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First Look: ACTION COMICS #19

The new creative team of Andy Diggle and Tony Daniel are ready to take over the title.

On Monday we heard an update on the upcoming Scott Snyder/Jim Lee SUPERMAN UNCHAINED series due in June. Before that happens, we'll have another great pairing as Andy Diggle and Tony Daniel prepare to take the reigns on ACTION COMICS.

It all begins on April 3. Here's what Andy Diggle told DC's The Source when it was first announced he was taking over:

Even in an industry dominated by superheroes, Superman is THE superhero – the original and best - and I’m flattered, daunted and inspired in equal measure at being given the opportunity to build on such an incredible and historic legacy. The word ‘iconic’ is bandied around a lot in comics, but Superman defines the term. I’m excited to be working with Tony Daniel, whose artistic and storytelling skills will be bringing the world(s) of Superman to stunning visual life. Together we’ll be carving out spectacular new adventures that respect the past while redefining the future of the Man of Steel.

DC Comics also revealed a first look at next month's issue (which will also be in the back of the March 20 releases).

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Edited by Kesho_Ronin

@G-Man: A f*ck it then,drink a beer,get drunk and then write a review for the conclusion of H'el on earth :)

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

@Icon said:

@G_Money_Christmas said:

Can't wait! I'm excited for a new team! While Grant/Rags are a great team, Morrison's writing sometimes has me lost. I'll be reading an issue and be like, when the hell did this happen or what the hell is going on? Hopefully Diggle can eliminate some of the confusion.

I have to agree. You're right. I mean I love Morrison and he has written some of the best Superman stories including some in the current run on Action, but some issues have been a mess as well.

I hope Diggle can bring some consistency to the book. And we know Daniel is going to kill on art.

Yeah, Daniels' art is amazing on it. I've already told him more than once on Twitter

Posted by dondave

@Squalleon: He's using his usual colorist Tomeu Morey

I agree the preview looks fantastic

Posted by The Stegman
@TeamUnitedNerds said:

@The Stegman said:

Yes! Finally, Morrison is gone! I can start reading AC again!

No. Get out

His run started out good, but once the  World Collector arc ended, in typical Morrison fashion, it got convoluted and weird, no, not creative, just weird. 
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Posted by Lvenger

@The Stegman said:

@TeamUnitedNerds said:

@The Stegman said:

Yes! Finally, Morrison is gone! I can start reading AC again!

No. Get out

His run started out good, but once the World Collector arc ended, in typical Morrison fashion, it got convoluted and weird, no, not creative, just weird.

I know it wasn't everyone's cup of tea but it's vastly superior to everything that's been done in Superman so far. Of course that's just my view but the only issues I haven't truly liked are 5 since it was redundant, 9 because it was too Morrisony and 17 which was Morrison going around in circles a bit

Posted by Wyldsong

@Omega-Man said:

@Wyldsong:

Nah Supes is much more aggressive now, even last issue in Superman #17 he Hit H'el so hard the thremors of his punches could be felt in the Earth's core and on the JL Watchtower he doesn't pull back as much as the old Superman did plus he's also much more smarter often talking science babble like Reed Richards would.

Ouch.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Alright, alright, I'll keep reading Action Comics, OK?

Posted by frandj

looking this preview... i guess there will be no problem with the art... let see if the story goes well too. :D

Posted by ThanosIsMad

@Wyldsong said:

@Omega-Man said:

@Wyldsong:

Nah Supes is much more aggressive now, even last issue in Superman #17 he Hit H'el so hard the thremors of his punches could be felt in the Earth's core and on the JL Watchtower he doesn't pull back as much as the old Superman did plus he's also much more smarter often talking science babble like Reed Richards would.

Ouch.

Well to be fair, the dude was about 15 seconds away from destroying the solar system, but stuff like that isn't really new to Superman. Around the time of Infinite Crisis, Superman nearly hit Black Adam with enough force to destroy the moon. The only reason he didn't was because Adam turned his back on Superman, knowing full well that it was out of Superman's code of ethics to attack someone from behind or some ish like that.

Sciencey babble isn't new to Superman, either, nor are his aggressive tendencies. That's just more pronounced now, along with his old-school arrogance.

Posted by God_Spawn

@Kesho_Ronin: Watch the language, please. Censor it if you must.

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Posted by knightofthechronicle

This looks GREAT! No offense to Rags but I like Daniel's art better and Diggle really looks like he has a good story going.

Posted by Omega-Man

@ThanosIsMad:

I have read enough Superman over the years he is my first Superhero that I liked even as a child. His character is much different than he was before. Sure I'm not saying Classic Supes/pre52 Supes wasn't smart or had his aggressiveness side but it was often rare to see. and to be honest he is acting much more like Majestic did in Wildstorm. often seen as the most powerful man on earth. He does seems to be kinda amped up more so than Pre 52.

Posted by Cavemold

God bless 3D tech

Posted by ThanosIsMad

@Omega-Man said:

@ThanosIsMad:

I have read enough Superman over the years he is my first Superhero that I liked even as a child. His character is much different than he was before. Sure I'm not saying Classic Supes/pre52 Supes wasn't smart or had his aggressiveness side but it was often rare to see. and to be honest he is acting much more like Majestic did in Wildstorm. often seen as the most powerful man on earth. He does seems to be kinda amped up more so than Pre 52.

He hasn't been a condescending jackass yet, so he's not on Majestic levels yet. He seems more like a Bruce Tim/Joe Kelly Superman more than anything. You know, the Superman that wanted to kill Darkseid before Batman pulled him through a boomtube and the Superman that nearly broke Russian Zod's neck merely to prove a point.

I don't think he's more powerful than before, more like this version of Superman holds back a lot less than the previous one.

Posted by spinningbirdcake
Posted by Skaddix

U know I am actually going to have to pick this up

Posted by Answerman

I'l really miss Morrison as well, but not the art choices made in the latter 1/2 of his run.

Particularly the thick raised "S" which looked horrible.

And it breaks my heart to type those words out because I adore Rags and Chris Sprouse, as well as Brad Walker.

But that design choice was dreadful!

I should also add that recent coloring mistakes with the belt as yellow instead of red look WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better!

But nit picks aside this looks outstanding, and as a life long Superman fan (was reading Superman comics before I could talk or even really read!) I'm just happy to have a Superman with no undies on the outside who has also returned to his Action Comics (1938) roots!

And I love the Jeans and T-shirt phase!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

great loooks great

Posted by ThePRez

this is how you make a preview

Posted by SuperHulk8642

Debating wether to continue with action or get unchained

Posted by lifeboy

@SuperHulk8642 said:

Debating wether to continue with action or get unchained

Action is going to be dealing with lex a lot in the next sev ral issues according to the dc website. As for unchained, you know who is writing and drawing it. For me im getting unchained and im still debating renewing my action subscriiption.

Posted by SuperHulk8642

true but Action looks great and anyone with the right mind would choose to pick unchained even i really want it but im drawn to action

Posted by Smurfboy

The artwork definitely looks great. I like it a lot.

Posted by KnightRise

Man! Tony Daniels' art is sexy! His writing blows, but omg I love his art.

Posted by mksystem74

This art looks nice. I was thinking about dropping both Superman titles and waiting for Unchained, but now i think i'll keep Action comics.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

This looks awesome. Hopefully the rest of the book is as good as this one action sequence :)

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

After what Morrison served us in Batman, Inc. #8, I can't say I'm not excited for this to come finally. Lets really hope that the series is revitalized under the Diggle-Daniel team.

Posted by The_Vein

@Wyldsong: Action Comics Supes had a bit of an attitude, he leapt off buildings holding people to intimidate them, and was a little stand-off-ish--but he still tried to protect people and do the right thing (it was also hard to figure out what the hell he was doing as the comics went on with Morrison's weird timeline stuff)

In Superman he seems pretty typical Superman, maybe a bit less friendly since his parents are both dead.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Will definitely be getting this. Diggle always delivers. And Daniels art looks stunning...much more impressive than his early Batman work. This will be the year for Superman; we got a great creative team on this title, Snyder and Lee on Unchained, and of course the movie. Can't wait!

Posted by Wyldsong

@The_Vein said:

@Wyldsong: Action Comics Supes had a bit of an attitude, he leapt off buildings holding people to intimidate them, and was a little stand-off-ish--but he still tried to protect people and do the right thing (it was also hard to figure out what the hell he was doing as the comics went on with Morrison's weird timeline stuff)

In Superman he seems pretty typical Superman, maybe a bit less friendly since his parents are both dead.

Getting a lot of good info here. Thanks for the intel=)

Posted by MizariSeth

Holy cows!! I'm going to buy this!

Posted by Shika1Dude

OMG THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!

Now im glad i dropped Action Comics, now i can jump back on ;)

Posted by toptom

@KnightofSteel said:

Will definitely be getting this. Diggle always delivers. And Daniels art looks stunning...much more impressive than his early Batman work. This will be the year for Superman; we got a great creative team on this title, Snyder and Lee on Unchained, and of course the movie. Can't wait!

you are missing the new Superman/Batman title written by Greg Pak and will feature art by Jae Lee!

Posted by mcbean

Can't wait

Posted by KnightofSteel

@toptom: oh yes, yes...right, that too!

Posted by Stormbox

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

After what Morrison served us in Batman, Inc. #8, I can't say I'm not excited for this to come finally. Lets really hope that the series is revitalized under the Diggle-Daniel team.

Im a little lost here, what does batman inc have to do with action comics, aside from the fact theyre both written by morrison?

Posted by SHTR

Looks promising.

Posted by ravisher

why is his alien cape ripped?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

@Stormbox: Well that's pretty much it...they are both written by Morrison. The point being that prior to Batman, Incorporated #8 I had a great amount of respect for him. But after what he pulled in that issue I just really seemed to lose a whole lot of my respect for him as a writer. Prior to the issue I was actually sad to see that Morrison's time on Action would be done at #18, but now for me its pretty much good riddance to him I say. I'll still salute him for much of what he has done for the comics industry, and I'll still even chance Multiversity in the near future, but other than that, I'm of the firm opinion he just should stay away from superhero stuff altogether. So yeah, the common denominator here is Morrison.

Posted by Stormbox

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Oh

Makes sense, i guess

I didnt really have a problem with that, but i can see why someone would

Posted by LordRequiem

Looks awesome!

Posted by TeamUnitedNerds

I take back what I said. Morrison's writing makes NO sense

Posted by IamKryptonite

This looks amazing! Why cant the actual Superman comic live up to something like this? This to me is the way Supes should look. Younger and without a lazy eye. I always thought with the reboot they would keep Superman and Batmans friendship in tact. As knowledgeable as Bruce is, I thought it would be great for him to be somewhat of a mentor to Kal. But I suppose that's why I'm no writer.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@IamKryptonite said:

This looks amazing! Why cant the actual Superman comic live up to something like this? This to me is the way Supes should look. Younger and without a lazy eye. I always thought with the reboot they would keep Superman and Batmans friendship in tact. As knowledgeable as Bruce is, I thought it would be great for him to be somewhat of a mentor to Kal. But I suppose that's why I'm no writer.

I've always thought of Bruce being a mentor to Clark's ability to process information, make theories etc, all the science stuff, and Clark mentoring Bruce on...you know... how to be a decent, nice, sociable human being, which is ironic considering he's an alien.

Posted by adamrcorrigan

Just plain: WOW!