I’m asking you to join me (Action Comics #1033 comic review)
Action Comics # 1033
Writer: Philip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Daniel Sampere
Colorist: Andriad Lucas
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Action Comics has been focusing on Warworld and all the fallout surrounding that story. Unlike the Superman comic, Clark Kent is Superman here. Superman is dealing with two main issues here. There has been a piece of Genesis that is currently in Atlantis. It is a power source of unlimited capabilities. The battle over this important power source has sparked a possible war with Atlantis. The piece of Genesis crashed into the ocean from a Warworld refugee ship, which is the second issue Superman has to face. The refugees are a mix of prisoners from Warworld, and some have a connection with Krypton. Overall there are a lot of mysteries building in this arc of Action Comics, that will seemingly fill in the blanks that lead to Superman not being on Earth any longer.
Since it is still in the middle of the arc, the story is starting to join the elements together. Superman and the Justice League are at odds with each other. They don’t know which problem to tackle first. Superman is focused on Warworld, as it is the catalyst for all the issues. Some other members of The League feel that the more pressing issue is the war with Atlantis on Earth. Superman does deal with the issues on Earth and does so in his typical way, trying to keep the peace without getting into a battle. The Atlantians are reasonably agitated, as the issue starts with an American invasion (seemingly) trying to forcefully take the piece of Genesis from them. The refugee situation also has a new twist. Mogul, Leader of Warworld, is somehow able to “activate” some of the refugees and force them to attack. This gives a bit of insight into why he allowed them to escape in the first place. Nothing is solved in this comic as the pieces are set for the next half of the arc.
This is a great book, and I appreciate how it is balancing out the Superman line of comics. Superman gets to be Jonathan Kent’s time to shine, while Action Comics focuses on Clark. They play in the same universe but offer different things. Philip Kennedy Johnson is crafting a really intriguing mystery here, that is also fleshing out the Superman mythos. The refugees with ties to Kryton are really interesting. The piece of Genesis seems to be some sort of celestial horror, which I have not seen in Superman comics before, and Johnson is really making it work. Often writers juggle too much and can’t carry the weight of each element. Johnson can make every single plot thread fun to read, and he never leans hard on exposition. His comics are dense but also quick to read. So far he has been a great fit for the title and I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read the entire Superman line monthly.
Daniel Sampere’s art here is still fantastic, if anything it is getting better. He is really finding his groove on this title and can handle so many different characters, locations, and shifting tones. Some highlights in this issue would be the stand-off between Atlantis and the US Navy. The Atlantian ships seem truly out of this world and unique. Every vessel tells a story about itself. These details that are shown and never explained really elevate the entire comic.
Summary While Superman has a new lead character, Action Comics continues the adventures of Kal El as he deals with the fallout of Warworld. This is a worthwhile comic to pick up, as the entire Superman line of comics has not been this intriguing in a long time.