Action Comics #19

Action Comics #19

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Batt, Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 8
7.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Lex Luthor is in jail and his battlesuit is back in action. But if he's not wearing it, who is? Inside the nefarious mind of Lex Luthor, who bares his scars—but how did he get them? Luthor’s plan to eradicate Superman may make Kal an alien pariah! The Oracle awaits at the edge of the Solar System to pass judgment on Superman—and he is not alone. You won’t believe who comes calling on the final page!

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 6, 2013

    It was a true Superman story, something we haven't seen in a bit. And it has already slipped through our fingers. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Apr 4, 2013

    This is a dynamite issue. Sure, there's some flaws, but nothing sonoticeable to offer distractions. You probably won't even notice it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Apr 7, 2013

    In the end, all we can do is appreciate Action Comics #19 for what it has become: a sign of amazing potential that won't be fulfilled.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Apr 9, 2013

    There was no Sholly Fisch backup story which was usually the best part of the book. Honestly, as much as it might be missed, it was not required as everything is straight forward. While I worry about future installments due to the creative shake up, this issue is something Superman fans can be proud of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Apr 3, 2013

    Even if you haven't picked up a single issue of the New 52, or any Superman title in years, for that matter, you probably already know everything you need to know to enjoy Action Comics #19. In other words, it's a classic Superman comic, regardless of whether he's wearing the red trunks or not. Making the Superman cast feel fresh and exciting while still remaining true to what makes them so enduring isn't an easy task, and as we've seen in recent years, very few creative teams can do it. Andy, Tony...are you sure you won't change your minds? Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 3, 2013

    Or would have taken it. It's hard to say how any of this will play out given that Diggle isn't writing the story anymore. Even though his plot will still be used for this arc, we all know it's how a story is told that makes it great. It could very well feel like a different book once the next issue hits. Given how well Diggle is able to write Superman by harnessing his most nostalgic elements while playing to Daniel's artistic strengths, it's hard to imagine a bigger shame for the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - Graeme O'Brien May 17, 2013

    As one chapter ends and another begins, the new creative team on this title offers a welcome breath of fresh air to a series which was in dire need of some invigoration. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Culture Mass - Jonathon Jacobs Apr 8, 2013

    A new creative team is here for Action Comics and they're just in time to revive The Man of Steel! This first issue with the new team will have you hooked within the first few pages and appreciating the return of a more familiar Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Apr 5, 2013

    With stellar art and better than average characterization, “Action Comics” #19 is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, like a gust of wind it is also short lived. However, it's hard to look this gift horse in the mouth, considering the dearth of quality Superman stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Daren Taveras May 21, 2013

    Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel started their arc off strong, and it is an understatement to say that Action Comics #19 is one of the best Superman stories to come since the arrival of the New 52. It is just a shame that it will end so soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Apr 5, 2013

    Andy Diggle writes a great issue, and delivers the best issue of any Superman book in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Apr 6, 2013

    Diggle's setting could just as easily fit within Mark Waid's Birthright origin universe as it does within the so-called New 52, handily drawing on traditional elements in a newish setting. The dichotomy between old and new is nicely demonstrated in Tony S. Daniel's ultra-slick modern interiors, especially the vision of Superman's outfit literally forming underneath his open shirt. It's an exciting story, and it is simply a shame that Diggle won't be going any further. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 3, 2013

    Obviously there's something that could be said about the unfortunate fact that this new team of Diggle and Daniel will not be on the series for more than a few issues. The important thing is, this was the type of comic Superman deserves. We get some great interaction between Lois and Clark, amazing action scenes with Superman and Lex Luthor looking the like the cold and immensely cruel individual he's supposed to be. There are some tiny bumps in this issue but nothing to get hung up on. In a perfect world, we'd get to see Diggle and Daniel on ACTION COMICS for a long run. This is the kind of stuff that makes ACTION COMICS super. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outer Realm Comics - thefrozenreptile Apr 13, 2013

    This new creative team has potential to be very good in the near future. Andy Diggle's reputation is such that I do believe that the story overall will be satisfying when complete, and to me that, more than anything, is why I read comics. Until next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Apr 3, 2013

    Andy Diggle and Tony Daniel will only be on Action Comics for three or four issues. I don't know if that's because DC felt the Diggle/Daniel route was lackluster or if it became lackluster because DC's editing team can't stop screwing with every story. Whatever the reason, Action Comics #19 is not the high-octane reboot I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Apr 3, 2013

    Action Comics #19 (DC Comics)The story takes place a year ago (what year and for what event is not clear) with Superman somewhere in the Middle East, checking things out for a news story with Lois Lane. He gets a tip about a shipment of weapons being smuggled into the area, which ends up being guarded by some extremely weird mechs. From there, we get a long, stretched out action scene and a revelation about who exactly is bringing in the shipment and the true sinister purpose for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 9, 2013

    Action Comics #19 was a fast paced issue that set-up the future of the series in interesting ways. Some cofusing timeline problems aside Andy Diggle did a good job developing Superman's voice, his powers and current state of mind. He also did a great job capturing the sadistic voice of Lex Luthor in a way that shows the character is calm and in control of his latest plot against Superman. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to see this story goes from here as Diggle exits the series after his first issue. I am sure Danial will do a good job with the story moving forward but it will never fully realize the vision of Diggle had for the series. We will never know what his plans were since he was not allowed to write the story he was originally hired for and partially developed in Action Comics #19. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Apr 6, 2013

    Action Comics #19 is sort of a triumph. It was a very fun issue, despite it's flaws. Pick it up if you're a Superman fan looking for a good time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 4, 2013

    Definitely not a new era, more like a stopgap, but a decently drawn one nevertheless. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 4, 2013

    In the end, with all of the hoopla surrounding Diggle coming on as Grant Morrison's replacement and flaming out after one issue, "Action Comics" #19 is just another Superman story. It's no "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way" and it's not even "Man of Steel." "Action Comics" #19 is enjoyable, but tragic in its incompletion. While Diggle's work will continue to shade the remainder of this story, it's not going to be his story and given Daniel's track record with the New 52, I'm not racing back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Apr 4, 2013

    Way for Diggle to bring Superman back to basics"so much so that he lacks any novelty or freshness whatsoever. Dropped. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 6, 2013

    The rest of the comic features Superman battling giant robots (for reasons that don't make a lot of sense), Lex Luthor keeping his shrink locked up for an accurate diagnosis of him as a megalomanical psychopath, and a weird hallucinatory moment where Superman thinks one of the soldiers piloting the robots is Jimmy Olsen (which, also, makes very little sense). Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Apr 5, 2013

    If you've been wanting to read a Superman book, and don't feel like waiting for Unchained this June, Action Comics looks like it'll be the place to go. The downside is even with it being the better of the Superman books, it's still not all that great. Sure it's better than the self titled Superman book was, but it's still just not a good time. Read Full Review

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