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• What is the horrific secret behind ‘THE FORGOTTEN SUPERMAN’?

• What happens when Superman is too late to save LOIS LANE?

• And what is the staggering new threat The Man of Steel is about to face?

• Plus in the backup, Perry White’s brush with death leads to startling consequences for Superman!

Writer : Grant Morrison
Artist : Rick Bryant

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.1%


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  1. Love Grant Morrison, but I’m thinking about dropping. Just barely remember what happened in the previous issue and there’s so much going on.

  2. So Morrison is leaving this book with what, issue 16? Off to pursue other “non superhero” stories. God, I hope this okay, but ultimately mediocre, Action run won’t be his Superman swan song.

  3. I’ve really enjoyed the last three issues, interested to see if it is full on Captain Comet:) hopefully GM can put a bow on his run in the next few issues.

  4. Morrison leaving at issue 16. I really think all the artistic changes are going to prevent this from being a really memorable run in the future. This issue has 3 artists! Laughable.

  5. Grant Morrison is the Jim Morrison of comics.

    • A little late here, but how so?

      I’m with Lester Bangs (at least with Phillip Seymour Bangs), “Jim Morrison is a drunken buffoon posing as a poet. Give me the Guess Who. They have the courage to be drunken buffoons, which makes them poetic.”

      Personally, I’d go with Tom Waits for my Morrison analogy.

  6. Bring back Superman’s old costume already. The new changes they’ve made to the character HASN’T WORKED. Make Ivan Reis the regular artist, if he can juggle Aquaman and Action. Tell more cosmic stories juxtaposed with street-level supervillain crime. Rather than mining the Golden Age, why not mine the Silver Age? But mainly get rid of that ridiculous Kryptonian ceremonial armor!!

    • Superman, for all intents and purposes, is a god of greek propositions. “street leve super-villain crime” is a job for Batman and Green Arrow.
      and there’s no way an artist could juggle two monthly titles. r u kidding me?

    • Take Reis off Aquaman then. Bring back Intergang with heavyweight supervillains to handle the street-level METROPOLIS crime, which is much different than Gotham or Star City’s. Up the power of the villains, make Supes more spectacular. And did you miss the bits about cosmic stories? Superman should tackle all kinds of threats, not just big bad gods like Darkseid…

    • I read both Action and Aquaman and I would much rather see Ivan Reis remain on Aquaman. Let some other poor soul tackle the 40 pages of this series.

    • i like Reis on Aquaman, too. if he ever leaves that book i hope it’s to do a “The Others” spin-off. Johns and Reis together have made some of the coolest new characters i’ve seen in a while. and all at once, too. like the X-Men or Fantastic 4.

    • I reckon if the Man of Steel movie flops then the old costume will be resurrected in some future New 52 Crisis. If the movie makes $500 million then it’ll stay. Personally, i HATE the costume – particularly the silly collar and belt. Plus I can see Kal-El’s bulge without his red underwear on.

      Get Chris Samnee on this title!

    • New costume isn’t that different. They don’t need a Crisis level event to bring back the old one. They’ll just take away his collar. It doesn’t really need that much (any) explanation.

  7. For all of the complaining about Morrison writing Action, I can’t wait to hear the moaning when his replacement is announced. Does anyone think that it will be an improvement? I think it’s *possible* that they’ll get someone who can step up to the plate and deliver base hits and home runs, but I wonder if they’ll be able to get a writer of that caliber.

  8. I don’t know why but I really like this comic.

  9. I know it is a long shot but if I could pick anyone in the world to write Action Comics it would be Mark Waid. I know he is working for Marvel on Dare Devil but I bet if DC offered Superman he would take it.

  10. loved this run from issue #1, great issue this week, sad to see that Grant’s leaving at issue 16 🙁

  11. I’d had the first 6 issues banked for awhile and read them over the weekend in one shot. I guess I just don’t find it to have the same wide-eyed wonder I’ve come to expect in Morrison’s superhero work. Even as dark as Batman got, there was always a sense of fun or some kind of counter to a dark tone.

    But that’s not really the problem, I knew I wouldn’t be getting “All-Star” Superman here and that sure hasn’t happened. The guys and the infanbase are quite right that whatever good momentum this book picks up gets derailed way too quickly not just by the sudden art shifts but by the fact that other than Gene Ha there hasn’t been a really special or unique artist on the book so far.

    I’m sorry, I know Rags, Kubert, and Anderson do good work but it’s too much standard superhero fare for a book recreating comics most enduring icon in a modern time. Get me the “Batman & Robin” or “Return of Bruce Wayne” lineup or just a couple guys from that collective to swith off, just make it stand out and demand to be read and remembered. It is Grant Morrison on Superman after all…

    • I agree with everything you said here! I wish we got a better Superman reboot in this new 52. There has been nothing, absolutely nothing memorable in this series so far. I don’t dislike Grant Morrison, I have liked much of his work, but I feel he just failed to deliver on Action Comics this past year.

    • Nothing memorable? Issue 9 was one of the best single issues of the decade. Brainiac as the internet. This issue alone saw a new explanation of Superboy’s Kansas years and the creation of a new, more realistic 5th Dimension.

  12. I didn’t have a ton of great books this week, but this was my pick. Cafu’s pages were great, a nice bit of weirdnes in the oort people, and sets up the final arc well. Very cool issue.

  13. This had been the best issue yet. It was my pick as well.

  14. As much as I love Grant Morrison (and I do!), this series has been good, but disjointed. More like a series of unrelated one-shots. I would read this every month if he continued it, but I wonder how it reads in trade. Better?

  15. I didn’t feel the art changes were too drastic in this issue and overall the whole story flowed nicely. Good issue, I thought the action scenes were particularly well done.

  16. I think this series has been so much fun! I never understand the complaints on here, this is the best in-continuity Superman run I’ve read in some time

  17. i’ve read a bit of “if i could pick anyone to write this series, it would be…” in this thread.
    If i could pick anyone to write Action after 16, it would be GRANT MORRISON. i want 16 more issues from him! i have loved his run, top to bottom, from the get-go. in his writing he introduces interesting ideas, dialogue and makes obscure references, not only to the Golden Age, but to chaos magic, Nietszche-ic philosophies and even fast food fetish conspiracies. very cool stuff.

    • I second that. Morrison is the tits.

    • Agreed. There are some writers ( very few ) who transcend the medium, and Grant’s Action is further proof that he is one of a kind. Do I like everthing he writes? Not by a long shot, but when I like it theres very few writers that can match him.

  18. POTW

  19. I hope Morrison is leaving soon. Don’t know how much more I can take.

  20. I’ve been enjoying this series a lot. Easily in my top 5 favorite new 52 books (for those curious about my tastes, the others would be Batman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and Frankenstein). The reveal at the end of this issue though was a little Deus Ex Machina for my tastes. Just seemed really far out of left field. I’ll have to go back and re-read the series though, just to see if that initial impression holds up or if, after a re-read, it actually makes a lot more sense. That alone is actually a great sign… if you can reveal something to me that I completely didn’t expect, that makes me go back over and experience the whole thing again to see how it might have been building to it but I just missed the hints, then that’s really something special. I just need to read it all over again to see if that’s the case, or if it truly was just out of nowhere.

  21. Comic book fans are seriously the most unhappy sect of people on the planet. Personally I like Morrison and I don’t have a problem w/ anyone who dislikes him, BUT the same people who are adamant in their hate for Morrison will more than likely hate the next writer too.

  22. Last two issues were great!

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