Action Comics #1034

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Christian Duce, Michael Avon Oeming Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 25, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 47
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The Warzoons make their way to the doorstep of the Fortress of Solitude and only Lois Lane and the alien girl Thao-La are there to defend it. That’s because Superman is halfway around the world trying to stop the U.S. from declaring war on Atlantis. The Man of Steel must make a tough choice, and odds are, no one walks away happy. Elsewhere in Metropolis, Midnighter moves closer to the center of Trojan’s empire in the penultimate chapter of his back-up adventure. The story finishes later this month with the Midnighter 2021 Annual.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Aug 24, 2021

    The build up of intensity in the two stories in Action Comics #1034 promises to spill over"soon! Superman's bold move suggests so much more than discussed above. This feels like a truly important moment in the life of the Man of Steel and his relationship with the people of Earth and his friends in the Justice League (Aquaman was not happy at all!) It's a great theme that should be exciting to see explored. Midnighter's got his hands full as well as this second feature proves to be just as interesting as the Superman lead. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 27, 2021

    I loved every bit of this issue. From Superman's actions, his irritation, Kara's response, and the pressure on Thao, this storyline has been very engaging and entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 25, 2021

    The backup story about the Midnighter is pretty strong too. It is written by W. Michael Conrad and Becky Cloonan and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming. There is a big reveal in the story and it leads to the next forthcoming chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Aug 24, 2021

    "Warworld Rising" Part 5 pushes Superman and his allies to the limit as the echoes of Warworlds actions hit both at home in the Fortress of Solitude and on the sea. Meanwhile, Midnighter brings the duo of Midnighter and Mr. Miracle into direct conflict with Trojans forces as we gear up for the final confrontation between man, machine, and man-machine. With both stories in their penultimate chapters, Action Comics #1034 could easily have been an awkward, transitional issue; instead it is a delight from front to back, with the promise of even more to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 24, 2021

    Christian Duce delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There are so many dynamic action moments that were thrilling to see. A great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 24, 2021

    This is how you elevate a villain into an A-lister"Mongul's presence looms large over this entire series even without him appearing on a single page of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 25, 2021

    Action Comics #1034 does some great stuff. The main story is action-packed and builds the plot up even more. Johnson has shown that hes great at this sort of thing, dropping great stories in every issue. Duce steps up with the fill-in issue, keeping the art at the high level it had previously been, and the backup team is firing on all cylinders. Action Comics #1034 delivers a lot of bang for its buck. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 24, 2021

    Action Comics #1034 is all about building tension with some close calls thrown in to boot. It's limited on those climactic beats, but it's doing the work to make the next issue a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2021

    Action Comics is in a bad holding pattern while the Superman titles reset once again, which doesn't feel fair to the creative team, who've set up an intriguing conflict. It's too bad it feels like it will be forgotten shortly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Aug 24, 2021

    The action in Action Comics #1034 finally ramps back up. There are exciting new developments finally hitting the Warworld storyline. There are a few twists here, some more predictable than others. The comic follows though on this stern and active depiction of Superman. The art looks great and nails down the action in this comic. Readers who enjoyed the Midnighter back-up will have more to enjoy. Overall, the issue builds up momentum that will carry over into the next issue for sure. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Aug 30, 2021

    This status quo shattering arc is nearing its conclusion with a bang. The art is a little unrefined but overall it's a hell of a read, and leading to some big exciting things. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 24, 2021

    While the Superman section of Action Comics remains pretty strong, that Midnighter backup does little besides up the price of the book and I can't wait for it to be over. With that, I'm still hoping that the Superman section can find better pacing than it has here because the way it splits up what story it wants to tell just leaves both sections feeling weaker than they should, which sucks because separately they both seem like really important stories that I wish we could concentrate on.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Aug 25, 2021

    When it comes to Action Comics #1034, I'm torn. While Phillip Kennedy Johnson generally demonstrates a sound understanding of Superman and the characters in the hero's general orbit, this issue feels a bit off. Read Full Review

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