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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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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

Preview: Action Comics #1048

Action Comics #1048

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Mike Perkins, David Lapham (CA) Steve Beach
In Shops: Oct 25, 2022
SRP: $4.99

“KAL-EL RETURNS” PART 3-THE EPIC CROSSOVER BETWEEN ACTION COMICS AND SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL CONTINUES!
Superman, Supergirl, Steel, and the rest of the Super-Family have brought the Phaelosian refugees to the Fortress of Solitude, but before they can show the newcomers the ropes of heroics on planet Earth, a sneak attack from above turns the Arctic tundra into a war zone! Plus, the march toward Action Comics #1050 continues when Lex Luthor presents a disturbing deal to Metallo…

Action Comics #1048

Preview: The Swamp Thing #16 (of 16)

The Swamp Thing #16 (of 16)

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Aug 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Now restored to full power, the Swamp Thing must face the Parliament of Gears if he has any hope of saving the Earth. But the corruptive, cancerous force of industry has already destroyed so much-will Swamp Thing be able to turn the destructive tide before it’s too late? Find out in the earthshaking finale of The Swamp Thing.

The Swamp Thing #16 (of 16)

Preview: The Swamp Thing #15 (of 16)

The Swamp Thing #15 (of 16)

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Jul 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Earth stands on the precipice of destruction as the Parliament of Trees considers a truly dangerous proposal from the Pale Pilgrim. Now Swamp Thing is all that stands between the natural world and Armageddon…or is he? Enter Trinity-an unprecedented being created by humankind’s most destructive moment who may prove to be our only hope of salvation.

The Swamp Thing #15 (of 16)

Preview: The Swamp Thing #14

The Swamp Thing #14

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Jun 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

As the corruptive force of industry eats away at the Earth, the Green has called upon a deadly form of alien flora in a desperate and misguided attempt to wipe the slate clean. Swamp Thing’s attempts to save the planet from this alien plague quickly prove inadequate; it’s time for someone more experienced with spacebound threats to enter the fray: the Green Lantern!

The Swamp Thing #14

Preview: The Swamp Thing #13 (of 16)

The Swamp Thing #13 (of 16)

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: May 24, 2022
SRP: $3.99

With the newly resurrected Swamp Thing and an old foe once again made flesh, the conflict that started it all begins anew. But now the fates of worlds are jeopardized as a new parliament stakes its claim upon the industry of humankind. Swamp Thing will join forces with the voice of cities as the consequences of humanity’s creations threaten to consume us all.

The Swamp Thing #13 (of 16)

Preview: The Swamp Thing #12 (of 16)

The Swamp Thing #12 (of 16)

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Apr 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Tefe Holland and Jennifer Reece dive into the Green to recover Levi, but soon find that the Swamp Thing may not want to return. Meanwhile, Dr. Woodrue’s strange procedure with the remains of the Pale Wanderer has resulted in unintended consequences, and the world itself may never be the same because of it.

The Swamp Thing #12 (of 16)
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