Action Comics #45

Writer: Aaron Kuder, Greg Pak Artist: Aaron Kuder Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 13
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

As this new epic begins, the Man of Steels identity as Clark Kent has been exposed. Hes been beaten and pushed to the brink in his quest to regain his powers while his enemies have gathered their forces. And now, Clark must ask himself the ultimate question: Should he even continue as Superman?As the action begins, a new hero emerges to fight for Justiceand against Superman!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Oct 15, 2015

    Action Comics #44 is an awesome start to what seems like a fun story. I always love when this book comes out each month and that love is still continuing. Action Comics is a must read! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Oct 11, 2015

    Action Comics #45 is a great follow-up to the last story arc. It follows up on what happened in the last issue while giving new readers a chance to jump in and enjoy the story. Pak shows off his writing talents in this issue with a story that holds potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Oct 14, 2015

    One interesting effect of the TRUTH arc working its way through the Superman books is to raise the issue of secret identities and their social reality, something DC has not emphasized in the last few years. Just what, exactly, do superheroes do when they aren't on the job? Barry Allen's CSI work is an important part of his character, and the new Batgirl is very much a social being when out of uniform. But Clark Kent, reporter, has not put in an appearance in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Oct 7, 2015

    All-in-all, though, ACTION COMICS #45 gives us an interesting peek at Superman minus the Super, at a man who's trying to find the super within himself. Unfortunately, it isn't long before the title puts that aside for a more traditional “Supermanny”, science-fiction plot-line. This story isgood, and it's already bordering on having too many layers, so thisnew one is both unnecessary and probably too much. As always, though, it ends in such a way that reading ACTION COMICS #46 is kind of a given. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Oct 8, 2015

    Overall I thought Action Comics #45 was a solid read. The pacing was great, artwork was ideal and we actually get to see how the world both views Clark Kent and Superman. Kuder and Pak throughout the book seems to show that Superman is having another side emerge. I remember the Superman I know as a trusting character, who gave everyone the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Kuder and Pak toss this idea out the window–and I love it. This issue shows a Superman that's constantly on his guard, one who has to almost move through the shadows to find out the truth of what's going on and to ultimately stop Wrath. Action Comics #45 encourages to really ask this question–who really is Superman without Clark Kent? I believe we will see those answers pretty soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 10, 2015

    Kolins is a nice fill-in for regular artist Aaron Kuder. Their styles are similar, and Kolins does a solid job with the monstrosity of the black ink, and with the normalness of this current Superman. This is a solid creative team telling a solid Superman story, though this problem with the shadow ink monsters is starting to get a little long in the tooth. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 8, 2015

    This issue starts as a full out Truth recap and ends being a nice setup for the continuing story.  I liked the art for the most part and Pak and Kuder give us some great Clark Kent action.  I'm still dealing with a Truth headache and can't recommend this story...yet.  I like where things are headed and hopefully I'll be a fan soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Levi Hunt Oct 8, 2015

    Greg Pak's Action Comics pre-identity reveal had been some of the best character work on a Superman title in years, but a feeling of repetitious storytelling post-reveal is starting to diminish a once great book. Read Full Review

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    ComiConverse - Kyle King Oct 10, 2015

    The debut issue of Justice was a well-crafted comic written for the wrong superhero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 8, 2015

    Removing Superman's secret identity and much of his superpowers was meant to bring him down to Earth, but Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's latest issue of Action Comics still doesn't quite handicap the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 9, 2015

    "Action Comics" #45 is a real mixed bag. There are some strong elements working alongside other ones that have taken a big stumble, and I'm not sure this issue is a cohesive unit. "Action Comics" is usually the strongest of the Superman comics from DC, but it looks like that position will be temporarily vacated to one of the other titles this month, An unfortunate slight misfire from a book that normally gives us much, much more. Read Full Review

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    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 9, 2015

    But this isn't Superman to me. Look, maybe this will turn around. Maybe when it is all done the world will embrace Superman again. That somehow his goodness will trump the cynicism of the world. But I haven't seen anything that makes me think it is going in that direction. Read Full Review

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