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Superman - Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel (The New 52) Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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“A ripping read.”
— 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.”
“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.”
“Brassy and brash.”
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I'm not typically a reader of comic books. But Grant Morrison could almost persuade me to become one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel B.
I find the approach taken by Morrison here to be really fascinating. Not so light but not so dark either.Published 3 months ago by Patricia Billingsley
I did enjoy reading this quite a bit. Though unlike with Batman comics I can only seem to read this is short burst. But I really did enjoy this issue.Published 3 months ago by Vikabro
Grant Morrison was hailed for Batman, but I never thought he had the flare to pen a Superman origins story. Epic!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not the biggest fan of Grant Morrison, I'm not one of those people who worship him, but I was really curious with this title being one of the best out of the beginning of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cody
Up in the sky, look: it’s a bird. It’s a plane. IT’S SUPERMAN! And he is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendell
I am not a regular comic book reader but I enjoyed this story. There were parts that initially were a little confusing what was going on, but on a second read-through it all came... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam F