Action Comics Annual: 2021

Writer: Phillip K. Johnson Artist: Scott Godlewski, Siya Oum Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 14, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 37
8.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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The return of Future State’s House of El! It’s time to head back to tomorrow, as Superman’s descendants face a threat from today. This special tale connects to “Warworld Rising” as the actions of Clark Kent in the present reverberate, leaving long-lasting changes...and a deadly threat for the House of El to reckon with. Can Brandon Kent, the Superman of his era, stop the danger from hurting the next generation? Also, for those wanting to know more about Brandon’s relationshop with Theand’r, the Tamaranean queen, prepare yourself for a little romance as well.

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 14, 2021

    I hope Kennedy works in the DC Universe for a long time to come. It's been great. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Jul 6, 2021

    A great many exciting things are happening in DC during the current Infinite Frontier initiative but Johnsons Action run (and the shorter Superman run before it) have been standouts in a field of standouts for me even more now that the story has the space and time to really get going. The 2021 Annual is no exception. It manages to bridge the past and the future yet remain relevant to the present... all while telling a strong standalone story featuring characters that I really hope to see again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 7, 2021

    The art by Oum and Godlewski, especially the scenes in the Phantom Zone, is dramatic and haunting, and this remains one of the most unique Superman stories in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Jul 14, 2021

    Overall, this is a fantastic book and a really lovely "Superman" story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 6, 2021

    Overall, Action Comics Annual 2021 #1 was a pleasant surprise. It had a compelling main story that may end up taking a back seat to the bookends of this annual with Thao-La and Mr. Byla's interactions. If you were thinking of passing on this annual, I implore you to reconsider. This creative team delivers a great story and incredible art with so many possible implications for the current story arc making Action Comics Annual 2021 #1 a can't miss issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 19, 2021

    This jam packed annual is just full of great set-up, hints and world building for Superman's future (and maybe his past). On top of that though, it's a great story with very good art, start to finish! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 16, 2021

    In total, this was a fun read. As I said, it works fine as a stand-alone peek into the future. But the bits which impact the current arc make it more impactful. And the return of Aethyr! Cool. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2021

    House of El is a fun concept that Johnson reinforces would make for a quality spin-off to further expand the Superman Family titles. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 13, 2021

    While all the Superman Family members of the future look cool and distinct, the story in this Annual feels a bit odd all together with its new ideas about classic things, its discontinuity with other Future State stories, and ultimately, it didn't feel like it needed to be as long as it was for the story it was telling, but that being said, the book looked great and if you wanted a younger version of the Future State House of El character then I'm sure you'll enjoy this story but sadly, I wanted more out of it. Read Full Review

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