Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 Review

A Fight To The Finish

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art By: Brandon Peterson, Will Conrad, Max Raynor, Miguel Mendonca, Lee Loughridge, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $6.99
Release Date: August 30, 2022

It's the end of our Warworld saga as Superman with the power of the Fire of Olgrum against the Mongul Who Is..... The only problem with that final showdown is, Superman's Phaelosian friend has betrayed him and Mongul has two children at the end of his blade and is willing to cut if Superman doesn't hand over the ultimate power. Let's jump into this issue and see if everything comes together with the Authority and our Man of Steel as our heroes make their final push to free the people of Warworld. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For our finale to this era of Superman stories we see our Man of Steel finally going up against Mongul and while we've all been waiting to see what our hero could do with the Fire of Olgrum, that's not how this issue will end, and only serves as another way to show us how super our Superman is. Thankfully though, we have other means to achieve our mission and that gives us the rest of our Authority story as Superman's team of heroes from Earth and Phaelosians fight to take the world back from Mongul's forces, and while some of this action is pretty sweet...... since we need to wrap things up here and now, some things just happen to happen and some resolutions just seem like they come out of nowhere and I have no idea how they could ever be explained...... I'm looking at you Lightray. 

Beyond our Warworld stuff, the ending comes with an interesting twist that may set up a problem for Superman in the future, which is pretty interesting, but I just wish that how we got there felt like it flowed a little better, especially when it comes to wrapping back around to the beginning of our story with the Lord Premiere of the United Federation of Planets because while yes we recently saw him again when Mongul needed Thanagarian fighter ships, this character and his association with this story feels odd and it's a bit disappointing that he never received his comeuppance here. It is what it is though, but thankfully we have a pretty beautiful ending that will get our hero back where he needs to be for the next issue of Action Comics.

All in all, the art was decent throughout, I just wish we would have had our regular artists from Action Comics on here because boy do we get a lot of people on this trying to make this ending work, but ultimately they get the job done, even if it doesn't come off as grandiose as it has previously. As for the story...... There's definitely some fun to be had in seeing our Authority team kicking a bit of ass on Warworld, not to mention the continued look at why our Man of Steel is always going to be the symbol of hope in the DC Universe. I just wish that there was more time for this story because now that we're at the final issue a lot of things that needed to be resolved just were and some of the ways just felt out of nowhere and left me scratching my head. It doesn't kill the book, but it shows that things had to be rushed and that's a shame. Overall though, this was an interesting story for Superman that hopefully reinvigorated a lot of fans' love for the character.

Bits and Pieces:

We've got a lot of artists on this book, but thankfully it doesn't hinder the overall final story of Superman Vs. Mongul. The only thing to really hinder it is a feeling of being rushed to the finish and while some obvious cracks in the storytelling show, the overall product was still enjoyable and I look forward to seeing where and when we continue on some of the future stories that were set up here.


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