Action Comics #51

Event\Storyline: The Final Days of Superman Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 16
7.0Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Superman is shocked to learn that Kara has been missing for some time as part three of Super League begins! Now, with Batmans help, Kal-El is on his cousins trailbut he cant believe where its leading him and who she has joined!

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 22, 2016

    And we get a Kara who is bent on helping as well. She is a young hero, taking charge of her life, but recognizing her place as symbol. It is a Kara that loves and respects her cousin. This is my Supergirl too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 22, 2016

    With three installments complete and five on the horizon, there is simply no denying that “The Final Days of Superman” is going to have a significant impact on the Superman family of comics leading up to and following Rebirth. Thankfully, Tomasi keeps readers invested in the here and now as well, though, with plenty of action and adventure. His characterization of Superman in his growing desperation is believable, but the writer also gives readers a Supergirl to put faith in and enjoy once more. This could have easily been a coast between the previous Superman tale and the launch of Rebirth, but Tomasi and crew are doing their very best to make “The Final Days of Superman” one of the most enjoyable tales of the New 52 and, more importantly, a memorable Superman tale for fans to remember fondly, regardless of the era or surrounding continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Apr 21, 2016

    It's no secret that I've been enjoying this story immensely. WithAction Comics #51, Peter Tomasi and another skilled team of artists advance the plot as they have throughout: with outstanding characterization, distinct visuals, and an engaging premise. Three installments in, “Super League” is hands-down my most anticipated pull each week. I can't wait to see what's in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Apr 28, 2016

    Many are the citizens of the DC Universe with a grudge against Flashpoint. The Batman Family entered the New 52 bruised and diminished but still the strongest power center in the rebooted world. The Green Lanterns likewise managed the transition to a new universe with relatively well. The children of Krypton, however, have been a study in tragedy. Superman is dying. Superboy has been a symphony of sour notes from the character's first appearance in the New 52 to his last. And Supergirl — well, one can only surmise that DC Entertainment was caught off guard by the success of the CBS series. Which, to be honest, does not speak particularly well for the foresight and self-confidence of the Superman Office. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Wednesday Comics - Garrett Walz Apr 27, 2016

    Another great piece to the puzzle that is The Final Days of Superman. This is turning into one of the best Superman stories I have ever read. The effort placed in this issue, like the two that precede it, are keeping this Superman fan happy and wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 20, 2016

    "The Final Days of Superman" continues to progress the growing threats to Superman well as he plans for his eventual death. The art is detailed and pretty and this third chapter, aside from a few hiccups, makes me excited to read it all over again once all eight chapters are released. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Apr 20, 2016

    Action 51 is a stepping stone to the conclusion of what will happen to the Man of Steel. Live or die, Superman is the cornerstone of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Phil Casey Apr 22, 2016

    This arc has been fairly mediocre so far, which is a shame. If itreally is the last time we will see the New 52 Superman, then he is not getting the send-off that he deserves. Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, and Greg Pak set a higher bar for the New 52 Superman, and it's a shame that “Super League” hasn't reached that standard yet. For the die-hard Superman fans, of course, this issue is still necessary as a stepping stone to the new era of Superman, if not much else. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 20, 2016

    Action Comics #51 continues the Super League story and while I love seeing Supergirl back in action (kind of), she is a bit forced in here.  I got over that quick enough, but couldn't escape the feeling that this issue was more setup than the first two and stalling a bit until we get to the second round of the crossover.  I hope that's not the case since we still have next week's Superman/Wonder Woman , but I'll leave that until then.  Right now, I can tell you that I am still fully on board with Tomasi's story, even if this is my least favorite issue so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 21, 2016

    Action Comics #51 is a fairly good read despite having a bit much on its plate. Tomasi hasn't steered us wrong yet, so you all should keep reading. Be sure to join us next week to discuss the next chapter, which will occupy the pages of Superman/Wonder Woman #28. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Apr 22, 2016

    Action Comics #51 may not have been as invigorating as I'd hoped, but nonetheless it moved the “Super League” crossover forward in a gripping manner. Giving us some touching moments and thrilling mystery, the creative team would add much more depth to the final days of Superman, even if the development as a whole is still moving slowly. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 21, 2016

    Pete Tomasi's "Final Days of Superman" storyline continues to be a breath of fresh air in terms of Superman's characterization. As the Man of Steel confronts his own mortality, he suddenly feels more like classic Superman than he has in a long time. Unfortunately, that characterization isn't enough to save this issue from its various storytelling missteps. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Apr 25, 2016

    A transitional issue in a transitional arc " hopefully the second act of stories has more action. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 21, 2016

    For a while now I've felt that the Superman titles suffer from continually feeling swamped byoverlapping crossovers that drainthe narratives of his individual titles of momentum. It feels like we just got done with that Vandal Savage crossover, which felt like it started not too long after the Doomsday crossover. As a result, where's the opportunity for a single brilliant storyline to crystallize the New 52-era Superman like Snyder and Capello's Batman, or the Geoff Johns Aquaman stuff, or Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman? If these mega-arcs had all taken place in one title with a single team, maybe we'd have a stronger more cohesive story to look back on. But, at this point, I'm worried this crossover willbe just as uneven and episodic as the ones that came before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 22, 2016

    "Action Comics" #51 has to cram a lot of story into the little space it has, but the issue almost works. Pelletier and Archer's majestic layouts and little details make it enjoyable enough, but -- despite its strengths -- Tomasi's script has to bend the characterization and story elements a little too much to make it truly successful. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Apr 23, 2016

    This story did what it had to do, but its need to do too much left little room for nuance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams May 2, 2016

    It's the textbook example of DC working to appease its older, more vocal fanbase in favor of anything resembling character development or giving new creative teams a chance and is emblematic of the extreme reactionary nature of the comics industry. It's a move that readers shouldn't hold against these comics but it's hard to overlook for fans that grew to accept and care for the Clark Kent we've read for the last half of a decade. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 21, 2016

    Action Comics #51 throws a lot of stuff at the wall and unfortunately, not much of it sticks. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Apr 26, 2016

    Superman dying is a big deal, even if it has been overdone and overplayed since the early ‘90s. Every major hero gets a death story these days and, being a 75-year-old icon, Superman gets more than most. That doesn't mean that these kinds of stories have to be overly generic. However, this latest attempt is dangerously close to that territory and not even Superman may be able to save it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 20, 2016

    Given Tomasi's strong characterization, it's a shame that Supergirl continues to be a missed opportunity for DC's published offerings, since she's now had an entire season on one of the biggest viewing platforms in the world. But even if that were not the case, I think I'd still have some issues with Action Comics #51, which winds up short-changing its lead characters at the cost of some pretty jarring (and ultimately not engaging) subplots. Hopefully this is just a case of a minor hiccup in consistency from some of DC's more reliable creators, and that the arc rallies in its next chapter. Read Full Review

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