Mild Mannered Reviews – Action Comics #1046

Action Comics #1046

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Action Comics #1046

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 23, 2022
Cover date: October 2022

“Warworld Revolution” – Part 4

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Fico Ossio
Cover: Lucio Parrillo
Variant Cover: Lee Bermejo
Swimsuit Variant Cover: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Reviewed by: James Lantz

Superman has saved his group from a giant worm creature straight out of a Frank Herbert novel. The bridge along their route to the Fire of Olgrun is broken. Yet, another path has been found, leading Kal to a being who gives him a riddle. Once that is solved, the Man of Steel bests the giant Olgrun’s Echo. The Fire of Olgrun is in Superman’s possession, but he has been betrayed. Now Mongul wants the Fire of Olgrun. Otherwise, he will kill the children who accompanied Superman.

3Story – 3: I wanted to give this a higher rating since it seems we may be getting a conclusion soon. Yet, pacing is still off in some areas. One moment, things move faster than a speeding bullet, and then they crawl at a snail’s pace within the next page or two. I’m still enjoying this serial and this series. I just feel like something has made Phillip Kennedy Johnson exchange the original briskness of the story for the collected edition market. This makes what has been an amazing saga suffer a bit.

4Art – 4: The art looks rough on some images throughout the comic. Plus, a change in styles this late in the story is a bit jarring. It’s still good, but the beginning chapters looked better.

“A World Without Clark Kent” – Part 3

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: David Lapham

The Superfamily versus Conduit. They make short work of him. In a last ditch effort Conduit absorbs energy from the Genesis Fragment when Amanda Waller refuses to send back-up. Steel destroys the space mineral to save Conduit. Now, another means to save Thao-La will need to be found. Plus, Conduit states that someone is coming. Who that is will be revealed in “Superman: Warworld Apocalypse”.

5Story – 5: I wonder if this back-up means we’ll get an overall conclusion to the entire “Warworld” serial in, say, six to eight issues or less? It does tie-up some loose ends regarding what is being done for Thao-La. Plus, it’s great to see the Superfamily together while Clark is on Warworld. Plus, it’s become more entertaining than the main story.

5Art – 5: I cannot imagine any other artist doing this back-up feature. His visuals are perfect for this.

5Cover Art – 5: More Parrillo. ‘Nuff Said.

5Variant Cover Art – 5: Lee Bermejo has done it again. He needs to do more Superman work in my opinion.

5Variant Cover Art – 5: We’ve jumped back to the 1990s, but that’s just one of the great things about this variant.

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