Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson established himself as a creative force at DC starting in 2019 with the critically acclaimed DC Black Label series The Last God. While that series took place in an original fantasy environment, his follow-up was set distinctly in the DC Universe and starring one of its most famous heroes.
Johnson took on the Superman mythos earlier this year in Future State: Superman: Worlds of War, and continued with a run on both Action Comics and Superman, furthering the contemporary adventures of both Clark Kent and Jonathan Kent and bringing overtures of his futuristic story into the present day. In the current Action Comics arc “Warworld Rising,” a fleet of battleships from Warworld close in on Earth, as Superman’s powers start to fade. Fans who have been following all along can’t help but wonder—is the Future State status quo of Superman imprisoned by Mongul and forced into gladiatorial combat far behind?
Things start to shift further starting this month, with new series Superman: Son of Kal-El by Tom Talyor and John Timms launching in place of Superman , starring Jonathan Kent as the Man of Steel for the 21st Century. Naturally, that begs the question—what’s next for Clark Kent? And what does it have to do with the underwater kingdom of Atlantis? With the arrival of Action Comics #1033, illustrated by Daniel Sampere and out this week, DC Nation spoke to Johnson to uncover the answers to those questions.
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