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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4.2User Rating

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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
    ComicBook.com - 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

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