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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."
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"A ripping read."
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"Entertaining."
-- "YAHOO! Associated Content"
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"A solid superhero comic with good action."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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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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.
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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: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Grant Morrison knows how to tell a Superman story, and Rags Morales illustrates the story beautifully. I had been skeptical and heard so many negative things about the New 52 relaunch, but Action Comics is the real deal. The artwork is a wonderful blend of retro, Art-Deco-esque pencils, and modern shadings and perspective. Morrison's storytelling is always compelling and thought-provoking, and this trade continues this.
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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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First of all I want to say about a third or more of this title is not written by Grant Morrison. It is written by Sholly Fisch, who should get a writing credit with Grant Morrison, but I'm sure DC thought it would sell more to just list Grant Morrison for us die hard Morrison fans. 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. There is a Blake Farm Ghost, a neo sapien, who is tied to Superman because the Blake Farm Ghost is also from Kansas and sightings of the Blake Farm Ghost have been mistaken for those of a Smallville Superman. The Blake Farm Ghost received his powers from Superman, when Superman as an infant flew over the Blake farm, in his rocket ship from Krypton, the radiation from the rocket ship awakening a power in Blake as his mother gave birth to him. Some interesting symmetry there which is promising for those who want to read vol. 3 after this mess. Then it's revealed that Neo Sapiens like Blake are advanced human beings that will save this and other universes, and Lois Lane's niece is also a precocious neo sapien whom Blake intends to take with him to the far reaches of the universe with his alien mentors. Superman interprets this as a form of kidnapping and sends Blake packing to return in volume three of course. There is a side story of an alt universe Superman who is black and also the president of the U.S. and a gimmicky death of Clark Kent sub-plot.The rest in this volume is either pure filler or does nothing to advance the story.
Grant Morrison recently said working for DC was starting to become a grind as pressure to meet deadlines and crank stuff out led him to finish his run on Batman Inc. and work on his own creator owned titles. Action Comics Vol.
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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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