Action Comics #1033
Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson is doing a stellar job of making the case why Superman has to leave Earth to tangle with Mongul. Whether that creative decision from DC is the most exciting direction for Superman is another question, but it’s hard to find fault with this strong execution.
Johnson is covering several bases with fragments of Warworld at the center of a potential war between America and Atlantis with the Justice League caught in the middle. Superman thinks the larger issue is Warworld with the numerous enslaved people in Mongul’s grip. It’s terrific character interplay from Superman, Batman, Aquaman and even newer members Black Adam and Hippolyta. It’s odd that the best moments with this new Justice League occur in every other book besides Justice League.
Daniel Sampere’s art continues to be at an exceptionally high level. Sampere has been one of the artistic surprises from DC this year and his work has been stellar.
Adriano Lucas’ superb color work, beautifully capturing shading underwater to reflect how light would hit it deep in the oceans for example, is a major asset to the presentation.
Ideally, we could get a Jonathan Kent Superboy title and not have to ditch Superman off planet. Johnson is making that new status quo make sense from a character perspective and it seems poised to work for a while at least.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10