Action Comics #870

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 8, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

The "Brainiac" finale--Superman versus Brainiac with everything at stake! No longer content to simply eradicate Superman, Brainiac is determined to destroy Earth like so many other planets he's left in his wake. But Brainiac's ship is full of many bottles, inside of which some surprise guest-stars lurk! And while hope may blossom on Brainiac's ship, there's one life even the Man of Steel can't save.

  • 10
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Oct 8, 2008

    The last couple of issues felt like this story was losing steam, but Johns comes back in a big way. He swings for the fences and hits a grandslam. This is easily the saddest issue of Superman I've ever read and one I will not soon forget. It's a great time to be a Superman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 9, 2008

    It's very simple: if you're not reading Action Comics, you're missing a classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Oct 8, 2008

    There are a few minor quibbles and nitpicks that could be made about this issue, but it was just too good to really dwell on them for any length of time. Great story that has me genuinely excited for the Superman titles for the first time since, well, since he died, I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 8, 2008

    I absolutely loved this story arc, regardless of my problems with this last issue. When collected, this will read as one of the best Superman stories in decades, and perhaps my problems with its conclusion won't be quite as pronounced. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Oct 9, 2008

    I refused to dock my grade for Action Comics #870 due to my personal bias against Johns killing Jonathon Kent. The fact is that regardless if I found Pa Kent's death to be a wise move or not, the fact remains that Action Comics #870 was a technically sound issue. Johns crafts a fine read that offers the reader an excellent blend of action, and drama. Action Comics #870 is a powerful and emotional read that is sure to have an impact on the reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 8, 2008

    In this issue, this comic lives up to its title, "Action Comics." Now if Hollywood would just learn a thing or two, borrow a page or twenty-two, and realize what a great Superman movie could truly be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace and Thom Young Oct 13, 2008

    Thom Young: Yeah, me too. I didnt enjoy the one issue of James Robinsons Superman that I read, and the idea of the two Superman titles going back to the diamond numbering system they used in the 1990s as DC essentially merged the titles into a bi-weekly series crafted by two separate creative teams is not appealing to me at all. Read Full Review

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