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MMA, Alien, Future State, and Superman, Phillip Kennedy Johnson Talks about his Busy 2021 in Comics

Coming off of his well reviewed indie graphic novel Kill a Man (with Steve Orlando, Al Morgan, and Jim Campbell), Johnson sets his sites on two hot properties… one at Marvel and one at DC!

Joined by artist Salvador Larroca, Phillip launches the Alien franchise at Marvel with Alien #1 in March 2021!

In January, Johnson takes us to the future as part of DC’s Future State! He gives us a glimpse of what might be with Future State: House of El, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Scott Godlewski and Superman: Worlds of War, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Mikel Janín.

In March we get the first tease of his recently announced take on Superman in Infinite Frontier #0 with artist Jamal Igle.

Then in March Johnson takes over Superman with artist Phil Hester and Action Comics with Eric Gapstur and is then joined in the coming months by Scott Godlewski (on Superman) and Daniel Sampere (on Action Comics) before reuniting with Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on a special project that hasn’t been announced!

We’re talking MMA, Superman, Alien, 5G, and so much more!

Preview: Action Comics #1028

Action Comics #1028

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson

The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”! With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic-and unexpected-ways!

Action Comics #1028

Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Phil Hester, and Eric Gapstur Strap on the Tights for Superman in March 2021

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson flies from DC’s Future State event in January and February back to the present DCU in March to join artists Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur for a two-part story that spans both Superman and Action Comics!

In “The Golden Age” part one on March 9 (Superman #29), Jonathan Kent is back from the 31st Century and fighting cosmic threats alongside his legendary father. But when an interdimensional breach opens near Earth, Jon recognizes the creatures that emerge: the cosmic leviathans that the Legion of Superheroes credit with the DEATH OF SUPERMAN!

And in the new backup series “Tales of Metropolis” story in the same issue, writer Sean Lewis and artist Sami Basri follow Jimmy Olsen on a quest to meet of some of the city’s more colorful denizens, beginning with Bibbo Bibbowski!

Then in “The Golden Age” part two on March 24 (Action Comics #1029), as Superboy desperately tries to save Superman’s life from the leviathans of the Breach, Superman discovers the Breach’s shocking origins. But with his powers mysteriously fading, he is utterly outmatched. Can Superboy change the course of history and save his father’s life? Don’t miss this prelude to DC’s MASSIVE Superman event!

Plus, in another all-new backup “Tale of Metropolis” story, writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad join forces with Michael Avon Oeming to continue the Midnighter story that Cloonan and Conrad started in DC Future State. But is the DC Universe ready for Trojan Industries?

In the months following “The Golden Age” two-part crossover, Phillip Kennedy Johnson will continue writing both Superman and Action Comics with artists Scott Godlewski (on Superman) and Daniel Sampere (on Action Comics) before reuniting with Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on a special Superman project—still to be announced!

Preview: Action Comics #1027

Action Comics #1027

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson

Is Superman on the ropes? An epic battle rages across the skies of Metropolis! The House of Kent, Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes’ Brainiac 5, and Young Justice’s Conner Kent all unite to face an enemy from another dimension unleashed by the Invisible Mafia! This kind of power can lay waste to an entire family of super-people! All of this plus the future of the Daily Planet revealed! Another epic Superman story for the ages by the team of Bendis, Romita Jr., and Janson!

Action Comics #1027

Around the Tubes

Action Comics #1026

It’s new comic book day! What are you getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that and wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

ICv2 – Legendary Artist Trina Robbins Has Her Original Comic Book Art Pilfered – If anyone can help, please do.

Reviews

Geek Dad – Action Comics #1026
Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #50.LR
Talking Comics – Black Magick #15

Preview: Action Comics #1026

Action Comics #1026

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: John Romita, Jr.
Ink by: Klaus Janson
Color: Brad Anderson

This issue, it’s the Superman family versus everybody! In this blistering conclusion to the epic “House of Kent” saga, huge choices are made to defend the great city of Metropolis. Plus, amid all the chaos, the new owner of the Daily Planet is revealed-and it’s…Jimmy Olsen?! Guest-starring Jonathan Kent, Conner Kent, Supergirl, and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Action Comics #1026

Preview: Action Comics #1025

Action Comics #1025

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) John Romita, Klaus Janson
In Shops: Sep 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the House of Kent! Superman’s truth is out there – and now it’s time to rewrite the rules! The invisible mafia has taken advantage of the chaos that’s descended on Metropolis, so the House of Kent is going to talk to them in a language they’ll understand. It’s a new adventure featuring Superman like you’ve never seen him – or them – before, in a story guest-starring Supergirl and two – yes, two! – Superboys!

Action Comics #1025

The “House of Kent” Continues in Action Comics #1025

ACTION COMICS #1025

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
Variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
On Sale 09/22/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

Welcome to the House of Kent! Superman’s truth is out there—and now it’s time to rewrite the rules! The Invisible Mafia has taken advantage of the chaos that’s descended on Metropolis, and the House of Kent is going to talk to them in a language they’ll understand. It’s a new adventure featuring Superman like you’ve never seen him—or them—before, in a story guest starring Supergirl and two—yes, two!—Superboys!

ACTION COMICS #1025

Preview: Action Comics #1024

Action Comics #1024

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) John Romita, Klaus Janson
In Shops: Aug 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The city of Metropolis has been rocked by Luthor’s latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman’s truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege! The fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time.

Action Comics #1024

Preview: Action Comics #1023

Action Comics #1023

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: John Romita Jr.

Just days after Clark Kent’s own shocking revelation, the facts behind who actually owns The Daily Planet have been revealed-and all hell has broken loose! The fallout from the Superman: Villains special starts here! No one is safe as a new era of Superman stories begins! Plus, now that the dust has settled, is the Red Cloud hero or villain?

Action Comics #1023
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