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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 ›
I came home from knee surgery to find myself bored, drugged, and distracted. Somehow, I ended up with a copy of Morrison's treatment of Superman in this renumbering of the Action Comics line (as a comics novice, I have almost no idea what that means, but it sounds good, and it was in the summary on Goodreads...). Superman has always been my favorite super hero, from the time I would, as a five-year old, stuff the edges of a red blanket in my shirt and zoom around the house channeling Christopher Reeve's version, fighting off the villainous Lex Luther and making the world safe. He's a man who is unequivocally good, typifying the Platonic ideal of the word, and yet is conflicted as the last of his race, alone on Earth, motivated by pure, unselfish intentions instead of desires for fame, glory, or wealth.
Yes, that can seem a bit superficial alongside more nuanced characters like Bruce Wayne/Batman, in the DC universe, or perhaps Tony Stark/Iron Man, in the Marvel. And yet, it's the need for an ideal that appeals to me. Yes, he's practically invulnerable, can fly, shoots lasers from his eyes (or heat rays?), has ultrasonic hearing and x-ray vision...but for kryptonite (and I never can figure out how every villain manages to get their hands on any of the stuff, given how far Krypton is from Earth, but whatever), he's practically a god--which is a big part of the critique Lex Luther, played by Kevin Spacey, levies at him in Superman Returns, and that looks to be a part of the upcoming Superman v. Batman film starring James Cavill and Ben Affleck. That's morally problematic, in a world where God is invisible and man must rely on faith to find deity.Read more ›
Having said this, the new Superman wears a t-shirt with the S crest on it and denim jeans. He jumps (like in the early version), he lives in an apartment with lower income residents, and his landlady is Mrs. Nixly. He also works with the Daily Star as Clark Kent. Superman is also mistrusted by law enforcement officials and the army, represented by none other than General Lane, Lois Lane's father. Jimmy Olsen is a good friend of Clark, and Lois feels she is competing with young Clark Kent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great origin and coming of hero paperback for Superman. My favorite story might possibly be the story for his human parents.Published 2 months ago by Ricky
Great start on setting the ground work of New 52 Superman by the legendary writer Grant Morrison.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know Morrison's style isn't for everyone, it's fairly dense and takes a couple read throughs to fully get everything that's going on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Reboot, but one that kinda didn't need to happen. In the vain of making Superman "Dark, Real and Gritty" they turned him into a dick. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zachary T
The New 52 Superman seems more interested in fighting aliens than actually living up to his name. If you want a superhero who is trying to be a better human, go read Supergirl... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clay Dowling
It was disappointing as to the story's seemed to be disjointed and skipped around too much!Published 4 months ago by Barry Werber
Superman is the most iconic of all comic book super-heroes. His popularity has diminished over the years, but his importance to the genre is still undeniable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stuart S