Action Comics #1028

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 23, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 20
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The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”! With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic-and unexpected-ways!

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 28, 2020

    I said much of what I needed to say about the Brian Michael Bendis run in the introduction. But to put it succinctly, I looked forward to the Superman books again. I enjoyed the Superman books again. And recommended the Superman books again.  That's what it's all about! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 30, 2020

    Action Comics #1028 puts the capstone on Bendis's run, and it's pretty wonderful. This isn't an action extravaganza. It's just a bunch of very well done character moments. It's a great goodbye from Bendis to Superman and his cast. Romita Jr.'s art is a bit uneven. It isn't bad, but it's great in the places where it needs to be. This is a great send-off for Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 7, 2021

    It all feels a bit rushed, but it's a satisfying ending to a terrific run on the book - one that presented great challenges to the title character (not an easy feat), managed to incorporate the vast Superman Family, made Lois Lane into a more interesting character, and made this series a "must buy" for the first time in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 22, 2020

    We're rushing through subplots and what comes out is some nice moments that could use a lot more time to breathe. I enjoyed a lot of this run, but I'm not sure the pace and split between the titles served Bendis' style as well as it should have. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 28, 2020

    Kara earns really only a token appearance, but there are also several pages of Superman hanging out with Jon prior to his son returning to the future in which we get to see Clark in the role of a father once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Dec 22, 2020

    Ending things is hard to do, but Action Comics #1029 leaves you with a smile on your face. An incredible run comes to a close with a final issue that is exactly what you need for Christmas. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 22, 2020

    John Romita Jr. has some interesting visual moments but the closeups still lack details that help distinguish one character from another and many of the panels feel rushed and uneven. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 25, 2020

    Action Comics #1028 slows things down to try and bring Bendis's entire run to some sort of conclusion. Unfortunately, despite some nice character moments that carry this issue, Action Comics #1028 is also a reminder of all of Bendis's shortcomings as a writer. It's a real shame that DC let Bendis go unsupervised on their flagship character. And, if he was actually supervised, that person should be fired. There's years of fixing in the works for Superman. It's like waking up form a nightmare only to realize that it was real. I pity the subsequent writers who have to manage the baggage of Bendis's terrible ideas. This is the first time I've thought the idea of the “retcon” was a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 22, 2020

    Action Comics #1028 sets up those stories at the cost of a single issue experience; a somewhat lacking, but decent enough final bow for the Bendis era of Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 23, 2020

    The art is decent enough. I do hope that John Romita Jr. and inker Klaus Janson find something more suited to their talents. Same for Bendis. He is a good writer that needs to not try to do everything in his comics. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Nicole Drum Dec 23, 2020

    Bendis' run held promise; this finale shows just how much that promise was wasted. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 22, 2020

    Brian Michael Bendis finishes up his run on Action Comics by catching up to a maxi-series that ended four months ago and answering questions nobody was asking.  Besides that, it's filled with generic fan-service nonsense in place of any real character development or knowledge of the DC Universe or characters in it.  I know that change isn't always good, but in this case, it has to be! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    KittyNone Dec 23, 2020

    Honestly, this was a pleasant but unremarkable ending to a run that rarely aimed higher than pleasant but unremarkable (and rarely even reached that low bar). I might have even liked it if JRJR hadn't drawn the issue with his feet whilst drunk and blindfolded. Regardless, at least this ill-starred run is finally over. Don't know as I'm excited about the incoming creative team, but they've got nowhere to go but up from here.

  • 2.0
    Psycamorean Dec 22, 2020

    I don't want to talk about this anymore.

  • 6.0
    Swift Planet Jan 4, 2021

    At least the ending felt like a proper end. Thankful for it to be over so someone else can write Superman.

  • 1.5
    superstan52 Dec 24, 2020

    This whole arc was pointless, boring and characterizations were interchangeable.

  • 1.5
    Spacey Medicine May 2, 2021

    I really just spent this whole thing in a daze after the very clear implication that Jimmy/Perry is a thing and Jimmy calls him “Chief” in bed. I’m glad I was dazed because this comic is and will always be a nightmare. RIP you trash fire the best thing I can wish for you is that you are forgotten.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Dec 28, 2020

    Thankfully it's over! Bendis is gone and so is the art of John Romita Jr. Honestly, page nine looks like he is trying to imitate Picasso abstract portraits with his 1/2 assed attempts at art work. The issue does provide an ending to a story no one really cared about, it's sad to Conner Kent written by people who don't know how to handle the character. Jon goes back to the future and as far as I'm concerned he can stay there and never be mentioned again by anyone and that would be fine with me. That or it's revealed that he was one of those memory parasites from Rick and Morty and is killed off. Phillip Kennedy Johnson has his work cut out for him starting in March. First order of business needs to be undoing all the crap Bendis did, name more

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Jan 27, 2021

    That was a nice ending I enjoyed it the art was very bad in my opinion though but overall a very good finale

  • 6.0

    Like everyone else, I'm glad Bendis and Romita Jr. are finally OUT. Now if they'll both do us all a huge favor and go back to Marvel where they belong forever and ever...
    The issue was a poor conclusion. Jimmy related to Luthor is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard of, and the crap with Conner was as boring as could get. Jon just gets less interesting every time he comes back. No one likes him as a teenager and prefer him as he was before Bendis (Censored)ed everything up. I also see Clark's stupid choice to reveal his identity was unresolved, as was the Invisible Mafia crap. Let's hope Bendis doesn't plan to come back to spend another 2 1/2 years explaining that because though unresolved, I also don't care. And the worst part wa more

  • 5.5
    DJ C.V.R. Dec 24, 2020

    Solid epilogue. I hope to see JR JR and Bendis back on this title somewhere down the line.
    Olsen and Luthor being related was a cool little Flash Fact to takeaway from the book , but seeing Jimmy in charge was just about all that mattered.
    I could care less about this iteration of Superboy. I personally champion the Geoff Johns Connor Kent over any other Boy of Steel. At least that one never went on any goofy adventures with the Legion.
    Plus I read "Death Metal Secret Origin" prior to picking this up so I was decisively jaded to see this Superboy get a happy ending when in "Secret Origin" he was essentially bullying Prime. And if there's one thing Superman books have taught me : it's not to cheer for bullies.

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  • 5.0
    GammaBurst Dec 22, 2020

    Kind of hard to expect more than mediocrity from this run...

  • 4.0
    Halodystroyer44 Dec 24, 2020

    Good for Bendis Superman

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    Fizgoog May 7, 2021

    Good riddance.

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