Action Comics #2

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 29
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

In his weakest moment, Superman is taken down but by whom? And if the world wasn't ready for a man with super powers, they're utterly unprepared for the rage of a Superman cornered! The cornerstone character of the new DCU continues his debut adventure!

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Oct 5, 2011

    The one thing that bummed me out about the first issue was the lack of extra material, which I've come to expect from Morrison books. But here we got eight whole pages of sketches and interviews even showing stuff from future issues. This was one great comic! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 5, 2011

    I am still completely sold on this title. I've enjoyed Superman before but the idea of seeing a younger, less powerful version left me a little skeptical. Morrison is doing a great job in setting up the Superman and possibly the DC Universe in this issue. Seeing familiar faces before they establish themselves as major parts of Superman's life was great to see. We find out some of the motivation behind the attack against Superman last issue and get to find out some more about Superman along the way. This is becoming one of my favorite 'New 52' titles and I cannot wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 6, 2011

    I've really been very curious and very much dreading the reworking of Superman's origin story and while I liked aspects of the first issue, the costuming and personality left me even more uncertain. With this issue, it shifts things up to a really intriguing section of the five years earlier storyline with Luthor's involvement, his first encounter with the ship that may or may not have brought him to Earth and a look at the overarching villain that may be orchestrating things against Superman. There is a lot of ground covered here with some really neat little twists and even Superman's personality is starting to grow on me more as his captivity here really worked well in getting me closer to him. Between this and the main Superman book in the present, I still haven't gotten a real handle on who he is, but both of them are making me want to know more about him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 7, 2011

    With a strong story, lots of plot twists and some intriguing characters, this is what the DC reboot should be - but mostly hasn't been. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Oct 6, 2011

    I am loving the new Action Comics. I dearly hope this creative team has no intention of going anywhere anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Oct 6, 2011

    There you have, another successful turn out for Action Comics! Am I getting sick? I enjoyed TWO comics in a row by Grant Morrison??? Maybe I should lie down Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 7, 2011

    The art is fine here. Rags Morales does the bulk of the art while Brent Anderson pitches in. There is something of a throwback feel to the art here which works well. There are some great text pages in the back of the book where Morrison and Morales discuss their approach to the book and is the process stuff that I love. I am glad that was there as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Oct 5, 2011

    Action Comics #2 improves upon issue #1 in many ways, and, despite some noticeable slip-ups in the artwork, it serves as a highly enjoyable follow-up effort. Morrison has already created several distinct levels in both the hierarchy and interactions of his characters, promising ammunition for at least the rest of this first arc. With a heavy dose of philosophy tied to his characterizations, Action Comics is already showing signs of being a typical Grant Morrison yarn. For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, that's a ringing endorsement. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 7, 2011

    Action Comics #2 was a fantastic issue. Grant Morrison and Rags Morales combine to deliver an excellent character focus issue. Morrison lays all the ground work Superman and Lex Luthors conflict and how both characters represent the two sides of the same coin. There were a lot of great touches throughout the issue that also develops some sub-plots that will be fun to follow. With so many new series out on the stand Action Comics easily stands out as one of DC's best titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rafael Gaitan Oct 10, 2011

    Asshole Superman is my favorite new DC character. More akin to the Bat-Man than Boy, Grant Morrison's Action Comics has featured a Superman rooted in his Golden Age representation -- a champion of justice, a crusader of idealism and a dick who likes fucking with authority. Not unlike a white Ice Cube, 1986-2000. Vintage stuff, really. Action #1 demonstrated that Morrison -- who wrote God's own Superman story in the form of All-Star -- had a grasp on every facet on the character, panting this new version as a brash and impulsive vigilante. This Superman's not afraid to hoist businessmen over balconies. That was all well and good as an introduction, but is it sustainable? Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 6, 2011

    So, next month if there are no more than 20 pages of content, I'm done with Action Comics in monthly form, and that is a shame because I seriously enjoy the story that Morrison is telling. However, I feel it is equally important to tell good stories and be fair to the consumer and, until I see that happening, I'm not going to actively support this book. If this is a onetime aberration, I can look past that, but I fear this is going to be the new status quo for $3.99 books and I just don't have the patience for that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 7, 2011

    Oh, this issue was WAY better than the last one! I mean I was ready to drop this series after that last issue, but now I'm more willing to see how things play out here. Granted, I'm still quite pissed about the pricing of this issue(defend that DC fanboys, I DARE you!), especially after how hard DC pushed their whole, “Holding the line at $2.99” program... Stuff like this simply makes them look like hypocrites. Sorry, a bunch of random sketches and Morrison-babble does not make up for a 20 page story. At least Marvel is more open with the fact that they're trying to fleece as much money out of their fans as they can... Rant over. Going back to the story, Morrison seems to be setting up some good things(Lex, Brainiac, Metallo), he just needs to write Supes less like Batman and more like the virtuous Superman that we all know and love. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 10, 2011

    It's an entertaining enough story on its own, though, and it continues to earn enough good will to give the next issue a chance. The reveal at the end about who Luthor is working with is an interesting one, but it still doesn't feel right. Maybe it's just a matter of time and getting used to all this change after 70-odd years of traditional Superman, but we haven't seen the heart and soul of the mythos yet, and we miss it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 5, 2011

    For the first time in a long time, Superman is a vibrant, engaging character thanks to "Action Comics." His core values haven't been lost, merely shifted to different targets than traditional for the character, harkening back to when the character debuted in "Action Comics" in the late '30s. It's a bold reworking of the character and, so far, it's made for some highly entertaining comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 7, 2011

    Mildly entertaining with an important character development for this iteration of the Man of Steel, but also a bit too slow and more muddled, artistically. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Oct 7, 2011

    Marginal problems aside, the new Action Comics has really been fun and intriguing, offering readers a classic rejuvenation of a tired character. I look forward to next month's installment, albeit with un-bated breath. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Oct 9, 2011

    It's a good comic and I enjoyed my time reading through Superman's latest adventures, but the price point is all wrong. Especially since the first issue actually had more story pages, it was a rather unpleasant surprise to find out that this book was so short. If you're charging an entire dollar more, you need to offer something to make the purchase worth it, and I'm not sure DC did that this time around. Read Full Review

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