Action Comics #858

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 31, 2007 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 8
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" begins with an extra-sized issue! Growing up, Clark Kent was a lonely boy until he met the teen team from the 31st century. But it's been years since he saw his friends. Why haven't they returned to visit him, and what's made the future so dangerous?

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Nov 1, 2007

    Action Comics #858 was a wonderful read. Now, I will openly admit my obvious bias. The Revolution is an unabashed Legion loyalist. The Legion has been and always will be my absolutely favorite title. Period. Even trying to look past my natural affinity for anything connected to the Pre-Crisis Legion, I still think that this story arc will appeal to fans that aren't familiar with the Legion. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 30, 2007

    All in all, a strong start to this arc, even if it does have a few major flaws. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Nov 4, 2007

    It would have been nice to have less of a recap and more clues as to whats going on in this dark future, but that nice surprise and the room Johns gives Frank to do what he does best still make this an exceptional issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nicholas Slayton Nov 4, 2007

    Now that the Action Comics scheduling woes are resolved, the title is once again cranking out brilliant stories. For fans of Superman, Gary Franks art, or the Legion, this is a must have read. Even with the Metropolis scenes, Johns and Frank have laid the groundwork for what looks to be one of the best Superman stories in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Nov 4, 2007

    If DC drop the ball again (as they did with Last Son) and the arc suffers severe delays later down the line, its going to be difficult to get me back on board. For the time being, however, this is shaping up to be a fun, fast-moving story which makes the character of Superman more attractive and sympathetic than usual. Im looking forward to seeing how Johns explains the change in the Earths sun and how it fits into the dour, dystopian version of the future that we see here (is it me, or are there a couple of sly Civil War references in this issue?), and Ill definitely be checking out the next issue on the strength of this first chapter. A pleasant surprise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Nov 4, 2007

    Im intrigued and eagerly looking forward to the next issueand its rare that I say that about any comic book nowadays. The last time I eagerly awaited comics on a regular basis was in the early to mid 1980s, before the original Legion was wiped out of continuity. Fortunately, it looks like that continuity (or a semblance of it) is being restored. For the moment, so is the eager anticipation of my youth. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Bryan Oct 30, 2007

    I'm not a Superman fan but I do believe he can be used to tell some good stories. From that perspective, Action Comics #858 is actually an enjoyable read. I'm cautiously optimistic about the rest of the arc, too, which says a lot. And best of all, we (presumably) won't have to wait months in between issues. Bonus! Read Full Review

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