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: 42
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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

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