Superman - Action Comics

Superman - Action Comics

Volume 1, Superman and the Men of Steel

Graphic Novel - 2012
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DC Comics took a bold step and renumbered the longest-running monthly comic, "Action Comics," to #1 for the first time since 1938 as part of the DC Comics--The New 52 event. With this renumbering comes a new creative team featuring comics legend Grant Morrison and fan-favorite artist Rag Morales. While Morrison is no stranger to writing the Superman character, having won three Eisner Award's for his work on "All-Star Superman," "Action Comics" will be something new for both old and new readers and present humanity's first encounters with Superman, before he became one of the World's Greatest Super Heroes. Set a few years in the past, it's a bold new take on a classic hero.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [2012]
ISBN: 9781401235475
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Superman and the men of steel


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Aug 02, 2016

More Powerful than a locomotive? Well, he was good at being crushed by one.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? yeah, right the hell into space.

Grant Morrison has somehow made the blue and red behemoth fresh and palatable. I've never been a great fan of Superman, but I am of this book. Although, my one complaint is that the volume runs a bit long -- let me explain before you grump at me.

While most of these trades are six issues long, Action #1 has eight, which is odd because 1-6 go so well together and are a cohesive story, while issues 7-8 go off on an odd tangent and require that one read Legion Lost (or some such nonsense) to know what's going on. (Something about future people in a bubble in the middle of Supe's brain?? Ugh. Know when to put on the brakes, DC.

Mar 01, 2014

Grant Morrison's reintroduction of the Man of Steel in the New 52 Universe. Featuring a younger Clark Kent than readers are used to.

Jul 20, 2013

I didn't like the continuity and because they are trying to jump start the series at #1 its a little hard to figure out what is up at first. After reading a few chapters it does get pretty addictive, but the last two chapters seemed very out of place. I don't know if I would read a Vol 2 if it comes out. However I can see that the folks who made the Man of Steel flick drew from some details from this updated story.

Apr 16, 2013

The story jumps around a bit and seems confusing but it's not. Reads like a novel. Once I started I couldn't put it down. It is the BEST Superman I've read in a long time. I give it 6 stars out of 5. Past,present and future all rolled up into one terrific graphic novel. Saturn Woman, Cosmic Man, Lighting Man, Brainiac, K-Men and more......even the devil? Don't pass up this 52, it's WELL worth the read.

Jan 21, 2013

Starts off strong... but then jumps off a cliff. This kickoff to a new Action Comics was supposed to be a keystone to the New 52. Writer Grant Morrison can generally be counted on to write as if he's stoned or insane or both... and it comes across here, particularly in the second half. His new take on a younger and uncertain Superman is, to say the least, typically Morrison: mad as a hatter.

PorcusWallabee Nov 30, 2012

Unraveling Superman's tale of triumph over Evil, Morrison shows the reader how humanity's will to be the best it can be will triumph over our short falls . Lex Luthor comes off as the most real character, trying to be a human version of Superman, while Glen Glenmorgan represents humanity's corrupt and neurotic side, addicted to drugs and power. The one thing that turned me off in this book was Superman's waist compated to his can such a skinny abdomen support a chest twice its size. I know this is fiction, but it looks like Supes just jumped out of a Super-corsette. Great read anyways.


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