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  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Is it a bird Is it a plane What No, it s Brian Bendis third Superman collection Wait, did you say turd Because, yes, this is another terrible Bendis Superman book Like the Court of Owls in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo s first New 52 Batman book, the Invisible Mafia have been operating in our hero s city for decades unbeknownst to him Except the Invisible Mafia are way less cooler or compelling than the Court They meet in a segment of lead pipe Superman can t see through lead which is Is it a bird Is it a plane What No, it s Brian Bendis third Superman collection Wait, did you say turd Because, yes, this is another terrible Bendis Superman book Like the Court of Owls in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo s first New 52 Batman book, the Invisible Mafia have been operating in our hero s city for decades unbeknownst to him Except the Invisible Mafia are way less cooler or compelling than the Court They meet in a segment of lead pipe Superman can t see through lead which is a laughable visual and just reminded me why most Golden Age heroes are completely outdated Taking a page from Akira Dragon Ball Toriyama, the Mafia members are named after food Yoghurt, Candy, etc which doesn t make them anybadass, and their enforcer is a fart cloud of red gas called The Red Cloud, one of the lamest new villains I ve seen in years So I think I m basically done with Bendis Superman run already Like I said in my reviews of his to date two other Superman books, he totally gets the character but he s done the typical Bendis thing of getting so carried away writing reams of dialogue that he s neglected the story And what little there is here is so, so dull Superman continues to investigate the case of the mysterious fires snore while the Mafia crime away and Superman skirmishes harmlessly with the Red Cloud Lois is back somehow and sneaking around with Lex A few superheroes cameo The Guardian, Batman, and The Question, to no real effect beyond Fan Service And we find out who Robinson Goode Lois replacement at the Planet really is even though I wasn t wondering I didn t totally hate it Bendis writes a brilliant Perry White Robinson Goode Well, Mister White, I do have a follow up on the fires but you re not going to like it Perry This is your first week here, Miss Goode You don t know me well enough to know what I like and don t like Robinson Goode A kid, young man, came into the fire station on Adams and said he saw SUPERMAN light the fires Perry Oh I don t like THAT And then later after Superman drops by Perry quietly, aside to Superman Uh any cancer Superman using his x ray vision No You re completely clear Perry Thanks, pal I love small tidbits like that and they re so revealing of the characters and their relationships I liked that the predictable final fight that closes out this book between Superman and the Red Fart wasn t simply mindless punching like in the other Superman book where Superman, Zod and Rogol Zaar thumped each other pointlessly This time Superman used his words to defeat the bad guy wow, some actual thought went into that scene Both Yanick Paquette and Ryan Sook s art is great, and it s amusing how each chapter opens on a snapshot of various characters desks the details within each are very cute I don t know if it s the colourist or he s taking a lighter approach to his inking but Patrick Gleason s art looked a lot flatter than usual The mystery fires thing makes sense but it s an indication that Bendis is in no hurry to tell whatever story he s got and there s not enough here for me in the meantime to put up with the glacial pacing and continue reading this or his other Superman series And that s disappointing because I was looking forward to Bendis Superman I ve no idea what fans see in this Invisible Mafia is such a boring and bland read And I am up, up and moving well away from this tedious title


  2. Chad Chad says:

    Now, this is what I expected from Bendis when I heard he was moving to Supermanto be wowed Bendis writes an awesome Supes in this He s compassionate and caring yet, won t be taken advantage of The Invisible Mafia is classic Bendis Bendis has always written fantastic crime and street level books Here, he s found a way to put a new twist on that by figuring out what a crime organization would need to do to operate under Superman s radar For instance, they have to refrain from saying certa Now, this is what I expected from Bendis when I heard he was moving to Supermanto be wowed Bendis writes an awesome Supes in this He s compassionate and caring yet, won t be taken advantage of The Invisible Mafia is classic Bendis Bendis has always written fantastic crime and street level books Here, he s found a way to put a new twist on that by figuring out what a crime organization would need to do to operate under Superman s radar For instance, they have to refrain from saying certain words Supes listens for and meet in giant lead pipes to keep from being seen It s really a genius idea.The art is fantastic Patrick Gleason stays on the book to begin with, then DC brings in Yanick Paquette and Ryan Sook Sook, already, is drawing some of my favorite Superman issues Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.


  3. Artemy Artemy says:

    In my review of the first Superman volume by Bendis I said that I d give a slight edge to his Action Comics over Supreman, but truthfully these are two quite different but equally excellent series, and I have a very hard time choosing which one I like the best You see, Bendis on Superman is Bendis really doing something new and different, something distinguished, a book unlike anything he s ever done before, and it s an absolutely amazing action romp that Superman deserved to have for decades In my review of the first Superman volume by Bendis I said that I d give a slight edge to his Action Comics over Supreman, but truthfully these are two quite different but equally excellent series, and I have a very hard time choosing which one I like the best You see, Bendis on Superman is Bendis really doing something new and different, something distinguished, a book unlike anything he s ever done before, and it s an absolutely amazing action romp that Superman deserved to have for decades On the other hand, ironically, Action Comics is less action,street level crime book with some supernatural elements, and that s exactly the kind of thing Bendis has been doing for decades in Daredevil, Alias and Spider Man It s what he s famous for and what he does best, and Action Comics is the best version of that kind of Bendis book It has high stakes, tons of great character moments and an interesting mystery behind it all that takes its sweet time to build up Unlike Superman, which was all illustrated by some of Ivan Reis greatest work of his career, Action Comics switches up a couple of artists, though all are top tier first there s Patrick Gleason inked by himself which is an absolutely different, much better thing than Patrick Gleason inked by Mick Gray, which is what you usually see when he does stuff with Tomasi, yuck , then there s an issue by Yannick Paquette, and the last half of the book is done by Ryan Sook, who I think might become the definitive Superman artist of this decade if he keeps it up Long story short, Action Comics by Bendis looks fantastic, reads even better and promises a lotinteresting things to come, and that sthan I could wish for for my favourite DC character


  4. Wing Kee Wing Kee says:

    I really enjoyed the tone and the pace of this book World The art is great, three amazing artists that bring their own style to Big Blue and it s all gorgeous, from Gleason, to Pacquette to Sook this book is beautiful to look at, the splash pages were great, especially the ones of Supes running off to save the day The world building is solid, this first arc is Bendis changing the status quo for the Kent family so that he can tell his story and there are is a bit of moving pieces around and cha I really enjoyed the tone and the pace of this book World The art is great, three amazing artists that bring their own style to Big Blue and it s all gorgeous, from Gleason, to Pacquette to Sook this book is beautiful to look at, the splash pages were great, especially the ones of Supes running off to save the day The world building is solid, this first arc is Bendis changing the status quo for the Kent family so that he can tell his story and there are is a bit of moving pieces around and changing the narrative and tone a bit Gone is the happy family living together with a very public face to show which I really enjoyed for the first part of the Rebirth era and now this new changing of the status quo with the separated family but not really, I kinda am okay with it I love Clark and Lois together happy and all and I know I ll get that but narratively this allows each to be their own thing and also create drama so I like this little change I also like the idea behind the Invisible Mafia as I find it to be well thought out and the design of the system interesting and one that does not depower Supes to tell a tale Solid Story The tone of this book is great I don t know why even with the same writer Superman feels different than Action Comics I guess it s on purpose and that book is going to besciency and crazy and actiony but this one is slower, this one isslice of life and on the ground as it were and I love that I didn t hate Bendis Superman arc but I did find because I did not like Rogol I did not enjoy it as much Here, it s another thing altogether there is a beautiful balance between Clark and Supes and the new characters that play into the story are well done The banter is great, the tone is wonderful and there is a hopefulness and also a quietness to the book that I really enjoy I really liked the world building as I said above cause it ties into the story and this is not a stupid story, this is a story that does not need to depower Superman to tell a good story, this is a Superman story that is not stupid and I really like that I like smart villains and I like that some things Supes can t just punch to solve and this has both of those I am enjoying this a lot Characters So let s talk about the new status quo for Lois and Clark, it s a bit janky but it also makes sense in a narrative and dramatic sense Happy Family Kents is great but let s be honest, in stories happy situations don t really create drama, suspense and tension that well Putting them apart but not really apart allows their love and relationship to be present but opens the door fordrama and also a chance for Lois to step out of the shadow of being a homemaker reporter wife of Superman to be just Lois Lane and she can be awesome on her own I ve always wanted a Lois Lane book, I hope this leads to that The Invisible Mafia is done well, the rules are consistent and the characters and the design of them intriguing, they are not stupid and I love that in a villain The new pieces are also good with the deputy fire chief and also Lex coming back I sense drama and that is a great thing I really enjoyed this arc, I like the new pieces, the new status quo, the smart villains I like it Onward to the next book read individual issues


  5. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    For a comic titled Action Comics this is way less action than the main Superman line comic Saying that, this was pretty great Supes is dealing with losing both his wife and son Both went on an adventure with grand old papa and now Clark is on earth trying to pass the time till he sees them again It s only about 2 issues in when the first twist happens that ll change everything On top of that we have a new villain in town, Red Cloud, as they go around making everyone suffer Can Superman s For a comic titled Action Comics this is way less action than the main Superman line comic Saying that, this was pretty great Supes is dealing with losing both his wife and son Both went on an adventure with grand old papa and now Clark is on earth trying to pass the time till he sees them again It s only about 2 issues in when the first twist happens that ll change everything On top of that we have a new villain in town, Red Cloud, as they go around making everyone suffer Can Superman stop this new criminal or will they be too much Overall this is great Clark is most interesting when he s most human and this shows on display really well Watching Clark deal with the loss of his family is great too The actual moments between husband and wife works really well too The art is fantastic too Overall, some great stuff The new villain, while interesting, comes off kind of one note on what they want but we ll see if we grow from here A 4 out of 5


  6. Tiago Tiago says:

    This has that Marvel s Dark Reign vibe to it, very clever and exciting to read, awesome artwork too, good stuff.


  7. Rod Brown Rod Brown says:

    Well, this is marginally better than the cosmic hoo ha in Bendis Superman ongoing, but this take on Superman fighting organized crime is a bit of a snooze despite Bendis fine dialogue Mostly, I didn t find much to care about anyone amongst Supes supporting characters or his new foes Also, I m not a fan of the mafia type groups this may be revamping The 10, The 100, The 1000, Intergang because in the past some of them have had ties to Jack Kirby s Fourth World nonsense I might give this o Well, this is marginally better than the cosmic hoo ha in Bendis Superman ongoing, but this take on Superman fighting organized crime is a bit of a snooze despite Bendis fine dialogue Mostly, I didn t find much to care about anyone amongst Supes supporting characters or his new foes Also, I m not a fan of the mafia type groups this may be revamping The 10, The 100, The 1000, Intergang because in the past some of them have had ties to Jack Kirby s Fourth World nonsense I might give this onevolume in the future if I come across it in the library, but I won t be seeking it out


  8. Chris Chris says:

    I m trying to stay positive but it s really hard.So all those concerns I had during The Man of Steel that I thought were just temporary Yeah turns out that wasn t just a passing phase I understand Bendis wanting to put his own spin on Superman but he does it with all the subtly of a fucking sledge hammer Clearly he didn t like Clark and Lois having a family so he s doing his best to break it and reform it in a way he wants First he gets rid of Jon and then he has Lois acting completely out o I m trying to stay positive but it s really hard.So all those concerns I had during The Man of Steel that I thought were just temporary Yeah turns out that wasn t just a passing phase I understand Bendis wanting to put his own spin on Superman but he does it with all the subtly of a fucking sledge hammer Clearly he didn t like Clark and Lois having a family so he s doing his best to break it and reform it in a way he wants First he gets rid of Jon and then he has Lois acting completely out of character by acknowledging that Jon doesn t need her any What How does that fit in with literally everything we know about her relationship with her son It seems that Bendis wants to take Lois and Clark back to the characters they were thirty years ago, character development be damned The story itself involving the Invisible Mafia is fine, but in context of the reverse character development it doesn t hold my interest I also hate the way Bendis writes Batman Not everyone has to be a quirky joke maker, dude On the plus side at least he didn t drop some Yiddish.What did I like The art was fantastic, I like the way Bendis writes Perry White and Jimmy Olsen and I like the Deputy Fire Chief.But man, I didn t like where things seemed to be heading most of the last volume and I like it even less here I m not sure whether I m going to keep reading these Superman books at this rate And that really fucking sucks because in the last few years I have loved what Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi did with Clark, Lois and Jon, and right now it s all being undone and rebuilt in a way that is quickly destroying my interest.I know this is all personal opinion and I m sure Bendis has reinvigorated lots of interest in the character, but it comes at the expense of anyone who loved the Clark Lois Jon dynamic That s gone and it s not coming back


  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    I think overall I enjoyed this onethan Superman And the art is better.


  10. Rory Wilding Rory Wilding says:

    During his time at DC, Marvel s top writer Brian Michael Bendis seems like an obvious choice to write Superman, although sadly his six issue miniseries The Man of Steel felt like such a superficial read that takes a step backwards after progressing the character during Rebirth After the dull set up from said miniseries, I have now read the first volumes of both Superman and Action Comics, the former of which is a decent start showcasing the cosmic side of the Man of Steel s adventures that will During his time at DC, Marvel s top writer Brian Michael Bendis seems like an obvious choice to write Superman, although sadly his six issue miniseries The Man of Steel felt like such a superficial read that takes a step backwards after progressing the character during Rebirth After the dull set up from said miniseries, I have now read the first volumes of both Superman and Action Comics, the former of which is a decent start showcasing the cosmic side of the Man of Steel s adventures that will hopefully get better.With Action Comics, it is not so much about the superhero action than it is about exploring Clark Kent, one of the Daily Planet s investigative reporters, as he investigates a number of mysterious fires occurring through the streets of Metropolis Whilst he is still mourning over the absence of his wife Lois Lane and their son Jonathan, Clark faces a new threat known as the Red Cloud that has ties with an invisible mafia that has been secretly operating the city s underworld without Superman having any knowledge of.In terms of the villains here, it does seem like Bendis is trying to do for Superman what Scott Snyder did when he co created the Court of Owls during his New 52 Batman run I don t necessarily think you can place the Man of Steel into a story where he is psychologically challenged in the same way as his friend from Gotham City, and the villains themselves are the least interesting thing in this volume as they re still hiding in the shadows, whilst the reveal of the Red Cloud wasn t that surprising.Having previously made his name at Marvel for his crime comics with a superhero twist, Bendis puts a lot of his sensibilities in this title, which although is on a smaller scale compared to the cosmic angle from Bendis s other Supes book, Action Comics blends intimate character drama and a street based investigative thriller that cleverly balances the dual personas of Clark Kent Superman With the main setting being the Daily Planet, it is an environment where everyone has their own distinct voice and is heard, whether is the bossy nature of editor in chief Perry White or the youthful charm of photographer Jimmy Olsen.As for Clark Kent, Bendis knows how to write the hero in his duality Superman may be the most powerful superhero in the DC universe, but the writer isn t interested in depicting him as a man of action, with the only few grand action set pieces are presented in a couple of double page spreads that occur in mid conversation Bendis is all about the words and even when Superman does prevent crime, he is using his empathy to get the job done, leading to some funny results as well as summing up what makes this hero so poignant Although I have criticised Bendis for taking Superman a step backwards from his role as a family man, Bendis is quickly rectified this with both titles and in issue 1004, it showcases the love between Clark and Lois that is not only romantic, but is also shaping into something new.Despite a common problem with Bendis, which is his desire to collaborate with every artist who has ever lived, the collaboration with three artists here isn t as jarring Beginning with the first two issues drawn by Patrick Gleason, who has previously made a run at the main Superman title with Peter Tomasi, continues to do stellar work as his presentation of Metropolis is stunning Afterwards, the always great Yanick Paquette does one issue and shows off his skill of disorientating panel layouts in a suspenseful sequence featuring Kryptonite The rest of the volume is drawn by Ryan Sook, who had done covers for Superman American Alien, and although his style is similar to Paquette s, has already proved himself to be one of the best artists on Superman.The main plot involving the Red Cloud might be lacking, but Bendis takes his sensibilities where he did his best work at Marvel and successfully applies it to the streets of Metropolis, with a spot on approach to the heroism of Superman


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Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia [Reading] ➻ Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia Author Brian Michael Bendis – Polishdarling.co.uk In costume, Superman is the world s greatest hero In plain clothes, he s Clark Kent, one of the Daily Planet s best investigative reporters But on the streets of Metropolis, there s a new threat risin In costume, Superman is the world Comics, Vol. Kindle Ï s greatest hero In plain clothes, he s Clark Kent, one of the Daily Planet s best investigative reporters But on the streets of Metropolis, there s a new threat rising that neither of them can seeuntil it s too lateA new power called the Red Cloud has taken over the city s underworld, and it s like nothing Superman Superman: Action Kindle - has ever faced before As he chases down the story, his mind is preoccupied by the absence of his wife Lois Lane and their son Jonathan leaving the Man of Tomorrow vulnerable to the mysterious new villain of today Even with all his power, can the Man of Steel stop what s coming for his family and his city Discover the shocking answers in Superman Action Comics Action Comics, Vol. MOBI ò VolInvisible Mafia, as New York Times best selling writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with acclaimed artists Ryan Sook The Spectre , Patrick Gleason Batman and Robin and Yanick Paquette Wonder Woman Earth Oneto dig deep into the city that made Superman famous an ideal companion to Bendis blockbuster DC debut in The Man of Steel and his ongoing work in Superman Collects Action Comics the perfect start to an all new era of Superman.


10 thoughts on “Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Is it a bird Is it a plane What No, it s Brian Bendis third Superman collection Wait, did you say turd Because, yes, this is another terrible Bendis Superman book Like the Court of Owls in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo s first New 52 Batman book, the Invisible Mafia have been operating in our hero s city for decades unbeknownst to him Except the Invisible Mafia are way less cooler or compelling than the Court They meet in a segment of lead pipe Superman can t see through lead which is Is it a bird Is it a plane What No, it s Brian Bendis third Superman collection Wait, did you say turd Because, yes, this is another terrible Bendis Superman book Like the Court of Owls in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo s first New 52 Batman book, the Invisible Mafia have been operating in our hero s city for decades unbeknownst to him Except the Invisible Mafia are way less cooler or compelling than the Court They meet in a segment of lead pipe Superman can t see through lead which is a laughable visual and just reminded me why most Golden Age heroes are completely outdated Taking a page from Akira Dragon Ball Toriyama, the Mafia members are named after food Yoghurt, Candy, etc which doesn t make them anybadass, and their enforcer is a fart cloud of red gas called The Red Cloud, one of the lamest new villains I ve seen in years So I think I m basically done with Bendis Superman run already Like I said in my reviews of his to date two other Superman books, he totally gets the character but he s done the typical Bendis thing of getting so carried away writing reams of dialogue that he s neglected the story And what little there is here is so, so dull Superman continues to investigate the case of the mysterious fires snore while the Mafia crime away and Superman skirmishes harmlessly with the Red Cloud Lois is back somehow and sneaking around with Lex A few superheroes cameo The Guardian, Batman, and The Question, to no real effect beyond Fan Service And we find out who Robinson Goode Lois replacement at the Planet really is even though I wasn t wondering I didn t totally hate it Bendis writes a brilliant Perry White Robinson Goode Well, Mister White, I do have a follow up on the fires but you re not going to like it Perry This is your first week here, Miss Goode You don t know me well enough to know what I like and don t like Robinson Goode A kid, young man, came into the fire station on Adams and said he saw SUPERMAN light the fires Perry Oh I don t like THAT And then later after Superman drops by Perry quietly, aside to Superman Uh any cancer Superman using his x ray vision No You re completely clear Perry Thanks, pal I love small tidbits like that and they re so revealing of the characters and their relationships I liked that the predictable final fight that closes out this book between Superman and the Red Fart wasn t simply mindless punching like in the other Superman book where Superman, Zod and Rogol Zaar thumped each other pointlessly This time Superman used his words to defeat the bad guy wow, some actual thought went into that scene Both Yanick Paquette and Ryan Sook s art is great, and it s amusing how each chapter opens on a snapshot of various characters desks the details within each are very cute I don t know if it s the colourist or he s taking a lighter approach to his inking but Patrick Gleason s art looked a lot flatter than usual The mystery fires thing makes sense but it s an indication that Bendis is in no hurry to tell whatever story he s got and there s not enough here for me in the meantime to put up with the glacial pacing and continue reading this or his other Superman series And that s disappointing because I was looking forward to Bendis Superman I ve no idea what fans see in this Invisible Mafia is such a boring and bland read And I am up, up and moving well away from this tedious title


  2. Chad Chad says:

    Now, this is what I expected from Bendis when I heard he was moving to Supermanto be wowed Bendis writes an awesome Supes in this He s compassionate and caring yet, won t be taken advantage of The Invisible Mafia is classic Bendis Bendis has always written fantastic crime and street level books Here, he s found a way to put a new twist on that by figuring out what a crime organization would need to do to operate under Superman s radar For instance, they have to refrain from saying certa Now, this is what I expected from Bendis when I heard he was moving to Supermanto be wowed Bendis writes an awesome Supes in this He s compassionate and caring yet, won t be taken advantage of The Invisible Mafia is classic Bendis Bendis has always written fantastic crime and street level books Here, he s found a way to put a new twist on that by figuring out what a crime organization would need to do to operate under Superman s radar For instance, they have to refrain from saying certain words Supes listens for and meet in giant lead pipes to keep from being seen It s really a genius idea.The art is fantastic Patrick Gleason stays on the book to begin with, then DC brings in Yanick Paquette and Ryan Sook Sook, already, is drawing some of my favorite Superman issues Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.


  3. Artemy Artemy says:

    In my review of the first Superman volume by Bendis I said that I d give a slight edge to his Action Comics over Supreman, but truthfully these are two quite different but equally excellent series, and I have a very hard time choosing which one I like the best You see, Bendis on Superman is Bendis really doing something new and different, something distinguished, a book unlike anything he s ever done before, and it s an absolutely amazing action romp that Superman deserved to have for decades In my review of the first Superman volume by Bendis I said that I d give a slight edge to his Action Comics over Supreman, but truthfully these are two quite different but equally excellent series, and I have a very hard time choosing which one I like the best You see, Bendis on Superman is Bendis really doing something new and different, something distinguished, a book unlike anything he s ever done before, and it s an absolutely amazing action romp that Superman deserved to have for decades On the other hand, ironically, Action Comics is less action,street level crime book with some supernatural elements, and that s exactly the kind of thing Bendis has been doing for decades in Daredevil, Alias and Spider Man It s what he s famous for and what he does best, and Action Comics is the best version of that kind of Bendis book It has high stakes, tons of great character moments and an interesting mystery behind it all that takes its sweet time to build up Unlike Superman, which was all illustrated by some of Ivan Reis greatest work of his career, Action Comics switches up a couple of artists, though all are top tier first there s Patrick Gleason inked by himself which is an absolutely different, much better thing than Patrick Gleason inked by Mick Gray, which is what you usually see when he does stuff with Tomasi, yuck , then there s an issue by Yannick Paquette, and the last half of the book is done by Ryan Sook, who I think might become the definitive Superman artist of this decade if he keeps it up Long story short, Action Comics by Bendis looks fantastic, reads even better and promises a lotinteresting things to come, and that sthan I could wish for for my favourite DC character


  4. Wing Kee Wing Kee says:

    I really enjoyed the tone and the pace of this book World The art is great, three amazing artists that bring their own style to Big Blue and it s all gorgeous, from Gleason, to Pacquette to Sook this book is beautiful to look at, the splash pages were great, especially the ones of Supes running off to save the day The world building is solid, this first arc is Bendis changing the status quo for the Kent family so that he can tell his story and there are is a bit of moving pieces around and cha I really enjoyed the tone and the pace of this book World The art is great, three amazing artists that bring their own style to Big Blue and it s all gorgeous, from Gleason, to Pacquette to Sook this book is beautiful to look at, the splash pages were great, especially the ones of Supes running off to save the day The world building is solid, this first arc is Bendis changing the status quo for the Kent family so that he can tell his story and there are is a bit of moving pieces around and changing the narrative and tone a bit Gone is the happy family living together with a very public face to show which I really enjoyed for the first part of the Rebirth era and now this new changing of the status quo with the separated family but not really, I kinda am okay with it I love Clark and Lois together happy and all and I know I ll get that but narratively this allows each to be their own thing and also create drama so I like this little change I also like the idea behind the Invisible Mafia as I find it to be well thought out and the design of the system interesting and one that does not depower Supes to tell a tale Solid Story The tone of this book is great I don t know why even with the same writer Superman feels different than Action Comics I guess it s on purpose and that book is going to besciency and crazy and actiony but this one is slower, this one isslice of life and on the ground as it were and I love that I didn t hate Bendis Superman arc but I did find because I did not like Rogol I did not enjoy it as much Here, it s another thing altogether there is a beautiful balance between Clark and Supes and the new characters that play into the story are well done The banter is great, the tone is wonderful and there is a hopefulness and also a quietness to the book that I really enjoy I really liked the world building as I said above cause it ties into the story and this is not a stupid story, this is a story that does not need to depower Superman to tell a good story, this is a Superman story that is not stupid and I really like that I like smart villains and I like that some things Supes can t just punch to solve and this has both of those I am enjoying this a lot Characters So let s talk about the new status quo for Lois and Clark, it s a bit janky but it also makes sense in a narrative and dramatic sense Happy Family Kents is great but let s be honest, in stories happy situations don t really create drama, suspense and tension that well Putting them apart but not really apart allows their love and relationship to be present but opens the door fordrama and also a chance for Lois to step out of the shadow of being a homemaker reporter wife of Superman to be just Lois Lane and she can be awesome on her own I ve always wanted a Lois Lane book, I hope this leads to that The Invisible Mafia is done well, the rules are consistent and the characters and the design of them intriguing, they are not stupid and I love that in a villain The new pieces are also good with the deputy fire chief and also Lex coming back I sense drama and that is a great thing I really enjoyed this arc, I like the new pieces, the new status quo, the smart villains I like it Onward to the next book read individual issues


  5. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    For a comic titled Action Comics this is way less action than the main Superman line comic Saying that, this was pretty great Supes is dealing with losing both his wife and son Both went on an adventure with grand old papa and now Clark is on earth trying to pass the time till he sees them again It s only about 2 issues in when the first twist happens that ll change everything On top of that we have a new villain in town, Red Cloud, as they go around making everyone suffer Can Superman s For a comic titled Action Comics this is way less action than the main Superman line comic Saying that, this was pretty great Supes is dealing with losing both his wife and son Both went on an adventure with grand old papa and now Clark is on earth trying to pass the time till he sees them again It s only about 2 issues in when the first twist happens that ll change everything On top of that we have a new villain in town, Red Cloud, as they go around making everyone suffer Can Superman stop this new criminal or will they be too much Overall this is great Clark is most interesting when he s most human and this shows on display really well Watching Clark deal with the loss of his family is great too The actual moments between husband and wife works really well too The art is fantastic too Overall, some great stuff The new villain, while interesting, comes off kind of one note on what they want but we ll see if we grow from here A 4 out of 5


  6. Tiago Tiago says:

    This has that Marvel s Dark Reign vibe to it, very clever and exciting to read, awesome artwork too, good stuff.


  7. Rod Brown Rod Brown says:

    Well, this is marginally better than the cosmic hoo ha in Bendis Superman ongoing, but this take on Superman fighting organized crime is a bit of a snooze despite Bendis fine dialogue Mostly, I didn t find much to care about anyone amongst Supes supporting characters or his new foes Also, I m not a fan of the mafia type groups this may be revamping The 10, The 100, The 1000, Intergang because in the past some of them have had ties to Jack Kirby s Fourth World nonsense I might give this o Well, this is marginally better than the cosmic hoo ha in Bendis Superman ongoing, but this take on Superman fighting organized crime is a bit of a snooze despite Bendis fine dialogue Mostly, I didn t find much to care about anyone amongst Supes supporting characters or his new foes Also, I m not a fan of the mafia type groups this may be revamping The 10, The 100, The 1000, Intergang because in the past some of them have had ties to Jack Kirby s Fourth World nonsense I might give this onevolume in the future if I come across it in the library, but I won t be seeking it out


  8. Chris Chris says:

    I m trying to stay positive but it s really hard.So all those concerns I had during The Man of Steel that I thought were just temporary Yeah turns out that wasn t just a passing phase I understand Bendis wanting to put his own spin on Superman but he does it with all the subtly of a fucking sledge hammer Clearly he didn t like Clark and Lois having a family so he s doing his best to break it and reform it in a way he wants First he gets rid of Jon and then he has Lois acting completely out o I m trying to stay positive but it s really hard.So all those concerns I had during The Man of Steel that I thought were just temporary Yeah turns out that wasn t just a passing phase I understand Bendis wanting to put his own spin on Superman but he does it with all the subtly of a fucking sledge hammer Clearly he didn t like Clark and Lois having a family so he s doing his best to break it and reform it in a way he wants First he gets rid of Jon and then he has Lois acting completely out of character by acknowledging that Jon doesn t need her any What How does that fit in with literally everything we know about her relationship with her son It seems that Bendis wants to take Lois and Clark back to the characters they were thirty years ago, character development be damned The story itself involving the Invisible Mafia is fine, but in context of the reverse character development it doesn t hold my interest I also hate the way Bendis writes Batman Not everyone has to be a quirky joke maker, dude On the plus side at least he didn t drop some Yiddish.What did I like The art was fantastic, I like the way Bendis writes Perry White and Jimmy Olsen and I like the Deputy Fire Chief.But man, I didn t like where things seemed to be heading most of the last volume and I like it even less here I m not sure whether I m going to keep reading these Superman books at this rate And that really fucking sucks because in the last few years I have loved what Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi did with Clark, Lois and Jon, and right now it s all being undone and rebuilt in a way that is quickly destroying my interest.I know this is all personal opinion and I m sure Bendis has reinvigorated lots of interest in the character, but it comes at the expense of anyone who loved the Clark Lois Jon dynamic That s gone and it s not coming back


  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    I think overall I enjoyed this onethan Superman And the art is better.


  10. Rory Wilding Rory Wilding says:

    During his time at DC, Marvel s top writer Brian Michael Bendis seems like an obvious choice to write Superman, although sadly his six issue miniseries The Man of Steel felt like such a superficial read that takes a step backwards after progressing the character during Rebirth After the dull set up from said miniseries, I have now read the first volumes of both Superman and Action Comics, the former of which is a decent start showcasing the cosmic side of the Man of Steel s adventures that will During his time at DC, Marvel s top writer Brian Michael Bendis seems like an obvious choice to write Superman, although sadly his six issue miniseries The Man of Steel felt like such a superficial read that takes a step backwards after progressing the character during Rebirth After the dull set up from said miniseries, I have now read the first volumes of both Superman and Action Comics, the former of which is a decent start showcasing the cosmic side of the Man of Steel s adventures that will hopefully get better.With Action Comics, it is not so much about the superhero action than it is about exploring Clark Kent, one of the Daily Planet s investigative reporters, as he investigates a number of mysterious fires occurring through the streets of Metropolis Whilst he is still mourning over the absence of his wife Lois Lane and their son Jonathan, Clark faces a new threat known as the Red Cloud that has ties with an invisible mafia that has been secretly operating the city s underworld without Superman having any knowledge of.In terms of the villains here, it does seem like Bendis is trying to do for Superman what Scott Snyder did when he co created the Court of Owls during his New 52 Batman run I don t necessarily think you can place the Man of Steel into a story where he is psychologically challenged in the same way as his friend from Gotham City, and the villains themselves are the least interesting thing in this volume as they re still hiding in the shadows, whilst the reveal of the Red Cloud wasn t that surprising.Having previously made his name at Marvel for his crime comics with a superhero twist, Bendis puts a lot of his sensibilities in this title, which although is on a smaller scale compared to the cosmic angle from Bendis s other Supes book, Action Comics blends intimate character drama and a street based investigative thriller that cleverly balances the dual personas of Clark Kent Superman With the main setting being the Daily Planet, it is an environment where everyone has their own distinct voice and is heard, whether is the bossy nature of editor in chief Perry White or the youthful charm of photographer Jimmy Olsen.As for Clark Kent, Bendis knows how to write the hero in his duality Superman may be the most powerful superhero in the DC universe, but the writer isn t interested in depicting him as a man of action, with the only few grand action set pieces are presented in a couple of double page spreads that occur in mid conversation Bendis is all about the words and even when Superman does prevent crime, he is using his empathy to get the job done, leading to some funny results as well as summing up what makes this hero so poignant Although I have criticised Bendis for taking Superman a step backwards from his role as a family man, Bendis is quickly rectified this with both titles and in issue 1004, it showcases the love between Clark and Lois that is not only romantic, but is also shaping into something new.Despite a common problem with Bendis, which is his desire to collaborate with every artist who has ever lived, the collaboration with three artists here isn t as jarring Beginning with the first two issues drawn by Patrick Gleason, who has previously made a run at the main Superman title with Peter Tomasi, continues to do stellar work as his presentation of Metropolis is stunning Afterwards, the always great Yanick Paquette does one issue and shows off his skill of disorientating panel layouts in a suspenseful sequence featuring Kryptonite The rest of the volume is drawn by Ryan Sook, who had done covers for Superman American Alien, and although his style is similar to Paquette s, has already proved himself to be one of the best artists on Superman.The main plot involving the Red Cloud might be lacking, but Bendis takes his sensibilities where he did his best work at Marvel and successfully applies it to the streets of Metropolis, with a spot on approach to the heroism of Superman


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