Action Comics #0

Action Comics #0

Writer: Sholly Fisch, Grant Morrison Artist: Cafu, Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 5, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
7.9Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Dont miss The Boy Who Stole Supermans Cape Grant Morrison weaves the history of Clark Kents early days in Metropolis!

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 18, 2012

    This is a great read. Again, nothing in it is neccesary to understand what happened in issue's 1-12, nor will it help any incoming issues " it's just fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 5, 2012

    I know that I've had my issues with Grant Morrison's run on Action Comics, as well as with his take on Superman, but it has gotten better and better as it has gone along. I'm now actually sad to see him departing the book and character. The only bright spot in the dim parade of poorly written Superman books is about to go out... Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Sep 6, 2012

    Overall, this was a fun issue that filled some gaps and laid the groundwork, albeit retroactively, for some of the stuff I'm really loving in the main book. It's these great little side stories that I'll probably miss most when Morrison leaves. He just GETS Superman in a way so few writers do these days. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Sep 7, 2012

    I'm going to say that this is a grade-A book that's worthy of having Morrison's name on it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Sep 10, 2012

    If you are a passing fan of Superman, or have been on the fence about this whole zero issue gambit, do yourself a favor and pick up Action Comics #0. The story is exceptionally told, and though I have a few concerns about the art, I found this issue to be my favorite of the week. I can't wait to see how Mr. Morrison wraps up his run on the series, and hope that the person who follows up doesn't screw up this enjoyable story. Action Comics #0 is a must read, earning 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Scott West Sep 6, 2012

    Plus, amidst all the glory of these origins and flashbacks, we're given a quick look at a magician that I can't wait to see appear in the pages of 'Action' in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 6, 2012

    Still, it's another strong issue in this series, and one we should treasure - along with the writer - while we can. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 11, 2012

    I have to say that I have enjoyed these back stories immensely. Looking back at Drekken's battle with Superman in Action Comics #6, he didn't seem like a mustache-twirling megalomaniac. Instead, he seemed pretty out of place. This origin story makes that scene more understandable. As usual, CAFU supplies solid art here. This story is basically a conversation between 2 characters in the rain and yet I felt the art was dynamic enough to draw me into the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 6, 2012

    Only partially substantial and largely unnecessary, but it's still a very enjoyable reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Brad Wiegele Sep 5, 2012

    Superman is the best humanity has to offer. Even if he isnt human. As I read the last three pages, I had a smile from ear to ear. Grant Morrison knows exactly what makes Superman great. Its nice to see he finally brought that back to Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 5, 2012

    Sholly Fisch delivers another backup feature to complement the main tale. Interestingly, this story delves into Morrison's ongoing mythology much more than these backups have tended to in the past. Fisch doesn't focus on Superman here, but rather the origins of the Captain Comet/Neo-sapiens subplot from recent issues. Again, this material isn't necessarily that vital, but it adds a bit of color to previous stories. It's nice to have one issue that slows down the breakneck pace of the series and focus on the characters before Morrison begins his final push. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 7, 2012

    Ben Oliver's art nicely compliments this change of direction in story, and there's also a nice little backup in which Sholly Fisch draws Morrison's background to the Captain Comet and Neo-sapiens story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 6, 2012

    And that is a shame, because this issue seems to present Morrison an opportunity to really turn it on for his last 4 issues of “Action,” and together with a stronger backup, this would have been, hands down, the best issue of the run so far. As it stands, it is still the best issue of the back-end of the year and, hopefully, is a sign of thing to come from Morrison's last arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    WhatCulture - Marcus Doidge Sep 6, 2012

    As anadditionaltreat there's a short story at the back of the issue, featuring a super poweredalienkid and a nod that Clark's arrival may have mutated everyday folk, Smallville the TV show style. It's an okay little tale that hints at a future event but it's nothing to get too excited about yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Justin Barnes Sep 13, 2012

    I thought this issue was not one of Morrison's best of the series. While there are some dots that are connected, much of what was added to the story was unnecessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Sep 10, 2012

    For Grant Morrison, Action Comics #0 is a much more streamlined story. It follows a cohesive thread throughout, and Morrison doesn't shift focus or scenes as jarringly as he has in the past. Still, the intense moments are not given enough time to settle in order to convey the emotion, particularly when Superman comes to the aid of the abused child. In the end, we have a comic that is more a "how the leopard got his spots" tale than a vital moment in Superman's history. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Sep 7, 2012

    So a mixed bag -- for the lead story, good ideas that never quite get the delivery they demand, and for the backup, decent delivery but no clear purpose. It's the same combination that drove me off the book some issues ago, and that will fail to keep me around any longer for a second time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 5, 2012

    ACTION COMICS started out strongly in the beginning. We had the chance to see the early days of an inexperienced Superman. This zero issue touches on that. Unfortunately while this was a nice story, it didn't blow me away as some of the earlier issues. There's so much potential in this younger Superman but it felt as if there were some limitations in what sort of threat he could go up against. But we do get to see some firsts in this issue. There are little tidbits to check out. The interesting part will be to see if anything in future issues will touch on any of the events here. I simply want more from my Superman comics. Let's hope that the second year of the New 52 will make me a happy Superman fan. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 8, 2012

    I don't want to detract from the emotional significane of stories like these. I truly do not wish that. Unfortunately, when tales like these are done poorly, or half-assed, it's more disrespectful than not. In the case of Action Comics #0, Morrison simply tries to hard to strain a story from an emotional core. He wants us to connect with the young boy, reading in awe as he himself is in awe over the awesome power of Superman's cape. Instead, we get a lot of pieces that don't quite add up to anything. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Gizmo Sep 14, 2014

    The story tries to be sentimental and it just ends up being kind of silly. As for art, the layouts are fantastic, but the finishes get muddled, especially in the faces where it looks like someone threw talcum powder in everyone's face. Also, 9 pages in: behold one of the worst silhouettes I've ever seen. The followup story had better art but suffered from some unnecessary caption boxes describing action that was already clear. The extra story also felt completely inconsequential, I'm assuming it holds more significance to ongoing readers.

  • 8.5
    Dragonborn89 Aug 18, 2014

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    Redeadhood May 21, 2014

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    Sploska Jan 22, 2016

  • 7.0
    Ilia1993 May 20, 2016

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