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Action Comics #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Is your mind prepared for an encounter with the deadly Terminauts?

What awful master do they serve?

What horrible fate awaits Superman and the city of Metropolis?

The true scope of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ ACTION COMICS run begins to come into view!

Publication Date
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Print Length
31 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Vine

    Fantastic dialogue, beautiful art and a heavy action packed story will both have you at the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. This is definitely an issue that will leave you entertained and with more questions than answers — and that’s a good thing.

  • 90

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    Long-time fans (like yours truly) will enjoy the bits of business writer Grant Morrison has loaded into these “untold early” adventures of Superman in Action Comics.

    This issue owes quite a bit to the old Fleisher cartoon “The Mechanical Monsters,” wherein the Man of Steel struggled to fight an army of robots (if you’ve never seen it, it’s well worth tracking down – some amazing animation there).

    The situation is similar in this issue, which features several familiar faces, including Lex Luthor, who’s early in his evil mastermind stage of life, a certain alien opponent appears (sort of), and Steel makes his “first” appearance.

    It’s all well drawn by Rags Morales – there’s a lot going on here, and Morales keeps the action flowing (or exploding, as the case may be) while keeping the characters clear.

    I was enjoying this issue – and then we got to the final page, and I got irritated.

    That’s because of the blurb at the end of the story – it reads, “To Be Continued in Action Comics #7.”

    So we apparently have two fill-in issues before this cliffhanger is resolved? What the heck, DC?

    Perhaps they have a good reason, perhaps the fill-in issues are necessary – but it smells like the creative team is struggling with deadlines.

    If so, it’s a shaky start to what has been up to now my favorite of the “New 52” books.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    After a couple of month’s of promo material, I was glad my extra buck was spent on more story. And I also am glad that this Steel fight was both showcased but also removed from the main story. Superman still needs to shine here. He needs to star in his own book. We don’t know enough of Superman here to lose pages to a ‘guest star’.

    But this fight needed to be told in depth. We got to learn more about Irons. And we have the next hero of the DCnU. That was a win.

  • 84

    Forces Of Geek

    It’s The Man of Steel vs. The Man of Steel as Metallo’s new origin story is taking in an issue that left me a little underwhelmed.

    Superman’s first real adversity has taken an interesting turn because he is handling it as young adult who goes all in without thinking unlike in the old universe where he always had a solid game plan.

    As good as this issue is, I was a little disengaged at times. Superman’s shirt went from light blue to completely white as the story went on and I could not tell if that was by design. There is a lot of green energy emanating from Metallo but it doesn’t appear to be Kryptonite so it was a little confusing. Lex Luthor has gone from the greatest criminal mind of our time to the cowardly lion.

    Again, I know it’s a new universe but how anyone can take this incarnation of the character seriously?

    The art and color is on par with what was displayed in the last issue. We also see the debut of John Henry Irons as Steel which may lead to his own comic book series. Grant Morrison provides a great pace to the story and blends everything together very nicely despite lots of different things going on at once.

    Less is more most of the time but in Grant Morrison’s storytelling it appears to be the exception to the rule.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    Action Comics doesn’t have much in the way of meat here, but it does tantalize a bit more. Luthor’s reactions to how the alien is going against what he agreed to with it is amusing, but all it does is reinforce in his mind that aliens are bad and not to be trusted. The use of Corben and Irons helps to build the supporting cast from the start of Superman’s career rather than later additions and we get to see how Lois is handling some of these changes in a personal way. The Terminauts are kind of all right overall, but I do like that it’s working its magic fairly well when it comes to the capture and acquisition of artifacts and other things since it’s classic Braniac overall, just with some mild tweaks. I’m still expecting a twist or two along the way, but this issue delivers decently with what it wants to do, it just doesn’t completely captivate or draw you in totally.

  • 75


  • 70

    Weekly Comic Book Review

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

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