Action Comics #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Ken Lashley Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
7.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

General Zod storms into The New 52! Witness the origin of this genocidal maniac, and learn how far he will go to destroy those who oppose him!  

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 11, 2013

    Greg Pak continues to show us he has a great take on Superman and his universe. In an issue I questioned the need for before reading, I found myself deeply hooked in the telling of who Zod was and how he grew into the General we've seen in the Superman comics. Greg Pak and Ken Lashley give us a unique look at the man and parts of Krypton we haven't seen before. You will come to understand Zod a little more and not see him as quite the two-dimensional villain he's often portrayed as. This was an example of a Villains Month title that left me wanting more. Greg Pak has definitely earned his place as a Superman writer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 25, 2013

    Action Comics #23.2 gives you a great origin for an antagonist that all have come to know. Zod remains true to his character throughout this issue, even from his youth. He looks upon Kryptonians with disgust. He is the man that believes that there is no time for the weak and lazy, that it is about survival of the fittest. In his eyes Krypton has gone soft and only he can restore it to its former glory. It would seem that the reason he loves monsters is because he is one, and the conclusion to this issue makes all of the above apparent in an extreme way! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 14, 2013

    This was a truly amazing story, and one of the best that Villains Month has produced so far. Pak did a fantastic job of showing the characteristics of Zod, whilst also showing a slightly different side to him. The story itself was also filled with some brilliant drama, and amazing action, and I'd highly recommend this, and hope that Pak does just as good a job when he takes over Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 12, 2013

    Zod is a monster.  He says it himself.  He actually revels in it.  With Action Comics #23.2 Greg Pak shows what a writing monster he is.  He keeps the classic Zod story mostly in place and fills in new details that make Zod an even better villain than before.  This is by far my favorite Villains Month issue so far and maybe my favorite Action Comics title in the New 52.  Kneel before Pak! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 11, 2013

    The aforementioned shot of Zod gone native is insanely good because not only does he look like a badass Lost Boy, but it speaks volumes about the man he will become. He's covered in monster hides and he's fashioned weapons out of wood and vines and fangs. He's a deadly force no matter where he is. Good on Pak for thinking it up and good on Lashley for executing it with such masterful skill. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 18, 2013

    I wasn't blown away by this. But I was entertained. And adding the element of his wild youth makes Zod a much more complicated, much rounder and deeper character. His willingness to kill loved ones and innocents to forward his goals is scary. And Zod should be scary. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 14, 2013

    A great issue that introduces Zod to the world of New 52, and Greg Pak does a wonderful job writing it. I used to read Action Comics when Grant Morrison is running the business, but I stopped when he did. Now if this is how things are if Pak is writing the series, then there's a high chance I will return to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Graham MacDougall Sep 21, 2013

    Action Comics #23.2: Zod has a few flaws here and there, but overall it's a fairly strong addiction to Villains Month and a good way to give Nu52 Zod his introduction. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Sep 12, 2013

    Zod is a character that is closely associated with Superman, but has never had the same prominence or impact within the mainstream comics that he has in other media. In "Zod", Greg Pak and Ken Lashley deliver an entertaining issue that firmly entrenches the character within Superman's family history, and makes him feel like an organic and meaningful person in the history of Krypton, instead of a character crammed into continuity due to the popularity of the films. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Sep 11, 2013

    Overall, the reader is allowed to see the world as Zod would have wanted you to see it. The issue ended on a perfect note with him being put into the Phantom Zone and Zod vowing his revenge. The way the monsters were all tied into the story was a great revel as well as the destruction of Krypton. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 13, 2013

    Zod is a good comic book. It's an origin and it's nothing fancy. If you think you know everything there is to know about Zod then this issue could add more to your knowledge but it might also trample what you think is continuity. The book is a chilling story by the end and taking that by itself makes it a worthwhile book to pick up. Plus, it has a cool 3-D cover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 17, 2013

    It sends some mixed signals on what drives Krypton's greatest villain, and it's hampered by somewhat messy art, but it's nonetheless a fascinating take on the longtime antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 12, 2013

    I'd say it's not worth the extra dollar for the fancy cover, so save the buck. But definitely pick up this issue if you're reading Batman/Superman (also by Pak) or you're planning on continuing to pick up Action Comics after Villains Month concludes. It's leading directly into a new story and I for one am actually excited to see Kryptonian villains take on Kal-El in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Noelle Webster Sep 16, 2013

    There's a lot of good stuff going on in the issue, but much of it just didn't quite come together for me. It's nice to see a fresh story, and Pak and Lashley have created some great (literal and figurative) monsters together. I just would have liked to see more of the story, and wish it didn't feel so rushed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    Worth a read if you have been keeping up with the NEW 52 Superman / Zod relationship or if you are really interested in Zod, however Man of Steel told a similar story that you could just apply here. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 16, 2013

    Zod of the films is far more interesting for his bluster and posturing than this Zod ever could be in his unfounded self-righteousness. Even the Terence Stamp version of Zod has more depth than this jungle-raised anarchist. Pak tries to use Zod as a prod to inspire the Kryptonians to build a better future, but in the shadow of Michael Shannon's portrayal of the character, Pak's version is thin and uninspired. No longer methodical, noble or cunning Zod now is damaged goods, cruel and menacing for no other reason than to be menacing. The end result is that "Action Comics #23.2: Zod" is simply a limp story. I hope when we see him again (which this issue all but makes certain we will) that the character is more inspired. Read Full Review

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