Action Comics #1010

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 27
7.7Critic Rating
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One by one they fall: A.R.G.U.S.! The D.E.O.! The Kobra Cult! And now, Spyral! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind all of the attacks on the top-secret and underground organizations of the DC Universe! Is it the rise of a new power in the DCU called Leviathan? Named one of the best comics of the year by Paste magazine!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Apr 24, 2019

    I had my doubts about the Bendis takeover. But the Leviathan arc is impressing me, and I'm really wanting more Lois and Clark as reporter-heroes. I have a feeling we'll get it. Also, I'm stoked to see the final showdown between Superman and Leviathan, or Clark and Leviathan. Time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Apr 24, 2019

    Lois and Clark are undercover in London, digging for clues on who and what Leviathan is. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 24, 2019

    I'm really enjoying this arc as Bendis has concocted a challenging scenario for Superman and his allies. The only thing that's missing at this point is a greater sense of the Leviathan impact throughout the rest of the DC titles. It's good enough to start having greater repercussions in other books now and it's a smart way to get people onto DC's best Superman book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Apr 24, 2019

    Bendis and Epting add an entirely new aesthetic to Superman without changing the core aspects of the character. He is honest but more personal, more involved, and more available to readers than ever before. I highly recommend this amazing story to fans of this iconic DC super-hero! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Ritesh Babu Apr 24, 2019

    Bendis, Epting, Anderson and Reed continue to kill it as a team building a thrilling espionage epic full of skeletal men, sci-fi destroyers and a Chaz Superman. What's not to love? Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Apr 26, 2019

    Bendis and Epting deliver an excellent, fast-paced story with ACTION COMICS #1010! Bendis' writing is great, although the fact that Clark keeps disregarding his secret identity is troublesome. Epting's art is terrific and incredibly detailed. One of the best teams in comics right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 24, 2019

    The title's been largely consumed by the lead-up to Event Leviathan, but the dynamic between Clark and Lois keeps it fresh. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 26, 2019

    Great issue ratcheting up the suspense and uncertainty. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Apr 24, 2019

    Action Comics continues to impress. Bendis and Epting expertly demonstrate a side of Superman comics that is sorely underrepresented and leaves you craving more each month. With incredible art and a strong sense of character, there's no reason you shouldn't give this issue a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 27, 2019

    Strong character work and an interesting overall premise keep this story very enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Apr 24, 2019

    I am enjoying Eptings work. I may have said itbefore, that it reminds me of Jack Abel, and as most of you know, I am a bigfan of retro. But Epting doesnt merely imitate; he brings his own tools to thetask and makes it his own. It can be a challenge, but Epting makes it lookeasy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 29, 2019

    "Leviathan Rising" still has yet to give us many answers but if the team can keep this level of quality through the build up, we might be in store for a really special story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Apr 24, 2019

    It's a credit to Bendis how many directions he's able to take this story and have it still feel coherent and compelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 24, 2019

    Steve Epting's art was great throughout because it managed to embrace the dark subject matter of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 26, 2019

    At least the art is good. Steve Epting is a fine artist and he alone is worth the price of admission. Who knows where the heck this whole thing is leading? Maybe it'll surprise us all. But right now? Bendis is just spinning his wheels. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd May 1, 2019

    This issue is uneven at best. While it has great art and exciting concepts, it doesn't move the plot along very far and the details are given short shrift. Perhaps, the most interesting ideas are left on the floor while the plot inches forward. The razzle dazzle distract for a bit, but at least it looks nice. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 24, 2019

    With beautiful art this issue accomplishes........ pretty much nothing.  Beautiful art though..... really.  There really isn't much to say about this issue besides if you were really looking forward to a page dedicated to having a look at Clark and Lois' undercover identities' back story....... Well, you have that, but this gag didn't do much to this story and I find myself bored with Leviathan already. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Apr 29, 2019

    Action Comics #1010 is arguably necessary for the development of the "Leviathan Rises" arc and the upcoming "Leviathan" event, but fails to deliver anything particularly exciting outside of the promise for real answers in the next issue... Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Apr 24, 2019

    Action Comics #1010 is a strange beast. Its tonally all over the place, but its still a crucial issue with a lot happening. The way it jarringly shifts from deadly serious to light-hearted hurts it a lot. It feels like Bendis couldnt decide what he wanted the book to be, so he kept changing it around, maybe hoping that the lighter moments would make up for the darker ones. While the lighter moments are entertaining, they feel almost like an affectation, and that takes away from the book. The art team turns in some dynamite work, though, and that helps a lot. All in all, this would be a better comic if Bendis could pick a tone and stick to it. As it is, this one never feels as important as it should. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Nicole Drum Apr 24, 2019

    With a threat like Leviathian supposedly being a huge issue, it all just sort of falls flat. For an issue with such incredible visual appeal, there's just nothing else there. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Apr 27, 2019


    -Steve Epting is a good artist. It's too bad his talent is wasted on shit issues like this.

    -Even I have to admit, that Checkmate page was pretty great.

    THE BAD:

    -I am not into Director Bones or his storyline whatsoever.

    -Ugh. I'm getting really tired of reviewing this series. It's one of the most consistent things I'm reading right now.

    -Yep, this is a Bendis issue. Thinks he can make a Superman issue good when well… he can't.

    -This dialogue is always so bad. I hate it.

    -Why is Jimmy so annoying? Why is Amanda Waller just so poorly written?

    -What even happened at the end there?

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Apr 24, 2019

    First half of the issue was a huge what the Hell is going on?! The writing is eh. Art is pretty good! Overall story arc isn't good.

  • 8.0
    The 20 Issue Ceiling Apr 29, 2019

    Pretty fun spy story, I almost forgot I was reading Superman.

  • 5.0
    RBL Apr 24, 2019

    Middle-of-the road issue, nothing really noteworthy happens or is worth mentioning from the pages. Does make me want to read what happens next and most of the dialogue is devoted to how Lois Lane likes undercover work. I would not buy it or recommend it, but if it’s your thing go for it I guess.

    As it’s just a forgettable issue it’s on the higher end of the quality scale of bendis’ writing. One thing that just struck was as odd is it names Kate Kane (Batwoman) as director of Spyral, just what?
    He got the wrong Batwoman here and I not surprised as the man cares not for continuity. Bones might have also been axed but that does little to change anything.

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Apr 27, 2019

    Could we get a move on here? I know this says part four, but I feel like it's been going on for at least a three years now. We have plenty of page space to dedicate to Lois musing about undercover work and a random Checkmate callback, but not enough for actual plot. I'm sure this won't be as annoying in trade, but when I'm waiting month to month and I just want to be done with this storyline (which haha, is not going anywhere anytime soon), I get frustrated by how slow everything is. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if the character work was stronger, but it's Bendis so it's not. We just get asides and Bendis speak.

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine May 12, 2019

    No thank you.

  • 9.5
    rayonymous Aug 26, 2019

    The comic gets serious and even mysterious as Leviathan takes down all the secret government agencies and terrorist organisations while Lois and Jimmy deliver comedic reliefs for the whole issue. Waller is Waller. Director Bones that poor fella, didn't expect that part at all. I guess we will know what happened to him. There were quite a lot of Superman moments here, which I absolutely loved.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Apr 25, 2019

    Great art and generally entertaining - love that single page from an old issue of Checkmate - but BMB decompression is setting in.

  • 7.0
    egon244 Apr 27, 2019

    "Who gives a @#$@ about a narrative?"

    This issue was just what I needed.

    After the Double D (disappointing and depressing) that was Heroes in Crisis this week, this issue was the perfect remedy.
    It's lighthearted, a bit cheesy a times and the idea of Supes being undercover is just so wonderfully bonkers, even though it was shortlived.

    A quick read with some nice visuals. Definitely worth checking out.

  • 2.0
    Fizgoog May 8, 2019

    I feel like I’m five years old again. When I was five, I loved comics. I’d look at the pictures over and over again. I’d glean the essence of the story I guess from the continuity of the pictures. The movement. Then I learned to read. A new perspective was open to me. The words married to the pictures, made it all make sense.
    Nowadays, with Michael and Steve at the helm, I’m sadly just looking at the pictures again. I can’t freaking follow the dialogue. It’s disjointed. Stilted in an amateurish attempt to mimic actual conversation. It doesn’t work. I’ve lost the plot. Can’t follow the story outside Steve’s pictures; which are good. But the boring story just makes them a sequence of portraits. Thus the 2 more

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