Action Comics #1003

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Yanick Paquette Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 28
7.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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How well does Clark Kent know his own city? Are the threats targeting Metropolis new or something older and more dangerous than they seem?
With mobsters being killed off and the Daily Planet staff hunting for answers, it's up to Superman to discover what lurks in the underside of the city he thought he knew so well. Who is the Red Mist, and why has Superman never heard of someone so powerful and dangerous? And what is Lois Lane doing with Lex Luthor?

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 26, 2018

    This all leads into a cliffhanger of an ending that just makes you wonder what's going to happen next! Bendis and Paquette need to work together again and soon. This is an amazing issue and it's truly well done. More please. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 28, 2018

    Yanick Paquette is perfect for the book and I hope he sticks around for a bit. Just amazing. Yep, I liked this one a lot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Sep 27, 2018

    Bendis and Paquette bring another exciting edition of ACTION COMICS, as we get a tease of what Bendis's Batman is like, as well as the developing mystery of the Invisible Mafia and what Lois is doing. Bendis does a great job of weaving these story threads and Paquette's art is pretty and ugly as it needs to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 26, 2018

    Bendis is setting up a fun debate as to the superior Superman title. While that status may shift with the latest issue, the readers are truly benefiting. Action Comics continues to be a strong contender for one of DCs best books and the latest cliffhanger ensures it will remain a cant miss title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 26, 2018

    This book is definitely improving a lot issue by issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Sep 26, 2018

    The weight of a massive fandom weighs on Brian Michael Bendis' shoulders, writing the world of Superman is no easy task. To the blind eye Bendis may not be the man for the job, but look a little closer and the pieces to this massive puzzle may start to make sense. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 2, 2018

    The issue is worth picking up for the Batman and Superman angle (including Bruce's joke about what he plans to do with the Kryptonite). Also of interest, though, is the late reveal of Lois Lane being tracked down by an old “friend.” Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 26, 2018

    Action Comics #1003 is yet another strong entry in this Superman renaissance. Read Full Review

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

    The other creative talents on this book — led by Yanick Paquette — shine just as bright, especially through a handful of DC Easter eggs (half of which I probably would've missed if not for years listening to 40+ year-old comic fans). Otherwise, references like "Sugar and Spike" would be lost on me. My favorite pages would have to be Clark's episode. Feeling weak and sick, the panels are warped to simulate the imbalance the character experiences. I really appreciate the medium being played with like that, and continue to anticipate the next issue this team puts together. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Oct 1, 2018

    After last issues' missteps, it's nice to see the story moving forward with an artist who really deserves more interior work. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Sep 26, 2018

    This new issue is a slow-paced moment in a continually strong showing for Bendis' new run, but this makes me hope the story will gain some real traction as time goes on. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Nick Campan Sep 26, 2018

    Bendis' run of Action is enough to make this non-fan of Superman enjoy the story unfolding here. The art is clean and well done, adding to Bendis' ability to string a story together. I would recommend this run to anyone who is a fan of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Sep 26, 2018

    Action Comics #1003 is a marked improvement over the last issue. Bendis uses some of more annoying tropes to good effect here, but he still finds a way to mess up the story a little bit because of them as well. Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairns art make up for that, though. The pencils are detailed and expressive and the colors fit the mood of the various shots perfectly. Its not a perfect book, but it has a few moments in it to keep the reader on the hook for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 26, 2018

    While this is still my favorite Man of Steel title that we have right now, this issue felt a bit forced in a lot of its actions and off in a lot of its dialog.  With that, we still have a really cool situation going on with our antagonists in this series and I look forward to seeing more of them.  I just wish that we'd get more out of each individual character because it feels like they're really not doing much each issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Watch - John Jack Oct 2, 2018

    I might like some Superman in this Superman book. Maybe next time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 26, 2018

    I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and everything seemed to come up short Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Sep 29, 2018

    While the art is fantastic, the story leaves much to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 27, 2018

    This issue really feels like it has bogged down. There is certainly a better way in which some of the surprises could've been revealed, and as such, this issue feels like nothing happened. To top it off, the best part featured Batman. Which isn't bad for a Batman comic". The story only moves forward in the last two pages when Lex shows up, and that's very minimal movement. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 29, 2018

    The art is phenomenal, but Bendis' Superman comics continue to accomplish very little. Not even a Batman cameo can help. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 26, 2018

    Bendisarrival at DC reminds me of the early 1970s, when Jack Kirby transitioned overfrom Marvel. Within a few years, he rejoined Marvel, DC Comics leaving a badtaste in his mouth. It is my hope that Bendiss tenure at DC is betterreceived. Im a little anxious for seeing some of his plotlines resolved, butyour mileage may vary. Read Full Review

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