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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.”
USA Today
 
“A ripping read.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“Entertaining.”
— 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.”
—IGN
 
“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.”
—ComicVine
 
 
“Brassy and brash.”
— io9

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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Product Details

  • Series: Superman Action Comics (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I couldn't wait to get this comic as soon as I heard the New 52 was coming out, and I wasn't wrong this comic was awesome, would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to start reading comics with a good starting point.
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I'm not typically a reader of comic books. But Grant Morrison could almost persuade me to become one.

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.
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I enjoyed reading this reboot on Superman. The stories in this text take place five years before the story in the Superman Comic #1. One thing I like about these stories is that Grant Morrison starts with Superman in action. There is no long story explaining how Superman came to earth. He will leave that for later in the back-up stories written by Jolly Fisch. Morrison pays tribute to the original Action Comics where Superman fights for the underdog. Seeing Superman carry Mr. Glenmorgan by his foot in the skies of Metropolis reminds us of a corrupt lobbyist, Alex Grier, who is carried in similar manner by an angry man of steel at the end of ACs 1 and the beginning of AC 2. In addition to this, the story arc involving Braniac, the collector of worlds, and his kidnapping of Metropolis in a small bottle, are borrowed from Action Comics 242, an issue way back from 1958. However, Morrison doesn't copy and paste, but he delivers his own doses of modern (or should I say post-modernist) outlook of how the duel between Braniac and Superman should have happened. The story also includes a rebellion of robots instigated by Braniac with the indirect help from Lex Luthor (who else?). This part of the story no doubt pays homage to the classic Sci-Fi film Metropolis, which is about robots taking over the world.

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.
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