Action Comics #36

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

A new epic begins! The deck is stacked against Superman when Smallville is poisoned by the appearance of dark magic and ancient horrors! Can Superman figure out whats going on and save his hometown before this evil epidemic spreads across the entire world?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 7, 2014

    Action Comics #36 is everything that is right with superhero comics. Great action and great characters combine to give readers a great story. Superman is as premiere a character as there is, and Action Comics lives up to his grand status. Pak and Kuder are unstoppable and if you haven't been reading Action up to this point, issue #36 is waiting for you. Dive in, give it a shot even if you are skeptical – you've never read a Superman story that is told this well and looks this damn good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 10, 2014

    This issue is the start of a cool horror mystery and I'm intrigued to see where it goes.  Greg Pak continues his great character work and Aaron Kuder nails the art as usual.  Something is not right in Smallville and it has everyone in it's grip, even Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Nov 8, 2014

    All in all Action Comics #36 was a fun read. You don't need to read the previous issue of Action Comics to get what's going on. It's pretty much a self contained story that pretty much anyone could easily get into by starting at Action Comics #36. It's a shame this didn't come out in October, but it was still good none the less. I can't wait to see the next issue because it looks like things are going to get worse for Superman and his friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Nov 7, 2014

    The "Action" team are enthusiastic in their passion for Superman and his world. There have been some small bumps along the way for Superman on his journey through the New 52, but he has certainly found his footing. Now the Man of Steel has a family of books (which include "Superman", "Superman/Wonder Woman", and Pak's own "Batman/Superman") to stand next to the Bat-books in terms of quality and a clear direction. Superman has always had a rich supporting cast that enhanced and enriched his character. This "Action" team's run has been particularly adept at highlighting that fact. With the addition of a horror flavor in this issue, we will definitely be on the edge of our seat and hoping our heroes (both super and non-super) will get out of this strange predicament. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 11, 2014

    Pak's Action Comics is back in shape, ready to provide more classic Superman stories with a modern spin. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 11, 2014

    So thank you Doomed for wrapping up. And thank you Pak and Kuder for picking up where you left off. And that slime-creature. Brrrrrr.... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Nov 10, 2014

    Every small town has its secrets, even one as idyllic as Smallville, and Greg Pak, Aaron Kruder, and Wil Quintana have given us one hell of a sneak peak under Smallville's seemingly perfect public face. Action Comics #36 may not be the biggest Superman story going right now, nor is it the most action packed, but it is most definitely the most engaging one. Greg Pak and his art team understand that you don't have to shoehorn a set piece into every other page in order to tell a compelling story. All you have to do is present engaging characters with real human motivations and foibles and let them be humans, instead of the infallible ideal of humanity that some comics present. Action Comics may be a title that was built on all action, all the time, but Greg Pak and his team have made it a book about characters above all else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 7, 2014

    "Action Comics" #36 is a good comic, and it also serves as a good jumping on point. Pak and Kuder's run on the title over the last year has been strong, and with the disruptions for an overly long crossover at a close, it's nice to see the duo back to what they've done best here: creating a strong Superman title. If you haven't seen what they've done with the character, this is as good a time as any to rectify the situation. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 6, 2014

    The main appeal with this issue is seeing Aaron Kuder back on board as artist. Kuder's expressive style has been as integral to this series' newfound success as Pak's writing. And despite the generally cartoonish quality of Kuder's art style, he's able to perfectly match the darker tone of this story. This arc could be a showcase for Kuder's superhero versatility. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Daren Taveras Nov 7, 2014

    Action Comics #36 suffers from pacing issues, character development flaws, and inconsistencies. Although the first half wanes a bit, the second half of the book brings everything together in a powerful way. Readers will have mixed feelings on this month's issue. Despite this, Aaron Kuder shines by displaying his ability to depict incredible monsters and breathtaking sequences. It is a shame that the script doesn't match in quality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Kate Kane Nov 7, 2014

    This is definitely more of a set up issue, so I wouldn't be too hard on it, all stories have to start somewhere and better to have an issue that is text heavy and slow paced than to jump straight into some strange action with no explanation and hope that you get a lot of flashbacks fast so that you can make heads or tails of what the writer is trying to say. Read Full Review

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