Action Comics #1030

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Michael Avon Oeming, Daniel Sampere Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 28, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 37
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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“Warworld Rising” starts here! A new chapter in Superman’s life begins as the challenges of Dark Nights: Death Metal are causing Clark Kent to feel...a change in his powers. Is it possible the Metropolis Marvel could be losing a step? His struggles in taking down the creatures from the Breach would suggest as much! If he’s going to continue to protect the people of Earth, he’ll have to adapt-especially with threats like Mongul out there waiting to launch their biggest attacks on the Earth yet. That’s right, those are Warworld battleships just outside our orbit, and they are heading straight for us!
Meanwhile, in the Midnig more

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 28, 2021

    Overall, this is a great book, jam packed with good comics, stories and art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 27, 2021

    Action Comics #1030 introduces readers to a new story arc that balances everything that makes Superman great under the ever-present danger of outside enemies. With its plotting always moving forward and Superman's optimism stoked to the max, Action Comics brings the ideal Superman story to life. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Apr 27, 2021

    In the lead story, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Daniel Sampere bring a grace and power to Clark that really exemplifies the best versions of him" all while fleshing out his long time enemy Mongul and his miserable planetsized kingdom, Warworld. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 27, 2021

    Action Comics delivers high quality Superman action and while the back-up story fails to hold up its end, this is a comic well worth grabbing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 27, 2021

    Phillip Kennedy Johnson is telling different stories in the two main Superman titles, although we now know that this will only last a few months before Jon Kent steps up as Superman in one of the two titles and Tom Taylor takes over. But Johnson is on this one for the long haul, and he seems to have a master plan here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Apr 30, 2021

    After a few interesting issues, we get into the meat of this run. The issue is tense, action packed, and understands its characters. The creative team are setting up some very cool things here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 3, 2021

    Lots of good questions for me to ponder, especially the mystery of the hooded man. Love the Lois moment. And although we have seen a lot of this father/son dynamic in Johnson's book, at least this time we have some contrasts to mull over too. Very solid book. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 27, 2021

    Daniel Sampere delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue. The action is beautifully done and even the quiet moments are filled with emotion and gorgeous details. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 27, 2021

    Action Comics #1030 is another mixed bag of sorts. However, the positives are outweighing the negatives in a more significant fashion. Despite the basic premise of the Superman story feeling generally uninteresting, the surprise at the end and the great character moments make it an enjoyable read. Additionally, the surprise at the end gives it the feeling of real potential. The second chapter of the Midnighter tale is the icing, as the concept and characterization are equally engaging. This gives every indication that it's going to be something special! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 2, 2021

    When it comes to the main story Action Comics #1030 drives home the current status quo of Superman and Superboy in a compelling way. The problems with Superman's powers comes across as a major turning point for the franchise. Bringing in Damian Wayne for Jonathan Kent's side of the story further strengthened the narrative that this issue is driving forward with. This is a comic book Superman fans should all be picking up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Nicole Drum Apr 28, 2021

    Story-wise, Phillip Kennedy Johnson has a good grasp of Superman and also does a solid job of making Mongul a distinct character in a way that doesn't always happen with some of the major alien big bads. In fact all of the characters are well-written, with distinctive voices. That said, there are moments where it feels like the issue doesn't quite have the space it needs to flesh out what's going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 27, 2021

    There's a lot of cool ideas in this issue, I just wish that they were all thrown at us at the same time because it feels like it's kind of cluttering the story and not having enough time to really flesh things out beyond just saying something is happening and moving on before explaining why it's happening. There's some fun to be had here and some decent interactions between the characters involved, not to mention that the art looks great. I just wish I felt half as strongly about the backup because that story and art does nothing for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 27, 2021

    It's really too early to determine if PKJ's Superman/Action Comics saga will be the saving grace for the Man of Tomorrow, but this is a step up from the horrendous Phil Hester two parter. I'm liking this story better than the Shadowbreed stuff from the last Superman issue, but we'll see how it progresses.

    The Mongul stuff is great and PKJ nails both the Super Sons scene + Lois/Clark scene.

    And I really don't care for the Midnighter stuff.

  • 9.0
    axdn Apr 27, 2021

    The two stories in the book are just amazing ! Finally Superman and Midnighter are back in action!

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 27, 2021

    Possible spoiler:

    I don't want that Superman disappeared or died :(

  • 5.5
    Merlyn Apr 27, 2021

    I remember reading the first stories from PKJ on Superman in Future State and even though it was obvious to anyone with eyes and half a brain that the guy couldn't give a flying crap about the character and can't wait to get him off his hands, people were saying "oh let's just wait a bit, don't judge too early". Yeah, no, I can see when someone doesn't care about a character and PKJ is not in it for him, he's just obsessed to see Jonathan in that role as soon as possible. And the thing is, I like Jonathan, I actually maybe like teenage Jonathan even more than kid Jonathan, which is a very unpopular choice. But there's so much potential for him as Superboy that he doesn't need to be thrown in the Superman role yet, Clark Kent has that role c more

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    GammaBurst Apr 28, 2021

    What a great issue by such a talented creative team. The seeds were planted to a big, cosmic Superman story. Action Comics is the DC book I want read.

  • 9.5
    Ollie44 Apr 27, 2021

    I was considering dropping this title just to save money but this issue has in for longer. Great issue.

  • 9.0
    Watchtower022 May 1, 2021

    There were a lot of moments to love in this issue. Jon and Damian, Clark and Lois, even the Batman, Ray and Superman interactions were all so good!

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas May 3, 2021

    While I found both the previous issue of Action Comics (as well as the current Superman book) an ok read but somewhat underwhelming, this is where it gets interesting. The story was very interesting and, most importantly, fun, especially how Jon was written. Hopefully it manages to stay as good. The Midnighter backup was really good as well.

  • 8.0
    uktsr Apr 27, 2021

    Feels like someone is setting up for big changes with Superman. Eager to find out what...

  • 7.5
    KFuqua Apr 29, 2021

    The lead story was interesting and the art was good. A lot depends on how this story ends up going.

    The back-up story is absolute, unreadable garbage. The art is just awful. Please get rid of the garbage back=up stories and drop the price back down.

  • 7.5
    Boudi May 9, 2021

    Tte plot is nice, it can lead to a place Superman has yet to go. Daniel Sampere and Adriano Lucas make an amazing art team.

    I skipped the backup.

  • 7.5

    This is the 4th issue into Johnson's run, and so far it's the best (Though that's not saying much). The art is a major step up from last issue's poor crap. I guess this is the start of the "end" for Superman. That is until DC realizes no one will like what they have planned and bring him back. Superman comics are headed into very dangerous territory. And even when the damage DC is preparing to inflict is finally ended, it may take several years to undo it. I remember Spider-Man's clone saga well. Marvel's editors got too big for their britches and thought they knew best and what the readers wanted better than they did themselves, and just knew the readers would warm up to it and love what they were doing. Didn't happen. And that's just exac more

  • 7.0
    TheKize Apr 29, 2021

    Probably the strongest Phillip K. Johnson Superman issue so far. The direction of this series finally seems clear, and some context is given to the two-part Breach storyline that initially seemed like an odd way to open the run.

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Apr 28, 2021

    The main story has a lot of potential, but it's not quite there yet. I'm optimistic, however, since I do like the idea of Superman facing his mortality. The backup was fiiiine. I just didn't find it very interesting. I do like the tone of the Midnighter backups, however, and that remained consistent here.

  • 6.0
    fenixalasnegras Apr 29, 2021

    DC is doing is passing the post, the way Marvel did long ago by changing many heroes to quo statuses, a black captain america (flacon) Ironman (black woman) and Jane Foster being Thor, and they turned out badly . The same does DC tries to renew its heroes by passing the baton, but it is in such a desperate and bad way, a Random black Batman since he cannot pass it to Damian since he is also making the pairing with the Titans series, so he must get Damian out.

    On the other hand Superman is iconic, the biggest DC superhero cannot be left in the hands of a Random character, therefore it must be Jon. But if it is true that Clark or Kal-el will be killed or disappear is a bad strategy and they are falling into lazy writing, they more

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