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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“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
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.”

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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Customer Reviews

I wish this book turned out better but this just was not to my liking.
J Haney
There is an enemy alien approaching who is going to become one of Superman's most memorable recurring adversaries.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody who is a Superman, comic book, or Sci-fi fan out there.
Super Tony

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Swartz on August 12, 2012
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Grant Morrison's re-imagining of Action Comics takes its cue from the 1938 comics where Superman first appeared. In those comics like in this one Superman can't fly yet, he doesn't have all of the powers we're used to seeing in him, and seems to always be lifting heavy objects like cars or wrecking balls. Also, as he's a young man (early 20s) he isn't as wise or experienced as the Superman of, say, "All Star Superman" (also written by Morrison) where he displayed a profound understanding of humanity and life in the universe. Here he is an exuberant young man energised at living alone for the first time in a city and realising that he is the most powerful being on the planet. He's using that power to make things better for everyone without a real plan in his head - he just keeps going, keeps moving: Action Comics!

There's a lot to like in this book with Grant Morrison at the helm. His masterful book "All Star Superman" was a defining book for the character and showed Morrison understood Superman like few writers have ever done. That said, "Action Comics" isn't as brilliant as "All Star" but has much to recommend it. The set pieces are wonderful like the Krypton sequence where we see Kal-El's parents prepare their only son to be saved from their utopian dying planet. Krypton is really beautifully imagined here looking like a delicate cross between fantasy and sci-fi. Morrison gives the reader an impression of a larger, developed society and culture with overtones of Earth's current environmental problems, largely ignored by too many people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary on August 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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