Title: Action Comics #1000.
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Tom King and many more!
Illustrator(s): Patrick Gleason, Olivier Coipel, Jim Lee and many more!
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Hardcover – Deluxe Edition.
Release Date: October 2nd 2018.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
To celebrate the 1000th issue in the iconic comic book series that unveiled Superman to the world, DC Comics went out of their way to make this moment special. Alongside the release of Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, an all-star line-up of writers and artists were gathered together to give fans and Superman the ceremony they deserve in Action Comics #1000. Initially released as an oversized anniversary issue on April 18th 2018, the story is now out as a deluxe hardcover edition and features additional content such as the very first story from Action Comics #1, scripts for all the stories featured in this anthology, beautiful variant covers done by talented artists as well as design sketches by the famous comic book artist Jim Lee.
The creative teams that worked on each story are some of the best out there and they all rise up to the occasion in Action Comics #1000. With writers like Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Tom King and many other, it’s safe to say that DC Comics did not come here to fool around. In fact, artists like Jim Lee, Clay Mann, José Luis García-López and Rafael Albuquerque make it their sole mission to bring to life the Man of Steel in their own designs and never fail to highlight the legendary heroes’ sense of justice, strength and kindness. Most of these stories also tend to remind us of all of the great achievements of the Big Blue Boy Scout and ultimately thanks him for his dedication to a race that sometimes didn’t deserve his virtue.
As in any anthology, some stories are always superior to others and leave a much bigger imprint on your feelings and thoughts by the end of them. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s story “Never-Ending Battle” was such a beautiful tale forcing Superman to go through various different death-defying moments. The artwork is a collection of splash pages with little dialogues scattered around, and some of those moments were truly beautiful, and of course a throwback to some of Superman’s greatest moments in his career. I also loved Tom King’s and Clay Mann’s short piece of a Superman in a very, very far future where he finds himself in his dying moments, but takes the time to thank his parents (Ma and Pa Kent) for what they’ve given to him. The artwork alone was mesmerizing and so powerful, I just had to reread that particular story a couple of times.
The last story is also an important one in the sense that it is Brian Michael Bendis’ debut into the Superman universe. Having left Marvel to join DC Comics, this legendary comic book writer has taken on the mantle of writing the new Man of Steel series, starting with this teaser story called “The Truth”. Not only is Jim Lee the artist on this piece, but it also has Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair on it as well. It was nice to see what Brian Michael Bendis’ planned to throw at Superman now, especially when you take into consideration the great stories he has written in the past. The variant covers that come right after also merit some attention as they present some amazing artwork by countless artists.
Action Comics #1000 is a wonderful milestone that was brilliantly celebrated with countless talented writers and artists. After all, there’s nothing like the return of his red trunks to seal his grand moment! With Batman’s anniversary coming up next with his Detective Comics run at #989 at the moment, I’m definitely excited to see what DC Comics has in store for his milestone.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!