Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Action Comics #1039 Review

Action Comics #1039 Review

The Will To Survive

Action Comics #1039 Review
Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Shawn Aldridge
Art By: Riccardo Federici, Lee Loughridge, Dave Sharpe, Adriana Melo, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 25, 2022

The Warworld saga continues this issue where previously we saw Superman and the Authority fail terribly at their invasion of this world and their attempt to free all of Mongul's slaves. Because of this failure, our team has become slaves themselves, and now in this darkest of places, it's going to be up to Superman to be that shining beacon of hope that lights up everyone else and hopefully get everyone he came to save on his side where they may all free themselves from their captor... That is if they survive at all. Let's jump back into this story and also see a Martian Manhunter backup. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Action Comics, we use our time to open up this new Mongul/Warzoon idea and what that really means more than just a Warworld that is to be feared by the galaxy. While the fear aspect is still there, this issue we get to see more background on what the Warworld is, the practices within it, and with this background, we will continue to see how our heroes who have been placed within the walls of Warworld will survive and what they're mindset is in this terrible prison. There's a lot of great stuff added to expand our understanding of this new take on Mongul and Warworld and I really appreciated it while also appreciated seeing the undying hope of Superman and how he'll put what he knows of being the Superman from Earth aside and learn how to survive with his morals still intact, but as someone who is only as powerful as everyone else around him.

Action Comics #1039 Review

As for our Martian Manhunter backup, we continue to bring the past back into the present for our favorite Martian as characters like the Getaway King, and even the Crime Cartel VULTURE make their return from J'onn J'onzz's past, not to mention a name drop of his former sidekick Zook and it's all coming together in an interesting way that makes this backup one of the best that we've gotten in a long time, especially since it's showcasing a character that barely gets page space.  

Action Comics #1039 Review

All in all, this was a great issue or Action Comics, where not only do both parts of this book, the main story and backup look great but both the story elements are doing a damn fine job to keep us engaged with what they're trying to do. Not only am I happy that we're taking the main Superman story slow and making sure that we understand exactly what this Warworld is and how it will affect our heroes, but bringing back past continuity of Martian Manhunter and making it relevant again for a group of fans who might not have enough J'onn J'onzz in their lives and making it accessible for newer readers. This has become what feels like a must-read at DC Comics and I hope it continues to be as strong as it has been.

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Bits and Pieces:

With great art and great storytelling throughout the main story and the backup, Action Comics has become what feels like one of the biggest books that DC Comics is putting out. There's drama, heart, and impeccable pacing that makes sure that the new concepts for Mongul and Warworld feel important throughout, not to mention a deep dive into continuity with the backup that is trying to bring to light the villains of Martian Manhunter that we barely ever get.


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