Action Comics #26

Action Comics #26

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

All hell breaks loose as Superman is caught between an alien menace and the super-powered soldier the U.S. Army has sent to kill it!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 4, 2013

    DC needs to be commended for the incredible talent of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder being put together on a major property. These two Action Comics issues thus far should serve as the bible for people trying to write Superman in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Daren Taveras Dec 5, 2013

    The issue is filled with little loose ends that will unravel as the arc moves forward. The story direction seems promising and with the amount of detail the team is applying to the series ultimately breathes a new life into Action Comics that hasnt been seen since Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniels arc running from issue #19-#21. Action Comics #26 is a strong start to Greg Pak and Aaron Kuders arc and is a standout for not only Superman but the series as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 6, 2013

    Nice cliff-hanger! And yet, this also felt like a complete story and not a small part of a story made for a trade. I have nothing but praise for this book. The story, the characterization, the action, the art. It all worked. It felt like a classic Superman story but also one perfect for 2013. We are only two issues in but I think Pak and Kuder 'get' Superman and that means we readers are probably in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 5, 2013

    It's almost hard to describe how pleasing it is to my eyeballs to watch a Superman story by Kuder unfold. Not only does he use creative paneling to whisk you from one action-packed moment to the next, but his character designs are as precise and emotive as can be. There's a new villain called the Ghost Soldier, and not even counting his sweet ninja-commando costume, his powers make for one of the most nail-biting Superman fights I've ever seen. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Dec 7, 2013

    If you are a superman fan I suggest you buy this now while you still can. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 9, 2013

    There may be more ambitious Superman stories elsewhere, but the character's output will have a whole lot more integrity if issues like this one became the textbook example of a Superman story for our times. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Dec 5, 2013

    Overall, this is the issue the level of quality “Action Comics” has needed since Grant Morrison's departure. Pak and Kuder easily live up to the title by providing more than enough action to shake a stick at, but using all of it to delve into the character of Superman and his choices when faced with that kind of danger. These two get Superman in a way many don't and they flaunt it on every page. This is the issue that could very well turn around a series that has been directionless for quite some time and with Pak now heading up two Superman books at DC, he could very well be the man to go to for the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 4, 2013

    Pak & Kuder are in total sync with their vision of Superman and it shows in how tightly crafted this comic is. This may be the creative team to bring Action Comics back to the elite status it deserves in the DC line. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 5, 2013

    Action Comics #26 is a good setup issue for future stories.  Pak and Kuder gives the reader giant monster battles, a mysterious new villain who poses a real threat, a strong female character and a crazy twist ending. Action Comics is quickly becoming the go-to book for Superman fans in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 Feb 1, 2014

    Overall this is a pretty good book. It has some flaws but is still able to set high expectations for this new arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dec 10, 2013

    This issue of Action Comics looks great, reads fast and funny, and offers a fresh angle of approach for readers who aren't established fans of Big Blue. Mission accomplished, Pak and Kuder. Up, up, and away! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 6, 2013

    "Action Comics" #26 is only Pak and Kuder's second issue, but this book has already shifted into "must read" status for me. It's a real joy to sit down with a copy, and I appreciate that they've turned in a nice cliffhanger to make me want to find out what happens next. Here's hoping the duo continues to work together for a while, because they're off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Dec 11, 2013

    Action Comics is becoming a go-to book for me with Kuder on the art. Superman needs some consistency on his own books in the New 52 and this creative team can be the ones to do it. This is the most excited I've been about a solo Superman series in a while, I'm just hoping that Pak and Kuder stay on the book for a while to keep my excitement going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 4, 2013

    Overall, one of the best Superman comics in a long time, to be quite honest. That opinion may be a little bias based on the fact that Superman doesn't rate too high on this reviewer's list of favorite heroes, but a great issue nonetheless. If you've been curious aboutAction or need some Superman in your pull list, this could be the one for you. Definitely think both Pak and Kuder have earned, if nothing else, a follow up issue after the effort they put forth in #26. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Dec 9, 2013

    After a few misfires and false starts, it seems that Action Comics has finally found sure footing again with Pak and Kuder. This team has delivered a fun and surprisingly intimate first volley that gives us more than a few hints toward a larger, surely entertaining upcoming arc. Always forward, dear readers. Let's hope Pak never gives us a chance to slow down from here on out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 4, 2013

    Action Comics #26 is solid issue for Greg Pak's new run. He gets Superman very well, displaying his inner and outer strengths perfectly. It's not the heaviest in plot, but it's a good character piece and enjoyable to read. Action Comics earlier this year was at a trouble point with its quality, but it looks like it is back to being worth everyone's time. Check it out when you can. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 4, 2013

    Greg Pak delivers a lot of action as we see more of Lana Lang in Superman's life. Fighting a big beast allows Superman to cut loose a little. It's not just non-stop action as we are introduced to some new elements as well as get a chance to see Superman struggle with the decisions of his action when it comes to saving multiple lives. Aaron Kuder doesn't miss a beat and keeps up with the action in Pak's script with ease. Pak is setting up a bigger story and you'll want to be on board to see what's coming up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 4, 2013

    Since the New 52, it feels a lot like DC Comics has focused more on the "super" and less on the "man." Greg Pak has taken a welcome departure from that trend, giving us a Superman that's been more readable than much of his other post-reboot appearances. Not all monsters are actually monsters, and not all superheroes are cold, unfeeling juggernauts. There's room for nuance and character behind the capes and tights, and I'm glad on that score that Action Comics delivers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Dec 5, 2013

    I really enjoy how Pak writes Superman, he makes him very cocky and very “human.” This was a good change of pace from all the recent Superman stories where his character comes out for one dimensional to me. I am not the biggest fan of Superman, but I can always enjoy him when Pak gets his hands on it. Read Full Review

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