman having all his buttons pushed to the point where he can't wait any longer to go confront Mongul, while also having a line dropped to remind us that Superman's powers are weakening and it's all pretty basic. The thing that stands out though that I wish we'd get more of is the family man moments of Superman with him talking to Jon and just loving on Lois because that's where this issue really shines and I'm afraid now that we're leaving Earth to go do Warworld stuff, we're not going to get any kind of real emotional moments that make this series feel worthwhile. 

While I do enjoy the Action Comics main story and was happy to see the Midnighter backup end, we now have to go back to the Tales of Metropolis backup from the previous Superman series and I have no idea why DC Comics would expect another dollar from people to get a story that nobody wants. In this issue, we learn about The Guardian tracking down a kid who is essentially getting everyone to play a digital Oujia Board that summons a tech demon called Dismember and it's up to Jimmy Olsen and Guardian to stop it. It's better than the Jim Harper Guardian that we get in Checkmate but this backup still feels silly and unneeded

All in all, the art in both the main Action Comics story and the Tales of Metropolis backup are great and I love looking at this book, but the backup feels pointless and the idea feels completely odd, while the main Superman tale is doing something interesting, but spending a lot of time putting important information off to the side, for now, like how everything fits together from everything we've seen, The Genesis Fragment and even Superman and the Authority, but the heart of the book is still there with the Superman Family and I appreciate that angle and look forward to finding out what Mongul's main plan is and what Superman's plan is with the Authority to try and dismantle the obvious trap that he's walking into.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a bit of a down issue as far as progression is concerned, even though we're essentially moving forward completely here. It just feels like out of nowhere we're going to Warworld and because of that we have to have some sweet tender moments, which I really appreciate, I just wish the rest of the story felt like it came together in a way that felt right with the pacing of this arc so far. I loved the art throughout but don't know why this series needs a backup that doesn't do anything.


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