Action Comics #12

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 1, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 10
6.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

What is the horrific secret behind THE FORGOTTEN SUPERMAN? What happens when Superman is too late to save LOIS LANE? And what is the staggering new threat The Man of Steel is about to face? Plus in the backup, Perry Whites brush with death leads to startling consequences for Superman!

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 3, 2012

    There is almost too much to recap - Comet and his origin, the reflections of Comet/Superman, the Oorts, Nyxly and Vyndktvx, the magical return of Clark, surgeon Superman, and a vision of a Lois/Superman wedding. And all of it written and drawn beautifully. This comic is simply wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Aug 7, 2012

    Some ups and downs, but overall very satisfying. With issue #0 coming out next month, #13 and the return of Mxyzptlk will have to wait until October. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 1, 2012

    When you first read this issue, you get a sense that this will be one of the average issues of the series. We've seen some great stories along with some so-so ones. As the story unfolds, you begin to see that there is more going on than was first apparent. The kicker is towards the end and it should open your eyes and bring a smile to your face. There was a back up mentioned in the original solicit but this is a 30-page story. There were some key moments towards the end that made this a fun read, specifically the conversation with Mrs. N. We'll definitely want to see the repercussions from this issue. Hopefully they'll play out within the next four issues... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 2, 2012

    Morrison is not one to leave loose ends untied (as evidenced by the inexplicable resurrection of Batman Incorporated), so the Oort-Kind's machinations will surely be made more clear in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Aug 2, 2012

    Again, the ending with Clark's landlady managed to keep me excited for the next issue. But then I realized next month is the line-wide Zero issue, so we'll have to wait even longer to see this all play out. Why does it feel like every time we build a little momentum with this series, there's an interlude issue that trips everything up? Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outer Realm Comics - thefrozenreptile Aug 5, 2012

    I hate that this score is low this month; the cover really took away from this effort. After one year, however, Action remains one of my favourite titles (eclipsed by few; Supergirl and Buffy for example), and I'm positive this book will continue it's solid efforts for a long time yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 1, 2012

    The problem with this finale chapter is that certain threads are wrapped up too quickly and neatly. There's the aforementioned Captain Comet sendoff, but more annoying is how little the Johnny Clark persona amounts to in the end. Superman's identity crisis had far more potential to explore, but it seems there just isn't space to continue along that path. Meanwhile, a last-minute character reveal could have used a bit more room in the script. Overall, this series just doesn't seem to have the room to expand to its full potential, nor the visual consistency it really deserves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 4, 2012

    While the ambitious plot already teeters on the edge of success and failure, the storytelling stays strong, but the inconsistent arm drags it all down. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Aug 3, 2012

    The book's writing suffers at the hands of an art team simply trying to keep up and it's unfortunate. That being said, the final conversation between Superman and his landlady, where she turns Cubist, is quite well done. Overall, the art shows a stressed art team who will complain about the working conditions in a few years. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 9, 2012

    Though the issue had a couple minor stumbles in the form of a specific story choice and art-by-committee Action Comics #12 was still a solid entry in one of DC Comics flagship titles. Grant Morrison continues to make this the must have Superman series with his strong characterization and continued effort in creating a mix of new and old supporting characters. With an ending that introduced elements for a long-time Superman character it will be interesting to find out what Morrison has in store for us next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Aug 6, 2012

    After 12 issues, do we have any idea who this new Superman is? Much like how his alter ego has been in flux ( is he Clark Kent or Johnny Clark?), Superman himself has been poorly defined as Morrison tries to figure out who the 21st century Superman is. With this issue, he defines part of who Superman is as the secret identity story gets resolved but now he's got only a few more issues to tells us about the "super" part of the man. This isn't the Superman from Morrison's All Star Supermam. That was a hero at the end of his career, saving the world one more time. Morrison's Action Comics Superman is only a man who has to learn how to save Metropolis before he can save the world. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 1, 2012

    Make no mistake, the last two pages both make and save this issue. After twelve months, Morrison is finally heading to a place Superman fans have been waiting for. He's going to use some of Superman's crazy past to tell a story worthy of the man of steel. The series has been slow to start, hinting all too infrequently at the larger story ahead. Morrison would tease us, but with only the briefest of lines. In two pages he gave us more info than the last eleven issues. If you aren't looking forward to the next issue now, you might as well drop Action. Morrison will be off the title soon and he's setup his final story. I think it's going to send his run off with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 4, 2012

    Three artists on the issue actually works out OK, with the panels feeling consistent throughout. It is just a shame that this issue, nor the story arc it belongs to, can claim the same. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 1, 2012

    There are some great bits here and there that have me still interested in what's to come. The final pages set up the next storylines with an almost gleeful menace, and there's at least one revelation in the last couple pages so surprising that I almost cheered. Still, "Action Comics" #12 is a comic where the sum of its parts is weaker than each individual moment. Ultimately, this feels like a rare misstep from all parties involved. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Aug 10, 2012

    As bad as the last Superman movie was, this comic is many times worse and is quite frankly insulting to the readers. Word came out a few weeks ago that Morrison would be leaving Action Comics with issue 16 and that is probably for the best as he seems gassed on the characters. I know he is a great writer and will look for his future work but this issue shows that he just is not a good fit with the Superman character. Read Full Review

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