Action Comics #1014

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 28, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 36
7.8Critic Rating
5.4User Rating

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Lex Luthor comes home to Metropolis in this "Year of the Villain" tie-in issue! What does he have up his sleeve? Some very interesting offers for the woman behind the city's invisible mafia...offers that no one could refuse! Plus, what is the secret of the Red Cloud? Ask Lex-he knows! Don't miss this huge chapter in both "Year of the Villain" and EVENT LEVIATHAN!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Aug 28, 2019

    This is the best issue thus far of the run and I am loving this series more and more every month. Action Comics #1014 has some of the best pacing, storytelling, and dialogue in a Superman comic as well as a phenomenal supporting cast of characters, both good and bad. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 30, 2019

    I love this title. I love this issue. Continued Leviathan clues, the Planet politics, and the 'Metropolis' feel of this book is what really tickles me! And boy, the Superman books just really feel like they have got the momentum of a runaway train! I'm a happy fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 28, 2019

    Action Comics #1014 is a breathlessly paced, wonderfully written comic with great art. Bendis moves things around quickly while still giving everything the room it needs to breathe. It would be nice if Clark Kent/Superman were more proactive in the whole thing, but thats a very small gripe. Kudaranski and Anderson gel together perfectly, producing beautiful art. Its tough to say much bad about this issue. While Its not exactly perfect, but its a home run nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Sep 1, 2019

    Another thing to note is how this book plays with the panels' borders. During Thorn's fight they used an appropriately themed border that they've done with her character before. During Superman's they used an unconventional one that added a bit of spice to the scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 28, 2019

    My big concern now is how Bendis will incorporate the new arrival without detailing the Action Comics momentum tying in to Event Leviathan. This might be the issue that finds Bendis at a crossroads with his Action Comics run so the next few installments could prove crucial. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 28, 2019

    Szymon Kudranski delivers some beautiful art in this issue. I love the way he depicts the characters as well as the composition of the moments in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Aug 28, 2019

    Action Comics #1014 continues to offer a bit more insight on the ground-level threat with a sense of urgency that makes the whole mystery all the more exciting. It's a must-read this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 28, 2019

    The entire thing is a compelling noir title with great stuff at the Daily Planet, but the many subplots don't quite come together. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Aug 30, 2019

    Bendis has been dividing readers between his work here on Action Comics and his work on Superman proper, I know that may sound crazy, but indulge me kind reader. First off let me state that I am a long time Bendis reader and a fan of much Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 28, 2019

    Big moves by the head of the Invisible Mafia and a great last minute appearance make this a good issue for you pull list. Not great, but good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Aug 29, 2019

    Bendis masterful writing is finally starting to reveal where the event of the summer is going but is he throwing us a curve ball? Action Comics and Event Leviathan have both kept my attention all summer. Though sometimes slow, Action Comics #1014 contains enough suspense and action to hold me over until the next issue. If you are following this run, grab a copy at your local comic shop. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 29, 2019

    Though certainly a dip in the energy Action Comics has enjoyed over the past few months, Issue #1014 still has cards to play. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 29, 2019

    Bendis is at his best when he focuses on one thing and doesn't go off track. Here, he is incredibly off track and it makes for a hard read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 3, 2019

    As Bendis develops his Superman epics both in Action Comics and Superman, it becomes more and more clear that all his titles are interrelated. Naomi's appearance on the last page of Action Comics #1014 and the Legion of Super-Heroes appearance at the end of this week's Superman #14 demonstrates that he's developing his own corner of the DC Universe and you have to be “all in” on his titles. It's a double edged sword. While one can admire the planning it takes to bring all these disparate storylines into one grand cohesive tale, if you're not really digging some of the basics, it's hard to get worked up about the big picture. Despite Lois and Clark's relationship appearing to normalize a bit more, the inconsistency of its portrayal and multiple subplots which suffer from lack of attention casts a shadow of doubt on how well the overall story will hold together. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 28, 2019

    If you're looking for anything to be resolved in this issue...... well, you're going to be disappointed, but if you want two to three more things added instead, that really don't go anywhere, where character continue to have awkward dialog, then maybe this is for you.  I wasn't a huge fan of the art this issue and really, I'm just looking for anything interesting to happen here because I find myself bored reading this book. Read Full Review

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