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Action Comics: Special #1

Writer: Dan Jurgens, Max Landis, Mark Russell Artist: Will Conrad Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 2, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 15
7.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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"The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor"! When Superman's world was reborn, his greatest enemy became his most unexpected ally. But does that truly reflect Lex Luthor-or was it all a sham? Now, as Lex Luthor's path toward righteousness reaches its apex, he finds himself involved in an adventure in which Superman stands to be destroyed. What choice will Luthor make? Will he save Superman or watch him die at the hands of a foe he could not possibly imagine? This oversized special also features stories from the acclaimed teams of Max Landis and Francis Manapul (in a story previously slated to appear in the DC UNIVERSE HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017 #1) more

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 3, 2018

    The Action Comics Special #1 is a wonderful read crafted by talented creators, and its definitely helping me get into Superman more than I already was. With great art and solid storytelling, this one easily earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 2, 2018

    DC keeps delivering strong Superman reads and if youre a fan, this one is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm May 2, 2018

    Action #1000 was a celebration of Superman, his history, his character, and what he represents as a iconic superhero. This special issue is also a celebration of Lex Luthor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 7, 2018

    I'm not sure what the purpose of this Action Comics Special was, besides to get me to buy more Superman comics, and maybe give some of the industry's top talents a (last) crack at telling a Big Blue Boyscout story. Whatever it was, it worked, and it was worth the cover price. If only to get the chance to read yet another Dan Jurgens Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Sean Urke May 2, 2018

    ACTION COMICS SPECIAL #1 features some major talent telling some wonderful stories for the icon we all know and love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd May 2, 2018

    This is a solid issue that gets at the heart of both Superman and Lex's characters. While not portrayed as "the hero of his own story" Luthor's complexity in his modern incarnation continues to be interesting and challenging. Hopefully, this portrayal will continue to be developed and explored and not rejected in favor of the more one-dimensional traditional approach. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame May 2, 2018

    The publisher seems to have decided that the best use of that real estate is to tell stories that center more on Lex Luthor than Superman himself, somewhat fulfilling that promise of early Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Cerritos Cag May 8, 2018

    As Dan Jurgens wraps up his stellar run on Action Comics, this special offers an additional two story mini anthology that works to reestablish the quintessentially compassionate and thoughtful Superman and the psychopathic stoicism of Lex Luthor. Dan Jurgens has proven time and again that he is the master-scribe of the Superman mythos. This final issue says farewell to Jurgens and fortifies the bricks and mortar he laid to rebuild and restore The House of El in the wake of historically waning sales, waxing and uncompelling stories, and the "less than Super" every-man of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 7, 2018

    Anyways, I am sad in many ways for Jurgens to be leaving Superman again. I am happy he got to write one more Luthor/Superman fight. And I like that Lex is back to being, for the most part, a hate-filled villain. On to the Bendis era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner May 7, 2018

    A collection of different tones for three different stories help to encompass all of what Superman can really be and bring a big smile to readers' faces, whether from sheer heroism, comedy, or pure compassion in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion May 2, 2018

    There's nothing earth-shaking here, but Jurgens leaves Action just where he found it. A well-spring of wonder and his tenure was something to be rather proud of, all things considered. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills May 2, 2018

    There may not be much action to be found in the story outside ofThe Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor,but that doesn't matter. Superman has been through plenty of fights. Readers are just as excited to see him soaring through new skies and living the life he deserves. So long as alittleaction finds it's way into the issue.Action Comics Special #1may not give readers perfect stories, but it delivers perfect Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 2, 2018

    DC has given the writers of Superman and Action Comics an opportunity to wrap up their runs with these oversized specials before Bendis takes over, and Jurgens chooses to use his to put a bow on his take on the complex rivalry between Superman and Lex Luthor. His story is strong, although it has some issues, but the shorts by guest writers that follow are unfortunately not up to par. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 2, 2018

    A good extra-sized issue of shorter tales. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 2, 2018

    If I was only grading this comic on the first story by Dan Jurgens than this score would be a whole lot higher, but with the added out of continuity stories that just felt like DC was desperately trying to continue the hype of Action Comics #1000, it actually took away for how cool this issue would have been with that first single story alone. Overall, you have some decent creators working on this issue and the book looks great for the most part, but Dan Jurgens should have gotten this issue to himself for how important his story is to Superman's mythology overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 2, 2018

    This issue feels like the stories that were rightfully rejected from Issue 1000. Only 1 out of the 3 actually worked on a small level and the rest could barely sustain the short format they had. Pretty disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier May 2, 2018

    Each of the stories is written and drawn by different creators, and given the holiday nature of the one story, I am wondering if they weren't part of a slush pile somewhere, and gathered and published in a ploy to keep the Action Comics #1,000 celebration going. They're not bad stories, mind you, but I have no idea what purpose this Special serves. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards May 2, 2018

    I don't know if it's just my review copy or if it's an intended sneak preview (because it quite literally comes out of nowhere), but this special ends with a five or six-page origin story for a new character called Firebrand. As far as I can tell, she has zero relation to any of the previous characters who bore that moniker, but I thought I recognized her from a short scene near the end of Justice League of America #29. Sure enough, Steve Orlando is listed as a co-writer. I'm not going to say much about it (partly because I'm still not sure if it's included in retails copies), but I guess it's part one of "Call of the Unknown" from The Unexpected, and it's alright. Other co-writers Ryan Sook and Cary Nord seem to be capable of offsetting Orlando's characteristic shortcomings, even if there's definitely more narration than necessary. As for Action Comics Special #1, it's not bad, but I don't know if it's worth picking up. Landis's "Driver's Seat" is the best of the bunch, as well as the Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 7, 2018

    Three stories, three different tones, all with their own strengths (and weaknesses.) Not a bad package, save for the price point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin May 2, 2018

    I swear I read the last story somewhere before, but maybe the point was to make it prettier? Anyway the first two stories were pretty decent and overall it was a good read.

  • 8.0
    Dispatchdcu May 4, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Action Comics Special was another 3 parter with each telling a different story. Each story was pretty good but only one had a ton of action, which ultimately was my favorite. So I’m going to go in order of least favorite to most favorite. Ready?

    The last story was nice and shows how human Superman is. Lois got into a car accident and totaled her car she’s had for 12 years. It meant the world to her. Needless to say; Lois was upset but leave it to Clark to save the day. On Christmas morning he wrote Lois a note telling her to go on the roof an more

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  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 5, 2018

    All three stories were good. I hoped Jurgens' story will be more of a closure to his run, but it was more of just another story, which makes me think that he had a lot more planned and was asked to step down due to Bendis coming to DC. Hopefully he will be decent.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte May 3, 2018

    The lead story is both great and accessible, and is a fitting end to the surprising return to glory that has been Jurgens' run on this series.

    The second story is entertaining, and oddly prescient of events at the real world White House Correspondents Dinner, but I don't think it matters much. The third story is just a rerun of all the stories in Action 1000. I wish the lead story had been longer.

  • 7.0
    egon244 May 2, 2018

    First story "The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor" is all around great. We get a deep insight into what exactly drives Lex in his actions. All that with a really strong art from Will Conrad.

    The second story, also centered around Lex, is a bit weak. It tries to be funny and witty, but it fails miserably. But the story sheds some light on Lex's future that coincidently makes Superman story in DC Nation #0 a little bit less confusing.

    Last story by Max Landis and Francis Manapul shows just how good and kind person Superman truly is.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews May 6, 2018

    Lead story was good. The others I could take or leave.

  • 5.0
    SloboSOY May 3, 2018

    I really liked the Lois & Clark run and less the Action comics one. But their was some good part in it, so I wanted to say goodbye to Dan Jurgens. One of the thing I like was Luthor being more good than bad. So I really didn't like this book where Luthor come back to his old selve (For one of them, the other help a little Lois). I rather liked seen Ultrahumanite doing this & not a old Luthor.
    The second story about Luthor wansn't good easer. The last story was good & beautiful.

    Cover - 2/2 - At least it's related to the inside & rally nice. 2/2
    Story - I only really like one story. 1/3
    Arts - The art of the first & last story was really good. But not so much for the second story. 2/3
    Feeling - For a goodbye, I more

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