Batman, Kryptonite, and More Trouble for Superman in Action Comics #1003

The Metropolis Illuminati get their hands on Kryptonite, and Batman returns to Metropolis in Action Comics #1003

Where is this arcade and how do I purchase the cabinets available for play in it?

As you’ll see from this exclusive first look at Action Comics #1003, the next issue in Brian Michael Bendis’ ongoing Superman epic, the Metropolis illuminati he’s been building up since taking over the book is getting their hands on what we can only assume is a piece of Kryptonite from the sickly green glow. And while that’s exciting, it’s not the main draw of the book right now. Neither is the utterly gorgeous art from Yannick Paquette. It is, of course, stunning to look at, and this preview has certainly moved Wonder Woman: Earth One v.2up to the top of my to read pile. 

No, what is making me irrationally excited for this issue are the arcade games that are hanging around in the background. The Batman pinball game has filled me with questions: who licensed it? It has to be Wayne Enterprises, right? What era is it from? Is that Nightwing next to him? Does Dick get a cut of the merchandising? (lol j/k it’s comics of course he doesn’t).

Meanwhile, this Flash game looks like it has no buttons. Is it just really fast Snake? Why isn’t there an Injustice cabinet somewhere? And why are these in the back and Sugar and Spike pinball and Ambush Bug: The Game are out front? Could those possibly be bigger draws in the DC Universe than a Batman or a Flash game? Is Ambush Bug: The Game just a DCU port of Roy: A Life Well Lived? HOW DO I GET HERE AND PLAY THIS?

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While I am dragged down by these questions and particularly figuring out what this Ambush Bug game is about (what if it’s just Drug Wars for a graphing calculator, only with the drug names replaced by Miraclo and Gingold?), take a look at what DC has to say about this issue.

ACTION COMICS #1003 written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDISart by YANICK PAQUETTEcover by PATRICK GLEASONvariant cover by FRANCIS MANAPULvariant cover by DAVID MACKHow well does Clark Kent know his own city? Are the threats targeting Metropolis new or something older and more dangerous than they seem?With mobsters being killed off and the Daily Planet staff hunting for answers, it’s up to Superman to discover what lurks in the underside of the city he thought he knew so well. Who is the Red Mist, and why has Superman never heard of someone so powerful and dangerous? And what is Lois Lane doing with Lex Luthor?

Now take a look at the preview. And for more on Action Comics or the Ambush Bug game (an arcade point and click about playing an arcade point and click?), stick with Den of Geek!