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Action Comics #0 - The Boy Who Stole Superman's Cape; Origin of the Species Review

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If you've been wondering what Clark did before becoming Superman and how he met Lois in the 'New 52,' this is where you'll find out. Plus, more on the 'Forgotten Superman.'

The Good

It's these early days of Superman that has made this series stand out. He's not exactly Superboy but with all his power and a lack of experience, seeing what Superman will do has been fun. Continuing from an earlier back up, we see Clark before getting his make-shift Superman outfit. Once he puts on the costume, things don't go quite the way he thought they would. His cape being stolen as well adds another problem.

It's amazing that by giving us a lack of actual history in the New 52, seeing the characters like Lois and Jimmy before is great. It was always my hope that this series would stay firmly in the past while SUPERMAN could focus on the present day. There is a lot that could be done and explored in this time period without overlapping or contradicting too much what might happen in the modern day.

The art by Ben Oliver will feel completely different if you read this along ACTION COMICS #1 but it does capture an older/classic feel, even if it's just over five years ago. There's also a nice scene with Superman that really stands out in the issue. There's also a scene with Clark and his landlady that will make your ears perk up.

The back up tells us more on the "Blake Farm Ghost" or "Forgotten Superman." I didn't really care for that part in the recent issues but it's a nice visit to see how those events played out.

The Bad

The downside to having pre-Superman/pre-New 52 stories is you can't have Superman facing any of his major villains. This is something that could have been dealt with. There's no reason that all of the major villains have to surface after the world knows who Superman is. Even Smallville had Clark deal with some bigger threats way before he even thought of wearing a suit. And did we really need to see the t-shirt bit we just saw a couple issues ago?

I also mentioned the back up. It wasn't something I necessarily cared about. It's a plus for those that dug the character. Maybe he'll continue to play a role in the series. I'd rather see more Superman story than see this guy.

The Verdict

ACTION COMICS started out strongly in the beginning. We had the chance to see the early days of an inexperienced Superman. This zero issue touches on that. Unfortunately while this was a nice story, it didn't blow me away as some of the earlier issues. There's so much potential in this younger Superman but it felt as if there were some limitations in what sort of threat he could go up against. But we do get to see some firsts in this issue. There are little tidbits to check out. The interesting part will be to see if anything in future issues will touch on any of the events here. I simply want more from my Superman comics. Let's hope that the second year of the New 52 will make me a happy Superman fan.

23 Comments
Posted by Eternal19

lets hope so

Posted by SandMan_

I heard it was good...why such the low rating?

Posted by Booster_Bronze

The parts with the kid were pretty heartfelt, and for a Morrison comic, I didn't think it was THAT bad.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

hmmm I really like the viriant cover

Posted by mrbee15

I think I am done with Morrison's Superman.

I find the pacing was off quite a bit, and the art didn't catch me (Clarks mirror glasses).

The conflict in this issue was very cliché, and many moments were recycled (T-shirt purchase and stopping a train).

I tried very hard to like Action Comics, as it was the first New 52 I read, but I think it's time to move on.

Posted by KnightRise

@mrbee15 said:

The conflict in this issue was very cliché, and many moments were recycled (T-shirt purchase and stopping a train).

Actually, I liked the train part. I was hoping he'd catch a bullet then leap over the building, in a single bound.

Posted by sethysquare

Eric Drekken !!!!!!!!

Posted by Dernman

I liked this issue. 

Posted by jdbernal82

Good review. I give the comic book a 3.5 out of 5 rating. Huge Superman fan here

Posted by Utandi

It's a real bummer that it seems that Superman's full potential isn't reached jet.

Posted by Squalleon

3 to 5! Thats a little harsh,i would give it 4 because i don't see how a good story always need a supervillian.

plus we learned what happened to mxyzptlk

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Posted by supermanfan1234

the issue should of atleast gotten a 4 star.

Posted by zachkastner

This issue made me smile, so I don't know the reason for any negativity. It's his first day or so on the job, he won't have a Rogue's Gallery yet, but man... he will always win me over with stopping trains and winking.

Definitely would rate this higher.

Posted by sethysquare

Anyone excited about Eric Drekken? Did anyone know that he first appeared in #5 or 6 as that octopus like creature.

Edited by Zoch81

I thought this was very good issue I think should be a least 4 stars also thought the art was very good

Posted by danhimself

loved the art in this

I just don't see how Morrison is leaving after issue 16...I was expecting some grand story line from him similar in scope to R.I.P. and really don't think he's delivered

Posted by Trodorne

@Squalleon said:

we learned what happened to mxyzptlk

I know right at least now i know i was not the only one who caught that in the issue.

Posted by G-Man

I'd say if you don't agree with my review, why not write up your own? Reviews are opinions. Why not articulate why you feel this score was too low rather then tell me I'm wrong?

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Posted by Kal'smahboi

I actually really liked that main story in #0. The backup was fine, but mostly unnecessary. It was cool to see how Drekken came about; I would've liked more Superman, is all.

Posted by DocFishstick

lets hope they can get superman great again. the few people that i know that have superman and action on their pull list don't care for it and talk about how they are about to take it off of their pull list. may the new year be better for superman.

Posted by SplatOZ

Thought it was kind of a nothing issue, really. I enjoyed the story in and of itself I guess, but I just don't feel that it has left behind any sort of excitement for the future Action Comics issues. Other #0 Issues like Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern etc, get you excited for whats to come. I didn't feel that from this issue. I agree with the 3 rating.

Posted by Maxman3

I honestly can't stand Ben Olivers artwork. That cheap photo shop style may be quick but it feels lazy and a 0 issue like this deserved better. I would read Batwing if it wasn't for his art.

Posted by Skunkstein

I actually really liked this issue. For me it have been so/so for Action Comics, honestly i have been slighty dissapointed, but this issue was good, well personally i thought it was good.

4/5