Action Comics #1012

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 33
7.6Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

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Artist Szymon Kudranski joins superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis as the attacks of Leviathan threaten targets across the globe,  and the agents of the invisible mafia continue to infect Metropolis in this tie-in to EVENT LEVIATHAN!

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jun 26, 2019

    For a comic with more development than action, it was one of the most exciting I've seen in this run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jun 26, 2019

    Action Comics #1012 brings Leviathan out front and opens up the city of Metropolis to more than just background cannon fodder. Bendis is bringing his dialogue prowess to full bore in this series and things are pacing nicely to meet up with the Leviathan miniseries coming soon to plague the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Jun 26, 2019

    Szymon Kudranski's attention to detail and brilliant use of space on the page gives the story a tangible, real-life feel. The words on the page have meaning, certainly, but the expressions Kudranski creates on the faces of the characters go so much further, to the point that in some panels you don't even need the words to understand what is going on. It's breathtaking. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Jun 26, 2019

    Lois and Clark share a romantic getaway in the Bermuda Triangle, while Robinson Goode flexes her investigative reporting chops. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 1, 2019

    The fact he says 'We are Leviathan' makes me wonder if he is also a split personality? Perhaps he sees a bit of himself in the split Rose? This doesn't necessarily jibe with my Leviathan Theory. But that is the only explanation I can think of to explain why he would want someone as volatile as Rose/Thorn in his new world order. The super-books are really clicking right now. And I am a very happy reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Rob Reads Comics Jun 26, 2019

    Dedicated Supes fans will truly enjoy this. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Jun 26, 2019

    A great story, stellar art, and a surprise appearance by our favorite Destiny Hunter running Leviathan. I wouldnt miss Bendis run on Action Comics or Event Leviathan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 26, 2019

    This is probably further from a regular Superman comic than any issue Bendis has done yet, but that's what keeps it interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 28, 2019

    While this event tie-in could have used a little bit more information to provide context, the Bendis era of Action Comics seems to be continuing to go strong. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 26, 2019

    Action Comics #1012 was a step back from the exhilarating ride we've been on lately. Bendis filled in some gaps and did some gradual development of some potential big subplots, but this wasn't the must-read an installment as the last few months. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 26, 2019

    Szymon Kurdanski adds some interesting and engaging art in this issue with artwork that combines great character details and action. Read Full Review

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

    I do likeSzymon Kudranski's art though. He and Bendis aren't the best collaborators, but I find his art appealing. Maybe they will find their footing but this issue felt like a boring highlight reel that looked beautiful but had nothing going for it beyond that. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 27, 2019

    "Action Comics" #1012 enriches "Event Leviathan" with minor details and a spooky tone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 28, 2019

    VerdictI guess it's important to state that this issue does bring together all the subplots from the last year and finally make it feel like one big story. It's taken a long time to get here…. Unfortunately, not all of it really works. The Invisible Mafia still have a lot of potential, and Rose could be a breakout character, but Lois and Clark are really suffering. Not only are they mostly on the sidelines, their story is tabloid gossip as opposed to something meaningful. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 26, 2019

    With the introduction of an older character in this issue you'd think there would be some pretty interesting things happening here, but ultimately, this is pretty boring as we're shown that there may be a conspiracy on top of a secret syndicate which I don't fully understand either and if that wasn't enough we still have big bad Leviathan making his rounds.  With all that going on I have no idea why I wasn't having fun.  Still though, you get some decent art for most of the book, I just wish the story would pick up. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 26, 2019

    Action Comics #1012 would have been a tremendous comic six months ago, but so much time has elapsed since readers saw the Invisible Mafia that they feel sort of insignificant. That is not a good look for what looks to be a big part of his plans for this book. The addition of Rose and Thorn is excellent, but Bendis looks like hes ready to ignore things about a character to do what he wants with them to make his story work, a hallmark of his. Szymon Kudaranskis art is excellent and buoys this lackluster issue is. The Invisible Mafia is an interesting concept, but Bendis abandoned it for so long that readers might not care as much as he does about them. As it is, this issue doesnt feel very important, and thats a bad look for the start of a new story arc. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 27, 2019

    I cant say Im a fan of Kudranksis art. His bodylanguage and facial expressions are excellent " too excellent. Either hes aphenomenal artist slumming in comics, or hes running photos through imagingsoftware to turn them into line art. While I am all for the use of technology,sometimes it borders on cheating, like drum machines in the 1980s. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    YourGreenMuse Jun 27, 2019

    This was such a pain to read. Bendis' dialogue simply doesn't make any goddamn sense sometimes. The art isn't great. I'm usually not one to be bothered by lackluster art, but the faces here were troubling. This issue was a boring, wordy """tie-in""" and I regret reading it.

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  • 1.5
    ohhaimark Jun 27, 2019


    -Hey, Leviathan's there. I actually like Leviathan, oddly enough. I think he's a good villain.

    THE BAD:

    -This issue sucked, but goddamn, that cover's beautiful. It's always sad when the cover is better than the actual comic.

    -Not sure why everyone's so hyped for this artist. The inks were nice, but the faces were really weak.

    -Oh man, this dialogue just kills me. It feels like Bendis just randomly picks words out of a hat and tries to fit them together in the most logical way possible.

    -You cannot get me to care about Robinson Goode, comic!

    -Ugh, this issue is wordy. I'll be honest, I kinda skimmed through the back half. I was tired of Bendis and his more

  • 1.0
    RBL Jun 26, 2019

    If anything is learned from this issue it’s that editorial do not even give the most minute iota of a crap about this title.

    The bendis’ dialogue tends to be hit-or-miss, with an inordinately high chance of failing to find its target, but this was a whole new level of bad. Is he ok? Did he have a stroke? Someone should call someone.

    That’s all there is to it, bad title remains bad. The art is also very inconsistent and mostly just depicts the characters as off. Might be one of the worse issues of this run.

  • 5.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Jun 27, 2019

    OK so this is the "back at the ranch" issue. Virtually no Superman. And really, what was the purpose of the scene with Superman? To establish that Lois and he were messing around in the Fortress of Solitude...that she wasn't in Metropolis?

    (And when did the Fortress of Solitude move from the North Pole to the Bermuda Triangle?)

    Art-wise...The paneling with the Rose/Thorn interview was nicely done, but I don't like the character work at all throughout the book. It's clear that he has some face models...I don't think they hit the mark.

    And, once again, I'm going to reiterate that Bendis is a Batman writer working on a Superman book. It's just a mismatch of skills.

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  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Aug 16, 2019

    Every development feels like pulling teeth. I don’t have a good time reading this.

  • 1.5
    PeteRick Jun 26, 2019

    I didn't hate it, but i also didn't like it, but the art was a little bit off for me sometimes

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  • 9.5
    cincyfan Oct 29, 2019

    I for one really enjoyed this book it moved the story along wonderfully and was a great read! this and the superman title along with justice league flash and hawkman are the strongest books for dc in my opinion

  • 7.0
    EDiakota Jun 29, 2019

    "I think you me mistaken with somebody else. We are Leviathan how would you like to make a real différentes in Metropolis."

  • 7.0
    egon244 Jun 30, 2019

    "We are Leviathan"

    You can feel it's a tie-in and it has some flaws, but despite that, it's still an enjoyable read.

    I am not a fan of Kudranski's art, but those first few pages at the beginning and at the end looked really good. They were shrouded in darkness and bloody.

    Some of the initial dialogue had problems. It was odd, felt like people were not speaking to each other, but rather monologing around each other. Thankfully, it stopped around Rose/Thorne interview. She seems interesting, I wouldn't mind seeing more of her in Action Comics or in Event Leviathan.

    Oh, and there's Leviathan.

  • 6.5

    Some decent development for the ongoing events of Leviathan.

  • 5.5
    Azrael Jul 26, 2019

    It was great to see Leviathan but otherwise is just filler and adds nothing even though it is a tie-in.

  • 2.0
    KFuqua Jun 28, 2019

    Really not an enjoyable issue. The art definitely was not great and the story was a mess.

  • 1.5
    Fizgoog Jun 28, 2019

    Another absentee issue of “Action” comics. Maybe it’s time to rethink the title if this is what we have in store.
    I’ve been a fan since 1960 and this era is I believe, the worst in the title’s run.
    Superman appears in a handful of panels and his face never looks the sNe twice. He is nearly u recognisable if not for the curly quaff
    The writing is inane. It’s the only title I collect so the story is fragmented meant for crossing over. I won’t play that marketing game.
    The critics can dig as deep as they like into their thesauruses to wax on about the depth or whatever but the truth is it’s crap. Pure and simple. I love comics enough to hate this. I’ll stick around to see better days but I more

  • 1.0
    CaptnAmerca Jul 9, 2019

    I've never given a "1.0" before, but this issue earned it. Total crap in every regard.

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