Action Comics #1038

Writer: Shawn Aldridge, Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Adriana Melo, Miguel Mendonca, Daniel Sampere Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 29, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 29
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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“The Warworld Saga,” part three. Everything changes! After the heart-stopping events of Action Comics #1037, Superman and the surviving members of the Authority see a side of Warworld they never knew existed. In the lower catacombs, Superman finds another survivor of the lost Phaelosian race of Krypton, a scientist turned enslaved gladiator with much to teach Superman of his new home, including how to survive...and maybe, in time, how to escape. Meanwhile, Superman’s quest to turn the hordes of Warworld against their masters begins.

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 3, 2022

    Seriously, Superman is physically beaten but indomitable. He cares. And he wants to be heard by those who need him the most. Powerful stuff indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Dec 28, 2021

    There is nothing more satisfying than watching Superman's most impressive ability, his absolute and incorruptible goodness, coming into play. Don't get me wrong, I love to watch Clark throw down as much as anyone else... but fists are often impotent in fighting the most important battles, especially in a situation like this. Fantasies of playing the savior are tempting, but in the end, it is the people of Warworld themselves who must want a new path... and who must choose to walk it. Clark knows that, now. And that's why he's going to win. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 28, 2021

    In some ways, this actually feels more like a Black Label book"from the isolated nature of the story, to the older Superman, to the sheer level of brutal violence that gets dealt out. But it never feels gratuitous"it feels like the opening act to a story that might just define Superman for this current era, if he's lucky enough to escape it alive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jan 4, 2022

    The Warworld Saga continues in an unexpected way. This story isn't at all what it could have been, and may have been twenty years ago. This is a modern epic in the making and I'm excited to see what's next each month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 28, 2021

    Action Comics avoids the rumored twist few Superman fans wanted while establishing a seemingly impossible task. Johnson and Mendonca have set the stage nicely and are continue to keep the title one worth staying invested in the end game. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Dec 29, 2021

    Action Comics #1038 keeps up the momentum from the previous issue. The story shows the aftermath of Mongul's victory, highlighting the brutal struggles that Superman and his team will have to overcome. All while showing that the Warworld Saga is as much a moral battle as it is a physical one. The writing by Phillip Kennedy Johnson continues to capture Superman's heroic spirit, while the art by Miguel Mendoca and Adriano Lucas' colors make this an amazing comic to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 28, 2021

    Action Comics is upping its game lately and thankfully this issue continues that trend as we see the aftermath of the epic defeat of our heroes in the previous issue. While things seem gloomy for Superman and the Authority I love the way that this issue plays with the elements of hope and how Superman will never give up. The art is fantastic and the Martian Manhunter backup is a great step up from the backups we've had previously. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 29, 2021

    Action Comics #1038 is yet another hit in a book that has been full of them lately. Both teams do a remarkable job of building their stories. The art is mostly great, but it lacks in places in both stories. All in all, this issue is gets it done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 28, 2021

    Mendonca delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the issue. The art takes on the dark tone of the story and it is evident in every page and panel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 28, 2021

    Action Comics hasn't felt this different in some time. Issue #1038 delivers an adventure story with high stakes that are testing Superman beyond anything we've seen before. This may be a slower and sadder chapter, but it's incredibly important as it's always darkest before the dawn. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 29, 2021

    It's a good book, just gloomy and grim and it kind of pulls everything down a bit for a character so rooted in hope. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 28, 2021

    Buy this one for Tedesco's variant cover and the Marian Manhunter second feature. Action Comics #1038 isn't without merit, it's just probably not the merit you were banking on. It's still a difficult time for Superman, but it's nice that there's more to this title than the lead Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    UxasIs Dec 31, 2021

    Lets pray Johnson stays on this title once this story ends!

    Im loving it

  • 10
    DiegoLDUganda Dec 28, 2021

    Outstanding as always. It's really nice to see so damn good dialogue in every panel.

  • 10
    DaloneDuarte Dec 28, 2021

    This issue was amazing as every issue from Warworld Saga. Seriously! Mendonça's art is great as ever, and PKJ is taking his time to slowly create a really epic saga about hope. The end of the issue was inspired by everything Superman has of best. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Dec 30, 2021

    Fantastic. Just a really top-notch expression of who Superman is. "Not more... but not less" is the sort of line that has kept me reading Superman comics for 35 years now.

  • 9.5
    Stormwrath Dec 29, 2021

    Action Comics is such a incredible book, fantastic writing and art, loved every single moment of it, easily one of my top 10 2021 books

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Jan 1, 2022

    I really loved the main story. It was very well written and has sold me on this Warworld story. It truly feels hopeless, which in turn really sells Superman's heart. I can't wait to read the next one. On the other hand, the backup really feels unimportant. I don't connect with it. I think it is a waste of money. The sooner DC drops the backups, the better.

  • 9.0
    SONOFBATMANN Dec 28, 2021

    It's hard to rate individual issues for this series since they all function as sections to a grand tapestry PKJ is weaving in his Superman Epic. It can be a detriment due to the lack of uniqueness of each chapter with month to month making it harder for them to stand out; the story is written in a manner that blends everything into a single narrative that will be much more fulfilling to read in trade than it already is. Otherwise, this is clearly one of the best books being put out by DC, and the best Superman book since the Jurgens/Tomasi rebirth era.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Dec 28, 2021

    I think this may be one of DC's best events of 2021.

  • 8.0
    Msf567 Dec 29, 2021

    A bit all over the place. I dont understand how Midnighter located Superman's prison cell by just killing a few guards... the story is chalk full of narrative shorthand such as this, but strikes a satisfying moral thesis at the heart of it. The backup is a citrus chaser, nice NFT reference.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Dec 28, 2021

    Pretty mediocre story that always backs down whenever a serious choice with real consequences is to be made.

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  • 6.5
    Fizgoog Jan 8, 2022

    A visual treat but each issue feels like a teaser. It's like an episode of Bold and the Beautiful where each scene concludes with a tense expression or cutting question. Let's get a move on please!!! The closing panel of 1037 shows Thanos (sorry Mongul) impaling Kal which looks fatal. Suddenly in 1038, here he is clinging to life looking like he's fought an epic battle BUT....we didn't see it!!!Dispense with MM and devote this book to a slug fest like we've seldom seen. Read some early 70's Lee/Kirby FF or X Men to see how it's done - or even some Avengers. Watching Supies beaten to a pulp isn't how I want to remember him but in any event, Jeez it's a comic book. No need for deep charcterisations on Warworld. Just smash!!!

  • 1.5
    RedKSuperman Jan 14, 2022

    Edge Lord story telling at its finest. The art is well done but I'm over this story already. It's long, it's boring, and it's not making me want to rush out to pick up the next issue. The decision to have Superman with grey hair is also a lame attempt to make the character of Superman unappealing to the younger readers while trying to push them to accept Jon as the new Superman. Hopefully Action Comics starts a more light hearted story arc after this one is done, because the book desperately needs it. Save your money kids.

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