Action Comics #1006

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Ryan Sook Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 2, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 34
7.7Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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The Red Cloud sets her sights on someone close to Superman, but how can the Man of Steel stop a villain he can't touch? As the invisible mafia controlling Metropolis' underworld steps more into the light, its leader finally stands revealed with a secret that will have massive implications for Superman and Clark Kent!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 2, 2019

    I must admit, I was skeptical of Bendis transition to DC Comics flagship title. Backin the early 1970s, DC lured Jack Kirby to the character, but hamstrung him byA.) putting him on secondary titles in the franchise; and B.) having someone else render the face. In the 80s, John Byrne came over from Marvel to completely revamp the property but he stuck around only long enough for the re-launch. If DC will give Bendis a free hand to maintain this level of quality, and he sticks around long enough, hell be remembered as one of those long-standing custodians for generations to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Jan 2, 2019

    Propelling Big Blue and the DCU forward in exciting ways while unveiling new secrets, Bendis and Sook's conclusion to their first arc is stellar work every fan should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 7, 2019

    This was a great chapter of this continuing comic book. There is a good and solid long term goal on this comic and it shows. It's a great time to be reading Superman and this reminds us all why that is the case. Good stuff! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 8, 2019

    So this is a solid issue all around. There are a ton of small moments that sizzle. And then the battle with the Red Cloud, perfectly drawn elevated with impressive sound effects lettering from Josh Reed and colors by Brad Anderson, and ending with that extended hand; it is a wonderful sequence. Good stuff all around. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 2, 2019

    I can be pleasantly surprised by a good issue of Superman, but Bendis and Sook are now starting to establish higher expectations with Action Comics and it's starting to become one of my favorite DC books again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Jan 3, 2019

    Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook bring us another incredible chapter in this street-level crime story. Bendis has set a lot of pieces in motion on his board, and Sook has gorgeously illustrated them. ACTION COMICS has been one of the better DC Rebirth books; Superman is in good hands! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 9, 2019

    There's some nice action here once Red Cloud rebuffs our hero's offer (the character's nature provides some interesting visuals of Superman fighting mist without a solid physical form for the Man of Steel to punch his way through). I'm really enjoying Bendis' take on Superman (and again huge props for pushing for the return of the trunks on both Batman and Superman!). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jan 3, 2019

    The art is wonderful, the dialogue is on-point, and Superman is just straight up fun again. This run is possiblyone for the history books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 2, 2019

    Still the better of the two Superman titles at the moment, but the run as a whole feels unfocused. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 2, 2019

    The art by Ryan Sook is great. There are some fun and dynamic panels, but there isn't much in the plot that calls for anything to be visually exciting. This is a good, plot-driven issue, but there isn't much action in this Action Comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 3, 2019

    When Brian Michael Bendis is on, he's really on. Action Comics #1006 stands as further proof that DC made the right decision putting him in the driver's seat for their flagship character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 7, 2019

    With any luck, Sook and Anderson will be able to collaborate again later in the run, because their work in this issue (in addition to their previous two chapters) shows how strong they are with the various components that make-up the book's overall shape as well as the little things that serve to make it all the more memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jan 2, 2019

    I'm back on comics, and Action Comics #1006 is a great place to come back to. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Jan 5, 2019

    In conclusion, it's" fine? While the writing is getting better and the book has a lot of cool moments, the sparse plot makes this issue (and Bendis's Superman as a whole) difficult to recommend, despite the great artwork. If you've got some money to spend, you could certainly spend it in worse places (for as much as a complain, this book is Watchmen compared to the travesty Tom King's doing on Batman) but if you're looking for the next unmissable comic to add to your pull list, this really isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 3, 2019

    Action Comics #1006 continues to explore the hidden layers of the Red Clouds rise as a villain of Metropolis, but doesnt offer much in terms of new developments. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Jan 3, 2019

    Bendis drags out the mafia storyline and Red Cloud plots with Leone to take down Superman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Jan 2, 2019

    Bendis has been relying all too much on cliffhangers as of late, and it's but a matter of time before these leave-ya-hanging issues with zero sustenance will get tiring. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 2, 2019

    Action Comics #1006 is good, but its too little, too late at this point. The reveal at the end of the issue could lead to some interesting developments, but its something long time readers have seen before and its hard to see how it will really affect the plot. Sooks art is the highlight of the book, as its been on every issue hes drawn, but that doesnt make up for the legacy of bad decision Bendis has made on this book. Its a shame, too, because this is a well paced enjoyable read, but this story arc is already so tainted that it cant really save it on its own. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 2, 2019

    Superman's taking on a big Red Cloud and....... Well, it goes on for way to long and you don't really get anything out of it by the end.  Yeah, the art looks great in this issue and we have ourselves an interesting cliffhanger, but there really isn't a lot of substance to this book overall. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Dec 30, 2018

    Bendis leaves us with some interesting news from an individual who has been teased since issue 1002 someone who was moving all the chess pieces throughout Metropolis, Leone. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 5, 2019

    Bendis has a lot of potentially neat ideas, but his execution leaves something to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 3, 2019

    Bendis's unimpressive run on Action Comics continues as the plot spreads out and makes the whole storytelling style questionable. The slow pace makes it hard to find much of interest especially as those things are left by the wayside in the next issue. One wonders what won't be addressed in the next issue that could've potentially been interesting. Superman and Lois's relationship continues to be a low point for the Superman titles as the direction just doesn't make sense for the super-couple either in tabloid suggestions of infidelity or Lois's continued secretive behavior. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    YourGreenMuse Jan 4, 2019

    This series is too busy trying to establish these new characters created for this run, so there's not a ton left for Superman to do. He lets the villain go because Red Mist truly deserves more than one arc. She's the golden child of Leviathan for no particularly good reason. Much like Superman, this arc didn't really end, it just stopped. I was excited to see more Question this time around, after his appearance last issue, but he's not here, making his appearance feel all the more like filler. Despite all this, there were a few good moments, like Superman using his X-Ray vision and when he consoles the fire chief. But overall, still a lackluster issue.

  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Jan 2, 2019


    -This was the first time I enjoyed one of those desktop first pages. Also as a hater of the Martian Manhunter miniseries, I can appreciate some fun being poked at it. And if Greg Rucka really is writing some kind of Lois Lane comic, I'm in.

    -I liked Ryan Sook's art. I do wish Pat Gleason would return however. Ah well, maybe it's worth it if that Young Justice comic he's doing is really good.

    -I thought the X-Ray vision was presented very well and originally in this issue.

    -I also thought Jimmy Olsen was a funny character in this issue.

    THE BAD:

    -Do we really have to do the "Keep it a secret, kid." cliche, today?

    -Good God, Red Cloud is a boring villa more

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  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    This comic is just so blah, I don’t like the new villain and it feels like nothing is happening.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Mar 13, 2019

    Extra points for that one page with in the alley.

  • 7.5
    waltgator93 Jan 2, 2019

    Solid issue! Didn’t hate it like last few ones. The art is very good. Enjoy the sticky notes page for all the Easter eggs and future projects. Still confused on how the Mayor is connecting in all of this though, hope we explore that. Dialogue for Clark was eh okay. Better than what we have been getting but still not quite right. For a split second I thought they were going with the route that Amanda Waller hired red cloud. Now the cliffhanger left me with many feelings. Curious, confused, and ready for next issue with especially with that car.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Jan 2, 2019

    "Yeah. It's not the best."

    Another solid issue of Action Comics. One that doesn't necessarily move the plot very, very far, but still is a quite an enjoyable read.

    Clark finally starts to suspect the identity of the Red Cloud, her mysterious employer is revealed and apparently owns the car form the cover of Action Comics #1.
    Bendis again delivers with the good writing and giving us a few funny and lighthearted scenes. The kid in the alley? Pure gold.

    Speaking of pure gold. The art. It looks amazing. The fight between Supes and Cloud looks epic, dynamic and, for some reason, kinda old-school.

    Good read, nice way to start a new year.

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  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Jan 6, 2019

    A notch lower than the run so far, with just a hint of the padding BMB is infamous for.

  • 5.0
    RBL Jan 2, 2019

    Tl;dr First issue of Action Comics in 2019 and if this is anything to go by this won’t be a great year for the title. Forgettable issue lacking in real substance and a villain who only poses a threat through the poor writing.

    This issue starts with Clark Kent carrying out his journalistic duties in what is a rare occasion in the bendis Superman titles, a well written moment. Shame it’s the only part of the issue that was done well.

    We see red cloud’s civilian persona writing an article stating she was able to defeat Superman in the previous issue. I would not call that a win so much as Superman forfeiting due to bendis, but somehow unproven and unconfirmed reports are now accepted in the Daily Planet, so there go more

  • 4.0
    KFuqua Jan 4, 2019

    There wasn't much to enjoy in this issue. Bendis' Superman is definitely missing something!

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