Action Comics #23.3

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Raymund Bermudez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Evil genius, sadistic businessman, sociopathic inmate-Lex Luthor is all this and more. Now released from prison, there is nothing to stop Luthor from getting his way...not even Superman!

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Sep 19, 2013

    Villains Month continues to surprise and delight with books like Action Comics #23.3. It's a shame this book didn't come out alongside Forever Evil #1 because it takes place before the events of that book. It would have made the story more enjoyable to not have to guess why Lex Luthor is suddenly out of prison and in a helicopter. Still, this was a great book that readers need to pick up especially if they are already enjoying Forever Evil. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 18, 2013

    The artwork is probably the weakest point of the comic. It's not that the artist is bad or anything, it's just that it is rather average looking in a way. Everyone looks fine and nothing is poorly drawn (I mean, the space shuttle and the scene where Lex is trying out his armor is well drawn and detailed), it's just that there is nothing that really jumps out at you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Sep 19, 2013

    Action Comics 23.3 is a step in the right direction for Lex Luthor. Soule handles the threatening aspects of the character so well; it makes you forget hes going to serves as the de facto hero of Forever Evil. If hes the hero, what does that mean for the rest of the world? No matter how bad he is, more Lex in the comics world is never a bad thing. And thats something Luthor himself is sure to agree with. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 20, 2013

    Though dragged down by mediocre art, Soule captures the essence of Lex Luthor's villainy, but also his appeal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 18, 2013

    Are we getting Villains-overload? We are but when you have a complex character like Lex Luthor, you can't resist having a good time. Charles Soule does a great job delving into what makes Lex tick. His inner monologue is just what we'd want to see in a Lex-solo story. The art is okay but there are some minor distracting moments that pull you out of the story. If you've been wondering how Lex changed and moved into the position seen in FOREVER EVIL #1, you'll definitely want to check this out. Charles Soule gets who Lex Luthor is and that's always great to see when Lex is given the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 20, 2013

    Lex Luthor was was a very enjoyable read. Plants some seeds in the beginning of the issue that get nice pay-offs by the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 24, 2013

    I certainly have read plenty of stories recently - in Adventures of Superman, in Sholly Fisch's Bizarro - that shows just how callous Luthor is, how he considers most life simply below him.So there wasn't necessarily that much new here. But the linking of recent history to Forever Evil was appreciated. And this last panel raises it above just a smidge. And the Bizarro reveal (and prognostication on my part) also elevates this a bit. Will this make me buy Superman/Wonder Woman? I was on the fence for even trying it. This was solid enough that I suppose I will be in for the first arc and will readdress after that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 20, 2013

    So all in all, its still a book that is significantly better than most of the books on the shelves these days and its even a pretty good read for the line of quality weve come to expect from DC Comics over the last few years especially. So go ahead and buy the regular cover, save the buck, and read it with an open mind. Lex is a little uncharacteristically evil in this issue, but thats okay. Because you know what? As much as I do like him, he is still, very much, a bad guy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 22, 2013

    A brilliant issue that shows that Soule is very capable of creating brilliant Superman stories. The issue itself was also a great prequel to Forever Evil, being very exciting, and suspenseful, also having plenty of drama. The tone was also brilliant with new artist Bermudez doing a brilliant job. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this, especially if you're reading Forever Evil, though don't expect it to be the best Luthor story you've ever read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Sep 25, 2013

    If you want a good villain's month book, and are at all a fan of Lex Luthor, than you should definitely pick up this issue. Its the best portrayal of Luthor I have seen in a one-shot and definitely worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 18, 2013

    Artist Raymund Bermudez has a no-frills art style that works well for the clean-cut lifestyle that Lex is accustomed to. Lex's icy cool gaze is rendered excellently and Bermudez puts it to use when he plays it off the feeble expressions of timid prison guards and scientists. There's one explosive double page splash in the middle of the book and it's clear that it's only there so the issue can claim to have had action, but it's confusing layout instead makes it the singular blemish on an otherwise good-looking book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Sep 19, 2013

    The comic has a smooth, rounded feel, which conflicts a bit with the sharp nature of the plot, but overall, it's another good one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Sep 20, 2013

    "Lex Luthor" is good re-introduction to a character who has been mostly absent from Superman's adventures in the New 52, and should appeal to any reader who likes their bad guys efficient and ruthless. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 20, 2013

    Regardless, this is Lex Luthor doing what he does, using people as pawns to further his own ambitions, and one can imagine the lack of Superman made him a little more prone to sacrificing those pawns because no one is around who can put him in check. Enjoying his freedoms and all. The art from Raymund Bermudez is solid, and you really get a sense of how cold Luthor is. Depending on what brand of Lex you like, this could be an awesome issue for you, as his eerily calm ruthlessness definitely brings across a feeling of malevolence " and it feeds into what Geoff Johns had Luthor do to Kord in FE #1. It fits well enough. I suppose I just prefer my Lex to be a bit more perversely inspiring. An antithesis of Superman should be able to hit him where it hurts and make him doubt everything about himself by seeming to be absolutely in the right " but apparently, that's being left to Wraith over in Superman Unchained, relegating Luthor to Montgomery Burns-style everyday villainy a Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Sep 22, 2013

    On the surface, Action Comics #23.3 is a fun read about an awful Lex Luthor. By offering one take on the character's moral compass, and sporting unmoving art, the issue falls short of giving the character a cerebral spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 29, 2013

    Action Comics #23.3 was a bit of a dissapointment.  It leads directly into Forever Evil #1 and shows this Lex is a cold hearted killer with no soul.  Hopefully it is just a setup for Lex's redemption later on in the Forever Evil storyline, but as a single issue I can't really recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tyler S Gross Sep 25, 2013

    He's petty. He's not above us like he pretends to be; he's just like the rest of us and that difference is what makes him a great character. The businessman Luthor has somewhat neutered Lex's effectiveness as a character by keeping his hands clean. The grinning Lex of All-Star Superman has gone away and I want him back. The calm contractor tasked with destroying Superman in Action Comics #1 is also gone and I want him back. Let's even the character out so he can grow, so we can love him a little. There's nothing to love in this issue's impression of Luthor. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 19, 2013

    Of all of the "Villains Month" offerings I've read, "Action Comics" #23.3 is most relevant to the "Forever Evil" event and does a fine job of lining up the pieces in seamless prequel fashion. Soule and company bring readers a day in the life of Lex Luthor. It just happens to be a very productive and fulfilling day, although not a particularly memorable one. This comic book serves as a nice primer to the events of "Forever Evil" #1 and a decent fill-in piece between issues of that series, but pales in comparison to other Lex Luthor stories that have been published under the "Action Comics" banner. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 21, 2013

    Between the questionably objectionable story and the decent, but not so great art, Action Comics 23.3 is a book that lacks a memorable plot and interesting action. Instead we get a boring story about a character we don't care about. Read Full Review

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