Action Comics #1029

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Phil Hester, Michael Avon Oeming Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 24, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 61
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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“The Golden Age” reaches its conclusion in this issue that continues directly from Superman #29! Following an almost-deadly attack by an alien foe, the new Superman realizes that any threat could be the one! Neither Superboy nor Superman know what’s behind this latest attack. Two words: the Wall.
Plus, in an all-new backup “Tale of Metropolis,” writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad continue the Midnighter story they started in DC Future State. But is the DC Universe ready for Trojan Solutions?

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Mar 23, 2021

    The Golden Age and The Passenger together form a one-two punch of different themes and moods that form an incredibly satisfying whole. If you have children (or parents honestly) consider bringing tissues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Mar 24, 2021

    This new run on Superman has a lot of promise. It is able to juggle things like mystery and action, while not becoming so heavy that it holds the title down. Superman is a fun and interesting comic again, thanks to the new team that seems to really grasp the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Mar 24, 2021

    In a short backup story, we follow Midnighter as his story from Infinite Frontier continues and he has to deal with some timey wimey stuff that would bother just about anyone.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 23, 2021

    I'm loving this new direction of Superman and Kennedy's take looks to restore the focus on the Man of Steel and what makes him such an engaging character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 23, 2021

    Phillip Kennedy Johnson is taking a leisurely approach to the start of his Superman run"which is funny to think about, given that he's starting out by pitting Superman and son against an army of interstellar invaders. But the backdrop to the battle against the Breach is a nuanced father-son story about what happens when children realize their parents aren't invincible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Apr 1, 2021

    Action Comics #1029 gives the payoff to the last issue, trading parental anxiety for parental triumph. Kennedy does a great job in this comic of playing with the emotions of the scene. This issue also raises some questions about the future and Amanda Wallers role in everything, as well as setting up a great cliffhanger. The back-up story is interesting if a little weird. All in all, this is a satisfying comic that is building something interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 24, 2021

    The whole issue feels genuinely like Superman and the Action Comics title is back after a rather lackluster run from Brian Michael Bendis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Mar 23, 2021

    Action Comics #1029 continues to tell the story about the shifting dynamics between father and son. Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Phil Hester keep the plot simple and brisk, to allow the focus on the lead characters and Jonathan's emotional journey, while still providing a healthy amount of action. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 25, 2021

    This issue feels a bit rushed, but the quiet conversation between father and son really helps to pull it all together. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Mar 30, 2021

    The set-up for Superman's new era concludes here. It goes in an unexpected direction, that points to an interesting future, both near and distant for the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 26, 2021

    We know Warworld was a big part of Future State. Superman being 'lost' while stuck on Warworld is also a big part of this. Maybe that is why Superman is 'missing' in the history books. He doesn't die. He is kidnapped. So this story is over I suppose. But it sets up Jon becoming Superman. It sets up Amanda Waller as an antagonist. And it shows that Mongul and Warworld are on the horizon.  And while I don't mind seeing Jon mature and step up, I wish it wasn't at the expense of Superman himself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 23, 2021

    Action Comics #1029 is a mixed bag. The Midnighter story is the highlight with a really interesting premise and twist that should provide some good character work and engaging storytelling. The Superman tale feels a bit flat and haunted by Bendis's additions to the mythos which don't add anything positive to the characters. Fan or not, the Midnigther tale is a good read and may be worth the price of admission alone. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Ben Morin Mar 23, 2021

    Action Comics #1029 on its own is a serviceable issue, but when considered within the context of the previous issue, it comes off as redundant. The emotional core that Johnson brings to the characters remains, but loses some of its punch here. For concurrent Superman readers, this entry will fall short, but if one were to pick up this issue standalone it would read much better. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 23, 2021

    If you read Phillip Kennedy Johnson's first official issue of Superman or the first part of this arc running between Superman and Action Comics..... then you pretty much read this one. Yeah, we're progressing our story a bit but it feels like we're trying to tie ourselves into Future State a little too soon to me, not to mention that I hope you read and understood what we got out of Midnighter in Future State because we'll be continuing it here. Overall, I wasn't a fan of either of our stories in this issue of Action and the art wasn't for me either. Read Full Review

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