Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ACTION COMICS #1000 by a Variety of Writers and Artists - Book Review

From the publisher: Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today’s explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow’s future—this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!

Action Comics #1000 is a special issue, as its the first comic (that I'm aware of) to hit 1000 issues. To celebrate, DC had a number of writers and artists create stories about the Man of Steel. This issue also contains the first story by new Superman writer Brian Michael Bendis.

The first story in this book focuses on Metropolis celebrating Superman Day. Clark Kent/Superman doesn't want to attend (he doesn't do it for the publicity) but ends up there anyway. Its a nice tribute to Superman's character and how he has affected so many in the DC universe.

The second story finds Superman trapped in a hypertime loop by Vandal Savage. To escape, Superman must remember who he is and why he fights. This was a cool trip down Superman's history.

The story continue on like that, a handful of pages with small character moments revolving around Superman and a supporting character or two. All are heartfelt and cut right to the center of what makes Superman great - his humanity. An ironic characteristic coming from an alien, but Superman's humanity is what sets him apart from all other heroes. He is the best of them, and an example to both young and old, good and bad. And that's what Action Comics #1000 is all about: Celebrating 80 years of Superman and the lessons he has taught us. In this turbulent time we live in, its worth remembering that we can all aspire to something greater than ourselves. So enjoy Action Comics #1000.

I recommend Action Comics #1000, particularly to Superman fans both old and new. It's a fun read celebrating 80 years of the Man of Steel.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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