Action Comics #1032
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Daniel Sampere
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: As an intergalactic threat continues to grow, things on Earth get more intense for Superman.
Kara and Lois continue their investigation into the refugees being kept at the fortress. Clark finds himself confronting and being confronted by one of them who wants to know why he wasn’t there to protect them. Feeling guilty, Clark tries to comfort the young woman, but her powers begin to manifest and it is up to Lois to help them both. At the same time, strange things begin to happen as the Atlanteans analyze the mysterious alien power source that came with the refugees.
Clark seeks out help from the Justice League starting with Batman who knows more about the situation than he’s willing to let on, but hasn’t decided whether or not to help Superman. When the power of the alien technology infects sea life and brings them to the surface to attack, Superman joins Aquaman to stop the threat. After discovering a secret about the object, Superman will learn that its presence on Earth is dangerous for other reasons. Reasons that could lead to an all out war between Atlantis and the US Government.
The Story: Johnson does a great job of ramping up the tension and adding another layer of drama to the story. Clark’s feelings of guilt are a great way to manipulate him as a character and I like that Batman sees that even if he doesn’t say it outright. I like that the story and its stakes move outside of Clark’s personal bubble and he enlists others for help. The increase in tension between Atlantis and the US is another great plot element that I am interested in seeing explored.
The Art: Sampere provides some beautiful and dynamic art throughout the issue. There are some great visual moments and the details are amazing.