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Determained to turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel and finally vanquish him from the Earth, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman. While Superman's immune system eventually fights off the infection, but not before a hybrid Superman is created through the virus' ability to rewrite DNA. Determained to turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel and finally vanquish him from the Earth, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman. While Superman's immune system eventually fights off the infection, but not before a hybrid Superman is created through the virus' ability to rewrite DNA. This new hybrid Superman is the only being capable of defeating the true Superman and Lex will stop at nothing to see it accomplish it's mission. Collects: Action Comics 19-24, Superman Annual 2, & material from Young Romance 1


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Determained to turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel and finally vanquish him from the Earth, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman. While Superman's immune system eventually fights off the infection, but not before a hybrid Superman is created through the virus' ability to rewrite DNA. Determained to turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel and finally vanquish him from the Earth, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman. While Superman's immune system eventually fights off the infection, but not before a hybrid Superman is created through the virus' ability to rewrite DNA. This new hybrid Superman is the only being capable of defeating the true Superman and Lex will stop at nothing to see it accomplish it's mission. Collects: Action Comics 19-24, Superman Annual 2, & material from Young Romance 1

30 review for Superman – Action Comics, Volume 4: Hybrid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B-) 71% | Satisfactory Notes: An alright to abysmal assorted anthology, it's an awkward array of anecdotes: aimless, awry, and ascendingly abject.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The first half of this one that Diggle wrote (including the Hybrid story) is pretty good. Lex is out to get Superman by creating a virus to destroy him, as Lex does... But of course there are unexpected things that happen, and Superman saves the day! There was also a bit in the beginning showing how Clark almost had Lois on the hook, but due to (again) Lex & his schemes he lost his window of opportunity. There's one more issue by Diggle, Truth or Dare, featuring Clark and Diana on a date. It's basi The first half of this one that Diggle wrote (including the Hybrid story) is pretty good. Lex is out to get Superman by creating a virus to destroy him, as Lex does... But of course there are unexpected things that happen, and Superman saves the day! There was also a bit in the beginning showing how Clark almost had Lois on the hook, but due to (again) Lex & his schemes he lost his window of opportunity. There's one more issue by Diggle, Truth or Dare, featuring Clark and Diana on a date. It's basically a throwaway story, but the art for this one just takes it to a whole extra level of awful. Diana looks like a weird boob-monster, and Clark's face looks like half-melted silly putty. Lobdell takes over writing duties, and... Yeah, it went about as well as expected. A random story with Hector Hammond in space transitions (badly) into a portion of Superman Psi War. If you haven't read Psi War, none of it will make even a bit of sense. And if you have read it, it's still jarring. Why?! Why is that story even in this title?! Last up, a whole 4 part series about The World of Krypton featuring a young Jor-el and Lara. It wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but I honestly care so little about characters who are already reallyreallyreally dead that I was pretty detached from their story. It seems like everyone is trying to get me to care about the backstories of those two characters, but I simply cannot muster up any fucks for those two. Sorry. The first bit is decent Superman stuff, but once you add in Lobdell's issues & the random inclusion of a tiny bit of Psi War? I'm feeling mighty generous giving the whole volume 3 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The long and the short of this one is that Action Comics, Volume 4: Hybrid is yet another crummy Superman book to add to the teetering pile of bad Superman comics already out there! “Hybrid” is an appropriate subtitle as this volume is made up of issues from numerous writers and artists. After Grant Morrison’s departure, Andy Diggle seemed like a promising replacement - except he jumps ship a mere two issues into his run (creators suddenly abandoning DC was an all too frequent problem in the New The long and the short of this one is that Action Comics, Volume 4: Hybrid is yet another crummy Superman book to add to the teetering pile of bad Superman comics already out there! “Hybrid” is an appropriate subtitle as this volume is made up of issues from numerous writers and artists. After Grant Morrison’s departure, Andy Diggle seemed like a promising replacement - except he jumps ship a mere two issues into his run (creators suddenly abandoning DC was an all too frequent problem in the New 52 days), leaving DC Editorial scrambling to figure out how to right the title’s course! Not that his issues were that good anyway - Diggle is hit-or-miss as a writer and it looks like his Action run was gonna be a miss. Lex infects Supes with Kryptonite-infused nanobots or some such rubbish in an effort to control him and become Earth’s saviour - whatever. Tony Daniel’s art is awesome though - Superman looks spectacular, as does the action (remember ACTION comics!). Daniel isn’t nearly as gifted a writer though and the issue he wrote after Diggle’s departure is a noticeably clunkier and less subtle read, much like his (far too many) Batman efforts. After a completely forgettable romance interlude where Superman and Wonder Woman go on a restaurant date and fight some Greek mythology baddies (snore), the book goes into a freefall that it never recovers from. Scott Lobdell (shudder) contributes a couple of dreary, derivative issues where Superman joins forces with a cheap Hulk knockoff to punch a giant Groot lookalike, which reads as stupid and pointless as it sounds. Again the art is the only positive as Tyler Kirkham tries to make the best of a bad situation with his visuals. Then we’re into part 2 of a storyline called PSI War (part 1 isn’t included - good job, DC!) involving Psycho Pirate messing with Supes while Lois turns into a blue ghost. Who fucking knows/cares when it comes to Lobdell’s comics! This disaster of a volume closes out with some needless, absolutely boring story about a young Jor-El fighting someone who isn’t General Zod but who’s still trying to stage a military coup to overthrow Krypton’s government (a seemingly recurring problem on Krypton!). The art is more or less consistently high quality throughout but it doesn’t make up for an equally consistently low quality level of writing that produces a near-comatose reading experience - I definitely wouldn’t bother with this tedious volume. For a series called Action Comics it sure contains a disproportionately large number of dull books!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Read through #2 Ugh. This is why I hate grab bags...3-4 story lines, all crap. All start nowhere, make no sense, with the "1 year ago" tag. Lex in a suit, engineered a virus to wipe out Supes. Costs a bunch of human lives...probably why he's in jail later on. Stupid alien stuff about Pax Galactica, Hector Hammond? Why is he here, we never saw him in GL, and they had a billion titles. Then a Krypton storyline about Jor-El and Lara, and Zod as an ally..yawn. Psi war? Psycho Pirate is coolish...then Lo Read through #2 Ugh. This is why I hate grab bags...3-4 story lines, all crap. All start nowhere, make no sense, with the "1 year ago" tag. Lex in a suit, engineered a virus to wipe out Supes. Costs a bunch of human lives...probably why he's in jail later on. Stupid alien stuff about Pax Galactica, Hector Hammond? Why is he here, we never saw him in GL, and they had a billion titles. Then a Krypton storyline about Jor-El and Lara, and Zod as an ally..yawn. Psi war? Psycho Pirate is coolish...then Lois is a psychic power? Who looks like a blue version of Johnny Storm??? What a bag of shit. I didn't see Scott Lobdell on this when I reserved it a second time...and Diggle only did some idea, not the actual writing.... Such a clusterfuck. Makes Grant Morrison and his Action Comics run look divine. I have no idea why my library decided to order Action Comics at vol. 4....there's no others in the system. I have no idea what's going on, and a few pages of scanning and there's an evil,copy superman? Yawn, no thanks. Yet another poor library hold...bad streak I'm on right now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    worst collection eveeeeeeeeeeeeer you will need to read superman collection to understand the whole story

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Giant head is back again. Giant head is back again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Well better than the last volume but this might be it for me on Action Comics. The Hybrid storyline was good enough but not "great" and that sucks. Superman faces some type of fungus like creature that grew from him. Interesting enough, and some good character moments with Lex and Lois, but then the last two issues are just boring and a fight in space without anything of interest happening. So it's not bad, better than last two, but overall it's just okay.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sans

    What just happened? This book is a chaotic mess. Some stories were really good, others were very wtf, and when put together...I don't even know what to think.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The advantage of having Diggle write Action Comics is that for the first time since the 52boot, it feels like it's part of the same continuity as the rest of the Superman comics. Even better, he uses his "1 year earlier" timeframe to setup current continuity in the way that Morrison should have but never did. Unfortunately, beyond that Hybrid is a pretty dull comic, full of fighting without enough characterization or subplot. In other words: Nu52 House Style, as usual [5/10] Unfortunately, when L The advantage of having Diggle write Action Comics is that for the first time since the 52boot, it feels like it's part of the same continuity as the rest of the Superman comics. Even better, he uses his "1 year earlier" timeframe to setup current continuity in the way that Morrison should have but never did. Unfortunately, beyond that Hybrid is a pretty dull comic, full of fighting without enough characterization or subplot. In other words: Nu52 House Style, as usual [5/10] Unfortunately, when Lobdell takes over after Diggle's very short run, we move from a skilled writer trying to work under horrific editorial constraints to a more mediocre writer doing the same, and it shows. Atomic Knights has some neat imagination of new fellows and foes, but it's otherwise a very dull story that borders on laughable super cliches. If you were going to write a totally generic Nu52 story, this would be it [3/10]. And then we get a little teaser for a grossly incomplete story called Psi War, which seems to mainly be an advertisement for "Superman v.4", because DC isn't really about telling stories any more. [1/10] Finally, The World of Krypton is some of the better writing in this volume, but it's just not that interesting [5/10]. Unfortunately, this volume generally epitomizes the cliche of dying by inches. Modern-day Superman has been pretty horrible since the Nu52. He's largely shed his supporting cast and the modern-day authors have no idea about how to write the Man himself well. The result is some of the worst Superman since the '90s. Action Comics used to be the single shining light against that. Mind you, it was often horribly flawed, but at least it was unusual and innovative in its flaws. But here, that all changes. First Diggle steps back from Morrison's originality, then Lobdell abandons the past timeframe entirely, revealing a book that's just as bad as what's been going on in the main Superman title all along.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The "Hybrid" story was pretty enjoyable, a straightforward, clearly told plot, decent artwork, Lex Luthor and Supes seemed more like their classic selves. The story featuring the Atomic Knights was just okay; however, there was something about this story that, for me, hearkened back the traditional, adventurous tone of the pre-new 52 Action Comics. So it was still a good read, in my opinion. The "Krypton Returns" story that was originally published as Action Comics Annual #2 really did nothing f The "Hybrid" story was pretty enjoyable, a straightforward, clearly told plot, decent artwork, Lex Luthor and Supes seemed more like their classic selves. The story featuring the Atomic Knights was just okay; however, there was something about this story that, for me, hearkened back the traditional, adventurous tone of the pre-new 52 Action Comics. So it was still a good read, in my opinion. The "Krypton Returns" story that was originally published as Action Comics Annual #2 really did nothing for me. I don't know why, but I truly couldn't care less about the Krypton mythology that the New-52 had been trying to build. The planet is dead and gone, let's just keep it that way! All-in-all, I thought this collection was much more on-target with the classic Action Comics brand, and for me, was a welcome return after Grant Morrison's attempt at reinventing this series. 3.5/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Grant Morrison finally left!!! Now i myself did like his run but after vol 2 he started to confuse me! But This volume consists of 2 short arcs one by Andy Diggle which is what you see on the cover and the other is by Scott Lobbel! First off the first hybrid arc was short but excellent, its a Lex Luthor story which was really good; the story is basically superman has been infected with this parasite by Lex's doing, and he has to stop it. It's a nice good old fashioned superman vs Lex story, side Grant Morrison finally left!!! Now i myself did like his run but after vol 2 he started to confuse me! But This volume consists of 2 short arcs one by Andy Diggle which is what you see on the cover and the other is by Scott Lobbel! First off the first hybrid arc was short but excellent, its a Lex Luthor story which was really good; the story is basically superman has been infected with this parasite by Lex's doing, and he has to stop it. It's a nice good old fashioned superman vs Lex story, side for that the art is beautiful! The second story while not as good as the first was still fun and enjoyable! Overall this a must have and is a lot better than Grant Morrisons Run!

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The saddest part about what I'm about to say, is that this is the best "Superman" story to come out since the "New 52". That being said, it still doesn't live up to the potential and awesomeness this character has.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    The hybrid story was fun. The rest is just filler.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Another enjoyable comic omnibus.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arturo

    What can I say, when it's not that bad, but just so bland.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    This volume of Action Comics was surprising good. The artwork by Tony S. Daniel alone was a good selling point. Mister Daniel is definitely one of the best superhero artist around. I mean some of the wide layout artwork is amazing. I loved the design work for Krypton. But, Let's admit it this title is weak now that Grant Morrison is gone. I have heard that the future issues done by Greg Pak are better and I was excited to here that Geoff Johns is doing Superman again. I didn't like that I have t This volume of Action Comics was surprising good. The artwork by Tony S. Daniel alone was a good selling point. Mister Daniel is definitely one of the best superhero artist around. I mean some of the wide layout artwork is amazing. I loved the design work for Krypton. But, Let's admit it this title is weak now that Grant Morrison is gone. I have heard that the future issues done by Greg Pak are better and I was excited to here that Geoff Johns is doing Superman again. I didn't like that I have to read the Psi-Wars Superman volume to get the rest of the Psi War. I really hate crossover stories at times. I just do not enjoy having to jump from volume to volume of another series to get one story. I really do not like the Scott Lobdell Superman stories and I prefer reading Action Comics thanks to Grant Morrison. I also felt the Luther story was weak because Luther's motivations are a bit bland in this plot to out super Superman. There is so much potential they could bring to Luthor and Superman in general. I always enjoyed the Lex trying become president or when he puts Superman in a awkward position. I really enjoyed the Krypton story in this book the most and I hope they do more side stories about Kal-El's family background on Krypton. All in all the this was not a bad volume its just that they are losing the characters personalities bit.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    Like much of the New 52, save for Grant Morrison's trippy and occasionally brilliant time-bending run, this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. Superman goes wild with the internal monologue, deals with villains who are either impossibly arch or jokingly flip, and the whole thing is forgotten about mere minutes after putting it down. Only Diggle makes an impression with his short but interesting arc, complemented by Tony S. Daniel's superlative pencils. Yet another example of wasted potential, and t Like much of the New 52, save for Grant Morrison's trippy and occasionally brilliant time-bending run, this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. Superman goes wild with the internal monologue, deals with villains who are either impossibly arch or jokingly flip, and the whole thing is forgotten about mere minutes after putting it down. Only Diggle makes an impression with his short but interesting arc, complemented by Tony S. Daniel's superlative pencils. Yet another example of wasted potential, and the curse of Lobdell striking again. (Don't be fooled - despite Andy Diggle getting top billing for his writing work, most of the issues are written by Scott Lobdell, whose work is notable for its blandness, lame dialogue, and weak humour).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Disappointing when the Kryptonian history story is more entertaining than the headliner.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First part of this book was eh at best, Lex was written really well but I couldn't connect to Superman, Lois or anyone else at all (I will say Shay Veritas interests me though) there was a point in which Veritas says to Superman "you're not used to working with others" or something like that....he is a founding member of the JL and 1/3 of the Trinity..... there is a random inclusion of a Superman/Wonder Woman issue - the pairing is already known to be absolutely disastrous and New 52 was a dark e First part of this book was eh at best, Lex was written really well but I couldn't connect to Superman, Lois or anyone else at all (I will say Shay Veritas interests me though) there was a point in which Veritas says to Superman "you're not used to working with others" or something like that....he is a founding member of the JL and 1/3 of the Trinity..... there is a random inclusion of a Superman/Wonder Woman issue - the pairing is already known to be absolutely disastrous and New 52 was a dark era for Diana but my god it was so ooc for both Diana and Clark. Then it randomly jumps to Clark being with Cat Grant at a movie premiere he then goes to space and attacks someone even though they destroyed a weapon that could destroy planets and while he did get hit first Clark just flew back and attacked instantly? Another ooc moment tbh. The rest of the Pax Galactica join and Superman then attacks them after they tell him there is a big threat coming and then threatens to kill their queen with a mace. Honestly at this point I was just reading to complete the book. Then there is a random issue from Psi-War not even the first issue but the 2nd issue of it. Completely random and out of place. The final part was a random story about Krypton and Jor El/Lara and Zod that didn't fit in but was probably the best of the lot but at that point I just wanted to be done with it. Honestly just read other Superman stories there are so many good ones and this isn't one of them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    This may need even less then 3 stars because you get a pretty great superman and lex story and then 2 filler issues. One that is the ending to a story in superman vol 4... it's some cross over and after reading ac vol 4 and getting only the ending to that story. Which I stopped reading as soon as the Villain showed up. Hey the villain was so interesting to me that I went out and got superman vol 4 psi war just so i could read this story... and it was good so I collected the other 3 superman volu This may need even less then 3 stars because you get a pretty great superman and lex story and then 2 filler issues. One that is the ending to a story in superman vol 4... it's some cross over and after reading ac vol 4 and getting only the ending to that story. Which I stopped reading as soon as the Villain showed up. Hey the villain was so interesting to me that I went out and got superman vol 4 psi war just so i could read this story... and it was good so I collected the other 3 superman volumes that came before it... so that's probably why dc does these cross overs. To get you into there other books. Doesnt change that essentially I don't get a full hybrid volume. Oh yah there's a story about krypton which was forgettable for me since I don't really care about looks back into the past. But the villain in that story is really well known and so maybe this story will have some greater purpose beyond reintroducing a really famous villain. Over all as far as new 52 superman or action comics volumes go this is the one to skip if any of what I've read so far... It just feels like to much filler.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    This series thus far has been okay. There have been some great storylines (The 5th Dimension, Krypto, basically anything with Lex Luthor), but I'm not a fan of the bouncing between time periods. With the exception of the 5th Dimension storyline :) I was very close to giving this 4 stars though, and ironically enough it was because of the flashback to the time of Krypton, before the birth of Ka El, when Jor El was an ambitious scientist. I wish I could get more Krypton stories cause I really like This series thus far has been okay. There have been some great storylines (The 5th Dimension, Krypto, basically anything with Lex Luthor), but I'm not a fan of the bouncing between time periods. With the exception of the 5th Dimension storyline :) I was very close to giving this 4 stars though, and ironically enough it was because of the flashback to the time of Krypton, before the birth of Ka El, when Jor El was an ambitious scientist. I wish I could get more Krypton stories cause I really like Jor El. And that ending? Yep I'm definitely gonna continue this trek through the New 52's Action Comics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    A step up on the last volume (though that certainly wasn't difficult) but I still found this quite a bitty volume with a lot of random issues and as such I found it struggled to flow. I thought the Bat titles suffered for flow issues but jeez they are linguistic masterpieces compared to the messy nature of the majority of Supes titles and that is really beginning to take away my enjoyment. At this rate I will more than likely end up just as a Bat family reader once again. (And of course Spidey, A step up on the last volume (though that certainly wasn't difficult) but I still found this quite a bitty volume with a lot of random issues and as such I found it struggled to flow. I thought the Bat titles suffered for flow issues but jeez they are linguistic masterpieces compared to the messy nature of the majority of Supes titles and that is really beginning to take away my enjoyment. At this rate I will more than likely end up just as a Bat family reader once again. (And of course Spidey, never forget Spidey!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Some of the shorter stories in this are quite cute. The longing for Lois and the Kent part here were the best for me. I skipped the psi-war story since that is best read with the collected arc in Superman Volume 4. I enjoyed the Krypton arc - I like Lara. I wish there was more of her and less of Jor-el who comes across as too precious for words. Overall the stories are fun but not member enough for me to remember once I’d finished. Moving swiftly on.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    The New 52 Action Comics series continues with a collection covering issues #19-24. This takes us through the end of the 2013. The stories in this collection are decent, though perhaps not as epic or significant as some of the earlier Grant Morrison stories.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Layth Salah

    This comic book was good in the beginning, but then it deviated to another story suddenly, and that might make the user lost, because i also didn't see this characters before. Then the book went back into another familiar storyline. But the overall book was a good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kubasek

    Just OK. Back up story serial about Supe's Krypton parents is stronger than the main story, even if the Zod moment is a bit corny.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    The first three issues of this collection are dumb fun. The rest are just dumb. This one is only for diehards and completionists.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Art was muccccch better in this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    This started out as an improvement on the previous volumes but then fell apart again half way, even going so far as having part 2 of a multi part story with no reference to part 1!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    More classic Superman stories with some great graphics!

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