Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Action Comics #1041 Review

Kill Everyone For Apollo

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Shawn Aldridge
Art By: Dale Eaglesham, Will Conrad, Lee Loughridge, Dave Sharpe, Adriana Melo, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 22, 2022

Let's head on back to Warworld to see what Superman and his Authority are up to in their continued attempt to take down Mongul and free the slaves of that horrible world. In our previous issue, we saw that Midnighter had planned on destroying the red star drives at the center of the world, ones that keep Superman weak due to their radiation, but our Man of Steel wasn't about this plan because it would end up killing too many innocents in the process. This led our hero to try and find a little power so that they could come up with a new plan and thankfully, a Phaelosian knew about some Source energy that seemed to fuel up our hero. Hopefully, it's enough to do some real damage against this hellscape and that he did it in time to stop Midnighter from going off half-cocked in his attempts to free Apollo. Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman does next and continue our Martian Manhunter backup. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Action Comics we take the focus off of Superman and put it on Midnighters attempts to free Apollo, which leads to a weird timeline of events where things are scaled by lunar rotations in how long our heroes have been on Warworld and while I don't know if these lunar rotations are the same as we have on Earth but ultimately it seems that our heroes have been on this make-shift planet for a long ass time and with that in mind, it seems like they haven't done much. That being said, Midnighter has put together a small cadre of slaves who will fight for him when the time is right, but ultimately we're just leading up to the events of the last issue, and even that and where we are in this issue don't feel like they line up for how quickly things felt like they needed to go down previously. In the end, though, you get an action-oriented story where Phaelosians tell stories of Superman and Midnighter goes around murdering slavers left and right.

As for our Martian Manhunter backup, J'onn continues his hunt for the newly reformed VULTURE crime cartel and with it, he continues to face his past and while you continue to have cool references to Martian Manhunter's past, there's not a lot to this issue until the end, not to mention a weird Court of Owls connection to VULTURE which could be cool but the way it played out here it made it seem that J'onn knew about the Court long before they ever surfaced in the Batman books. This is still fun though and I look forward to what comes next.

All in all, the art in our main book isn't as strong as it's been recently and the story is a strange montage of Midnighter doing his best to try and save Apollo from his prison but because this storytelling method comes out of nowhere and how time seems to fly more than we've seen in previous issues, this installment to our Warworld book feels odd overall, but even with that in mind, there's still a ton to enjoy in this issue. It's the same with the Martian Manhunter backup too. While the art in the backup continues to be amazing, the references to J'onn's past seem to be the focal point of this chapter instead of progression and while I love the connection to J'onn's past that we've been getting with Martian Manhunter's past coming back to haunt him, the progression in this seemed short here..... I'm I just found myself stuck on that weird Court of Owls reference. Both installments to this issue were fun though, just not up to par with what either has done for their respective stories.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue of Action Comics is still enjoyable it seems that the main story and the backup have found a lull point in their story where the progression slows down a bit and sadly, the way that we do this in the main Action Comics story is show a Midnighter montage that doesn't do his story enough justice in my mind and while the main story's art is alright, that too seems to be a down a bit. Still love this story and the Martian Manhunter backup but this issue was a little down for me.


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