Superman - Action Comics: Superman and the Men of Steel Vol 01

Superman - Action Comics: Superman and the Men of Steel Vol 01

Book rating: 04 Hardback Superman Action Comics

By (author) Grant Morrison, Illustrated by Rags Morales, Illustrated by Andy Kubert

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  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 260mm x 20mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1401235468
  • ISBN 13: 9781401235468
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 50,267

Product description

A "New York Times" Best Seller! DC Comics took a bold step and renumbered the longest-running monthly comic, "Action Comics," to #1 for the first time since 1938 as part of the DC Comics--The New 52 event.With this renumbering comes a new creative team featuring comics legend Grant Morrison and fan-favorite artist Rag Morales. While Morrison is no stranger to writing the Superman character, having won three Eisner Award's for his work on "All-Star Superman," "Action Comics" will be something new for both old and new readers and present humanity's first encounters with Superman, before he became one of the World's Greatest Super Heroes. Set a few years in the past, it's a bold new take on a classic hero." Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel" includes issues 1-8 of the monthly series

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Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel "Arkham Asylum" to acclaimed runs on "Animal Man" and "Doom Patrol," as well as his subversive creator owned titles such as "The Invisibles, Seaguy" and "WE3." He has also written best-selling runs on "JLA," "Seven Soldiers Of Victory" and "New X-Men" and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in "All-star Superman, 52 and Batman."

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By Nicola Mansfield 31 May 2014 4

Other than loving Smallville, I'm not the Superman type, being more of a Batman girl but I couldn't pass up purchasing this when the eBook was on sale for $2.99. First of all, this is a lot of bang for your buck with 8 issues collected here when you can expect the usual trade to have 5, maybe 6, issues. This volume is all pretty much background story and there are new ideas put into the Superman story that I quite liked. The majority of the book centres around the title story which features Braniac and Earth being almost miniaturized like Superman's home planet. Superman starts off with his cape, a T-Shirt and jeans, and wow! is that ever a sexy look! I wish he stayed like it; it's too bad when he puts on his tights and gets his real costume :-( In this new universe Lex Luthor is a scientist, which was a little disconcerting at first but I think it could prove an interesting character development. The next part of the story was a little confusing as it went back and forth from the future to the past, something I just don't like about Superman's world anyway. I loved the short stories at the end, though, especially those featuring Steel. Overall, I thought the art was very good and since I'm a regular reader of Justice League it was good getting a closer look at Supe, but I wouldn't purchase this title again unless a really cheap deal came up again on a Kindle edition, then I probably wouldn't be able to pass it up.

By Andreas 28 Aug 2012 5

Grant Morrison's run on Action Comics is the best thing that happened in Superman this year.This is the second best story about Superman ever written.The first one is obviously All-Star Superman.Grant gets Superman and Clark more than any other writer.He's like the Superman in writing Superman.And this edition is perfect for everyone who wants to read this magnificent piece of art.The extras are very rewarding and show you some rough sketches and ideas by Morrison and Rags Morales.If you like Superman even a little GET THIS BOOK!!Grant is the best writer.

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"Believe the hype: Grant Morrison went and wrote the single best issue of Superman these eyes have ever read. This rebellious, working man's hero is a different guy from any Man of Steel most of us have seen before."--"USA Today"" " "A ripping read."--"Entertainment Weekly" "Entertaining."-- YAHOO! Associated Content" " "A solid superhero comic with good action."--"Time Out Chicago"" " "It's fresh air. I like this all-too-human Superman, and I think a lot of you will, too." --Scripps Howard News Service "Casts the character in a new light, opens up fresh storytelling possibilities, and pushes it all forward with dynamic Rags Morales art. I loved it."--"The Onion "AV Club" " "With a heavy dose of philosophy tied to his characterizations, "Action Comics" is already showing signs of being a typical Grant Morrison yarn. For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, that's a ringing endorsement."--IGN" " "Captures the spirit of what makes "Action Comics" great for the modern age.... Strong, well-executed superhero imagery and storytelling that flows effortlessly."--Comic Book Resources, Five-Star Review "A different and welcomed twist to Superman."--ComicVine" "" " "Brassy and brash."-- io9