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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.”
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“Brassy and brash.”
— io9

About the Author

Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel Arkham Asylum to acclaimed runs on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, as well as his subversive creator owned titles such as The Invisibles, Seaguy and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, Seven Soldiers Of Victory and New X-Men and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in All–star Superman, 52 and Batman.
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Product Details

  • Series: Superman Action Comics (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DC Comics is home to some of the world's most iconic characters. Superman and Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash--these heroes hold almost universal appeal, and have both entertained and inspired people for generations. But that's also the problem; burdened by decades of convoluted continuity, these characters have grown stale in the eyes of many fans. Hence "The New 52," a massive reboot of the entire DC universe. Every character has been revamped with updated origins, tweaked personalities, and given a modern edge in the hopes of finding, and retaining, an enthusiastic audience.

Standing prominently in this reboot is the legendary Superman himself. Knowing a redrafting of Superman's story would require the utmost care, DC enlisted Grant Morrison, the genius behind the incomparable All-Star Superman series, for the task. Action Comics Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel collects the first eight issues of Morrison's highly anticipated work, melding the straightforward tale of Superman's early heroics with the author's patented blend of esoteric concepts and high-minded idealism.

And it opens nicely, with a Superman, looking like a kid out of college in his simple t-shirt and blue jeans combo, forcing a confession out of a corrupt business guru. Readers will soon find this Superman a bit more wry, brash, and capricious than his earlier portrayals, with a temperament that can go from light to dark in an instant. And the story initially has fun with this, pitting Superman against both the police and military until he faces bad boy Luthor for the first time.
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Great start to the new 52 action comics of superman they changed a lot from what I remember in the old story so read this
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I couldn't wait to get this comic as soon as I heard the New 52 was coming out, and I wasn't wrong this comic was awesome, would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to start reading comics with a good starting point.
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I remember being bummed when the New 52 was announced. I loved the way things were going in Superman's titles. He had survived a war between Earth and New Krypton, and battled a new upgraded Doomsday and his clones.

But then I sat down and actually read the titles of the New 52 Superman. This book shows Superman early in his career. This has elements from the classic golden age Superman. He can't fly, but can leap an eighth of a mile. He is resistant to injury, but not completely invulnerable (confirmed when he gets knocked out while stopping a runaway train). He is the champion of the oppressed, and at the start of the book he is combating corruption instead of your typical comic book supervillain.

Enter Lex Luthor, who is a trusted advisor to the military and is helping them in trying to capture the "alien menace." When Superman is eventually captured by the military, he is experimented on Luthor. They electrocute him, his him with deadly gas. All just to test his resilience. Superman breaks free when Lex makes the typical bad guy mistake of stopping to monologue at the hero. Superman was able to recover long enough to muster up the strength to break free.

The public distrusts him, now that his alien origins are revealed to the public. Clark Kent is harassed by the police because he dares speak out against the corrupt cops and politicians.

Enter Brainiac, who arrives on Earth after picking up a signal let out by Superman's rocket (because of the military experimenting on it). We get another bottled city of Metropolis angle (not as good as Geoff John's version a few years ago, but it's still good on it's own). The military is forced to trust Superman, and believe he's the only one capable of saving Metropolis.
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This is a great graphic novel to read and own. I am enjoying all of the New 52 Superman books and story lines so I am happy to own this book now.
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Breath of fresh air, worth every penny. This new "all too human" and powered down superman is the most relatable ever
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After having stayed away from comic books for over a decade, DC's New 52 version of Action Comics seemed like the perfect place to jump back into the mix. I mean, a new (collectible) Superman series being written by none other than Grant Morrison? Grant Morrison--i.e., the author of The Invisibles? The guy who has been mentioned throughout the years in articles and whatnot by novelists and filmmakers that I admire? How many comic books writers can say the same? Unfortunately, not very many. So I couldn't wait to try out what THEE comic book writer was going to do with THEE superhero.

As most people have already mentioned about this new series, matters DO start off with a bang and with lots of flair. For instance, right off the bat, Morrison blesses his motor-mouthed characters with the ability to speak in dialogue that is not only flavored with spicy wit but also with casual brilliance; Lex Luther's take on Superman as an invasive species, for instance, is a great throwaway concept that, if developed further, could carry an entire book on its own. Even more thrilling, however, is the sense of true heat and urgency that these initial socially-minded chapters generate, defining what Superman is all about--good 'ol fashioned action and heroism--but with contemporary bite. Right?

For someone who was never keen on Superman, it was exciting to see that this new Superman would not be coming across as a distant godlike goodie-goodie. Nope, no Super-powered boy scout operating on a higher but inaccessible moral plane here. On the contrary, though clearly an alien (just ask Lex Luthor), Morrison's new Superman would not so much function as an earthly incarnation of a god as much as a heaven-sent avatar for the Everyman. More importantly, for the reader.
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