Action Comics #1001

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 25, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 42
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis' new chapter for the Man of Steel and the world of tomorrow begins here! The devastating repercussions from the Man of Steel miniseries still reverberate as Metropolis enters a new age! The Daily Planet teeters on the brink of disaster! A new criminal element has made its way onto the streets of Superman's hometown! The longest- running superhero comic of all time explodes off the page with art by fan favorite Patrick Gleason.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 25, 2018

    Action Comics kicks off the Bendis era strongly with fantastic character moments, intriguing new developments and a feeling like this is going to be the start of a very special run. Don't miss this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 25, 2018

    Action Comics #1001 goes someway to show that Bendis is planning a long game that should please some of the doubters, following the MoS mini-series. Recent Tweets advising that Lois and Jon will be coming back, should also alleviate fears that Bendis is out to destroy some of the better additions to the Superman mythos. All in all, this is a great start to the next 1000 issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 25, 2018

    This is a good issue, but far from Earth shattering. The ambiguity of Lois's larger role in the story is a little off-putting. However, the new villains appear to be intriguing and should provide a good challenge for Superman. There's a fair amount of story in this issue, which allows for some of the supporting cast to get panel time. Hopefully, Bendis will explore these new characters, but not at the expense of Lois and Jon. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 27, 2018

    Much like Superman #1, this is a near perfect first issue. It sets up a few plot lines, the art is great, and works to hook readers in. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 25, 2018

    And Gleason makes it all seem fresh. He has just come off a great run on a Superman title. Yet, this seems like its brand new to him. It just is great. I can't believe how excited I am for this book. I need more as soon as possible. This is a good time for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn A. Warner Jul 30, 2018

    Although I am a huge fan of Bendis' work at Marvel, I confess to a bit oftrepidationwhen I first learned of him taking on Superman. Those early concerns have completely disappeared and I am strapped in for the long haul with Bendis at the wheel. He has provided a unique take on Superman that is more about the man than the super aspect. This issue of Action Comics, perhaps more than any of the Bendis Superman issues to date is an example of that human aspect of the superhero. Moreover, Bendis has shown there is more separating Clark and Superman than a pair of glasses and a tie. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Carter Hutchison Aug 2, 2018

    All in all this issue is the most enjoyable Bendis Superman issue thus far. Bendis is on a mission to flesh out all of Metropolis (in the same way that Gotham is it's own character in the Batman books) and looks to do so in the pages of Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 29, 2018

    The series is fast and clever with some good character moments - and we meet a brand new villain, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jul 24, 2018

    Going under the assumption that Brian Michael Bendis doesn't want to destroy everything we know and love about Superman, I don't think DC could have picked a better writer for the job. Every issue by Bendis has a weight to it that was simply missing from previous runs. Everything feels more important and problems seem larger. Between his classic take and Patrick Gleason's fantastic artwork, I could not be anymore happy with how Action Comics is being handled. It's nice feeling excited to read Superman comics again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 25, 2018

    Action Comics #1001 is a great start for the new creative team, one marked by strong characterization and art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 25, 2018

    We've gotten an advance look at Brian Michael Bendis' vision for Superman over a miniseries and a launch issue in Superman #1, but it feels like Action Comics #1001 is by far the purest look at who his Superman is " and it's also by far the best issue that Bendis has written since his arrival at DC Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Aug 7, 2018

    Flawless art, pretty good developing story, I have a good feeling about Bendis' Reign over Superman, if the last round of issues is any indication I think Bendis will do just fine, excited for next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jul 26, 2018

    Showing off Superman's detective side, Action Comics #1001 dives headfirst into the mysterious arsons that have been plaguing Metropolis. Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Alejandro Sanchez knock it out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 26, 2018

    Action Comics #1001 is a fun and endearing Superman adventure that pits the well-meaning Man of Tomorrow against some of the complexities of his role. It also shows how people can even take advantage of his good nature, which is an interesting obstacle for Clark. In any case, this was a good book and comes recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 25, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis' Superman saga that started in the Man of Steel mini-series continues here in Action Comics, and while I find myself enjoying most of what Bendis is doing, I feel as though readers are going to get tired, sooner or later, continuing the same story week after week. But, Patrick Gleason's illustrations are amazing and do more than just complement Bendis' script. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 25, 2018

    I like the direction of many of these storylines, but I felt like there was a lack of focus in the issue. The threads that are the most interesting seems to be lost a little bit. I actually found myself more interested in the office politics going on at the Planet than most of the fire storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jul 26, 2018

    This issue is a little less action packed than previous chapters, but it doing a stellar job of adding lore and developing the world around Clark in truly a fascinating way. The creative team are working well at giving us a balanced view of Metropolis and the issue certainly benefits from the return of the super talented Patrick Gleason. Its still too soon to predict just how this tale will unravel but with Bendis at the helm we can be sure itll be an interesting ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 31, 2018

    I didn't hit subscribe on this series but I'll be back to it down the line when I can read arcs in full. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 31, 2018

    We also get introduced to a new super-powered threat in Red Cloud (think Livewire except on fire?) who may have ties to Clark Kent's world as well as Superman's. Hmmm…. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 28, 2018

    When Bendis focuses on a grounded Superman, among the people, his stories really soar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jul 25, 2018

    Action Comics #1001 was a really good and though the art wasnt always top notch like we got used to in Man of Steel, where it really held its own and worked well with the story. As I stated before, this issue didnt pack the same punch as Superman #1 but doesnt take away from the fact that this was a solid start to Bendis work on Action Comics. Im giving this issue 4 stars and look forward to seeing where this story is headed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jul 25, 2018

    This comic was a fun read, as well as a solidly written and drawn piece of work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Jul 29, 2018

    Bendis and Gleason have turned the spotlight square on the Man of Steel and I dare say he has not sounded or looked this good since Byrne. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Jul 25, 2018

    Bendis uses his short time on the Superman line to set up plenty of things for Clark to worry about and with a debut issue that acts as a standard for what's to come, he sticks the landing while leaving us interested for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 25, 2018

    The newest Action Comics arc promises an intriguing new mystery in the Bendis Era of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Jul 25, 2018

    With the truth out of the bag on who started the fires, the story looks to be speeding up and in a good way. And although this story's headline claims it's a Clark Kent story, we don't get much of the alter ego himself. It will be interesting to see how Bendis merges the apartment fires, with the gossip of Clark's family absence and what repercussions he will face with what seems like the entire Daily Planet watching his every move. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Jul 30, 2018

    "Action Comics" #1001 is a fun superhero story that captures the character of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 27, 2018

    So 95% good but 5% really off-putting. And very solid art throughout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 25, 2018

    At this point, Bendis is a very known commodity. Whether you love him or hate him, this issue isn’t going to sway you to the other side and will likely only reinforce the opinion you already hold of him. But art fans who want to see how an artist can keep their style fresh and resonant even when they’re treading familiar territory should be following Gleason’s every move. He is without a doubt one of the best Superman artists of the last decade, and he’s continuing to build his legacy here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Damon Cagnolatti Jul 27, 2018

    There have been plenty of persistent disconnects throughout Bendis' tenure as the Scribe of Steel, some of which carry-over into the new Action Comics, DC's flagship title. However, the narrative flow of this issue is much tighter and more coherent. Readers and fans are introduced to a new chapter in Superman's on-going Action Comics saga. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Russ Burlingame Jul 25, 2018

    The issue drags along, Superman's characterization is weird, and there is a compelling cliffhanger, so the story itself is something of a mixed bag. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 25, 2018

    While Superman balances out arson investigations and his career in this issue, I'm sitting back and wondering why the hell we're getting the boring parts to Superman's life in something called Action Comics.  The art here was great, but I'm seriously worried about the state of Superman under the helm of Brian Michael Bendis from what we've been getting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    RBL Jul 25, 2018

    The only redeeming factor present within this issue is the Art and Colors; that said having Patrick Gleason as the artist only makes him have a front row seat to see someone else dismantle the great work he did on this very book just one volume ago

    Art - 9/10 easily the best thing about this issue, the artist and colorist work together to deliver a book that is just a joy to look at.

    Writing - 2/10 I would go lower, but the words make sense and are properly written in complete sentences. The actual plotline is absolute garbage, not nearly as atrocious as that in the Superman book, but still completely and utterly lackluster. Each character acts in ways that do not fit how they have been portrayed, a clear example is th more

  • 7.0
    MKW69 Jul 25, 2018

    It's Better than Superman 1, but Bendis still doesn't gets Superman that well, his Supes is like from JL movie. At least he knows his strenghts here, and uses it with his Dialogue.

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  • 8.5
    daddyT Jul 25, 2018

    Honestly, I was not looking forward to this. Why change something that's already good, you know? But, this is good too. An entirely different sort of story for Superman, which makes it very interesting to me.

    It had a good deal of humor, but not over the top stupid like so many writers do. Just enough to be good without being silly.

    I like the whole perspective going on. I'm in.

  • 8.5
    A Dawg Most Dirty Jul 26, 2018

    Really loved the start of this series. I love how Brian Michael bendis is taking the two Superman books in two completely different directions. I can’t wait to find out who red cloud is!

  • 8.0
    Simon DelMonte Jul 25, 2018

    A few Bendisims aside, this is yet another strong Superman tale from a writer that I thought had nothing to bring to Metropolis. And I think this approach plays to Bendis's strengths (if not necessarily Superman's). And oh that art! Gleason at his absolute best, which is saying something.

  • 1.0
    Jon Comics Jul 28, 2018

    The first half of this issue is practically unreadable, as bad as The Strazinsky Superman Walks story.
    Things pick up in the second half but interest has been lost by them. Why set up a “mystery” last issue to uncover it by the middle of the story here, and wasting precious pages. Too much talk with new and boring characters.
    And second half is not much better. Some boring new characters which seem like X Men villains.
    Bendis is all wrong for Superman. Who thought he was a big get? What was the last time he had a super popular series at Marvel? Was he brought in to counter Geoff Johns as the big talent in DC?
    I’m dropping all Superman books now.

  • 9.5
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Jul 26, 2018

    Does a good job at establishing what will be different between this and Superman.

    I reckon this has more potential to be great.

  • 8.5
    Ken b Jul 25, 2018

    Story was decent but what made this book stand out was the captivating artwork.

  • 8.5
    auletti Aug 12, 2018

    Action Comics 1001
    I truly started following Brian Michael Bendis with Jessica Jones, the Defenders, Infamous, and invincible Ironman. With a list of characters, he has created and brilliant storyline I like many others am following him to DC. I am for the first time a regular reader of Superman and Action comics.
    Action comics 1000 and 1001 are stories directly following his Man of Steel mini-series. So far Jonathan Kent has left with Jor-el, superman’s father to parts unknown for Jonathans training. Of course, being the Doting mother Lois would not allow him to go without her. They have been gone for an undisclosed amount of time but long enough for the Daily Planet vultures to eyeing her office and the Daily planet to be more

  • 8.0
    DVE Aug 19, 2018

    Stronger than Superman #1, Bendis is naturally more suited to the day-to-day stuff than expansive super epics. Patrick Gleason's change in style from the Rebirth Superman title is fascinating and keeping him on the character was a smart call.

  • 7.5
    KFuqua Jul 25, 2018

    Still not loving Bendis on the Superman titles yet, but this one is a little better than the Superman issues.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Jul 26, 2018

    Brian Bendis continues taking rains over Superman with Action Comics 1001.

    The issue sets a slightly lighter tone than Superman 1. Both in dialogue and art. This can be perfectly seen in the first panels when Big Blue is dealing with some, rather inept, robbers.

    As for the story, it follows up on the mysterious fires that were popping up in the Man of Steel mini-series and Superman's supposed involvement in them. We also learn about the existence of some secret cabal of criminals that were operating right under Superman's nose. I wonder if Luthor is somewhat responsible for them or maybe just like Supes he doesn't know about them?

    On the art, we have Pat Gleason, who does a great job. His art is a littl more

  • 6.5
    nickogle Jul 25, 2018

    This is… an OK issue. Patrick Gleason's art is certainly not the worst, but something about just doesn't feel right to me. Easily the best page of his is the lineup of bald villains. I hope to see more of them in the issues to come. The arson-themed story however, just doesn't interest me. It was the most out-of-place story in Bendis' Man of Steel miniseries, and now that its getting its own story it just doesn't capture my attention that much. The "mystery" villain, Red Cloud is yet another case of that. The secret of her identity just doesn't intrigue me. That said, Bendis' script is actually good, probably his best script yet, however this issue just doesn't do enough to overcome it's main problem, which lies in the overall plot.

  • 6.0
    Bigbooty Aug 21, 2018

    Should be renamed. Boring Dialogue Comics.

  • 1.0
    Angus Sep 12, 2018

    No hope, no love, no compassion, only the same Bendis we have seen before when he is forced to write in continuity...

    Look at all Bendis own creations. Same main character in every one of his own creator books. He is incapable of writing anything actually diverse. He is activist first, many other things second and lastly a writer.

    Bendis in a podcast shows his typical non-caring for continuity and announces these things for people to ignore.

    Jon and Lois are gone but Jon will be brought back when Bendis needs a political nail to hammer home. Jon will be brought back to discuss racial issues (like we don't have enough of that in every form of entertainment on every product that comes out). Lois is gone more

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