Review: ‘Action Comics’ #1020 Forges Families In Battle

by Tony Thornley

Superman has fought some enormous battles in his career. However, some of his greatest have come with his family at his side. Action Comics #1020 brings one of his forgotten allies back into the fold.

Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson and Dave Sharpe help Superman fight against the Legion of Doom with unexpected allies.

As the Legion of Doom and Leviathan’s new alliance threatens Metropolis, Superman rushes to find allies. He’s surprised to discover Young Justice, including a familiar yet foreign face- Conner Kent. Can the two heroes stop the Legion of Doom and reforge a forgotten bond?

Bendis takes advantage of Conner Kent’s new status quo as a Crisis refugee to reform the bond between him and Clark Kent. It was a relationship that was underutilized before Flashpoint, with very little to actually back up the bond between them. In limited space he’s able to establish a rapport between them, and that new relationship and a more linear timeline than the previous issues make this the best issue of the arc so far.

I’m a big fan of Romita in general, however, his work on Superman usually leaves me a little flat. Here though he and Janson do probably the strongest story with the Man of Steel I’ve seen him do since his move to DC several years ago. They make the urgency of the action feel cinematic. They’re also able to match the script with the quick bond formed between Conner and Clark, showing as much as the story tells.

The Man of Steel is near the end of one of the greatest battles in his recent history. It’s been a fun read.

Action Comics #1020 is available now from DC Comics. 

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