Action Comics #1036

Writer: Phillip K. Johnson, Sean Lewis Artist: Sami Basri, Daniel Sampere Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 40
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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THE WARWORLD SAGA BEGINS! After learning of an enslaved race with mysterious ties to Krypton, Superman and the Authority travel across the galaxy to dethrone the new Mongul and liberate Warworld. Introducing new characters and a new corner of the DC Universe, the biggest Superman event since the Death and Return of Superman begins HERE!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Nov 10, 2021

    Action Comics #1036 is just an all-around entertaining comic. The Warworld Saga is shaping up to be something special if this beginning is any indication, and the backup remains just plain fun. It would be great if DC just put out a Metropolis book based around them. This comic is more bang for the superhero buck. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 12, 2021

    This was a great opening chapter to this arc. Lots of tidbits pushing things along. Tremendous art including some stupendous pages and panels. And then this big reveal. Roll on Warworld Saga! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 9, 2021

    Whether this arc does truly mark “the end” of Kal-El, Johnson and Sampere are setting the stage for a memorable epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Nov 9, 2021

    "Tales of Metropolis" is a fun side trip into the life of an often-overlooked hero. Unfortunately, due to its being a backup and limited to two parts, it doesnt fully explore the issues or questions it raises. That does, however, leave open the potential for the ideas herein to return on a larger stage, which would certainly be welcome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 9, 2021

    A fun backup, but anyone following Johnson on this title has their work cut out for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 9, 2021

    Sampere delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. The tone of the art brilliantly captures the dark, serious tone of the story and elicits a visceral reaction from the reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 15, 2021

    The Warworld Saga begins as Superman begins one of his greatest battles. The story conveys a deep understanding of the lead character, and the art knocks it out of the park. It's not a perfect issue, but it is exactly what a Superman story needs to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Nov 11, 2021

    Regardless of what the future holds, "Action Comics" #1036 is a bold start to this long-simmering status quo. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 9, 2021

    Fans that have been really digging ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN since FUTURE STATE will be excited to see everything finally begin to blossom with the fruits of what's been growing for months now. Yet, I reiterate, fans who've been distant from SUPERMAN in these past months should at least comb back through SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY before diving into ACTION COMICS #1036. Furthermore, to the diehard Man of Steel fans, you'll be a bit displeased to see him be more of a quiet side character in his own book. Granted, sometimes powerful stories about supporting characters need to be addressed even at the expense of the main character". as long as it's not a reoccurring or continual thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 9, 2021

    All in all, Action Comics #1036 begins a story that feels huge in its scope as it introduces readers to a new world and a bevy of evil characters. It also has its heart in the right place as Superman can't stand the awfulness of Warworld while setting up an adventure we've never seen Superman face since he was created 83 years ago. It's a masterclass in worldbuilding. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 9, 2021

    While both the main story and backup look great, there's not a whole lot of anything going on in either. Yeah, Superman and the Authority make it to Warworld where we'll see what the new status quo for Mongul really is, but once you get to that point you can't unsee that it's just Thanos and the Black Order and this aspect just makes everything feel small overall, not to mention that we immediately have to nerf our main character to make everything else we've seen make sense.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 9, 2021

    Action Comics #1036 is very uneven. Daniel Sampere and Adriano Lucas' art are the most consistent aspects on the issue. The story doesn't spend enough time on the best part and most interesting aspect- the Phaelosians. We don't expect Superman to die, so the stakes don't feel that high for his impending encounter with Mongul. And, in the end, the Phealosions' backstory is far more interesting than a bait and switch on Superman's "death." Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Nov 10, 2021

    The result is a functionally good issue that is just tainted by what came before, which is deeply unfortunate. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - C.V.R. The Bard Nov 11, 2021

    If Kennedy Johnson thinks competition for having best chapter in this storyline is Superman revealing he's in desperate need for some rogain in front of some boastful villains who were just reiterating the same spiel Thao-La was saying issues ago, he's dead wrong. What Kennedy Johnson & Co. released here is not enough for DC to try and solicit this as a storyline that could stand shoulder to shoulder with "Death of"". I call blasphemy. Read Full Review

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