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Action Comics #1049

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.


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!

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Print Lenght
34 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Action Comics #1049 is a testament to Superman’s prowess. But more to the point, it’s a treatise on what makes this hero resonate, not to mention a statement on what the recent film version of the character lacked. His qualities are infectious, showing readers that positive influence can spread outward. This issue is more than just eye candy. It’s a reaffirmation of how to be a hero. Excellent work all around. You should be reading this title.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Action Comics #1049 continues this book’s run of excellence. Next issue is the big blow-off to Johnson’s run, and it’ll be amazing to see what comes next. Both stories show off teams at the peak of their powers, giving readers remarkable tales. Action Comics is consistently better than nearly any other superhero book on the market, and that’s all there is to it.

  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson is truly weaving a masterpiece in this book. Superman remains an inspiration to the Warworlders. He is a mentor to Otho and Osul. He is the hero of Metropolis. He is truly a hero and the axle of the book with everything rotating around him. (…) Mike Perkins is on art in the main section and his work on the New Gods is a sort if ugly beautiful. It really just grabs the eye and makes you look. We also get some quieter moments and Perkins does something there which is magical. Promise I’ll get there. David Lapham wraps up the Supergirl/Thao-La story and continues to give us a clean look with a gorgeous Kara. Give me more! (…) This is one of the best Action Comics run I have read and I hope everyone is picking it up. My guess is next issue will be a good ‘jump on’ moment!

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The conclusion of the “Kal-El Returns” storyline, which brought the entire Super-family together for the first time in over a year, delivers with an emotional coda that works really nicely despite the whole stakes. (…) The character of Thao-La has been incredibly key to Johnson’s run so far, and she gets her spotlight in the backup as she and Supergirl face off against one of Mongul’s most ruthless loyalists. The villain has made a move on Metropolis, but is foiled after a brutal fight—but this isn’t really about his plot. It’s about what different people do when the war is finally over. Thao-La finally finds peace and becomes the hero and leader she was always destined to be, while our villain seeks a new master—and finds it, in a great cliffhanger. Excellent stuff.

  • 95

    Superman Homepage

    Story 1: While I do hope this arc doesn’t run as long as previous one in this series, I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of each chapter so far. Phillip Kennedy Johnson seems to understand the subjects he writes about in a way few new writers do these days. “Action Comics” continues to be the best of the Super monthly books thanks to his stories. My only complaint would be more editorial, as it feels like the powers that be decide on certain things that caused later books “The Warworld Saga” to suffer somewhat. Johnson himself has done a fantastic job as of this review, and I hope he continues to do so.
    Story 2: I’m curious to see what happens as a result of the last couple of panels in this one. The story and the back-up series, like the main serial, is incredible. I hope Johnson stays with this title for a long time.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Another great issue! Action Comics #1048 blends superheroic smackdowns and emotionally charged family drama to great effect, while simultaneously moving the characters into position for whatever comes next. It’s great to see Lex Luthor back in full classic form as well – I never thought I’d feel this badly for Metallo but here we are. I have a feeling that I’m going to miss the current, more focused format when the book changes in January.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Philip Kennedy Johnson’s run-on Action Comics probably isn’t getting the amount of fanfare as it deserves. This has been a smooth and immensely satisfying take on The Man of Steel. Now that Superman is back on Earth, Johnson is incorporating some elements from the Warworld storyline with the new status quo making for an exciting fresh era of Action Comics.

  • 80

    While Action Comics #1049 may not be the best Superman story, it is a good one that ticks a lot of the boxes. (…) Overall, it’s an issue that works and is enjoyable as well.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Action Comics #1049 continues the plot lines with the New Gods and Metallo returning. While you’d think the New Gods story with Superman would be the most interesting, it ends up being underwhelming. The comic does have a resolution with Superman and the people of Warworld that really highlight’s his inspiring nature. Meanwhile, the writing and art for the Metallo portions of the comic are the best and hold the most intrigue for the series going forward.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Action Comics #1049 brings Superman back to classic Superman form with big fights and evil Luthor plans in the making. That said, the Luthor thread feels oddly disconnected from the main plot, and Perkins’s weird body distortions don’t fit a book starring the Man of Steel.

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