Action Comics #41

Action Comics #41

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 21
7.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The epic new storyline TRUTH begins! For Superman, theres no more holding back!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 10, 2015

    This is a story of an ordinary man who is extraordinary. Usually, a paradox like that involves a physically normal person with heroic moral qualities. That isn't the case in the story Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder tell inAction Comics #41. Clark Kent is certainly a moral hero, but he is also far from physically normal. Rather, in this comic he is an ordinary man in a way that Arthur Miller would have appreciated and understood. In his famous play,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miller said that the victory of a feline in that strange situation was just staying in place. Sometimes, in other words, survival is a heroic act. It has been a long time since mere continued existence, since just going on, was heroic for Clark Kent. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 5, 2015

    Just some slight story hiccups, mainly dealing with the timeline keep this from being an absolutely perfect tale. Superman may be depowered, but he is certainly not powerless. This marks the beginning to the “Truth” arc, and if the quality of this book can be kept across all titles for this crossover, this might be a tale worthy of the Man of Steel for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 3, 2015

    Look past the t-shirt,focuson the ‘S', and you'll find a paradox: Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder have supplied DC Comics withthe raw andrelatable Superman they've always wanted while retaining thevital optimism the character will will always need.It's about time somebody understood how the Man of Tomorrow could work today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 3, 2015

    Time will tell if DC's latest experiment with Superman will yield long-lasting results, but as far as this debut issue goes, this is an excellent second chance at making a good first impression. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 4, 2015

    Action Comics #41 is a great start for this new storyline (sort of, since we still don't have the issues that come before this that'll explain" well everything). The story is enjoyable, the characterization is great, and the writing and artwork are terrific. There are minor grievances here and there and I'm sure not everyone will be keen on this new direction for Superman (can't really blame them), but I would be lying to myself if I did not fully recommend checking this out. This issue was a lot of fun and I really do look forward to seeing where the future lies. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jun 4, 2015

    Action Comics is paving the way for another great Superman story. Kuder and Pak's run has been a must-read so if you haven't read yet, this is a perfect time to hop on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matt McGrath Jun 9, 2015

    When Superman burst onto the pages in June 1938, the cover of Action Comics #1 depicted men fleeing in terror of the sheer sight of Superman. Action Comics #41 Volume 2, returns to that in a way. Its fitting. Our world doesnt want Superman. We dont want someone reminding us that we are all making the wrong decisions. We crown the wrong people heroes. Supermans power grew with America and the two became synonymous. I hate that too. But the story to come will absolutely put Superman at odds with the police. This isnt John Byrnes deputized Superman of 1986. Hes a man on the run. His identity is exposed. His powers are diminished. And, hes still doing the right thing. Hes charging into danger without a thought of himself, but while thinking about everyone else. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 4, 2015

    Action Comics #41 presents the story of the Superman of the "New DCU." Writer Greg Pak does a terrific job of presenting the new status quo for our hero. He explores the consequences of what it means to be a de-powered Man of Steel who is also struggling with the loss of his secret identity. Pak extends these consequences to the people of Metropolis as well while simultaneously introducing new characters, both allies and otherwise. Though there is an awkward editorial hiccup, Pak manages to deliver an ultimately satisfying issue. Artist Aaron Kuder helps with this quite a bit by adding amazing action scenes, but the art falls a bit short with some awkward anatomy and facial features. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 Jun 22, 2015

    So, even thoughthe plot doesn't move forward in leaps and bounds, the story gave uswhat weneeded for any upcoming adventures, and the artwork was pretty much perfect. Get ready for the new Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 3, 2015

    The Truth is here and while I was hoping for a bigger bang, the story has me intrigued. Seeing Superman without his full powers and secret identity isn't something I thought I wanted, but Greg Pak is using it to show how Superman and the world deal with it. It's not a pretty picture...but Aaron Kuder's art is. This book looks outstanding and I can recommend it to every Superman fan out there. The wait is over and I can't wait to find out more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 3, 2015

    Action Comics #41 is a triumphant return for Pak and Kuder after the Convergence break. Superman is a little less super but this story certainly isn't, and this duo is one of the top creative teams in comics. Action Comics is a must-read every month and issue #41 is no different. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 5, 2015

    Shadow Demons, dirty cops, laughing kids, a new LL character and a heroic Superman all dressed up in beautiful art with great layouts. I don't know if I could ask for much more, especially in a storyline I was quite nervous about. I have a lot of faith in Pak and Kuder. I have loved their time on Action. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that they pulled this off. Now all I need is some good Lois! Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Jun 5, 2015

    Action Comics #41 is an okay comic that is mostly brought down by the other Superman titles that haven't come out yet, but it seems like this comic is having it's own story arc. Something which should be expected of most of the Superman titled books are going to be doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 3, 2015

    Superman is in a very different place right now, and while Superman fans may have trouble transitioning into this story, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder know what they're doing. We're seeing Superman challenged by things that normally wouldn't be a challenge to him and that is what makes the debut issue of "Truth" exciting. I can totally get down on a story or two about Superman being a street-level hero. The only problems with this book were minor and had to do with a scene or two of art towards the end of the book, but aside from that, this is a great start to the new storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jun 3, 2015

    Action Comics #41 is bound to turn some heads, and I completely understand why. That doesn't however stop the ingenious and bold direction from being utterly captivating, as though there's a lot to still explore, this fan for one looks forward to taking this journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 6, 2015

    This is a Superman I could get behind. He's personable, he's friendly, and he's a hero no matter what. Pak just has a really good handle on his main character, keeping Clark Kent as Clark Kent, even in this new dynamic. And I like the new dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 8, 2015

    "Action Comics" #41 knocks it out of the park, and it's a joy to see Pak and Kuder returning in a sea of new creative teams on other titles. This is a book that has its own voice while working well with others; that's a creative team to celebrate. If you haven't read the Pak and Kuder's run on "Action Comics" yet, this is a fantastic place to begin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - David Hestand III Jun 23, 2015

    Pak delivers a solid opening to Truth in Action Comics. But it is still uncertain if this Superman story will be able to stand alone like promised. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 3, 2015

    In trying to make Superman look more like a street level character, this issue both succeeds and fails. While it is true that his actions in the past might have left him with legal responsibilities to property owners, it is also a veneer of the superhero genre that we don't really need removed. At the same time, the creative team is successful in showing Superman as a lot more fragile than he once was. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 8, 2015

    A solid start, but I hope that Clark comes back to his Smallville roots a little and drops the Metropolis potty mouth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jun 5, 2015

    While this issue doesn't breakAction Comicsfor me, it does keep me from ever really loving it. There are parts I really engaged with and the ending promises some very interesting things to come, especially in terms of focus and scope. I just hope that future stories keep the emphasis on human storytelling about Superman as a defender of the innocent rather than backsliding into just another exercise in generic super punching. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - EarBlind Jun 8, 2015

    There's plenty of action, and the action is "grittier" than your average Superman comic (reinforced by the overall blue-grey color scheme) but still it is by no means grim. The story is infused with all the warmth, sentimentality and All-American manliness we expect from Superman, and this is definitely a good thing. It feels like an update without sacrificing what makes Superman Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 4, 2015

    All in all, this issue is fun and does a good job as the first part of the new TRUTH storyline that's taking over the Superman Family of books for the next few issues. It's enjoyable, interesting, and has solid art. Definitely a good pickup for any Superman (or really, DC) readers out there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 4, 2015

    For anyone who hasn't been keeping up with the current storylines involving Superman, Action Comics #41 is a great jumping on point. Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder make a compelling enough story and give us enough information to bring us up to speed fairly quicker. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jun 4, 2015

    In the end, Action #41 is really about the "simple pleasures". During the "Doomed" storyline, they were pushing the alien side of Superman a bit too hard and now we have the reverse"we explore the human side. Pak's storytelling mixed with Kuders' art and Morey's colors makes for a brilliantly put together read. I was annoyed with lost references and some of the curses leaving the Man of Steel's mouth were bothersome at times, but I really look forward to what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 6, 2015

    The comic is a dull read that is more because the character is lifeless than because the book lacks action. A de-powered Superman living in a world where his identity has been exposed sounds interesting but it actually isn't. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 9, 2015

    Action Comics #41 was a weak start to this "new" direction for this franchise. I was not impressed with the unoriginal plot foundation for this new direction for Superman. Editorially driven plots rarely excited me. However, I wanted to like this issue because I am a fan of Pak's writing. Unfortunately, the product that was delivered with Action Comics #41 was of low quality. I cannot recommend that people spend their hard-earned money on this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Supes' soups Jun 3, 2015

    Not a bad issue but I feel like we need more time to let this Truth storyline develop. I mean this issue already references Superman #41 which doesn't come out til the last week of the month so there are a lot of missing pieces to this truth puzzle. Overall I like the change in tone. It sets up what could be a memorable Superman story but having Clark as a normal human certainly makes for some interesting challenges. Not much to say but this isn't a bad opening for a story arc that stretches across at least 4 titles (Action Comics, Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman/Superman).

  • 8.5
    LucasMarts Jun 3, 2015

    The truth will set you free! Or in Superman’s case, the truth will set your world on fire! Greg Pak is one of the few writers in the business who knows how to write Superman well, and Issue #41 is no exception. It is a great start to what might possibly be an amazing storyline, and lays the blueprint to what will come next. My only concern with this comic was the inclusion of citations on certain pages that say to check out what happened to Superman in this comic that has not even been released. To me, that is just shameless promotion, and only serves to take you out of the story. I recommend this comic to fans of Superman, people who want to see the Man of Steel at his most vulnerable in years, and to people who want to read a story that encompasses other comic book publications.

  • 8.5
    Leeluhlee Jun 6, 2015

    A Superman for the people is just what DC needs to keep him relevant in the age of Batman. Kudos to DC for being brave enough to give this a try. Aaron Kuders art is perfect for the muscular Man of Steel and Greg Pak the voice of Superman down pat! Cannot wait to see what comes from this new storyline and status quo!

  • 9.0
    the green death Jun 3, 2015

    Greg Pak gets Superman like few other writers and he runs with the ramifications of the new status quo in a way that feels very true to Superman. Wonderful art from Kuder too.

  • 8.5
    JBrownBear Jun 3, 2015

    I think I can sorta see what they are telling with this new Truth series, and that excites me.

  • 8.5
    stuffthing13 Jun 6, 2015

    Love the new direction we're getting with this storyline. Aaron Kuder's art is always on point and Greg Pak just knows Superman. I did get confused as to the citations in the book to look at the issues of the normal Superman book, but I think I might have figured out their plan with this whole story across multiple books. Superman will tell the beginning, how it all started. Action Comics is right after when he went up to the Arctic and came back to Metropolis and Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman are sometime after that. This way they can each tell their own arcs and stories without doing a massive crossover clusterf*ck. It's confusing at first cause Action Comics came out first, but I'm sure it'll all become a coherent storyline in the end.

  • 8.0
    nlindsay Jul 27, 2015

    Good moments of real heart in the writing out balance the few moments of cheese. Solid artwork throughout, but we've only got background in around half the panels.

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jun 5, 2015

    I don't like the anti-Superman stuff. I do like the depowered stuff.

  • 9.5
    FuzzyCracker Jun 3, 2015

  • 9.5
    Slayer666 Jun 4, 2015

  • 9.0
    MarkMiller Jun 7, 2015

  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
    James Yates Jul 25, 2015

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
    Juanpk26 Jun 3, 2015

  • 8.5
    Aegis Jun 4, 2015

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jun 8, 2015

  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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