Action Comics #1050

Writer: Phillip K. Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Tom Taylor Artist: Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, Nick Dragotta Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 91
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The Dark Crisis is over, and a new dawn shines on the DCU! In the wake of cataclysmic battles with Mongul, Henry Bendix, and Pariah's Dark Army, Kal-El is back on Earth and here to stay. And the people of our planet are ready to look up, up, and away into a brighter tomorrow. Well...most of the people. Clark Kent's reunion with Lois and his son, Jon Kent, proves fleeting when strikes the ultimate attack from Superman's greatest adversary: Lex Luthor. But this time something is different...Luthor has stolen something from Clark's life, something so important that it will change the very planet itself! If you think you've seen the biggest battl more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Dec 27, 2022

    If you're looking for classic superhero action, this book is it. If you want a supervillain playing an A-list long game, get this. If you love Superman lore, Metallo, good writing, varied and great art, four-color visuals, streamlined lettering, amazing setups, solid characterizations, and are seeking to get hyped about comics for 2023? Action Comics #1050. Superman is far from boring. He's the summation of heroism, and this book and this team get him. But hot dang, they also really get his oldest, baddest foe, too. This issue feels old school but hits like fresh air. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 2, 2023

    So sign me up for the new era! I'm ready! And bring back Nick Dragotta now and then! Smashing stuff! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 8, 2023

    Action Comics #1050 is yet another great book in this series repertoire. It expertly sets up the new status quo for Superman and really builds anticipation for what comes next. Its a perfect Superman comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2022

    What is clear is that the writing team of Johson, Taylor, and Williamson have the entire Superman family in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. Dec 27, 2022

    Despite the distracting changes in art style, Action Comics #1050 is full of interesting plot twists and character turns. While tying up the straggler threads from the past year or so of Action Comics, it also provides intriguing setups for the next phase in Supermans ongoing story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Dec 28, 2022

    Ultimately, Action Comics #1050 was billed as a major shift for Superman and it more than delivers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 30, 2022

    So there you have it. Another version of the DC Universe is coming to a close. Next month sees the start of the Dawn of DC and with it more changes for a range of characters. Who better than Big Blue to kick things off? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 31, 2022

    Superman is relaunching again, and some things are new and some things are old again. This issue serves as a really fun launching pad, with some epic superhero stuff in its own right, and a lot of cool set-ups for future stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 27, 2022

    Regardless of the art hiccups, this issue is an important one for the next era of Superman. One that looks far easier to trust and believe in compared to its predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 28, 2022

    Action Comics #1050 is a pretty key issue setting up a new status quo for the character and setting up what's to come. It's not the spot to hop on for new readers but feels like a nice entry to shift from what was to what's coming. It's implications reverberate far beyond just the Superman comics and there's potential there's more to come than just what's presented. As a Superman comic goes, it's entertaining with a nice balance of what makes the character great and reminding us why he's so super. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Dec 27, 2022

    Action Comics #1050 is a return to form for the Man of Steel with a dastardly action by Lex Luthor that resolves the secret identity problem, adds worldwide stakes, and teases big things to come. That said, the wildly inconsistent art makes this issue feel disjointed and jarring from one page to the next. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 2, 2023

    Action Comics #1050 feels more like a zero issue than a celebration. It does right some big wrongs, but overall, it doesn't have me more or less excited about the upcoming Superman Family of books than I already was. Plus, The artists involved did not fit the story well, and they clashed with each other. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Jan 25, 2023

    Action Comics #1050 delivers on what Lex Luthor has been cooking up with Manchester Black. Now the big change that the comic uses Luthor to do feels similar to what Marvel did with Dr. Doom in the Young Avengers Children's Crusade storyline, and that's not a good thing. The biggest problem isn't what Luthor did, at least not for this writer, it's the in-universe explanations the writers gave him to explain the how and why he did it. It all just feels like it could've been handledbetter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Ellis Owens Dec 28, 2022

    Time will tell whether or not Action Comics #1050 is truly the beginning of a new Golden Age for the Last Son of Krypton, or the latest failure by DC to effectively utilize its most important character. Despite the excellent art, a handful of questionable decisions leave me with less confidence in the upcoming Superman family relaunch. Read Full Review

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