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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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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: Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

(W) Nicole Maines, C.S. Pacat, Frank Barbiere, and Leah Williams (A) Skylar Patridge, Scott Godlewski, Sami Basri, and Marguerite Sauvage
In Shops: Jan 17, 2023
SRP: $4.99

With the world in chaos and Lazarus raining from the skies, the Earth’s protectors from Krypton are hit hard. In this collection of epic vignettes from in and around Lazarus Planet, we’ll see heroes transformed, secrets revealed, and power unleashed. Can Power Girl free herself from the out-of-control Omen? Will Dreamer’s visions guide our heroes to the path of victory? Can Mercy Graves survive the transformation she’s undergone? And will Jonathan Kent ever be the same again?

Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Preview: Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

(W) Nicole Maines, C.S. Pacat, Frank Barbiere, and Leah Williams (A) Skylar Patridge, Scott Godlewski, Sami Basri, and Marguerite Sauvage
In Shops: Jan 17, 2023
SRP: $4.99

With the world in chaos and Lazarus raining from the skies, the Earth’s protectors from Krypton are hit hard. In this collection of epic vignettes from in and around Lazarus Planet, we’ll see heroes transformed, secrets revealed, and power unleashed. Can Power Girl free herself from the out-of-control Omen? Will Dreamer’s visions guide our heroes to the path of victory? Can Mercy Graves survive the transformation she’s undergone? And will Jonathan Kent ever be the same again?

Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Preview: Wonder Woman #792

Wonder Woman #792

(W) Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Jodie Bellaire (A) Marguerite Sauvage, Paulina Ganucheau (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Oct 11, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Cheetah’s gone wild! After serving as the test subject for an immoral corporation’s latest product, Barbara Minerva has all but lost her humanity and it’s up to Wonder Woman to remind her who she really is. Will their former friendship be the key to survival? Or are our hero and the helpless villain doomed to become extinct? Plus, in our backup story, a guest star from Olympus visits young Diana’s world for the first time.

Wonder Woman #792

NYCC 2022: It’s a new era for Superman in January

New York Comic Con was filled with reveals and news at DC‘s Superman panel. It featured an hour of discussion around the Last Son of Krypton and some big names in comics.

It was first revealed that Action Comics #1051 will have a new format, offering not one, not two, but three epic adventures of Superman and the entire Super-Family including stories by Dan Jurgens and Leah Williams!

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. 

The issue also features writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and art by Rafa Sandoval evoking a story that’s reminiscent of the “Triangle Era” of Superman.

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 the final story in Action Comics features Power Girl’s return in part one of a three-part story by Leah Williams and Marguerite Sauvage spinning out of Lazarus Planet. Action Comics #1051 will be available at local comic shops on January 24, 2023.

It was then announced that a brand-new Superman ongoing monthly series is launching in February 2023 from Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths writer Joshua Williamson and Naomi artist and co-creator Jamal Campbell. Superman has returned to Metropolis and his greatest enemy Lex Luthor is finally behind bars. The future of the Superman family has never been brighter! As Clark Kent settles back into his life, iconic and new enemies erupt from the shadows to strike down the Man of Steel!

Finally, it was announced that Superman: Son of Kal-El will end with issue #18, but fans of Jon Kent do not need to worry! Writer Tom Taylor and artist Clayton Henry will be telling new Jon Kent stories in Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent. Jon will finally get his chance to take on the man who is responsible for kidnapping and torturing him, Ultraman. The Superman of Earth-2, Val-Zod, will also play a major part in the 6-issue miniseries arriving in comic shops in early 2023.

Fans in attendance at the Superman panel also received first looks at Superman: Space Age #3, available March 2023, from Mark Russell and a preview of Alex Segura’s story in Superman: Kal-El Returns Special, hitting shelves on November 29. Everyone in attendance also received a copy of Superman: Warworld Apocalypse.

Preview: Wonder Woman #791

Wonder Woman #791

(W) Jordie Bellaire, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan (A) Marguerite Sauvage, Paulina Ganucheau (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Sep 13, 2022
SRP: $4.99

After almost losing her friends in a vicious battle with the newly formed Villainy Inc., Wonder Woman is going solo! Defeated, Diana must find her way again in a world that seems to have moved on from her and her quest for peace. What could possibly make our hero feel like herself again? Enter Cheetah, and she’s got her claws sharpened for a good old-fashioned catfight!

Wonder Woman #791

Fairsquare Comics to publish No Kidding – a new graphic novel about women and pregnancy

Recently, the United States Supreme Court announced a move to overturn the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, which granted women nearly five decades of safe access to abortion. Just before this decision was announced, the inclusive publisher that was introduced to the world just over two years ago by way of the successful and celebrated Noir is the New Black graphic novel solicited their planned Fall release of No Kidding; a brand-new graphic novel from writer Véro Cazot and superstar artist Marguerite Sauvage under her penname of Madeleine Martin.

To baby or not to baby? Meet Jane, a 35-year-old woman who knows she doesn’t want to be a mother. She doesn’t want to wake up at all hours of the night and sacrifice her personal life and identity for a mini-tyrant child! Then there’s Lucy. She didn’t plan on having a kid but became pregnant anyway. What to do? Her boyfriend wants to keep the baby but she’s young and barely started College. Abortion seems like the obvious choice. But is it? No Kidding is a real story about real women and their right to choose without the interference of politics or the notion of a ticking biological clock. 

No Kidding is a journey into the heart, mind and soul of these women opting out of motherhood and how they find their place in a world full of children and laws about their bodies.

No Kidding will be released in bookstores everywhere on September 21, and available two weeks earlier at your friendly neighborhood comic shop on September 7.

No Kidding

Preview: Mind MGMT: Bootleg #1

Mind MGMT: Bootleg #1

(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Farel Dalrymple (VCA) Daniel Brereton, Marguerite Sauvage
In Shops: Jul 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

MIND MGMT is: weird, mind-blowing, paranoid storytelling. It is the first ever comic book from Flux House, Matt Kindt’s all-new imprint which features crime, science fiction, and humor stories, all told in startling and untraditional ways. Upcoming publications will take many forms, and the polybagged variant versions of MIND MGMT will contain a card that is playable as a playing card or as part of a new Flux House game. Previously in MIND MGMT: a covert government agency of psychic superspies fell into oblivion after one of their top agents went rogue. What looked like the end was only the beginning as a former leader of MIND MGMT explores the darkest parts of the world and recruits a team of forgotten agents to rebuild the organization, bend reality, and go to war with a competing agency.

Cover C variant is a special polybagged cover, drawn by Marguerite Sauvage, and contains a special Mind MGMT playing card!

Mind MGMT: Bootleg #1
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