Review: ‘Action Comics’ #1026 Shows The Strength Of Unity

by Tony Thornley

Overview

The Family of Steel faces a horrifying new take of one of Superman’s worst foes!

Overall
6.5/10
6.5/10

Despite the fact that the Superman “family” has existed nearly as long as their Gotham City counterparts, readers have never really seen them present a united front. Action Comics #1026 doesn’t just show readers how it could go, but why it should continue!

Things are just kicking into high gear for the House of Kent. Thankfully, this issue proves that a bunch of Kryptonians working together is anything but boring. It comes to us by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, and Dave Sharpe.

The Ultimate Parasite might have the Super family outmatched. However, brute strength is not the only skill the Superman family has. And that might be the only thing that saves them all…

This issue is entirely about the bonds between Superman’s family, and why they could be so effective. Frankly, the Superman Family or Team Superman has been around for so long, but in my opinion no one has written them as effectively as a unit than Bendis does here. It’s a simple beat-em-up plot line, but the uber-bad guy is defeated by a pooling of the family’s resources, not by simply punching them harder. It’s smart plot work, accompanied by strong character writing.

Romita and Janson’s linework is fairly loose through the issue, but it fits the chaos of the story. It’s added to by some deft captions by Sharpe that actually blend into and emphasize the art. Again, some of the faces are kind of janky, and some of the figure work is stiff, but overall it’s one of Romita’s better issues in a long time.

I’ll miss this take on the Superman family, especially right after it got rolling. I hope that the next creative team picks up with this thread and runs with it.

Action Comics #1026 is available now from DC Comics.

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