Action Comics #3

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Rags Morales Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 2, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 31
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"Superman, Go Home!" In a startling tale only Grant Morrison could bring you, the people of Metropolis turn on their new champion! But why? Plus, shocking secrets from Krypton revealed!

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Nov 9, 2011

    From what I can see, Morrison is still bringing his A-game to the front of the stage with Action Comics. Theres so much meat and excitement with this issue that Im uncertain if the two super titles, Action Comics and Superman, can meet on equal playing fields. Only time will tell! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 4, 2011

    The thought of Clark living in a messy one room apartment with people hating and fearing Superman bothers me. Seeing it through the eyes of Grant Morrison gave me the opposite feeling because it was done in a way where you feel there is still hope for this strange new visitor to prove himself. John Corben's ascension to becoming Metallo comes to fruition and Lex Luthor is in league with an alien threat, believed to be Braniac, who has Earth's destruction in mind. Seeing him struggle with his personal life and crime fighting gig makes it easier to relate to him because like the real world, things are not easy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 4, 2011

    Great comic, terrific art - you should be buying this comic! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Nov 3, 2011

    But despite those few quibbles, I'm really loving Action Comics, and am breaking my neck to get to the comic store when it opens so that I can read this book as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Nov 7, 2011

    On its own, Action Comics #3 makes for a surprisingly dense and enjoyable read. I still don't buy that this is the same Man of Steel being portrayed five years later in Superman, but if you're only reading this book than it doesn't matter what happens anywhere else. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 7, 2011

    With the reworked origin of Superman being one of the more delicate areas to handle in the post-Flashpoint universe, I'm very glad to see that they're taking some good chances here in really changing some key parts of his origin while also sticking to things that work well. The new incarnation of the Krypton story is one that I hope we get more of because I love the visual design of it all and want to see more. At the same time, I'm really enjoying the young Clark storyline because it gives us such a different view of him. He doesn't have many Superman moments here which is unfortunate, but getting more into who he is at this stage is important, especially as it contrasts where he is in the other main Superman book, which holds some similar and familiar emotional echoes for him. This is definitely one of the few books that's a same-day purchase for me for as long as they do the five years earlier arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Nov 4, 2011

    The story is fantastic, but the cover price should give you pause, and ultimately hurts the overall rating of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 4, 2011

    And that's that. Twenty pages of comic (despite the extra buck), 10 pages of interviews and super-comic material. And 7 of those were the Krypton pages. That means that everything else is stuffed into 13 pages. Could all these plots have worked if those 10 extra pages were stories? Probably. Would I have liked the events of this issue to instead be shown over 2 issues? Definitely. It almost was as if Morrison needed to get to a point in the story by the beginning of issue number four and as a result this issue suffered a bit. I couldn't savor this issue ... I had to wolf it down. That said, I like this Clark and this Superman. And I loved the Krypton pages. Action Comics #3 wasn't perfect. But it was still a good read with some shining moments thrown into the sprint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 13, 2011

    Oh, and I guess the line that was drawn at $2.99 was made of magic ink. It's disappeared. Note the cover price to Action Comics #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 2, 2011

    Grant Morrison delivers another good issue of Superman in his younger days. It wasn't as stellar as the first two issues but there are some more revelations and developments brewing here. The mix of Rags Morales and Gene Ha gives the book a different feel from the other issues. Ha's depiction of Krypton (which we finally get to see and find out how it compares to past interpretations) is a sight to be seen. The new plight of the public being anti-Superman is a nice twist but it doesn't seem like an overly exciting storyline. Obviously with the fact that Superman is seen as more of a hero in SUPERMAN, we know this will somehow turn around. Grant Morrison set the bar high with the first two issues and with the way this one ends, we're bound to see some major action next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Nov 6, 2011

    The book looks great, it feels right, and I had fun reading it. Thats as complete a recommendation as I can give a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 2, 2011

    Morrison ends the comic on a strong note -- if nothing else there's a moment there where I realized that I, at least, got faked out on where one story was heading -- and with each new issue I'm dying to see the next one that much more. This is easily my favorite issue of the three to date, and I'm going to hazard a guess that I'm not alone. "Action Comics" is knocking it out of the park, and it's great to see such a strong Superman comic on the stands again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 2, 2011

    While still a bit light on the "Action" side of things, the issue has plenty of dramatics to keep you invested, and all signs point to a major confrontation with a classic foe next time around"though it might not be the one you expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 8, 2011

    Action Comics #3 was yet another strong issue for one of DC Comics flagship titles. Grant Morrison is hitting all the right buttons with how he is developing Superman and his world during the beginning stages of his career. Morrison masterfully handles various running sub-plots as he sets up various physical and psychological threats for Superman to face. Not only that but the plot of the issue is so well developed that it feels like we got a full story in the issue with a good number of things to look forward to next. If you are a Superman fan or have ever been interested in picking up a Superman comic I recommend buying Action Comics. This is a comic that easily stands out as one DC Comics best offerings. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Nov 2, 2011

    Action Comics #3 is still an enjoyable read, but it definitely carries a few faults that are hard to overlook. Something can be said for how Morrison is making every issue feel like a substantially dense read instead of the typical "write for the trade" mentality that a lot of writers adopt, but there are times when I wish Morrison would let his concepts breathe. Action Comics #3 is a fine example of that mentality. Read Full Review

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