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 LexLuthor – 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!
But Why Tho?If you’re looking for classic superhero action, this book is it. If you want a supervillain playing an A-list long game, get this. If you love Superman lore, Metallo, good writing, varied and great art, four-color visuals, streamlined lettering, amazing setups, solid characterizations, and are seeking to get hyped about comics for 2023? Action Comics #1050. Superman is far from boring. He’s the summation of heroism, and this book and this team get him. But hot dang, they also really get his oldest, baddest foe, too. This issue feels old school but hits like fresh air.
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First Comics NewsIf you ever wanted to witness the ultimate Superman/Lex Luthor showdown, then this issue is definitely for you! Yes, it’s great to see Lex back in a more villainous role that I feel really defines him instead of being the corrupt businessman during the post-Crisis era. The battle between Superman and Luthor was a no-holds-barred event that became very personal; as Phillip Kennedy Johnson, along with Joshua Willamson and Tom Taylor, delivered the goods on a story that could have had a lackluster feel to it but instead turns the focus on Lex’s never-ending hatred for Superman while the latter is still the hero that we need. This issue also brings back Superman’s secret identity as well as establishes a new one for Jon Kent (**NO SPOILERS**); Johnson, Taylor, and Williamson forge a new path for the Man of Steel that fans will enjoy in the months ahead with some previews of the new storylines that will make anyone proud to be a Superman fan.
You Don't Read ComicsAction Comics #1050 is yet another great book in this series’ repertoire. It expertly sets up the new status quo for Superman and really builds anticipation for what comes next. It’s a perfect Superman comic.
Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryTwo years ago, Brian Michael Bendis has Superman reveal he was Clark Kent to the world. The sentiment, that someone whose mantra is starts with 'Truth' lives a lie, makes some philosophical sense. But the reality of that reveal within the DCU didn't work. It diminished the Clark side. It diminished Lois. Surely Lois' journalistic integrity could be questioned. It made Ma and Pa live under a dome. And it definitely put a lot of people in danger. So it is time to put the genie back in the bottle. Writers Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson do so effectively. Who better to disrupt Superman's life than Lex Luthor! Luthor's reasoning behind it is unanticipated. And the consequences of anyone trying to undo it is deliciously evil. Bringing the story to life are three great artists - Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, and Nick Dragotta. In particular, Dragotta's pages sing with energy, bringing a sort of Japanese animation flair to the proceedings. Perkins more shadowy energy works for the darker segments of the story. The book is beautiful. Add to the main story some previews of the upcoming arcs in Action, Adventures of Superman, and Superman and you have a fantastic intro of the next year's stories. Bring it on!
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Geek DadThis oversized jam issue leading into the three upcoming Superman titles resets the playing field after Dark Crisis for the man of steel—in more ways than one. (...) What is clear is that the writing team of Johson, Taylor, and Williamson have the entire Superman family in very good hands.
ComicBook.comAction Comics #1050 finally rights things for the character, undoing the controversial storyline and it's done brilliantly. While the story is written by three writers—Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson—it's almost impossible to tell where the story switches hands. The issue has great continuity of storytelling and is both inventive and provocative while staying true to core aspects of Superman and his world. (...) The only real miss with this issue is the art. There are moments that are nice, but much of it feels a bit messy and almost unfinished in places. (...) Action Comics #1050 was billed as a major shift for Superman and it more than delivers.
Comic WatchDespite the distracting changes in art style, Action Comics #1050 is full of interesting plot twists and character turns. While tying up the straggler threads from the past year or so of Action Comics, it also provides intriguing setups for the next phase in Superman’s ongoing story.
Comic CrusadersSo there you have it. Another version of the DC Universe is coming to a close. Next month sees the start of the Dawn of DC and with it more changes for a range of characters. Who better than Big Blue to kick things off?
Graphic PolicyAction 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.
Lyles Movie FilesAction writer Philip Kennedy Johnson — along with Tom Taylor and Joshua Williamson — put the toothpaste back in the tube to restore one of the most important aspect of the Superman mythod back into play. How that got accomplished wasn’t important, but the solution actually makes sense. The dialogue is interesting as characters like Lex Luthor and Batman might as well be standing in for longtime Superman readers (and Johnson, Taylor and Williamson). The artwork holds the issue back. Mike Perkins handles the opening sequence, but it’s Nick Dragotta’s kinetic animated style that has the most significant moments. Dragotta doesn’t complement Perkins’ arguably too realistic artwork well. That makes it more frustrating that the ideal lead artist for this issue — Clayton Henry — has an even page count with the others. Regardless of the art hiccups, this issue is an important one for the next era of Superman. One that looks far easier to trust and believe in compared to its predecessor.
Henchman-4-HireSuperman is relaunching again, and some things are new and some things are old again. This issue serves as a really fun launching pad, with some epic superhero stuff in its own right, and a lot of cool set-ups for future stories.
Weird Science DC ComicsAction Comics #1050 is a return to form for the Man of Steel with a dastardly action by Lex Luthor that resolves the secret identity problem, adds worldwide stakes, and teases big things to come. That said, the wildly inconsistent art makes this issue feel disjointed and jarring from one page to the next.
Weird Science DC ComicsAction Comics #1050 feels more like a zero issue than a celebration. It does right some big wrongs, but overall, it doesn't have me more or less excited about the upcoming Superman Family of books than I already was. Plus, The artists involved did not fit the story well, and they clashed with each other.
The Comicbook DispatchAction Comics #1050 delivers on what Lex Luthor has been cooking up with Manchester Black. Now the big change that the comic uses Luthor to do feels similar to what Marvel did with Dr. Doom in the Young Avengers Children’s Crusade storyline, and that’s not a good thing. The biggest problem isn’t what Luthor did, at least not for this writer, it’s the in-universe explanations the writers gave him to explain the how and why he did it. It all just feels like it could’ve been handled better.
AIPTTime will tell whether or not Action Comics #1050 is truly the beginning of a new Golden Age for the Last Son of Krypton, or the latest failure by DC to effectively utilize its most important character. Despite the excellent art, a handful of questionable decisions leave me with less confidence in the upcoming Superman family relaunch.
Superman HomepageI feel like the three writers' styles clash in this issue. Granted, on their own, they work in the titles for which they write. Tom Taylor is hit and miss for me. Yet, Joshua Williamson and Philip Kennedy Johnson have done a lot of comics I have enjoyed.