Action Comics #1038
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Miguel Mendonca
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: Superman and his team are captured by Mongul as the despot makes plans for the rest of the universe.
Superman and his team are beaten by the forces of Mongul and the man of steel is put on display for the crowds to see the power of their potential savior. Chained in the middle of the arena, some of the heroes attempt to break their chains and free each other, but Mongul is too powerful for them and relishes in showing the people of Warworld that there is no hope in resistance and no help coming from the United Planets.
When Clark is thrown into a cell with other prisoners, Midnighter flees into the shadows. As the others are fitted for chains to be slaves to Mongul and his minions, Clark finds himself talking with others and after being confronted by Midnighter and refusing to leave, Clark’s words have an effect on an unlikely prisoner.
The Story: Johnson crafts a dark story with a serious tone in this issue. The plot takes Superman to his lowest and puts him and the rest of his team through the ringer as they prepare for life as slaves on Warworld. The plot has dark and often depressing moments throughout, but it attempts to add moments of hope with Superman and the other prisoners. Clark’s conversation with Midnighter was interesting, but I am hard pressed to find something in this story that would make me want to continue reading it.
The Art: Mendonca delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the issue. The art takes on the dark tone of the story and it is evident in every page and panel.