Action Comics #894

Action Comics #894

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 27, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Guest-starring Death from SANDMAN! Yes, you read that right! Death! From SANDMAN! In ACTION COMICS! Lex Luthor finds himself literally at Death's door, which leads to a fascinating look not only into the mind of one of the all-time greatest villains, but also at what Death means in the DC UniverseAnd in the JIMMY OLSEN co-feature, an alien race has chosen Metropolis to be the host of their millennial celebration! And who better to show them around town than James Bartholomew Olsen? But when the alien princess gets wasted and her brother starts picking bar fights, it's up to Jimmy to get things under control before all of Metropolis is destroyed!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Oct 27, 2010

    Don't look for any action in this month's Action Comics; however, it was a dynamite issue regardless, and a wonderful introduction to Death from Sandman. Although you may not be into the direction that Action Comics has taken the past few months, this is one issue you have to pick up. By far, it's one of my favorite things DC has put out this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Oct 28, 2010

    This is truly one of the best character studies I've ever read in a comic. This is the sort of comic that you'll instantly want to re-read and revisit for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 28, 2010

    The issue also includes the second installment of Nick Spencer and RB Silva's Jimmy Olsen back-up, and like the debut chapter this one offers a fun modernization of the wacky Jimmy Olsen tales of the Silver Age that accomplishes a lot in a scant number of pages. Although DC's back-ups will soon be a thing of the past, the pairing of Cornell's Luthor run and Spencer's Olsen serial looks to be a fun one while it lasts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Oct 31, 2010

    This is a fine combination of stories and perhaps the best single issue of Action Comics in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 28, 2010

    So this is a one-and-done comic for me - but I'm glad I managed to score this issue. It's worth it to see an old favorite, even if she's just putting in a cameo appearance. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 8, 2010

    There is only one way to keep the aliens away, Jimmy needs to be boring! If Earth isn't fun, the Dalwythians will move on. I like this story as it really seems to capture the zaniness of early Jimmy stories albeit with a more modern flair. It is a very slick story, funny and irreverent with lots of pop culture references. It clearly was written to be an amusing story, not heavy or gritty. And as such, I think it is a nice contrast to the deeper darker main story with Lex. This chapter didn't sizzle the way the first one did but it was still fun and makes me want to read the next installment. That's always a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Oct 28, 2010

    "Action Comics #894" isn't a bad comic by any means. In fact, it's quite good in most ways that count. It just can't help but miss the high standards it courted. Replace Death with some other character and this could have been a truly excellent issue. But invoke her, and the readers who arrive in her wake will expect far better than they receive. It's a risk Cornell clearly felt comfortable taking, but not, it would seem, one that has paid off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 31, 2010

    Its been a while since I picked up Action Comics, but I have to say, this issue wasnt a disappointment at all, even if it didnt go where I kind of wanted it to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Nov 4, 2010

    Finally, the issue also features a backup story about Jimmy Olsen and an alien invasion, written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by RB Silva. Whilst it's jolly enough knockabout stuff, it's also pretty shallow and forgettable, and I definitely wouldn't miss it if it wasn't there--especially if it meant that Action Comics would be a dollar cheaper each month. Read Full Review

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