Action Comics #1017

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: John Romita, Klaus Janson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 20
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3.4User Rating

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"Invisible War" part one! It's one of the biggest creator reunions in years as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist John Romita Jr. join forces for the first time since their blockbuster turns on Avengers and Avengers Vs. X-Men. In this issue, it's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis-and at the end of this epic there will be a huge change to the status quo of the world of Superman-you do not want to miss this!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Nov 27, 2019

    This is a great issue in a wonderful series. Leviathan rocked Superman and Metropolis. Lex Luthor ruined what's left of our hero and his city. Leone has gone public to further her own ends. The Man of Steel is outflanked. His enemies have seized the day. But, this story is far from over, thankfully. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 27, 2019

    Action Comics #1017 is an interesting comic, given the series' title. A lot of the action is this comic takes place off-panel, yet with writing and art like this we feel as though we know what it's like to don the "S" shield during a hectic day. This story makes it clear there is much to look forward to in the coming months. After all, what could really keep Superman on his toes? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 3, 2019

    So despite all the Year of the Villain stuff, this was really more of a character issue. We got some plot progression. But it was more the interactions of the characters which I liked here. Hopefully all these dark, universal storyline wrap up soon so we can get back to some normalcy! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 4, 2019

    Action Comics #1017 is such a great way to open a new story arc. Bendis grabs readers right away, making them anticipate how things got the way they are and keep turning the pages. There are a few Bendis-isms in the book, but they dont hurt the story as much as they could. The art has a few problems, but for the most part, is pretty good. Small critiques aside, this is an outstanding issue, and it will definitely keep readers coming back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 2, 2019

    Everything is so compressed that it feels like very little happens. That is really the shame of it. It feels like it should be better than it actually is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 27, 2019

    I do know that Bendis' Metropolis feels more alive than the city has in years " which makes it all the more puzzling that he's blowing up Superman's secret identity soon and likely making the Daily Planet segments more infrequent. Like I said, compelling, but puzzling, but the ambition is enough to win me over. . Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 27, 2019

    John Romita Jr.'s art in great and there are some excellent panels throughout the issue. He captures the hero and the action well and the art is filled with details. I did find the art lacking in some of the visual cues that Year of the Villain has amassed across the titles. Metropolis seemed too bright and there was no Doom sigil in the sky. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 27, 2019

    Ultimately, Action Comics #1017 falls into a space in which the story is is good but it just doesn't execute the way perhaps one might want a comic book to, creating a bit of a disconnect between the story and the images that support it. It's a "good" book. It's just nothing special. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 27, 2019

    Brian Michael Bendis tries to put way too much into this issue and becomes a convoluted mess very quickly.  John Romita Jr.'s art doesn't help at all and while things have to get better from here, Bendis needs to thin things out a bit before that's going to happen.  Luckily, not much at all happens, so I can easily recommend you skip this issue and come back next month for the issue name-dropped at the end of Event Leviathan as the return of Leviathan himself. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Nov 29, 2019

    Action Comics this week is one hell of a drag. Sure a lot happens in it, but none of it seems to matter. Maybe you'd be better off picking up "Superman" that seems to be the real focus lately. If you didn't care about Leviathan, and The Year of the Villain has become tiring, just use your money towards something else at your LCS this week. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 27, 2019

    This was another rough issue for Action Comics as Bendis dove in headfirst to the Justice/Doom event with little true understanding of it leaving readers with a disappointing and uneventful effort. Read Full Review

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