Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 Review

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Artists: Brandon Peterson, Will Conrad, Max Raynor & Miguel Mendonca

Color Artist: Lee Loughridge

Cover Artist: Steve Beach

Publisher: DC Comics

Reviewer: StoryBabbler

The time has come for the final showdown between Superman and Mongul. The climactic battle between these two titans of freedom and brutal tyranny clash on multiple fronts. Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 reveals the fate of Warworld and what’s in store for Superman.

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Review:

It’s finally here, the final battle between Superman and Mongul, and I gotta say, it’s a bit weird. Superman Warworld Apocalypse is good, but it’s not as great as I’d like it to be. Phillip Kennedy Johnson has virtually everything that he’s set up for Superman and the events of the Warworld Saga come full circle.

In this issue, you see payoffs to everything that has come before involving the pseudo-Authority team, the Phaelosians, and the alien allies Superman and his team made on Warworld. Everything comes together in this comic book. The various artists were a bit of a jumble as the shift in art is noticeable, but it’s not that bad. Each artist is able to pull their weight and depict the various aspects of the final clashes of the Warworld Saga in great form, from the last battles with the Authority to Superman’s fight with Mongul.

Superman’s story feels somewhat complete, his fight with Mongul is cool for what it is, there’s no big “Woah” moments in the fight. It’s a competent fight if nothing else. What makes the clash worthwhile though is the emotional and thematic investment of seeing Superman overcome the tyrannical Mongul whose brutality just doesn’t quit. You see them clash in terms of their power and philosophy. How the fight ends is somewhat underwhelming and I’ll get into that later.

This comic is mostly all about resolving the Warworld Saga and putting the finishing touches on all characters and groups introduced in this long storyline. Superman gets a wholesome resolution that just feels like a neat bow on a long journey that feels well-earned. However, with all of these good things in the comic, there are some flaws that keep it from being great.

The comic purposefully leaves one or two things open-ended so there can be a potential follow-up to it. The biggest flaw has got to be how Superman and Mongul’s fight is resolved. The person involved in Mongul’s downfall isn’t coming out of left field, and it’s competently done well, but it just doesn’t strike that emotional cord that such a feat would or rather should have. On paper, the idea works, and it’s executed fine, but there’s no real satisfaction to it. But beyond that, this comic isn’t too bad and is a fine conclusion to Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s Warworld Saga.

Final Thoughts:

Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 delivers the epic conclusion to the entire Warworld Saga set up all the back in DC’s Future State. The comic gives the big rematch between Superman and Mongul while resolving various other stories introduced in earlier issues. While not everything lands well, the Warworld Saga ends on a strong and wholesome note that Superman fans can enjoy.

8/10

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