Thursday, June 29, 2023

Action Comics #1056 Review


Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Dorado Quick
Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Max Raynor, Lee Weeks, Yasmín Flores Montañez
Colors by: Matt Herms, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Brad Anderson
Letters by: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Steve Beach
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: June 27, 2023

Action Comics #1056 regales readers with three tales to astonish as the Super-Family confronts Cyborg Superman for the fate of Metropolis, Superman and young Jon Kent desperately try to find each other in an alien world, and Steel gets a lecture about what's most important.
Is It Good?

Action Comics #1056 could best be summed up as "Great, Good, Terrible." If it's any consolation, the "Great" story is the longest one, so you're mostly getting your money's worth for the cover price.

Ex Machina

The Super-Family faces off against Hank Henshaw, aka Cyborg Superman, when his army of remote-controlled zombies attacks Metropolis on all fronts. Ultimately, the Super-Family saves the day, not realizing a more insidious threat is waiting in the wings.

Phillip Kennedy Johnson's story ends on a high note with Superman doing what he does best, looking out for everyone. You can't beat Sandoval's art, and just about everything in this story works. The minor down point is the Blue Earth's hard lean into xenophobic planning for the epilogue, which comes off as a little too on-the-nose, ripped-from-current-year-headlines storytelling infecting everything these days.

Home Again, Pt. 6

Superman speeds to the Planet P'Luhnn to rescue Jon. When he confronts Princess Glyanna, she gives him a very simple choice - quell the disgruntled citizen, or Jon dies.

Short, sweet, and to the point. Jurgens lays out the simple chapter with everything you need to know, giving Jon and Clark something to do to help overcome their current challenge. Weeks's art looks great, and the chapter ends on a respectable cliffhanger.

Steel: Engineer of Tomorrow, Pt. 3

Steel and Mr. Terrific come to blows until we learn it's all an exercise to get John Irons to loosen up. The heroes talk about legacy, self-care, and the price of doing good when Amalgam shows up to make a mess.

 Easily the worst of the three stories in this issue with clunky pacing, a paper-thin plot, and wonky art. Admittedly, the dialog is better in this chapter than in the previous two, but the quality in this chapter is lacking on every front.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Action Comics #1056 gives readers plenty of Super action with three tales showcasing members of the immediate and extended Super-Family. Phillip Kennedy Johnson's story is easily the best of the bunch, but the Steel story falls short on every level.


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