Action Comics #1016

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 31
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Clark Kent, defender of the truth! The Daily Planet is under siege as the streets of Metropolis prepare for a gang war! The invisible mafia is invisible no more-and the streets of Metropolis will burn if the truth does not get out. All this, and another dive into the secrets of DC's newest teen sensation... Naomi!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Oct 23, 2019

    This issue packed in a lot, and the entire series does a lot with the Superman mythos that's well worth investing in. Plots are converging, and so this is a great time to jump into the happenings in Metropolis. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 25, 2019

    So, to sum up, this series continues to flourish under Brian Michael Bendis' creative hand - we have a fresh and exciting take on the Man of Steel and his supporting cast. Great news for any comics fan! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Oct 24, 2019

    A really great issue of Action Comics that people need to read. It is a fun take on how the public sees Superman. Even though this isn't a new storytelling trick, it is still a great read. It is also nice to finally move on from the Leviathan story and give Action Comics a place of its own. This is a fairly good sign of things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Terrence Sage Oct 23, 2019

    An issue that gives us two superhero stories for the price of one and while wrapping up a conflict for the next arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 23, 2019

    Szymon Kudranski has some great art in this issue. The use of shadow gives great dramatic feel to the characters and action. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 25, 2019

    So another good issue in this book. I have enjoyed the Action side of things consistently. And even this little side trip into the Naomi world continued to push everything forward. I have become accustomed to the work of Kudranski, a sort of rugged take on art. I hope we don't lose Robinson Goode though. She is a great addition to the Daily Planet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 23, 2019

    It's been a while since we saw Superman in a mentor role at length, and the addition of Naomi to this arc let Bendis show off Superman's kinder, more compassionate side after many arcs where he's up against world-destroying menaces. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 29, 2019

    As an introduction to Naomi, this issue and the one preceding it present her a fun character and even give readers a hook to go and check out her book. There's a lot to like in this one, and it outweighs any problem the book has. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Oct 25, 2019

    I am loving the dynamic between Naomi, Batman, and Superman. Superman and Batman feel like cool parents; Superman is the mother who only wants the best and Batman is the father who gets to have all of the fun. Bendis does a great job making Naomi feel youthful and not just telling us she is young. I am curious to see where Bendis takes the storyline, but I am definitely excited to see more of Naomi, Superman, and Batman together. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum Oct 23, 2019

    Overall, it's a pretty average issue with cool art, a fun fight scene, and serves as a bit of a breather from some of the other madness in the DC Universe right now. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 23, 2019

    If you're a fan of Naomi...well, you get her here.  She's not really doing much or giving you any real new information...but she's here.  Beyond that, you might get a cliffhanger that could lead to something, but really, this is just another issue that may look great but offers little else. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 25, 2019

    The bright spot is the artwork by Szymon Kudranski. Kudranski is turning out some of the best artwork that this title has seen in quite some time. If only the story were stronger, this would be the perfect book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 3, 2019

    Despite some technical positives, Action Comics #1016 is a bit of a mess. If you're all in on Bendis you're probably buying two copies, but the more astute reader will see the flaws right away. While the Red Cloud could be a compelling challenge for the Man of Steel, Robinson Goode comes off as underdeveloped and somewhat forgotten. It doesn't help that Bendis seems more interested in validating Naomi than telling a good Superman story or making sure Batman appears in character. You should like Naomi because…, not because she's actually unique or interesting. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 23, 2019

    Action Comics was Bendis stronger of his two Superman titles, but right now theyre both badly in need of a creative overhaul. DC likely wont move on from Bendis headlining its flagship character for a while and theres dwindling hope Bendis knows how to sustain any kind of longterm success on the Superman books. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    DC Stuff Oct 22, 2019

    Is Superman going to star in this book at any point????

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  • 1.0
    RBL Oct 23, 2019

    This issue exists only to promote Naomi and draw people to that title. It’s hardly about Superman despite it being one of his main ongoings, as thusly I would not recommend it to anyone interested in him. Last issue was serviceable, this one is not.

    As a Superman book it fails to deliver, it showcases him losing to a C-list villain only to have Naomi show him up and save the day.

    The art doesn’t really work and the dialogue contains some lines which are facepalm-inducing; a stand-out among them being Batman stating “I’m Batman” to have Naomi’s mother reply with “Damn right you are”. Has this man ever engaged in actual conversation.

    The premise of the issue, red cloud being a threat, is laugha more

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Oct 23, 2019

    Once again Bendis shows us why he shouldn’t write Batman and Superman books. Batman’s dialogue felt off and very odd in many ways as well as his actions. All of the people that were questioned, could have been cut in half.

  • 2.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 26, 2019

    How do I put this nicely? I don't care. I don't care about the Red Cloud. I don't care about Bendis' Court of Owls. I don't care about Naomi. I don't care about anything Bendis is doing here. He's just as tired as his writing, from the looks of it. Only way I can rationalize the constant repetition in his work. And I don't just mean the dialogue. Characters, plots, all recycled again and again and again. I don't care.

  • 4.5
    Grifter Oct 25, 2019

    Bendis dialogues + Kudranski art = this atrocity

  • 2.5
    KittyNone Oct 23, 2019

    I'd say it's more of a Naomi story than a Superman one, but it doesn't add anything to Naomi either so I'm not sure what the point was. I could have been fine with a story that was centered on Naomi, but nothing of any interest or consequence happens here. The whole thing is just an excuse for Bendis to trot out his old trick of telling the story through the reactions of onlookers but there's clearly no new territory there for him anymore.

  • 2.0
    Briton Oct 25, 2019

    Bendis is doing what he does. Destroy.

  • 2.0
    Spacey Medicine Nov 2, 2019

    Who watches the ultra-powerful god being? Not us, we busy. Who watches the evil scientists who watch the ultra-powerful god being at our request? Um us I guess, we not that busy.

  • 1.5
    RedKSuperman Oct 26, 2019

    Yet another "filler" issue where nothing of importance really happens. There is a lot of dialogue that is for the most part meaningless in the form of citizens of metropolis telling a reporter how "Bad Ass" the Red Cloud appeared fighting Superman. When the term "Alien Privilege" made an appearance in the dialogue the book hit an all time low. As far as villains go she would be a C-level villain at best in terms of interest or originality the character wouldn't motivate me to buy a book with her as the villain. Bendis shoehorns the character of Naomi into yet another issue because I guess he expects fans to care about her when again she is very VERY generic and if she is given her own series I can see it being canned within 16 months. T more

  • 1.0
    CaptnAmerca Oct 28, 2019

    Another 30-page Bendis jackoff/commercial for his latest attempt at creating another Miles Morales.


  • 1.0
    PeteRick Oct 28, 2019

    Here's a joke, what do you get when you cross Dan didiot, bob harras and bendis with a bunch of "smart" readers who thinks bendis is a freakin genius and keep buying this trash?

    You get what you f#&@ing deserve!!!

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Nov 7, 2019

    wow this was a great book! the story, the art, the build up it was a excellent read!

  • 7.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Oct 24, 2019


  • 5.0
    egon244 Oct 26, 2019

    "Damn right you are"

    The issue teases and sets up some interesting things for the future, with the Invisible Mafia deciding to leave the invisible part, but the issue itself... man, oh man.

    When BMB wants he can write some really good things, but when he doesn't, we get an issue like this, that is an absolute slog.

    The art ranges from awful to dreadfull, the dialogue made my eyes roll so much, that I was afraid that they will fall out my head and the worst thing is that this is a Superman book, and he's hardly in it. I have nothing against Naomi, I like her very much, but this sort of thing would be better suited for her own book.

  • 4.0
    M1sf1r3 Nov 29, 2019

    Bendis' Action Comics has remained one of his better books but let's see how that holds up this issue.

    The Good:
    I do like the grounded view that this issue brought with it.

    The Bad:
    Surprise, surprise, there was some horrendous dialogue here.

    Batman's voice was WAY off. Which is weird since Bendis writes Batman well in Batman: Universe... same thing happened with Robin in Event Leviathan compared to Superman... hmm.

    Well, the INVISIBLE Mafia aren't so invisible anymore. Great.

    While I do like having a more personal aspect to stories, shown within Metropolis' population here, the decent art and horrific dialogue and poor characterisation just rui more

  • 2.5
    LunaMoody Oct 24, 2019

    This issue was rather boring. I did find it interesting that Batman stated he had to deal with Bane and Catwoman along with some other issues. Makes me wonder if they are going to make Catwoman a villain again. Other then that the issue was pretty much a waste of time reading.

  • 1.0
    HCPxScarecrow Nov 1, 2019

    Get bendis off superman!!

  • 1.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Nov 7, 2019

    Bendis, you are trash, RETIRE

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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 6.0
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