Action Comics #1040

Writer: Shawn Aldridge, Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Riccardo Federici, Daniel Sampere Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 23, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 49
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9.1User Rating

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Superman has become a force to be reckoned with inside Warworld’s arena, and Mongul questions his decision to keep his enemies alive. As Superman’s new Phaelosian ally Kryl-Ux teaches him new ways to fight without powers, he starts to win Warzoons over to his cause…but someone within his inner circle finds their allegiances tested. Meanwhile, the elusive Midnighter uses his talents to find the missing members of the Authority.

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Feb 23, 2022

    Action Comics #1040 is further proof that this book is the finest superhero book on the stands. Both creative teams are in rare form, and every comic fan should be checking this book out because its nothing less than a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Feb 22, 2022

    This is what Superman should be a beacon of hope, principled and good to the core, and all of this without falling into the trap of coming off as preachy or nave. In other words, Superman at his most inspirational. What more could you want than that? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 22, 2022

    For now, it's best to just enjoy this ride as it's been a surprisingly great shift in direction for Kal-El. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 22, 2022

    It's brutal, fascinating, and it's quintessentially Superman. It strips him of almost everything that makes him iconic, and yet he's never seemed more like himself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Feb 22, 2022

    The "Warworld Saga," has been a rollercoaster, with more valleys than peaks, but Action Comics #1040, which almost feels like a one-off issue is a remarkable homage to John Carter of Mars. Indeed much of the "Warworld Saga" owes something to John Carter, but this issue in particular evokes the nostalgia while also doubling down on those aspects that are common to both the Warlord of Mars and the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Feb 23, 2022

    We get a frustrated Superman who reacts, not out of character, but accordingly and there's an honesty in it that Action Comics has been lacking for some time. As for the Martian Manhunter backup story, while Superman's story is heavy, this issue gives us a delightful moment of J'onn and his tabby cat that frankly I didn't know I needed, but it's both a truly wonderful "aww!" moment and also absolutely perfect to the character and the story. Both stories" this is a solid, solid issue in all aspects. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 22, 2022

    Action Comics continues to be a great book in both its main story and backup and that goes for the art as well. Yeah, I think that the art of this issue isn't quite as good as we got previously in our main story, but the Martian Manhunter backup looks so great that the full page of J'onn J'onzz in the story will remind you why he's our favorite Martian. Some great stuff coming out of this book and it remains something that I look forward to each and every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Feb 24, 2022

    Action Comics #1040 continues the Warworld Saga as Mongul keeps pushing Superman to his limits. The comic continues to show this clash between the two characters on both a physical and ideological level that drives the entire story. The comic's dialogue and story is well-written while the art and colors makes this comic a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 22, 2022

    Action Comics #1040 continues to show Superman's greatest power may be the ability to inspire hope. His "goodness" is on full display here, while he also holds his own depowered and fighting giant alien monsters. It's a wild concept that is super fun to see executed so well visually with a lot of potential for where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 25, 2022

    There was a fair amount of exposition in this issue. We saw a lot and get told a lot. But it all just enriched the story. It deepens the whole saga, the whole world.  This whole issue moved things forward a bit but made the whole story more complex.  Read Full Review

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