Action Comics #871

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 12, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

"New Krypton" part 4! With thousands of Kryptonians being integrated into human society, the world believes they'll be watched over and protected across the globe. But not everyone was raised by Ma and Pa Kent. Meanwhile, the experiments on Brainiac continue as his mysterious captor builds an army against the Man of Steel and his people.
Plus, who are the new Nightwing and Flamebird?

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Nov 13, 2008

    Action Comics #871 was another entertaining installment of the New Krypton story. Johns does a fine job keeping the ball rolling and helping to make the New Krypton story one of the more exciting events in the DCU. Action Comics #871 is a balanced issue that should appeal to action fans as well as readers who require good dialogue and well crafted plotlines. I definitely recommend giving this New Krypton story a try. You do not need to be a long-time Superman fan in order to enjoy this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 16, 2008

    In other words: so far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Beth Davies-Stofka Nov 21, 2008

    Meanwhile, concerning New Krypton, loyalties will be strained, rigid ideologies will sow anger and mistrust, and if Johns can hold it together, goodness will prevail, if only for a moment. Would I be a fool to believe Doomsday is really dead? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Rodriguez Nov 14, 2008

    All in all, this issue is a fun and exciting read. Pick it up at your comic shop -- you wont regret it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 12, 2008

    "New Krypton" seeks to deepen the Superman mythos while providing new answers to old questions and addressing continuities cops' concerns, and through the fourth chapter the tale has done a nice job. With a month of issues behind it and another couple months of Superman related adventures remaining, this storyline appears to be one that will be pointed back to for inspiration from a new generation of Superfan and Supercreator. As mentioned before, don't let the numbering fool you, you'll be able to jump in with this issue and still enjoy the rest of the flight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 7, 2007

    One could see it as something of a commentary on the state of super-hero comics. Johns uses a foundation of a much simpler era of the Superman mythos here. Jimmy Olsen is a keener kid here, following Clark around like a puppy. He's really a one-dimensional figure, representative of a simpler era in the genre. The same holds true of the implausibly cheerful Legionnaires who approach the young Clark Kent in Smallville. While those simpler incarnations are charming in their own way, they don't really hold up as fleshed-out, compelling characters in the context of modern storytelling. Perhaps Johns is saying there is a place for those elements we remember with such fondness but that one also has to accept the state of super-hero storytelling of the 21st century along with the nostalgia factor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Raymond Hilario Nov 15, 2008

    First and foremost, I would have liked to seen the battle between the Kryptonians and Doomsday executed more brutally and more excitedly. The battle in this issue is spread out throughout the book between two Kryptonians' critiquing humanity, and the exchange between General Lane and Luthor; constantly interrupting the action and never really allowing it to take off. Perhaps with Gary Frank on board, each scene would've been done better and had us turning the next pages eagerly to get back to the fight. My second gripe with this issue is the “WTF moment” in the end. Except it's not really supposed to be a moment to be excited about since the appearance of Nightwing and Flamebird were indicated on the cover, camouflaged with the other ridiculous-looking Kryptonians. I honestly don't see what the fuss is with the emergence of these characters. I guess we're finally going to learn more about these two, other than we finally see who Dick Grayson gets his name from and this time Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 12, 2008

    But again, the very fact that this issue progresses the New Krypton storyline the way it does will likely lead many to consider it a success. They may have a point. Those same people might also find it difficult to overlook the issue's significant technical shortcomings, or a suspicion that the final product could have been higher in quality had it been planned and executed more carefuly. For those reasons, I recommend the issue to anyone enjoying this current Superman epic, with the stipulation that they curtail any high expectations. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex C. Lupp Jul 23, 2009

    I'm not certain whether the upcoming "Codename: Patriot" story will improve things, but I do know that the Second Feature in this issue made me feel a little better about spending four bucks. The art by Cafu is gorgeous, and well colored by Arcas. All but Captain Atom are bathed in shades of red, thus making the blue tinted hero stand out beautifully. The story is also good. Rucka and Robinson have a great hook, and I just hope it is executed well since some of their good concepts over in Superman have lost steam. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 12, 2008

    Another solid addition to the New Krypton story. It's a bit of a slow burn for the storyline, so I'll leave it as Check It, but I suspect it will quickly turn into a series of Must Reads by the end of this. Read Full Review

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