Superman Just Changed the DC Universe’s Solar System

The following contains spoilers for action comics #1047, on sale now from DC Comics.

Superman’s latest decision changed Earth’s solar system in the DC Universe.


Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with illustrations by Riccardo Federici, action comics #1047 serves as opening act for “Kal-El Returns” crossover with DC Superman: Son of Kal-El series. Superman Clark Kent/Kal-El was off-world prior to the issue, traveling with the Authority of Warworld to free its people from Mongul’s tyrannical rule. After achieving his goal, Superman brought Warworld to the Milky Way galaxy where he now orbits Earth.

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Earth is afraid of Superman and Warworld

In the issue, the United Nations come together to discuss Superman and the appearance of Warworld, fearing that they have a civilization accustomed to “cruelty and bloodshed” now residing so close to the planet. Before leaving Earth action comics, Superman became embroiled in a conflict between Atlantis and the United States, which led to his expulsion from the Justice League as his decision went against other nations. To allay the current concerns of the world in action comics #1047, Superman takes to the podium at the UN meeting to talk about Warworld and what he wants for the future.

“I have a responsibility to the people of Warworld,” Superman said on live television. “Most of them have been taken from their homes and are just waiting to be found. They need our help to do so.” The Man of Steel then promises that Warworld has technologies that can help move humanity forward towards clean energy and scientific breakthroughs, while hoping that the world will accept those of the citizens of Warworld who wish to make Earth their new house.

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One human who isn’t amused by Superman’s call to action is none other than Lex Luthor, who investigates Warworld and finds something he thinks can “amplify” Metallo’s “extraordinary talents.” , the cyborg villain Superman at the heart of Kryptonite. Metallo is set to be the main villain in “Kal-El Returns,” the six-part storyline featuring action comics #1047 to #1049 and Son of Kal-El #16 to #18.

After the “Warworld Saga,” Johnson talked about wanting to give Metallo the same treatment he did with Mongul in the roughly year-and-a-half-long epic. “What we did for Mongul with the Warworld saga, we do for Metallo in Kal-El Returns,” Johnson said. “Stay tuned for the loudest and scariest Metallo you’ve ever seen.”

action comics #1047 is written by Johnson with art by Federici, color by Lee Loughridge, lettering by Dave Sharpe, and main cover art by Steve Beach. Variant cover versions of the issue are provided by Nathan Szerdy, Lucio Parrillo and Leirix. The issue’s “Red Moon” back-up story is written by Johnson with art by David Lapham, color by Trish Mulvihill, and lettering by Sharpe. The issue is on sale now from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

Arline J. Mercier