Action Comics #1009

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 39
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As clandestine organizations-both good and evil-continue to fall, the official countdown to one of the biggest stories in DC history begins here! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind the destruction of the Kobra cult, the DEO and some of the greatest organizations in the DC Universe. As the threat of Leviathan looms over everything, the Man of Steel must trust Amanda Waller with his biggest secret: his identity as Clark Kent! All bets are off and all rules will be broken as Leviathan has come to change the DC Universe forever.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 28, 2019

    After a terrible character arc in the first 6 issues of his Action Comics run, the current story is not only interesting, the character moments finally feel like they are accurate. Bendis is no longer trying to make Lois and Clark into something they're not, he's leaning in to what makes them work as a couple. That's not to say it's going to last…but, enjoy it while you can. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Mar 27, 2019

    Overall this is a darn near perfect issue of Action Comics. Bendis has brought his expertise in writing deeply moving, dramatic character driven narratives to Superman and it is reaping absolutely brilliant results. The stakes are high, the drama is completely consuming and the action is precisely paced. All this adds up to an amazing Superman story. If you haven't been reading Bendis' Superman and Action Comics runs, I recommend adding both of these titles to your pull list, especially before this Leviathan Rising arc wraps up. 5/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 27, 2019

    Epting does a fantastic job drawing this book. Its definitely a unique take on the Superman mythos. Let's hope Bendis keeps this story moving rather than dragging things out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Mar 27, 2019

    Bendis, Epting, Anderson and Leigh do great work here, delivering contemporary DC spy fiction with both stakes and hilarity fitting right in Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Mar 28, 2019

    In the Fortress of Solitude, Lois and Clark come up with a plan to infiltrate Leviathan. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 27, 2019

    I'm loving this arc right now as it's easily the best Bendis has been since he's come on board the Superman books. With Epting and Anderson delivering beautiful visuals, this is definitely the Superman book to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 27, 2019

    Steve Epting is an artist best known for spy thrillers like Velvet and Captain America, so he seems an odd fit for Superman. However, as he flashes back and forth between the present day and the events of Leviathan's attack, it works. The polished sheen of his art works well with both the lighter and darker segments. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Mar 27, 2019

    All of this is to say that despite not knowing all the history of these characters, Bendis puts this comic together in expert fashion not to leave readers like me behind. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 2, 2019

    And the Question scene is the one that I will mull over the most. Is his line about Superman being Leviathan a clue? Could we be talking about some other Superman persona, like Ultraman? That would jibe with the 'want the same thing' note. And the information about the lack of a body count is meaty. This was a nice end to the prologue and beginning of chapter one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Mar 27, 2019

    I'm strangely excited by this comic, although there remains a lot of questions about this particular mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 30, 2019

    The tension keeps mounting and the story keeps getting better as Bendis sinks his teeth into something more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 9, 2019

    I'll admit I'm a bit confused by the final few panels in which Superman and Lois appear transformed for an undercover mission (what did I miss?), but even an unclear ending doesn't detract all that much from another solid issue. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 27, 2019

    Action Comics #1009 is the best the book has been in months. It actually serves to get readers interested in Bendis forthcoming Leviathan event, adding some intrigue to the whole thing. There's some good characterization in the book, the only exception being Jimmy Olsen. The ending is quite interesting, and it could be fun to see how it all works out. Epting's art is much better than it has been. All in all, this is a good book; it's not great, and it definitely doesn't make up for the mediocrity of Bendis Action Comics so far, but it entertainingly does its job. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2019

    Steve Epting's art is really good. If he was given more interesting plot moments to render, the art would be more dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim Mar 27, 2019

    The issue was enjoyable and provided a series of unique character interactions Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 27, 2019

    Im digging Eptings artwork. It kind of has aretro feel to it, one I associate with the work of Jack Abel in the late 60sand 70s. It reinforces that the classic Superman is back, free from theresidue of the New 52. The less said of that, the better. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Apr 4, 2019

    Action Comics #1009 continues a long-winded mystery that finds Supes once again playing detective. Hopefully things start to pick up from here Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 27, 2019

    If you read last issue......... Well, you're really not missing anything here except for the cliffhanger.  With that said though, you do get excellent art throughout the issue, it's just you don't get any new story and that's pretty damn frustrating for a monthly title.   Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ohhaimark Mar 29, 2019


    -Steve Epting's art is alright. I've never been a fan of it, but it was fine for this issue.

    -That X-Ray vision panel was cool, even if it's a small thing.

    THE BAD:

    -I just can't stand Bendis's scripts. I don't know why, but something about 'em just gets under my skin, y'know.

    -The characters have and maybe always will feel hollow in this run.

    -I'm just not into this storyline at all. Leviathan doesn't interest me. I don't know if I've ever not hated a Bendis villain since he came to DC. Rogol Zaar was awful. Leviathan is terrible too. The Red Cloud is just dumb. Yeah, never liked a villain.

    -I thought it would be cool to see the Question, until I st more

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Mar 29, 2019

    There isn't anything overly new here, and some of the dialogue can be a bit cringey at times, but you know what? It's entertaining. It's pure popcorn flick in a comicbook form, and I do enjoy where this is going so far.

  • 7.0
    waltgator93 Mar 27, 2019

    Enjoying this story arc’s dialogue better than last but still not fan of how Jimmy is written. Art is really good! Solid 9/10 for art. But still not caring much about Leviathan. And we really don’t get much more than we already know.

  • 4.5
    Fizgoog Apr 16, 2019

    Without getting too philosophical, the title is “Action”. Seldom has the content done justice to the title but lately, I’m wondering whether Bendis cut his teeth as a writer for “bold and the beautiful”!

    I’m a believer in the notion that tech is killing super heroes. Too many gadgets takes the super out of the supers.

    Superman and especially Superman fans deserve better than current offerings. We have the uniform back;check. But I for one want to see him stretch his legs and extend himself. I want to be amazed again. God if only Kirby has drawn him!! This current story line is as boring as bat guano. Sorry.

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  • 3.0
    RBL Mar 27, 2019

    Still waiting on the supposedly good writing present in this title, I’ve yet to see it show up for close to a year now.

    The one thing of note in this issue is how Lois is finally not portrayed poorly or in a nonsensical manner. She makes for a good stand-in for the readers when she questions Waller’s actions and even doubts the course of action Superman took in bringing her to the Fortress. Only took give or take 5 issues to not get Lois totally wrong, minor props there.

    As far as the story goes, little is advanced and characters who will play a part will be introduced. The Question teaming up with the Wonder Twins, I can’t help but facepalm at this idea. However, Superman and Lois Lane being Spyral agents throug more

  • 2.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 14, 2019

    This issue felt even more poorly written than usual. Like I was actually struggling to make sense of their dialogue at parts.

  • 9.5
    rayonymous Aug 26, 2019

    Perfect, Supes looking for answers around the globe, checking in on his interests, getting out and getting in on panels of a single page. The writing and the art make it look so cool! Way to bring in characters like The Question, sharp.

  • 8.5
    Andrea D’Alò Mar 27, 2019

    Bendis continues to write A.C. and he does it well!.
    This issue can appear a little confusional, and it is, but it’s because Supes can’t found a way out, this events are confusing him and so is the reader.A lot of things happens here and I can’t be more excited for the next issue.
    Superman and Action Comics are the Alfa and the Omega of who is Superman, and are both in the hands of a master of the industry.
    The art is so good, Epting makes this characters real and makes them act like real people.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Mar 27, 2019

    Mildly confusing, especially that ending. But I love the idea of Superman being forced into dealing with things that he can't solve with super-powers. And of him and Lois being a team.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Mar 31, 2019

    "That is the question"

    So, what do we have in this issue? Let's see:

    - Amanda Waller knows who Superman is. It actually makes sense, a lot of it. She probably knows who the brooding Batman is or the fast Flash also.
    - The Question sitting in the dark, looking cool. I have no idea where the smoke was coming from, but who cares, that hospital scene was great.
    - And lastly, Superman going undercover as a Spyral agent? It looks and sounds ridiculous, but I can't wait to see it.

    Agent Chaz Donen reporting for duty.

  • 7.0
    Dispatchdcu Mar 30, 2019

    The story doesn’t really go anywhere new but it kept my interest. The cliffhanger was a bit of a let down as well as the Question entering the story. The art was fantastic but I need more out of a monthly.

    The flying around everywhere was great, the little cameos were great but if only I had a better ending to draw me into next issue, I’d be more onboard.

  • 5.0
    Bplus Mar 29, 2019

    I’m enjoying Superman, but action has been a slog and keeps going nowhere that we care about. Even the art and splash pages seem pointless. Time to drop this after a year of trying.

  • 4.0
    CaptnAmerca Apr 1, 2019

    Bendis loves the sound of his own voice. I, however, do not.

    The art was good.

    Of course he's going to shoehorn his other characters into this book too. Can't wait until this puts is gone.

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Mar 27, 2019

    I don't know what it is. Maybe something just clicked. I've found Bendis' writing really annoying lately. Before I thought it was lame and tired, but now I'm legitimately distressed when I read these comics.

  • 1.0
    PeteRick Mar 27, 2019

    When bendis run will end, i wanna read good superman comics!!!

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