Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Action Comics #1042 Review

The Price Of Power

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: April 26, 2022

We're Warworld bound once again as we jump back into Action Comics to see how Superman is progressing in his revolution of Mongul's hold on the slaves of his planet of plight. Previously we saw Midnighter gathering an army of slaves so that they could destroy the red sun engine, while Superman was getting a little powered up due to some Genesis pieces found in the bowels of Warworld, but nothing really is going our heroes' way at the moment because on top of Mongul wanting to kill some children to drive Superman into a pit of despair, but the current despair that our new OMAC is feeling due to Lightray dying has led her to join Mongul's cause with the promise that the Warzoons will be able to bring the Tangent Earth Flash back to life and back into the arms of OMAC. Let's see how Superman is doing this issue.

For this issue of Action Comics, we see our Man of Steel doing what he has been doing and that's inspiring people to be better, even in the face of utter despair, but the difference in this issue is that we see Superman trying to reach OMAC has the character is fighting against him for the bargain that they made with Mongul's forces so that they can see Lightray alive once again. The thing about this is, while it is nice and great to see Superman overcome adversity and still bring hope to the hopeless is... we've been seeing this the entire run of this story arc so far and while it is again great to see here, it's not breaking any new ground for this story. Thankfully, we have a section on Earth with Lois Lane, John Henry Irons, Jon Kent, and the Phaelosian refugee that is trying to get to the bottom of what the Genesis fragment really is and I hope when we get to the next issue we spend our time..... continuing to bring hope, but giving us some more background on not only the Genesis pieces.... but also our new OMAC as well.

As for our Martian Manhunter backup, we see the culmination of all of VULTURE's plans to draw out J'onn to the point where they can finally destroy him, but even with some old foes and a cadre of criminals Martian Manhunter finds a way and throughout this final adventure, we see what the story has really been about in the idea of how alone Martian Manhunter has been and for someone with some many identities throughout his time on Earth, he's never really made a connection. Hopefully now with this realization, our favorite Martian will not only learn to live but learn to be happy.

All in all, our main Action Comics story continues to be good, even if I'm starting to need a little more out of it than Superman simply inspiring hope amid battle on Warworld, and thankfully, we do get a bit of that "more" aspect with diving in about what the Genesis piece is, what it does and how our Man of Steel using some of its power on Warworld may actually harm him in the long run. Like previously, our Martian Manhunter backup continues to be good but a bit bittersweet with its ending because it just comes to an end and while it means that our hero in that backup might be able to move on with his life in a way that he never saw possible before, I'm left wanting more about the new depictions of his former foes and what their places are in the current DC Universe. The art was amazing throughout and Action Comics continues to be one of DC's best ongoing books, even if some of the main storytelling is getting a bit bland in parts.

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Bits and Pieces:

While we've seen Superman inspiring others to hope on Warworld, we get a bit of a side story here that is totally welcome because while we all love the whole hopeful Superman thing, it feels like it's been a crutch to the storytelling and at this point, I'm looking for a little more. That more that I'm looking for starts out well here and with great art throughout and a great Martian Manhunter backup, this series remains a must-read.


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