Title: Action Comics (2016-) #1001 | Publisher: DC | Script: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Patrick Gleason | Inks: Patrick Gleason | Colors: Brad Anderson
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis’ new chapter for the Man of Steel and the world of tomorrow begins here! The devastating repercussions from the Man of Steel miniseries still reverberate as Metropolis enters a new age! The Daily Planet teeters on the brink of disaster! A new criminal element has made its way onto the streets of Superman’s hometown! The longest- running superhero comic of all time explodes off the page with art by fan favorite Patrick Gleason.
Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman saga that started in the Man of Steel mini-series continues here in Action Comics, so if you didn’t read Man of Steel, and haven’t been keeping up with Superman, well, sorry…
Brian Michael Bendis has, thus far, done a fine job in crafting an enjoyable Superman story, but, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone other than Bendis work on a Superman series. Action Comics (2016-) #1001 reads well, but, I’m looking for something different and I’m sure that readers who aren’t entirely invested in what Bendis has been doing with Supes so far, are looking for a change as well. For readers that are already on board, it’s business as usual.
Bendis continues the Lois Lane/Daily planet drama, and further develops the Fires in Metropolis arc, but completely leaves out Earth being pulled into the Phantom Zone, which is what happened in the last issue of Superman. Why? I don’t know; for me, ignoring this detracted from the reading experience and left me wondering what the purpose of continuing the Man of Steel story in both Superman and Action Comics actually is. The way I see it is this: either everything crosses over and works together, or nothing does.
Patrick Gleason’s illustrations in Action Comics (2016-) #1001 are stunning; this issue is one of the best looking Superman comics that I have ever seen. Gleason’s detail work is impressive and his layouts make for an almost effortless reading experience. Action Comics (2016-) #1001 is worth eyeing over more than once.
The Bottom Line:
Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman saga that started in the Man of Steel mini-series continues here in Action Comics, and while I find myself enjoying most of what Bendis is doing, I feel as though readers are going to get tired, sooner or later, continuing the same story week after week. But, Patrick Gleason’s illustrations are amazing and do more than just complement Bendis’ script.