Action Man #1

Action Man #1

Writer: John Barber Artist: Paolo Villanelli Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 22, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
6.4Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

ACTION MAN IS DEAD-LONG LIVE ACTION MAN! He's the world's greatest special agent... until he dies saving the planet, with all the world's eyes on him. Now his young protégé has to step into the role-whether he's ready or not!

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Morag Lee Jun 21, 2016

    Overall, Action Man #1 is a great re-boot. The new character is a great example of an action hero who experiences self-doubt and suffers from imposter's syndrome. The only negative to pick up on is the confusion as to what age range the comic is aimed at. The action figure was aimed at young boys in primary school, however this comic flirts with romantic crushes and uses some vocabulary that is more suited towards late primary school/early high school. Saying that, this is a new re-boot to keep an eye on (and maybe decide what age range it is aimed at another time). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 21, 2016

    Action Man #1 is a welcome introduction and a successful refresh of one of Hasbro's lesser known properties. John Barber's punchy and snappy script whizzes us through the basics and sets up a compelling new status-quo with loads of room to build from, even if it is marred by a handful of rude words that detract from what is otherwise a decidedly all-ages offering. Visually, Paolo Villanelli's clean and minimalist artwork carries a subtle manga influence that effectively communicates both action and emotion. All in all, Action Man #1 is a fantastic new start for Britain's favorite 12-inch super-spy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Vixen Ninetails Jun 29, 2017

    Certainly, there are a lot of positive points from this issue, and I would like to see how the story will continue down the line; perhaps a look at Doctor X in the next issue? So far, Action Man is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Kin Jee Jun 29, 2017

    Certainly, there are a lot of positive points from this issue, and I would like to see how the story will continue down the line; perhaps a look at Doctor X in the next issue? So far, Action Man is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 23, 2016

    Writer Nick Barber is able to strike a balance between innocent, old-school spycraft and a more grounded, real-world-influenced take on the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 23, 2016

    As with the other toy line books from IDW, I am not sure of their relevance in today's gadget focussed kids and the perpetual need to be plugged into something. The lack of consistent context may well be seen as good thing the all those involved as they try to reset the board and give this long loved and lived war-time hero a place in today's world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jun 29, 2016

    Action Man #1 is a fast and fun read. What this issue lacks in substance it makes up for in cool action sequences and a fairly interesting setup. If you're a fan of Barber and Villanelli's respective works from IDW, then you'll enjoy this book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annerino Jun 22, 2016

    Its a shame because I was having a lot of fun with this book at first, but it just kind of falls apart towards the end. The characters are generic, the dialogue is bad and the whole second half is completely dull. That isnt to say that there arent good qualities here, such as the great artwork and coloring, the great action pieces, and a tone that creates a world that I would love to dive into with better characters. The deciding factor really comes down to the important question: do I want to read the next issue? No, I dont. I just dont give enough of a shit about these characters or their story for me to go out of my way to read on. Its fun for what it is, but I dont look forward to a whole run of this. Its a good read on a train ride or something, but other than that you can pass on this book. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Jun 22, 2016

    Love it. Hate it. Feel indifferent about it. It's all nostalgically relative. All that is certain is it isn't as lazy as it could be, and for IDW, that's unfortunately saying something. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jun 23, 2016

    Even for an all-ages appropriate title, Action Man has got to do better in order to earn a spot on the shelf in a world full of successful, high-quality comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nomidian Jun 26, 2016

    I went into this being a fan of Action Man as a kid and my expectations weren't high. I don't think anyone will look back in 20 years time saying this was a definitive Action Man but it has enough to be enjoyable. I could see myself continuing to buy this more in a limited series format than a regular series but either way for the moment I will try out issue 2 next month.

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