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Action Comics #1059

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

As the forces of Norah Stone’s Blue Earth take control of Metropolis, Superman dusts off his Warworld weapons and armors up alongside Steel to take their city back! Can even the House of El defeat this potent new threat?

Meanwhile, the shocking true identities of Norah Stone’s mysterious family are revealed, building to a battle royale for the ages!

A pivotal issue not to be missed!

PLUS: The conclusion to Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic’s “New Super-Man of Metropolis”, and Dan Parent (Kevin Keller) explores the world of Jon Kent like never before!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
43 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    It’s a little odd that this is the second book right now dealing with Superman with temporary power loss and a suit of armor, per solicits, but the issues this book deals with and the deft way Johnson balances the huge cast continues to impress.

  • 83

    Superman Homepage

    Story 1: This issue lived up to its title. It was so action packed and fun. Clark looked great in his steel armor and while it’s not a costume I’d like to see him wear too often I wouldn’t be against them pulling it out now and again. I have to say while I’ve been hard on the Super Twins lately I like what’s happening with Otho. Norah is Bruce’s daughter? If you read “The Batman/Superman: The Authority” special it will fill you in. This was a twist I didn’t see coming. The Al Ghul family, albeit from another universe, is behind this. Now I may quibble that Batman’s world is infringing once again on Superman’s, but so far I like this development. This is the penultimate issue of PKJ’s run on this book and man is he bringing it. Next issue will be very exciting but also bittersweet. I’m still looking forward to the story’s end.

    Story 2: Seeing as how we already know how this turns out, this story was anti climactic. I’ve said that I’m not quite familiar with this character and this story doesn’t really make me care for him anymore than it already did. Still entertaining enough.

    Story 3: There’s not a lot to this story but just watching the Kents be a family was wonderful and very refreshing what with the darker stories happening in the books. Please another solo title soon.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Two out of three stories isn’t bad especially given their quality. It’d be nicer for the main story to get more pages and cut the backup, supporting stories to just one.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I don’t quite know why Johnson is leaving Action Comics. He will be missed.

  • 60

    Action Comics #1059 isn’t bad, but it’s not good. It falls kind of in the middle when you take in all three stories in the issue. The first, the main story, “New Worlds” part three is solid. We get the full showdown between the Super Family and Blue Earth as well as all of its frustrations in how extremism can be manipulated for public consumption, but there’s a twist about Norah’s real identity—and interestingly it’s Lois who more or less sorts it out first—that upends everything as it comes too late. It leaves everything on a major cliffhanger that feels like everything is a setup for something much much bigger. The second story, “Secret Identity” part two isn’t terrible and shows Gene Luen Yang’s creativity for sure, but there’s the sense that the story is a little undercooked and unfinished – there are bits and aspects that feel confusing at times and could have been fleshed out more when it comes to Keenan Kong’s story The third story, “A Heart In Metropolis” just feels like a poorly done lift of Superman: The Movie just with Jon and Jay and the art isn’t particularly great here. The result is an issue that is just a mixed back that gets progressively less good as it continues.

  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Action Comics #1059 represents the good, the bad, and the ugly of comics. Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s good story contains a big twist reveal, Keenan King’s lackluster resurrection and fight with China’s Batman is clunky enough to be bad, and Dan Parent’s pointless Jon and Jay date is made ugly with Sauvage’s washed-out art.

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