Action Comics #1004

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Ryan Sook Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 24, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 34
7.5Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

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Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois' trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn't she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark's relationship gets redefined in this issue illustrated by acclaimed artist Ryan Sook!

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Oct 24, 2018

    No issue has better defined why Brian Michael Bendis is the right writer to steer the Superman line of comics than Action Comics #1004. Read Full Review

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

    At the end, you realize that Bendis wrote a very character based issue. And I love that. It was a nice break and it was good to catch up on Lois and Clark's relationship. He made a choice. And, working with Sook, it was a very smart one indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Crusaders - David Howard Oct 25, 2018

    Everything about this issue of Action Comics rings true to form and Brian Michael Bendis has presented Superman as he is meant to be in this unfolding story arc which is "The Invisible Mafia". This issue was a joy to read and had almost no "Super" action in it. That should tell you quite a bit. I highly recommend this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 24, 2018

    A strong issue that is not only romantic but genuine. Bendis and Sook deliver one of the most romantic, and genuinely mature relationship issues ofAction Comics, and superhero comics in general ever. Read Full Review

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

    But those are minor complaints - the series is a lot of fun to read and moving in new andinteresting directions. What more couldany fan ask? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Oct 24, 2018

    Bendis and Sook gave us an excellent issue of ACTION COMICS. Clark digs deeper into Red Cloud, the Planet gets attacked, and we finally figure out what's going on with Lois! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Oct 25, 2018

    And the art. The perfect god Cyclops, the art. OH THE ART! Sook takes Bendis' story and just makes magic. The lines are sharp. And the faces, OH THEN FACES; he captures expressions and the momentum of any given scene so well. Then, of course, he get a couple of action scenes where he gets to cut loose and excel. I have absolutely no complaints. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 24, 2018

    If you're looking for stellar character work, incredible artwork, and a Metropolis that feels more real and engaging by the issue, you owe it to yourself to pick up this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 24, 2018

    Bendis' Superman run has been a mixed bag so far, but his run on Action Comics coming off the big Action Comics #1000 issue has been getting better and better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Oct 24, 2018

    Bendis' overarching plot in Action Comics isn't grabbing anyone just yet, but conversely toSuperman issues, the deep character moments in this title are what make it a delight to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 24, 2018

    It did a great job of slowing down the action and concentrating on the relationship between Clark and Lois. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 29, 2018

    "Action Comics" #1004 boasts an honest interpretation of Lois and Clark's relationship and beautiful illustration work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Oct 24, 2018

    Bendis seemsintent on elevating the supporting cast. Perry White displays a dimension ofcharacter I havent seen in years, if ever. Hes not simply Clarks boss, hesa man with a job, and an individual with his own agenda. However, Supermansson is only mentioned off-hand, which I dont particularly mind. I stillstruggle with Lois and Clark being married, let alone having a kid. But atleast Bendis gave us the reunion weve been needing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 27, 2018

    Action Comics has some really great character development, but it's unfortunately coupled with a really lackluster plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 24, 2018

    Discovering where Superman's marriage stands in this issue was the high point of the book and for the most part, I think it was really well done.  Yeah, Lois' dialog was odd as hell and some of her reasons behind things seem off, but all in all, I look forward to continuing my Bendis Action Comics journey and finding out what he has planned for the long haul of our hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Oct 24, 2018

    Action Comics #1004 puts the spotlight on the relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane. The overall story is okay, with nothing too dramatic happening, but the art in this issue really stands out in a good way. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Oct 28, 2018

    Worth reading if you're following Lois and Superman, but if you're following the arc and you skipped this issue you wouldn't miss out on anything you didn't already know. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Oct 24, 2018

    The issue itself didn't move the story forward, but only sets Clark's relationship back in Bendis' hope to move Clark's story forward in the future with no strings attached. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 24, 2018

    This was the first issue in Bendis' Action Comics run that left me disappointed. He's made Lois and Jon's return such a big deal that this underwhelming payoff is cause for concern. Superman was the one book that didn't need a drastic change in the status quo and a solo Superman just isn't as interesting in 2018. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 26, 2018

    Since the Lois/Clark pair is the foundation of these characters and these books, I suddenly feel like I am on slightly shaky ground here. That said, everything else, from subplots to the luscious art, still sizzles. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 24, 2018

    Action Comics #1004 is the worst issue of Bendis' run so far, and it doesn't bode well that it's come so soon. The issue kills all of the momentum of the Invisible Mafia storyline, chopping it up to foster cheap drama and make readers buy another issue to see what happened between Lois and Clark. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 25, 2018

    This is the redefining moment for Lois and Clark's relationship and it's flat out terrible. Bendis seems to have written an excuse in order to claim that technically, Lois and Clark are not broken up. But, how can this be true when they are living in different cities and Lois doesn't seem to want any type of life together? Nothing really seems right about it, from Lois's immature and selfish actions, to Superman's willingness to accept what she says when she does nothing but hurt him emotionally from start to finish. What happened to their love? Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    daddyT Oct 25, 2018

    incredibly stupid. so.. your wife and son left in a hurry one night to go into outer space against your wishes... you lost contact with them.. they've been gone for months and now the wife is back without the kid and doesn't even tell you... because she just wants to write?

    oh, but hey, she got super-laid and so she definitely wants him to come back again..

    utterly devoid of value. maybe 1-2 panels weren't bad, if only the story didn't drag them down to the pits

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 1.
    -2 because: the stupidest storyline ever?
    -2 because: Lois and Jon were great.. before Bendis....
    -1 because: can't even imagine how Bendis thought this would be cool

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  • 1.0
    PeteRick Oct 24, 2018

    I don't get why anyone would like this, bendis was the worst thing that ever happened to superman fans!

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  • 1.0
    FloralPJs Oct 24, 2018

    Sook's art is breathtaking, but even that can't save this dumpster fire. There are far too many plot holes. Lois' written completely out of character and her reasons for not telling Clark she's back are flimsy at best and ignores two years of continuity. Clark goes along with this barely questions anything. He doesn't really seem to care that his son is with a genocidal maniac. Neither of them come out of this book looking good.

  • 3.0
    MKW69 Oct 24, 2018

    Fight me.

  • 9.5
    superstan52 Oct 24, 2018

    What a fun issue! Great characterization and dialogue between Clark and Lois. Little moments like Perry's 'diagnosis' and Supe's counseling the accosted reporter show what makes him 'him' when he's not fighting bad guys.Plus "super sex." Twice!

  • 4.0
    RBL Oct 24, 2018

    I have to admit, the story in this issue improved. It's gone from abhorrently bad to just dull and uninteresting. Progress was made!

    The plot-holes present in this story that remains lackluster have never been more jarring than with a Lois Lane who would leave her son without second thoughts with an individual, who I reiterate for what feels like the nth time, WAS AN ENEMY of theirs the last time they encountered him. Jor-El never had a moment of redemption or contrition as Mr. X or did anything to even remotely position him as anything other than an antagonist towards his son, so having both of Jon's parents accept him as his guardian is ridiculous.

    If the premise behind the only plot development an issue actually ha more

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  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Oct 25, 2018

    I think this is horrible and completely antithetical to the previous run.

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Oct 23, 2018

    While the story does nothing to progress the story arc, we get Clark and Lois reconnecting to only have Lois tell Clark that they need space to do their own thing but aren’t broken up. This issue feels like I missed an issue or two. Bendis still does not have the voice of Lois right.

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  • 10
    Simon DelMonte Oct 24, 2018

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Someone at Paste, IIRC, said that this one would make you cry. And it did. Well done, Brian!!

  • 9.0
    Dorival Oct 24, 2018

    I Loved this edition!

  • 9.0
    Full Spread Oct 28, 2018

    Enchanting. Lois and Clark haven't been this great together in a long time.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Oct 25, 2018

    "The good old days"

    Man, I like Bendis' take on Superman. Especially in Action Comics. This book has this feeling of levity and hopefulness to it. It's great to see Man of Steel saving people with a big ol' smile on his face.

    And we finally learn what's the deal with Lois and why she was hiding. She's doing something that is really important to her but she still has her husband's back. The scenes between her and Clark were sweet and fun to read.
    As for little Jon. He's safe and that's practically all we learn. Well, that and the fact that he supposedly blossomed when he has no need to hide his powers.

    The art is on point. Ryan Sook and the rest deliver some great visuals. The panel where Clark and Lois more

  • 5.5
    Superheroes for Hire Oct 29, 2018

    5/5 for Ryan Sook's art. 0.5 stars for Brian Bendis' excellent writing of the Daily Planet bullpen and Perry White. I don't even care that Bendis wants to write a more independent Lois Lane, but I think it's the laziest type of comic book writing to throw out all the recent character development for this tentpole character. Everything Rebirth was built on was the hope, optimism, legacy, and love of its characters. Congratulations Brian Michael Bendis. You have managed to get me to drop Action Comics 4 issues after its landmark #1000. Learn how to play with the toys you've been given for once.

  • 4.5
    ohhaimark Oct 27, 2018


    -The art. Ryan Sook is a great artist who deserves your attention.

    -I think I would genuinely enjoy a Perry White spinoff series from Bendis more than his Superman stories.

    -Bendis is pretty good at capturing the chemistry between Lois and Clark. Now I have more problems with how that relationship was handled, but he does do a good job of capturing strictly the relationship only.

    THE BAD:

    -I cannot stand the way that Bendis writes Lois. Clark is at least decently well-written in this issue. He's a bit one sided but still he doesn't seem to veer as far from where his character should be as Lois. Lois strikes me as kind of selfish, and annoys me for other reasons which will be more

  • 3.0
    Ollie44 Oct 24, 2018

    I was enjoying Action over Superman but after this issue... wow.... all the points are for the art. Lois was completely off for me.

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    Rocker97 Oct 24, 2018

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