Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Action Comics #1038 Review

Action Comics #1038 Review - Weird Science DC Comics

Action Comics #1038 Review - Weird Science DC Comics
The Hope In The Darkness

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Shawn Aldridge
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Adriano Lucas, Dave Sharpe, Adriana Melo, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 28, 2021

It's back to Warworld for us as we follow our heroes as they take on Mongul and his "Warzoon" forces, but as we saw in the previous issue that's probably easier said than done as our heroes fell hard against their opponents, where even the Tangent Flash, Lightray was killed during the assault. Yeah, things seem dire for our heroes but hopefully, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and Superman will be able to save the slaves of Warworld, and if he can't... Well, at least we have a kind of cheerful look at Martian Manhunter in our current backups. Let's jump into this issue and see what's what.

For our Warworld portion of the story, we're seeing some really darkest before the dawn style storytelling as our heroes were previously decimated by the forces of Mongul, but their suffering isn't over yet as Mongul plans to make slaves of some, gladiators to others and just continuously humiliate Superman in front of his people so that any lingering thoughts of hope are stamped out of them. It's just too bad that Superman oozes hope and his mere presence on the planet will probably do way more harm than the tyrannical ruler ever could have imagined. 

Action Comics #1038 Review - Weird Science DC Comics

As for our Martian Manhunter backup, we saw an idol tied to Martian Manhunter's past stolen from a museum and now that he's confronted by a new Human Flame our Martian hero is realizing that his past is coming back to haunt him in a big way, while another mystery is starting to take root. Like I said for the beginning of this backup in the previous issue, this backup is solid and I'm so happy that we're getting it with Action Comics.

Action Comics #1038 Review - Weird Science DC Comics

All in all, the art for the main story and the backup is amazing and both stories are really strong and intriguing and thankfully the Warworld saga, that's elevating Mongul to be an actual threat again is also making sure to show Superman as the beacon for the hope that we all know that he is. It's obvious that this is going to be a slow burn story and I'm thankful for the time that's being taken to show the darkest before the dawn style of storytelling that will really show the strength of not only our Man of Steel but his Authority team. I wasn't initially sold on what this story was going to be but these past few issues have really got me intrigued and I can't wait to see where this goes and that also goes for our Martian Manhunter backup, which isn't on the scope of our main story, but it's a great-looking story that looks like it wants to explore J'onn's past and how it will affect his future.

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Bits and Pieces:

Action Comics is upping its game lately and thankfully this issue continues that trend as we see the aftermath of the epic defeat of our heroes in the previous issue. While things seem gloomy for Superman and the Authority I love the way that this issue plays with the elements of hope and how Superman will never give up. The art is fantastic and the Martian Manhunter backup is a great step up from the backups we've had previously.  


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