Action Comics #1052

Writer: Philip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams Artist: Rafa Sandoval, Lee Weeks, Marguerite Sauvage Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 1, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 50
7.7Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

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METALLO ATTACKS! The crown jewel of Superman’s new Metropolis is in ruins, and the increasingly violent Blue Earth movement is keeping the entire Super-Family on their toes. Meanwhile, Metallo’s powerful new body is evolving in unforeseen, horrific ways. As Metallo’s life and sanity continue to unravel, he sets out to capture the only person who can help him: John Henry Irons. It’s Steel versus Metallo as the new era of Action Comics continues!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Feb 28, 2023

    You get three flawless stories in one classic comic book, folks. If you still believe that Superman is dull and his adventures can't challenge him, please get out of the 80s and step into the current run of Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 1, 2023

    Action Comics #1052 continues the Superman renaissance. Each story has its strengths and is building towards something interesting. This comic is always worth every penny, and the new format makes it even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 28, 2023

    The next installment of the Superman family anthology that Phillip Kennedy Johnson is spearheading continues to deliver, kicking off with an excellent lead story that pits the Super-family against Metallo. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 1, 2023

    The result is an issue that works not just for Superman, but for the full roster of characters in Superman family, all while giving readers a lot to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 28, 2023

    Action Comics is enjoying a strong run with a compelling lead story introducing a new group threat for Supermans Family. With Johnson and Sandoval at the helm, theres no reason to skip this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Feb 28, 2023

    Phillip Kennedy Johnson continues to execute emotionally grounded, action packed, and well-constructed Superman stories of heroism, pain, and family in near perfection.Action Comics #1052 is another fantastic step forward for the Dawn of DC, living up to the promise of new stories reminiscent of the old, but a step forward into a DC Universe with new interpretations and fresh ways of telling stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Feb 28, 2023

    Action Comics #1052 delivers three chapters in ongoing stories about the Superfamily and their adventures, past and present. Of the three chapters, House of Metallo has the strongest art, and Home Again has the strongest writing, but none of the chapters is an outright dud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 1, 2023

    Action Comics #1052 continues the new direction for the series and Superman family and continues to do an excellent job of balancing things. There's the action and long story but it also focuses in on what makes the Man of Steel and the characters around him great. There's a warm, welcoming, aspect to the comic that extends to every story within making this a series that focuses on Superman as well as his extended family. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Ellis Owens Mar 1, 2023

    Johnson and Sandoval continue table-setting in Action Comics #1052, with backup stories from Jurgens & Weeks and Williams & Sauvage providing some enjoyable accompaniment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Mar 7, 2023

    The lead story and one of the back-ups is doing some really fun things with the Superman family. The threat is interesting, the interpersonal dynamics are great, and the art is fantastic. That flashback back-up is just plain boring though and drags the rest of the book down a little. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 4, 2023

    I like the Super-Family as a concept, and this issue does a solid job of setting up their first major threat with a classic Superman villain. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Mar 1, 2023

    Action Comics #1052 brings Superman and his Super-Family face-to-face with a refurbished Metallo. For like a hot minute, and then the rest of the comic slows down from there. Unfortunately, the comic decides to put focus on the Blue Earth movement that was created for this story arc and it's the most uninteresting part of it so far. The comic recaptures any sense of suspense and intrigue whenever it shifts focus back to Metallo. Thankfully, the ending of the main story shows that there's more action incoming in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 28, 2023

    The way the three stories we get in Action Comics #1052 come together to form one comic book simply dull. It's a shame because an anthology series spotlighting the Superman Family has unlimited potential. Action Comics #1052 simply strikes out on tapping into that potential. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 3, 2023

    For me, it is another in a line of weird character takes on her. Ones that seem out of character but done to push forward a story.  I know, this was a long review of a back-up story. But this one really struck me because (again for me), it felt completely wrong for two characters I love. Read Full Review

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