Action Comics #1037 is finally here and after each issue is released, I eagerly await the follow up! Not only do I need questions answered, but I simply cannot wait to see what happens next. Phillip Kennedy Johnson has really been keeping us guessing with this series and it’s shaping out to be an excellent story arc!
But before we get into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The standard cover is by Daniel Sampere and Alejandro Sanchez and it is epic! It perfectly captures the moment we have all been waiting for… the face-off between Superman and Monful, FINALLY! The detail is great in this cover, we can feel the anger radiating from Superman simply because of the facial expression, bulging neck veins and torn up suit.
The variant cover is by Julian Totino Tedesco and showcases a very classic looking Superman out in space. Straight away this cover (once again) takes me back to the golden age of Superman and that’s thanks to the very classic design of the character. Though this piece has a rather sombre theme as Superman takes the helmet from the corpse of an astronaut. The detail is incredible though, the atmosphere of Space looks phenomenal and so realistic.
Action Comics #1037 picks up exactly where we left off, as Superman and The Authority come face to face with Mongul on Warworld. Though, it is interesting that the United Nations are sitting this one out, despite a lot of interest and support for Superman, it is Fah who has the last word. Though he has a good point, from what we saw in the previous issue and the final pages of this issue we know that this is not the true reason for his caution.
This really is an explosive issue as Superman and The Authority go head to head against Mongul and his cronies. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson has really brought us all the action and despair in this issue and I love the way that this team fight together, they are calculated and know exactly what they’re doing, interior artist Miguel Mendonça portrays that perfectly.
This issue really shows us that PKJ means business with this ‘Warworld Saga’ story arc, it’s actually rather brutal! We lose members of The Authority, which is sadly too soon as they are characters I was really getting to enjoy, but like I said it really showcases the stakes that this team are currently facing.
Mongul knows exactly how to get to Superman and he really goes in for it and sadly succeeds. As a Superman fan it’s hard to read and see, but it does make for excellent story telling and though it pains me to read it, I can’t help but turn the page as quickly as physically possible to see what happens next.
The artwork by Miguel Mendonça is fantastic and I have to say although I was worried about losing Daniel Sampere as the interior artist, he carries the torch in perfect fashion. The artwork is excellent, incredibly detailed and the action sequences are something else. combined with colours by Adriano Lucas, this is an issue that you do not want to miss. There is one particular panel that stuck with me and that’s due to the additional impact that the artwork gave it, it is an iconic image for a tragic outcome.
Action Comics #1037 is a fantastically explosive and rather tragic addition to the Warworld Saga. Phillip Kennedy Johnson has truly written an iconic story arc that I think will go down in history as one of the best Superman stories. His writing combined with incredible artwork, makes this a series not to be missed.
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