This issue went on sale two months late from the solicited shipping date.
Story continued from the previous issue and continues in #851. The first two pages parallel the first two pages of Action Comics #844, but with Zod in place of Superman. The Kryptonese text on the ships on pages 16 and 17 is translated as: "OPEN".
Dan introduces the new weekly series called Countdown. Ads for Action Comics Annual #10, Blue Beetle #12, Green Lantern #17, and Firestorm #33. Appears on page 34 in this issue.
House ad for: Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50. Appears on page 26 in this issue.
Total of 6 one-page and 2 two-page ads for: Castlevania Portrait of Ruin (video game, Konami), Children of Mana/Magical Starsign (video game, Nintendo, 2 pages), Magic the Gathering (card game, Wizards of the Coast), Death Jr. (video game, Konami), Final Fantasy V Advance (video game, Square Enix, 2 pages), Killzone Liberation (video game, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe), Destroy All Humans 2 (video game, THQ), and abovetheinfluence (Partnership for a Drug-Free America). Appear in various places in this issue.