Action Comics #1013

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 29
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Metropolis is in total lockdown, and while everyone is busy dealing with the impossible threat of Leviathan's complete takeover, a mysterious antihero called Thorn has decided to wreak havoc on the invisible empire! Witness the return of Rose and Thorn, the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe-and if you've never heard of her, it's only because she is that good. All this, plus a major EVENT LEVIATHAN revelation! But why wasn't it in the main series? Plus, the invisible mafia held a death grip on the Metropolis underworld...until Lex Luthor visits their criminal competition!

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

    Action Comics #1013 is a rock-solid issue. Bendis is a boon to this book. Kudranski, Anderson and Sharpe Bring every panel to vibrant life. Every aspect of the book is great reading with wonderful visuals. This issue is not a jumping on point for new readers by far. However, it is part of a stellar series fans should add to their comic inbox. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jul 24, 2019

    It's a perfect pairing and it makes for another, standout issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 26, 2019

    So as I said, this was something of a middle chapter for both the Event Leviathan mini-series and the dealings here in Action. And this did just what a middle part should do. The plot progressed. We got key character moments. Momentum was built. And all in a beautiful looking package. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Jul 24, 2019

    Robinson Goode continues her quest to make a name for herself and investigate Leviathan's schemes. Meanwhile, Clark Kent searches for clues on his own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 24, 2019

    Szymon Kudranski's art is terrific with the exception of his take on Superman as his gritty, realistic style doesn't work as well on the larger than life hero. Brad Anderson's colors do a stellar job of bringing out Kudranski's detailed pages. Whenever Bendis decides he's ready to tackle The Question as a regular series, this would be an ideal art team for that collaboration. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jul 24, 2019

    This is a solid Super-Bendis book that I've become accustomed to. Kuoranski continues to prove himself a capable artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 24, 2019

    Szymon Kudranski delivers some great art in this issue. The characters look great and the art does a brilliant job of keeping pace with the story and its tone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 26, 2019

    It's not a bad issue overall just rushed. It feels like we are trying to fit in years worth of storylines immediately, and that often never works. It doesn't really here; although there are some really great moments to string you along to read the next issue. And of course, I will. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 26, 2019

    VerdictOverall, this is the best issue of Bendis's Action Comics run in a while. The plot moves forward as we learn something significant about Leviathan and Superman begins to put some pieces together. For once, Superman and the reader are on the same page and Superman isn't the last to know. There's no set up, just forward movement. Luthor's revelation to Robinson Goode falls in the same category. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 24, 2019

    Superman: Action Comics is where Bendis shines most in the mainstream DCU, as he indulges his noir instincts (where his career began) to tell a story far more at home in Gotham or Bludhaven than the Metropolis we know. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 25, 2019

    It isn't often a comic gets better after scaling down in stakes, but somehow Action Comics continues to do it, even in the shadow of big events. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jul 26, 2019

    Despite its very strong art and sharply written dialogue, "Action Comics" #1013 seems to be biting more than it can chew, never really spending time on any moment to make it exciting on its own. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Jul 25, 2019

    I was worried the Leviathan story line would be stretched too thin across Action Comics and Event Leviathan, but Bendis continues to prove me wrong with each issue. Though, you're not missing much if you skip this issue. A quick summary or review (like this one) can get you up to speed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 24, 2019

    It would be nice if Bendis could have stuck to one plotline instead of watering the whole thing down by including so many. None of them are bad, but it just doesn't feel right putting them all together. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 24, 2019

    We continue to take baby steps in this issue to learn anything about anything as Brian Michael Bendis makes the inner workings of the Daily Planet the focus of this book.  That being said though, we do have Leviathan offering people things, Lex offering people things, Rose and Thorn getting offers and Leone getting presents.  There's things going on here, they just don't seem to be going anywhere.  The art is great though and I look forward to hopefully getting some answers about Red Cloud coming up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 24, 2019

    Last time, I commented on Kudranskis artwork. Ilike it better this issue, as it seems the aspects for which I did not care arefar less noticeable, and other qualities have come to the fore. I wouldconsider this the evolution of an artist, in regards to either his skill or thetask before him. If he continues on this path, Im sure he has bright careerahead. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 24, 2019

    There's no real progress here. We already knew that Leviathan was teleporting people through Event Leviathan. This book is a terrible bore because the plot is moving along at a glacial pace and most likely won't even be resolved in this book.

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  • 8.5
    Anotherfan Jul 24, 2019

    I really like how Bendis is trying to create a mythos around Metropolis and the Daily Planet and the Superman universe never felt this real. The issue is a big tie in to Event Leviathan and Year of the Vilain and it is pretty intersting how it is done in both case

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin Jul 25, 2019

    Not bad. I like how the Year of the Villain part was unique in this one.

  • 8.0
    Azrael Jul 26, 2019

    Unlike the last issue, this is more of a tie-in. It was great that even as Leviathan is running wild, Lex cares only to pass his gifts out to people as part of his plan.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jul 25, 2019

    "The Daily Planet is our home"

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Jul 25, 2019

    Progress in drips and drabs. Is there really enough Event Leviathan for both Action and the miniseries? But certainly we do get some interesting tidbits. As well as Leone's moment of awesoe telling off Luthor. (Once more, I wonder how many of DC's writers aren't really buying into DOOM.)

    Also, I wonder what would happen if Leviathan and Luthor showed up at the same place to make an offer at the same time.

  • 7.0
    egon244 Jul 26, 2019

    "Then I sincerely apologize"

    This one is a tie-in. A tie-in to Event Leviathan and to Year of the Villain.
    But it's a good one. I had fun reading it.

    We've got disappearing houses, Apex Lex being creepy Santa and bringing gifts to people, Red Cloud/Robinson Goode finally starting to be interesting and Kudranski's art being not bad.

    Yep, a nice one.

  • 5.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Jul 21, 2019

    The sprawling Event Leviathan storyline continues through this book (and becomes intertwined with the company-wide Year of the Villain storyline). Superman has a run-in with an agent of Leviathan, and Perry White is trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

    The art is terribly inconsistent. Kudranski doesn't draw a very good Superman (especially the face), but that's OK as Superman is a bit player in this issue. The book is overly dark..so many shadows, not consistent with the Superman style.

    I'll keep beating the drum on this until someone listens: The entire Leviathan storyline isn't a Superman story. It's a Batman story. Maybe a Question or Green Arrow story. But using Superman on this is a waste of char more

  • 3.0
    RBL Jul 24, 2019

    Pretty much just an exposition dump with nary a significant development until the end.

    More serviceable than most issues of Action Comics in this run, but by no means notable. Red Cloud as much as they want to build her up as a “legitimate threat” will hardly ever be more than a C-list villain.

    While amusing the Rose/Thorn panels did not do much and it’s hard to imagine Superman not intervening in her activities before or actually letting her continue to run rampant while actually being there.

    Can’t say this issues changes how underwhelming the title is and not being familiar with Naomi I can’t state if her inclusion will do anything to change that.

  • 1.5
    Fizgoog Jul 28, 2019

    It’s a mess. I’m hanging in there but barely.
    I can’t understand why this is popular. Is it the short attention span generation. Are we all so overblown away that everything being awesome makes nothing awesome? I dunno. Can just hope that this iconic character gets to stretch his legs again.

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