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Preview: Action Comics #1051

Action Comics #1051

(W) Leah Williams, Dan Jurgens, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Marguerite Sauvage, Lee Weeks, Rafa Sandoval
In Shops: Jan 24, 2023
SRP: $4.99

ACTION COMICS REBORN! Action Comics #1051 begins a new format for DC’s most action-packed title, offering not one, not two, but three epic adventures of Superman and the entire Super-Family! Following the bombshell events of Action Comics #1050, the world’s relationship with Superman is forever changed, the upper limits of his supercharged powers have yet to be reached, and the House of El’s transformation of Metropolis, led by Steel, has begun. But Lex Luthor has found the perfect instrument with which to undo everything Superman is working to achieve: Metallo, whose hatred of Superman is matched only by his hatred for Luthor himself. Then, in Lois and Clark 2: Doom Rising, Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks return to tell the tale of young Jon Kent on the farm with his parents, learning about his abilities, coming of age…and battling the Doombreaker?! And finally, Power Girl returns in part one of a three-part story spinning out of Lazarus Planet! This issue marks the first appearance of new characters, new costumes, and a new era of Action Comics! It all starts here!

Action Comics #1051

Action Comics #1051 brings the family together for a super debut

Action Comics #1051

I will admit I am not a regular Superman reader. I tend to check out new creative teams or events and then slink away soon after. It’s a character that I appreciate but with so much out there, there’s only so much time to read. Action Comics #1051 kicks off this year’s new DC publishing initiative, “Dawn of DC,” which brings in new creative teams and new directions for characters. It felt like the perfect opportunity to see what was going on with the Man of Steel and it might be enough of a start to keep me around for a while.

Action Comics #1051 is an interesting direction for the series which has at times focused on other members of the Superman family in that it does exactly that, focus on the Superman family. It’s everyone from Superboy to Jon, to Supergirl, and the Superman of China. They’re all here and more delivering a debut that delivers a vision of where the series is going to go and takes on an anthology spin. Not only is there a main story focusing on Big Blue and his pals but also two additional stories focused in on other members of team Superman.

Picking up from the previous issue, the featured story is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Rafa Sandoval, color by Matt Herms, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. “Speeding Bullets” sees the return of Metallo as the Super crew are taking all that they’ve learned over the years in an attempt to usher in a new age of technology to help Metropolis and the whole world. There’s a treatise in a way, driven by Superman’s time on Warworld. The plan is to do more and we see this “team” attempting to do exactly that. This feels like the first time in a while that the Super-family is exactly that. They have a shared goal and vision and are going to do what so many of us has wondered why they haven’t, use their powers to “do more”. It’s also a chapter that has one of the best moments ever between son and mother that is both horrific and funny. But, most importantly, there’s a balance of a group of superpowered individuals that you can see the good in and want to cheer for mixed with some great action and a reflection on how a world might really react to them. This is the new status-quo and it looks like it’s going to be a good one. The art is wonderful with some great visuals that do a fantastic job of mixing those family moments with big explosions. This story alone is worth getting this issue.

Home Again” takes things back a bit. Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Lee Weeks, color by Elizabeth Breitweiser, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the story takes place a bit after Superman and Lois moved to California. They return to the home with Jon picking up after the story from The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special. It’s just a tease of what’s to come but Jurgen’s writing and the art delivers a story that feels like a bit of a classic in some ways. Jurgens has such a handle on the characters it’s a fantastic read with a slow build going in an unexpected direction. The art by Weeks, Breitweiser, and lettering by Leigh has an ominous feel to it creating an interesting mix with Jurgens’ storytelling style. It’s the perfect morsel to have you excited to see what’s next.

Wrapping things up is “Head Like a Hole.” Written by Leah Williams with art by Marguerite Sauvage, and lettering by Becca Carey the story ties into the current “Lazarus Planet” event going on. Power Girl’s powers have changed and she’s now working as a counselor helping heroes. There’s a bit of Heroes in Crisis to it but the story takes on a touching subject of helping Beast Boy after his tragic experience. It’s not all depressing. The colorful pop art mixed with some funny moments brings a levity to what could easily have been a downer.

Action Comics #1051 is a solid start to the series. With a new anthology focus, it has a little bit of everything making it easy to change things up and keep things fresh. The trio of stories each have their own strengths with a variety of styles and voices and a wide focus. Overall, a solid start to the “Dawn of DC.”

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams
Art: Rafa Sandoval, Lee Weeks, Marguerite Sauvage
Color: Matt Herms, Elizabeth Breitweiser Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Becca Carey
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Action Comics #1051

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Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Action Comics #1051 (DC Comics) – The comic kicks off the new direction for the series focused on the entire Superman family and we’re excited what it brings and where it goes.

Archie vs. the World (Archie Comics) – A new spin on Archie is a bit Mad Max and a little Fist of the North Star. We’re all intrigued.

Bulls of Beacon Hill #1 (AfterShock) – A gay son wants to run for city council but must deal with his mobster father.

Darkwing Duck #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic character is back and we’re beyond excited. Let’s get dangerous!

Gargoyles #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was amazing showing depth beyond a comic based on a cartoon for kids. We’re hoping the series keeps it going.

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #3 (BOOM! Studios) – One of many post apocalyptic tales but it’s focus on its two characters and the art delivering so much depth and detail to the world keeps the story focused and stands out.

Plush #3 (Image Comics) – The series has been utterly bizarre and beyond funny with its twisted cannibal furries. No idea where it’s going but if it can keep up the laughs, we’re good with it.

Sins of Sinister #1 (Marvel) – The event kicks off as we see Sinister’s plans play out and maybe get a bit out of hand.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – Lost Years #1 (IDW Publishing) – The Last Ronin was entertaining and we’re interested in seeing where it goes with some new releases set in that storyline.

Zombicide: Day One #1 (Source Point Press) – The popular board game comes to comics and we want to see if it can stand out from all of the zombie comics and how it incorporates the game experience into the story.

Preview: Action Comics #1051

Action Comics #1051

(W) Leah Williams, Dan Jurgens, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Marguerite Sauvage, Lee Weeks, Rafa Sandoval
In Shops: Jan 24, 2023
SRP: $4.99

ACTION COMICS REBORN! Action Comics #1051 begins a new format for DC’s most action-packed title, offering not one, not two, but three epic adventures of Superman and the entire Super-Family! Following the bombshell events of Action Comics #1050, the world’s relationship with Superman is forever changed, the upper limits of his supercharged powers have yet to be reached, and the House of El’s transformation of Metropolis, led by Steel, has begun. But Lex Luthor has found the perfect instrument with which to undo everything Superman is working to achieve: Metallo, whose hatred of Superman is matched only by his hatred for Luthor himself. Then, in Lois and Clark 2: Doom Rising, Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks return to tell the tale of young Jon Kent on the farm with his parents, learning about his abilities, coming of age…and battling the Doombreaker?! And finally, Power Girl returns in part one of a three-part story spinning out of Lazarus Planet! This issue marks the first appearance of new characters, new costumes, and a new era of Action Comics! It all starts here!

Action Comics #1051

Preview: Action Comics #1050

Action Comics #1050

(W) Tom Taylor, Joshua Williamson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Nick Dragotta, Clayton Henry, Mike Perkins
In Shops: Dec 27, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The Dark Crisis is over, and a new dawn shines on the DCU! In the wake of cataclysmic battles with Mongul, Henry Bendix, and Pariah’s Dark Army, Kal-El is back on Earth and here to stay. And the people of our planet are ready to look up, up, and away into a brighter tomorrow. Well…most of the people. Clark Kent’s reunion with Lois and his son, Jon Kent, proves fleeting when strikes the ultimate attack from Superman’s greatest adversary: Lex Luthor. But this time something is different…Luthor has stolen something from Clark’s life, something so important that it will change the very planet itself! If you think you’ve seen the biggest battle between Superman and Lex Luthor–think again! This clash will rock the course of their lives forever…and it’s only the beginning. Two years’ worth of Superman stories come to a head in this oversize anniversary issue with all-star talent that launches Superman and the DCU into an exciting new era!

Action Comics #1050

Review: Action Comics #1050

Action Comics #1050

With Dark Crisis over, there’s a new “start” to the DC Universe. The status quo for numerous characters has shifted as they head off in new adventures and in new directions. Action Comics #1050 acts as a bridge in a way between that event and what’s to come delivering a big shift for the Man of Steel and setting him up for what’s next.

With one main story and then a few codas, Action Comics #1050 turns back one major recent change for Superman with major implications. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson, the issue impacts Clark, Jon, and the world as a whole.

Lex Luthor has a plan, and the plan is to make the world forget the secret identity of Superman and elevate big blue to the level of a god. He thinks humanity can be led to a better future guided by Superman but Superman himself needs a guiding hand. It’s a massive shift from a character who once saw Superman as an invading alien threatening humanity.

But, Lex’s shenanigans are an interesting one and the end results are intriguing. The world forgets Superman and Clark are the same people beyond a small set of individuals. Lex is thrown in jail for murder. And, we get teases of what’s to come in various series. It’s all a satisfying bridge from what was to what is showing off a major difference between Superman and Lex Luthor but also how they can be so similar as well. Both want what’s best for humanity at this point. They just differ heavily in how to get there. The downside to the issue is so much is devoted to a fight between Superman and Lex. While entertaining, there’s a point it feels a little dragged out. But, the ending is a satisfying one showing the weakness of Lex and the true strength of Superman. The Man of Steel in the end believes in justice, not revenge, and when he could easily kill, he still shows mercy and lets the “system” work.

The art by Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, and Nick Dragotta is good. With color by Frank Martin and lettering by Dave Sharpe there’s some solid visual moments in the action. Where things really stand out is the emotional moments though. The shock of a character having a heart attack, the anger show by Superman in a panel, the realization of anonymity, it all really adds the real punches to the comic. While the battle between Superman and Lex has its interesting visual moments, it’s those more personal ones and the close ups that really stand out.

Action Comics #1050 is a pretty key issue setting up a new status quo for the character and setting up what’s to come. It’s not the spot to hop on for new readers but feels like a nice entry to shift from what was to what’s coming. It’s implications reverberate far beyond just the Superman comics and there’s potential there’s more to come than just what’s presented. As a Superman comic goes, it’s entertaining with a nice balance of what makes the character great and reminding us why he’s so super.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, Joshua Williamson
Art: Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, Nick Dragotta
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

007 #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The series has been fantastic for Bond fans.

Action Comics #1050 (DC Comics) – With Dark Crisis over, what’s next for the DC Universe? A key part of that is here!

Book of Slaughter #1 (BOOM! Studios) – For those that enjoy Something is Killing the Children and House of Slaughter, this sounds like an important issue teasing what’s to come.

Divide #1 (CEX Publishing) – When Salim is separated from his family and imprisoned with countless other Muslims and immigrants, he and his allies develop a plan to return home. But can they escape before this prison’s supernatural secret consumes them all? A story about divisive politics and family separation.

Fist of the North Star Vol. 7 (VIZ Media) – Each volume has been amazing and if you’ve never had a chance to read the series, these hardback editions are well worth getting.

The Librarian of Auschwitz (Henry Holt) – A graphic novel adaptation of The Librarian of Auschwitz, inspired by the true story of Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus. This graphic novel tells the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The two teams are back together again! The first meeting was a lot of fun and we’re expecting more of the same.

Now Let Me Fly: A Portrait of Eugene Bullard (First Second) – A soaring graphic biography that casts new light on the first African American fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard.

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue took us into a world with two survivors of an apocalyptic world. The issue oozed detail but it was the interaction of the two that has us coming back for more.

Plush #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was over the top weird involving crooked cops and cannibal furries. Let’s hope the second delivers more of the same.

Red Winter: Fallout #1 (Scout Comics) – Joseph is on his own, desperate to find a way out of a city that seems hellbent on killing him.

Saga of a Doomed Universe #2 (CEX Publishing) – t’s 1984, and Earth’s greatest hero, Masked Champion, finds himself powerless against this impending apocalypse. The first issue was a nice homage to classic comics mixed with an intriguing meta aspect involving the creator of the comic.

Timeless 2022 #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been releasing these issues focused on Kang and teasing what’s to come. If you want hints at what 2023 brings, this is the comic to get.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #3 (DC Comics) – The first two issues have been amazing with a wonderful story and art that’s breathtaking. It’s been a while but hopefully the wait is worth it.

Preview: Action Comics #1050

Action Comics #1050

(W) Tom Taylor, Joshua Williamson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Nick Dragotta, Clayton Henry, Mike Perkins
In Shops: Dec 27, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The Dark Crisis is over, and a new dawn shines on the DCU! In the wake of cataclysmic battles with Mongul, Henry Bendix, and Pariah’s Dark Army, Kal-El is back on Earth and here to stay. And the people of our planet are ready to look up, up, and away into a brighter tomorrow. Well…most of the people. Clark Kent’s reunion with Lois and his son, Jon Kent, proves fleeting when strikes the ultimate attack from Superman’s greatest adversary: Lex Luthor. But this time something is different…Luthor has stolen something from Clark’s life, something so important that it will change the very planet itself! If you think you’ve seen the biggest battle between Superman and Lex Luthor–think again! This clash will rock the course of their lives forever…and it’s only the beginning. Two years’ worth of Superman stories come to a head in this oversize anniversary issue with all-star talent that launches Superman and the DCU into an exciting new era!

Action Comics #1050

Preview: Action Comics #1049

Action Comics #1049

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Mike Perkins, David Lapham (CA) Steve Beach
In Shops: Nov 22, 2022
SRP: $4.99

KAL-EL RETURNS PART 5-THE EPIC CROSSOVER BETWEEN ACTION COMICS AND SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL CONTINUES! We’re only one month away from the mammoth Action Comics #1050, and tensions between the Super-Family and Lex Luthor have never been higher. Meanwhile, in the Fortress of Solitude, Steel, Supergirl, and Kong Kenan repel an alien invasion!

Action Comics #1049
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