Action Comics #4

Action Comics #4

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 2
7.7Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Is your mind prepared for an encounter with the deadly Terminauts? What awful master do they serve? What horrible fate awaits Superman and the city of Metropolis? The true scope of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' ACTION COMICS run begins to come into view, so get those sunglasses ready, 'cause it is gonna be blinding!And in a backup story that spins out of ACTION COMICS #2, John Henry Irons takes his first steps toward becoming the hero known as Steel!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Dec 7, 2011

    Fantastic dialogue, beautiful art and a heavy action packed story will both have you at the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. This is definitely an issue that will leave you entertained and with more questions than answers -- and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Dec 7, 2011

    The only thing that really bugs me about this issue is the last page, which informs us that we've got to wait 3 months to see what happens next. The upcoming issues featuring the Legion should be fun as hell, but I hate being kept waiting like this. But at least we're not expected to wait all that time with nothing else being published. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 9, 2011

    If so, it's a shaky start to what has been up to now my favorite of the "New 52" books. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 12, 2011

    After a couple of month's of promo material, I was glad my extra buck was spent on more story. And I also am glad that this Steel fight was both showcased but also removed from the main story. Superman still needs to shine here. He needs to star in his own book. We don't know enough of Superman here to lose pages to a 'guest star'. But this fight needed to be told in depth. We got to learn more about Irons. And we have the next hero of the DCnU. That was a win. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 12, 2011

    Less is more most of the time but in Grant Morrison's storytelling it appears to be the exception to the rule. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Dec 13, 2011

    Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Dec 11, 2011

    I do have two minor complaints about the issue. First off, the cliffhanger ends with the information that the story will continue in issue #7, and that next issue will be an interlude. As far as I can tell, Grant Morrison is still writing that issue, so Im rather confused as to the reason for the interlude. However, that may become clear when the next issue is released, and its technically not a fault with this issue anyway. The other little problem I have is Steels armor. It looks okay, and again, Brad Walkers rendition of it is fantastic, but it looks rather similar to Cyborgs design. Yay to the DCU for embracing diversity and all that, but do you really want your first two minority superheroes (again, chronologically speaking) to have such similar visuals? On the other hand, this is clearly Steels prototype armor, and Im keeping my fingers crossed that the completed version will sport a look all his own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 8, 2011

    Action Comics doesn't have much in the way of meat here, but it does tantalize a bit more. Luthor's reactions to how the alien is going against what he agreed to with it is amusing, but all it does is reinforce in his mind that aliens are bad and not to be trusted. The use of Corben and Irons helps to build the supporting cast from the start of Superman's career rather than later additions and we get to see how Lois is handling some of these changes in a personal way. The Terminauts are kind of all right overall, but I do like that it's working its magic fairly well when it comes to the capture and acquisition of artifacts and other things since it's classic Braniac overall, just with some mild tweaks. I'm still expecting a twist or two along the way, but this issue delivers decently with what it wants to do, it just doesn't completely captivate or draw you in totally. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Dec 7, 2011

    Issue #4 is a definite step in the right direction, but I'm still waiting for the hammer to drop and for things to get crazy good as I know Morrison is capable of delivering. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Dec 12, 2011

    DC is riding high on the success of this rebranding/relaunch/reboot and Action Comics is a great example of what a company can do with the right talent, the willingness to take a risk in retelling origins, and keeping fans (new and old) interested in the story. While I don't like the jump in the Steel story, and some of the Luthor silliness is rather anti-lex, the art is good and the overall roller coaster ride of a story Morrison is serving up earn this issue 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 8, 2011

    While a compelling enough read, this story, like its star, doesn't reach to the stratospheric heights of which it is capable, and is further hampered by a mostly unmemorable backup feature. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Dec 7, 2011

    Anyway, Action Comics #4 is all right. It's not great, but there's a bit of fun and cool to it, and some iffy stuff to cast the stink-eye upon. That's mostly what you get with the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Dec 12, 2011

    It's funny to say, but Morrison's Superman in Action Comics may be a more street-level character that his Batman has been lately. At least we could have said that up until the moment when he decided to focus less on Superman fighting big business or the military establishment and made Action Comics #4 a story about an alien invasion. Morrison's run began as a story about a boy who thought he had the power to change and inspire a city. Hopefully that is a story that we can get back to. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Dec 11, 2011

    In the end, "Action Comics" #4 is necessary to the story that Grant Morrison is telling, but that doesn't make it as lively or energetic as the first three issues. The action is determined by an external force rather than the characters themselves, and that sucks a lot of the drive out of the issue. Things happen because they happen and Morrison doesn't seem to find that any more interesting than we do. Hopefully, this issue is just a hiccup in an otherwise strong run. Read Full Review

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