Action Comics #30

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 11
7.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Following the events of FOREVER EVIL, Superman confronts Lex Luthor but the world has turned around for these two. The hero has become thevillain and the villain the hero as forces beyond these two gather to destroy the Man of Steel, beginning with a dormant Doomsday who has crossed over from the Phantom Zone!

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Apr 5, 2014

    All in all this is a great jumping off point for new readers who haven't read Pak's run on Action comics. The characters are interesting and it makes you want to read more about Superman and these new characters introduced in the series. I do feel a little sad that Lana Lang isn't in this issue as she was in the other issues. I'm a little worried for Doomsday as it looks like he's turning into something else that I can't even describe. It's all very exciting and has motivated me to check out the other Superman titles in order to be fully caught up on the adventures of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Apr 7, 2014

    Despite having more flaws than the usual standard for Action Comics, #30 is still a great book worth reading, concluding a powerful storyline that analysed Superman and his actions, here's hoping that continues in Doomed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Apr 2, 2014

    Action Comics #30 is a great issue and conclusion to the first arc of Greg Pak's Action Comics run. The story came to an appropriate end, the characters were great, and there is plenty of potential for the future on where the story will go next. Despite multiple artists and the issue being out of order, I look very forward to where this story goes next time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 2, 2014

    Action Comics #30 has an out-of-sequence release and three artists and is still really good.  Credit Greg Pak's great characterization of Superman and Aaron Kuder's awesome art while it lasts.  Pak ends his first arc and sets up the Doomed story all in one.  Recommended, but you may want to find a reading order and follow it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 Apr 9, 2014

    Harrow creates some weird ghost elephants, and this is where the art really stands out. These giant animals are exceptionally well drawn, and the colors by Wil Quintana fit perfectly giving a very cool effect to the animals with a lot of yellows. It's just so beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 4, 2014

    It is another very good look at Superman from a great new team. Let's hope that Doomed doesn't derail the momentum here. And I hope it doesn't push Lana out of the spotlight moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 2, 2014

    The art in this issue is also easy on the eyes, despite the fact that Aaron Kuder doesn't illustrate every page. Kuder's work is as expressive and dynamic as ever, but guest artist Karl Kerschl also manages to impress with some intricate, jaw-droppingly gorgeous underwater scenes. Where can we sign up for more of that? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Apr 15, 2014

    This powerful message gives the impression that Superman lost the battle in Action Comics #30. Harrow made her point and while The Tower was destroyed, she proved to Superman that he could have avoided all these infuriating frustrations easily. But he chose not to and only made it worse. It provides a sobering message for Superman and one he'll have to consider when facing threats like Zod and Doomsday. This issue is billed as a prelude to the upcoming Doom crossover event and in many respects, it provides the perfect context for the challenge that Superman faces. But that's part of what makes him Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Apr 3, 2014

    With everything covered, its safe to say that Action Comics #30 is one hell of a read. Its not Paks best issue but its still a strong title and even though Ive given it a 4/5 it feels more like a 3.75/5 mainly because Harrow was somebody who wasnt as developed as she should have been. But still, much like Doomsday, it doesnt look like weve seen the last of her yet, so hopefully things can improve from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Yamini C Apr 4, 2014

    Overall, Aaron Kuder's art very competently brings the dynamism and emotion of Pak's script to life. He's joined by the always-impressive Karl Kerschl for two double pages, and though the two artists have starkly different styles, they both have an eye for action-packed layouts that maintain the overall story momentum while keeping the characters very much at the forefront. It's often distracting to have two different artists on a single issue, but the overall effect here isn't as jarring as it could be. Kudos also to colourist Wil Quintana for providing consistency, and also enabling each and every page to pop without deviating from the tone of the plot at any given point. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Apr 4, 2014

    "Action Comics" #30 functions primarily as a transitional issue between story arcs, and as a result remains not strictly that important to either. The story is still solid, if a bit familiar with its 'Superman is too soft' argument. The art is very good, it's just very easy to tell that three separate artists had hands on the issue. The book is successful in raising interest in the "Doomed" crossover, but it's in-between status prevents it from reaching the heights of Pak and Kuder's first story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Apr 7, 2014

    Kuder's near-absence proves how crucial he's been to the power of Pak's Action Comics run. Pak gets Superman involved in some interesting discussion, though it doesn't really lead anywhere except for an ominous warning of future threats. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 4, 2014

    I'll admit that I was a little worried when I heard that Doomsday was coming back (and that storyline is kicked off at the start of this issue), but if Pak and Kuder are involved, at this point I'm willing to feel a bit safer about the prospect. This has been a fun storyline overall, and I feel like "Action Comics" is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 5, 2014

    It's very enjoyable. And the art has been great. I could barely tell there were three different artists on this issue. The coloring is bright and cheerful, and really, Pak is just writing some nice Superman comics. Perhaps the promise of Doomsday in this issue will give him something meatier to play with in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Daren Taveras Apr 3, 2014

    The plot of the issue is dampened by a messy schedule. Rather than feeling like a wrap-up issue for the first arc in Pak's run, Action Comics #30 reads as a filler book that attempts to make sense of all the chaos involving the upcoming crossover. It's a shame to see things go awry in what has been a phenomenal arc in the history of Action Comics in the New 52. Luckily, the artwork and first half of the issue keeps Action Comics #30 in a positive light. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 3, 2014

    The triple art duties by Aaron Kuder, Jed Dougherty, and Karl Kerschl make for an unbalanced read. The more emotional tone required of the story is lost between the three. One moment Superman looks like an angry bully, only to appear as a penitent survivor in the next. Read Full Review

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