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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Printing edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401241018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401241018
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Believe the hype: Grant Morrison went and wrote the single best issue of Superman these eyes have ever read. This rebellious, working man's hero is a different guy from any Man of Steel most of us have seen before." --"USA Today"" " "A ripping read." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Entertaining." -- "YAHOO! Associated Content"" " "A solid superhero comic with good action." --"Time Out Chicago"" " "It's fresh air. I like this all-too-human Superman, and I think a lot of you will, too." --"Scripps Howard News Service" "Casts the character in a new light, opens up fresh storytelling possibilities, and pushes it all forward with dynamic Rags Morales art. I loved it." --"The Onion "AV "Club"" " "With a heavy dose of philosophy tied to his characterizations, "Action Comics" is already showing signs of being a typical Grant Morrison yarn. For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, that's a ringing endorsement." --IGN" " "Captures the spirit of what makes "Action Comics" great for the modern age.... Strong, well-executed superhero imagery and storytelling that flows effortlessly." --"Comic Book Resources, " Five-Star Review "A different and welcomed twist to Superman." --"ComicVine"" "" " "Brassy and brash." -- "io9"

About the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is currently reinventing the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.
         In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.

Customer Reviews

I think it's finally safe to say that his writing is just not my cup of tea.
Matthew Riggio
There is so much filler in this title and so little to advance the story of this volume, a basic summary of this title should be sufficient enough to skip it.
eleepc
Artist Rags Morales still does decent work on art duties, and sometimes it comes out really well, but his art on Action Comics just doesn't work.
Anarchy in the US

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Troy Tooner on July 23, 2013
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This book is all over the place. There is no storyline, just some very confusing scenes that go nowhere. The art is fine, but again, no consistency. I like the Alt Universe Superman & Wonder Woman, but it never connects to the main storyline. This whole book feels like rejected scenes thrown together and dumped onto the market place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on January 2, 2014
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The Curse of Superman, featuring Calvin Ellis, president of the U.S. as Superman in Earth 23, is an interesting concept. How does an idea and an icon become a destructive force that even harms its creators? The story, as simple and implausible it might be, is loaded with tension and metaphorical possibilities to be interpreted in many possible ways. It is perhaps the best of this collection. If readers haven't read anything about Earth 23, they should know that Clavin Ellis and other heroes are black, and Ellis is the President of the United States. In this same volume, Sholly Fisch offers more opportunities with Ellis as Superman/President dealing with international politics.

Why is this volume titled Bulletproof? It beats me! It has one of the weakest villains, Nimrod the hunter. He wants to kill Superman with regular weapons and poses no threat at all. I literally saw question marks popping out of my head with this story. Some tension is added when Superman kills off Clark Kent and becomes a firefighter called Johnny Clark.

The volume attempts to become interesting with influences from Sci-Fi films The Day The Earth Stood Still and Knowing. There are other Supermen living on Earth and awaiting destruction, and Lois's niece is among these interplanetary people. Superman fights against Adam, one of these people, and defeats him temporarily, at least. In the process, Lois almost gets killed. And this part is perhaps the gem in the story, Superman studies to become a doctor at super speed to save Lois Lane.

There is a special guest appearances of the Justice League and Batman that are written with a good sense of humor rarely seen in comics. And Mrs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Purdy on December 17, 2013
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Never really read comics up until now, but I feel like the story is jumping around too much. I wish the story was more linear and contingent and less random. The stories are great, but I feel like each issue is a little disconnected from the next. I don't know if this is common for superhero comics, but I'll keep reading to find out.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Riggio on May 20, 2013
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I have read three graphic novels by Grant Morrison - All Star Superman, Action Comics Volume 1, and Action Comics Volume 2. I think it's finally safe to say that his writing is just not my cup of tea. Action Comics Volume 2 is extremely hard to follow. There are some mild spoilers in this review.

There is no consistency to the main storyline, both in the writing and in the artwork. Rags Morales's art is very unique and beautiful, but there is another artist that alternates work on some issues and there is no similarity to the style. Additionally, Superman literally goes from wearing blue jeans and tee shirt to wearing his newly-designed super suit. It stops being funny after a while.

As for the actual storyline, it's barely there. From page to page, Morrison tries to develop the story with parallel action and flashback and just expects the reader to follow without any links to the parallel or flashback action. For me, this was incredibly confusing so I eventually gave up trying to understand it and just read it to get through it. Some people might like this; perhaps the story gets better reading this the second time around, but I will not be reading this a second time!

There are two stories devoted to an alternate universe Superman where Superman is really the President of the United States and coincidentally is a precise caricature of President Obama. There is no explanation as to how these stories are related to the main storyline in Volume 2, but they are there and they are very distracting. There are many loose references to actual real-life news events, such as the Arab Spring or War on Terror; some people might like the political awareness, but when I want to read the news I go and read the news instead of Action Comics.

Superman is my favorite hero, and in my opinion, Action Comics 1 and 2 are no where near the quality of Superman Volume 1, which has an entertaining story that unfolds in a linear style with nice art.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fernan A. on June 21, 2013
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When I first learned about this non-godlike superman, wearing jeans and a tshirt, I was pumped! I loved the first few issues. One of the reasons I stopped reading supes in the first place was because he was too overpowered. It became boring.

But then by the end of the first vol. I wasn't so pumped anymore. But I still decided to buy the second volume. I thought: "They're starting out. I should give them a chance." But after reading this second vol. only one thought occurs to me: What did I just read? It's like Morrison just decides to dumps storylines on top of Superman randomly. Their is no consistency. I always get the "did I skip a page or something?" feeling.

Everything is convoluted. Earth (2)? Storyline came out of nowhere. Isn't this supposed to be for new readers? Ugh. I just did not like it. This is just my opinion and gut feeling. So take it as you like. Thank you for your time.

Happy reading!
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