Last Wednesday saw the historical and “landmark” release of DC comics Action Comics #1000. The Action comics line is where Jerry Siegel and Jim Shuster’s iconic superhero Superman first debuted (In Action Comics #1) back in 1938.
This is the first time in comics that a comic line has reached 1000 issues, it’s also happening during the 80th anniversary of Supermans creation.
Whether you are a fan of Superman or not, you cannot deny the impact the character has had on the culture of comics. He has inspired creators and characters for decades and is one of the most recognizable figures in the industry and pop culture in general.
Regardless of if you’re a Marvel only person or an indy only person, it’s important to recognize that most of the comics you know today wouldn’t exist without Superman. I know there’s much debate on whether he was the first legit “superhero” or not. I’m not here to say either way but what i will say is he is the oldest hero that has stood the test of time.
Action Comics #1000 is a giant-sized 80-page issue with short stories from some of the most talented writers and artists past and present. Theres really not a bad short story in this issue but my favourites have to be “Never Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick gleason and “The Car” by Geoff Johns/ Richard Donner and Oliver Coipel. To me they embody what Superman is all about. Oh and “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet” by Brad Meltzer and John Cassaday was fantastic.
Aside from the number and anniversary making this issue so significant, this issue contains the first published Superman story by writer Brian Michale Bendis. Bendis is known for his 15 years exclusively with Marvel, who recently left them this past November to sign an exclusive deal with DC comics.
This was big news as Bendis had been a big part of Marvel’s success on titles like Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers, and many others. It’s also the first time we get to see Bendis collaborate with legendary artist and DC Comics Co-publisher Jim Lee. The story does not disappoint and gives you a small teaser of whats in store for Bendis’s 6-issues mini-series “The Man of Steel” which comes out weekly starting May 30th.
Very few big two announcements excite me these days but Bendis writing Superman and who knows who else in DC universe is indeed worth checking out as i enjoy his writing a lot.
The issue is worth the price tag, and there is probably no shortage of copies still available at your local comic book shop so go pick it up. It will not surprise me if this ends up being the highest selling issue of 2018.