Action Comics #8

Action Comics #8

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 4, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

It's the epic 30-page conclusion of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' majestic opening storyline! $3.99 gets you front row seats to the ascension of the DC Universe's first Super Hero as The Man of Steel goes toe to tentacle with the all-new Brainiac for the final fate of Metropolis!

  • 10
    Examiner - Michael Seigler Apr 8, 2012

    But I digress. Taken as a pure superhero story, without pausing to consider the subtext, Action Comics # 8 is fantastic. As has every issue thus far before it, it readily delivers on its title, providing motion and action in almost every scene. I would describe Grant Morrison's writing as many things, but before this book, "kinetic" would not have been one of them. Rags Morales' almost-realistic, yet still exaggerated art style has fit these stories to a tee. In fact, I would go so far as to say that in all 52 books of their relaunch, DC didn't find a more perfect writer/artist pairing than these two, on this project. Its slam-bang superheroic fun, and every comic fan owes it to themselves to be picking it up. Given a choice, though, I'd still rather you do so the old-fashioned way. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew Atkinson Apr 8, 2012

    Morrison and Morales are quickly becoming synonymous with the word "greatness." Although I have known Morrsion's work for years, I have only recently begun to recognize and appreciate the genius that is Rags Morales. I will continue to look for more of his work for my collection. If you are not a Superman fan, the work by these two makes it worth the price of the book in the long run, and you may find yourself surprised by the Man of Steel after all. Until next time" Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Apr 5, 2012

    Next month brings Superman of Earth-23, President Superman! And it's based on Obama! AWESOME! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Apr 7, 2012

    Overall, this was a fun last issue to this arc. I would have preferred the story not been interrupted, and thus a few months late, but what can you do? Now that the origin is out of the way, I really hope Morrison will open the doors and go crazy with the comic from now on. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 10, 2012

    Most importantly, I feel like the lineup is set. We know enough about the characters here to want to read more, to want to see what they do next, to see how they end up where they are over in the Superman title. And for that I wish we weren't going to a Multiverse Superman story next. I want to read more about this Superman. Still, I think Action remains the cream of the new 52. Wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Apr 5, 2012

    I'm still confused as to how things transpired the way they did, but there's enough good in this issue where I need not dwell on those trivial things. Here's to another powerful story arc for Action Comics, cheers! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 4, 2012

    The first arc is over. What comes next? We've had a pretty good idea how this story has to end. That is one of the downfalls in telling a story set during Superman's early days while pretty much all the other "New 52" comics are set in the present. The ending almost feels rushed as suddenly we're witnessing the aftermath of it all. The stage has been set for Superman and now we're ready to see his adventures as a hero rather than a vigilante. Morrison brings it all together but it's the mix of four different artists in the book that drags it down a little. The adventures of young Superman may be over but we all know that Morrison has plenty more tricks up his sleeve. This has just been the appetizer for whatever he has planned. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 7, 2012

    Thedetails of the resolution of Grant Morrisons first story arc on Action Comics Vol. 2 isnt nearly asinteresting as the changes that DC Comics are infusing the Superman mythoswith. Honestly, this Clark Kent/Superman just might be unique enough to keepthe courts tied up in years over their custody battle with Supermans originalcreators families. Supermans suit is radically different from his previous incarnationssuit. Not just in its new underpants on the outside look abandonment, it nowseems to be made of unstable molecules that can cause its appearance tochange radically and, at times, confusingly. Supermans new Fortress of Solitudeis presented as a Satellite of Solitude. Also, kinda like Daredevil, at leastone common person from the slums where Clark lives knows Clarks secret and hasdecided to keep it secret, asking, So"are you Clark pretending to be Superman oris it the other way around? Of course, Clark gives no definitive answer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 4, 2012

    In short, the larger plan for this book is beginning to come together, and it all seems promising. Is there any chance Action Comics can find a more timely and consistent art crew now? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Apr 5, 2012

    For all the good in this storyline, and in this issue specifically, Im not going to let a few bad pages ruin it for me. But those bad pages leap out at you and pull the overall score down, and thats a real shame, to fumble the ball right before the endzone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 6, 2012

    Morrison has set up numerous stories to keep this book percolating far into the future - but this one was a bit of a stumble. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Apr 6, 2012

    Yet another disappointment from one of DC's "flagship titles. It simply doesn't bring the great and grand Superman tale we've all been hoping for, which means thus far, the new DC has done little to revitalize its trademark hero for a modern audience. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Apr 9, 2012

    The end results, however, lack the excitement generated by the initial issues where Kal was jumping around the city, wearing a white T-shirt with a red "S" printed on the front. Superman is back to his old self, somewhat, but he still feels like a distant character rather than the down-to-earth farm-boy he's always been. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 4, 2012

    With its nastier Clark Kent and its dirtier Metropolis, think of Action Comics as the evil twin of Grant Morrison's better instincts. It's everything but the things that really matter. Read Full Review

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