Superman and the Authority do battle with Mongul’s forces on Warworld in Action Comics #1037, by author Philip Kennedy Johnson, artist Miguel Mendonca, colorist Adriano Lucas, and letterer Dave Sharpe. Within the backup, by author Shawn Aldridge, artist Adriana Melo, colorist HI-FI, and letterer Dave Sharpe, Martian Manhunter investigates the theft of a well-recognized artifact from the Gotham Museum. The primary story is an action-packed banger, whereas the backup is a superb starting for a Martian Manhunter story.
The primary story is all-out motion, bookended by segments with the UP. It begins with the UP council discussing whether or not they need to assist Superman when the Durlan head of the council says they need to take a wait and see the angle. On Warworld, the battle begins with Mongul and his forces getting the higher hand with some relatively shocking casualties. Again on the UP council assembly, they witness the occasions on Warworld with resignation, all besides the Durlan. Within the backup, Martian Manhunter contemplates his life earlier than listening to a couple of museum heists. In the meantime, on the Metropolis Police Division, a detective is trying into their very own case and will get a lead. In the museum, MM finds out the stolen artifact was the Coronary heart of Diabolu however is interrupted by a previous foe.
Johnson promised an epic and to date is delivering. This concern is a balls-to-the-wall motion guide, and there are some shocking moments. That’s just about the crux of the chapter. There’s a minimal of trash-talking, though Johnson reveals that this Mongul is the son of the final one. Apart from that, it’s all motion, which is becoming on this explicit comedian.
All of it begs the query of how precisely Superman and firm are going to win. Mongul has ready Warworld for Superman’s arrival as a result of his being aware of his historical past. His group of helpers has a Black Order really feel to them, which is fairly becoming since Mongul is principally DC’s Thanos in some ways. Whereas there are some similarities, they’re utterly totally different powers-wise, and this battle reveals that. Past that, that is simply an excellently written battle comedian. Johnson will get how you can construct stress, and whereas the ending is shocking, it additionally feels inevitable. The stuff with the UP remains to be fascinating and makes this story significantly better. Within the backup, Aldridge begins issues out with MM in 4 totally different shapes. All of it performs to MM questioning who he’s, which is a fascinating path to take the character. Everybody is aware of lots concerning the character by now, however, that’s simply a historical past. Who’s Martian Manhunter? That’s an awesome tact to take with the character, and to date, this story performs it very effectively. Additionally, the final web page reveals of his combating subsequent chapter is ideal for longtime followers of the character.
Mendonca’s artwork in the principal story is nice. A difficulty that’s so action-oriented like this one wants a penciler that’s going to do it justice, and Mendonca knocks it out of the park. The motion hits arduous in each panel, the element is sweet, and it actually enhances the script. Mendonca was a sensible choice to fill in for Sampere for this concern. Within the backup, Melo’s pencils are implausible. She does an awesome job with capturing a really basic Martian Manhunter. The villain reveal on the final web page appears terrific as effectively.
Action Comics #1037 lives as much as it’s identified. Johnson and firm give readers an action-packed comedian full of peculiar moments. It’s thrilling and the place it’s going to steer is anybody’s enterprise. The backup is a superb kick-off for a narrative. As standard, this guide is killing it.