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Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 2: Bulletproof (The New 52) Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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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."
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great book that continues Grant Morrison's amazing run on the seriesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a little bit disappointing after such a good start in vol. 1. Jumps around a lot from alternate timelines to the past then the present etc. etc.Published 12 months ago by Peter Pan
Good book but not great the second volume in the series wasn't that good compared the first book in the seriesPublished on May 6, 2014 by Peter Alcaraz