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An epic collection of the most action-packed and DOOM filled Superman adventures by comics icon Brian Michael Bendis! There's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis--The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all take their stand to take over Metropolis--and the heroes take theirs to defend the city. This will lead to one of the biggest Superman events as the An epic collection of the most action-packed and DOOM filled Superman adventures by comics icon Brian Michael Bendis! There's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis--The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all take their stand to take over Metropolis--and the heroes take theirs to defend the city. This will lead to one of the biggest Superman events as the Man of Steel...reveals his secret identity?! Will our hero be able to defend the city? And if he can--will anyone stay safe with his identity out in the open? You won't want to miss these historic and world-changing SUPER adventures collected from Action Comics #1017-1021!


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An epic collection of the most action-packed and DOOM filled Superman adventures by comics icon Brian Michael Bendis! There's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis--The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all take their stand to take over Metropolis--and the heroes take theirs to defend the city. This will lead to one of the biggest Superman events as the An epic collection of the most action-packed and DOOM filled Superman adventures by comics icon Brian Michael Bendis! There's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis--The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all take their stand to take over Metropolis--and the heroes take theirs to defend the city. This will lead to one of the biggest Superman events as the Man of Steel...reveals his secret identity?! Will our hero be able to defend the city? And if he can--will anyone stay safe with his identity out in the open? You won't want to miss these historic and world-changing SUPER adventures collected from Action Comics #1017-1021!

30 review for Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 4: Metropolis Burning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Bendis has some good ideas as individual concepts. Like the Legion of Doom attacks Superman in the middle of Metropolis because they know he will hold back. The problem is when he tries to bring in to many of these ideas. Bringing in Leviathan was a mistake. None of it made any sense. The constant flashback storytelling also sucked any wind out of the story's sails. What has happened to John Romita Jr's art? It's gotten worse and worse as he's worked for DC. He can't draw animals at all. Gorilla Bendis has some good ideas as individual concepts. Like the Legion of Doom attacks Superman in the middle of Metropolis because they know he will hold back. The problem is when he tries to bring in to many of these ideas. Bringing in Leviathan was a mistake. None of it made any sense. The constant flashback storytelling also sucked any wind out of the story's sails. What has happened to John Romita Jr's art? It's gotten worse and worse as he's worked for DC. He can't draw animals at all. Gorilla Grodd looks like a sasquatch and Cheetah a short haired dog. That's a problem when they appear in half the panels.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    A comic with so many ideas thrown into it I was both confused but atleast never bored. I don't really have much to say at this point for action comics. This volume is pure, well, action. The first volume of this series was far more "News reporter/family" time but now we have Superman with the Justice league and Young Justice taking down Luthor and Red Mist and more. It's SO much, and with the art going back and forth between "That's pretty good" to "Why does everyone look like block people" it's A comic with so many ideas thrown into it I was both confused but atleast never bored. I don't really have much to say at this point for action comics. This volume is pure, well, action. The first volume of this series was far more "News reporter/family" time but now we have Superman with the Justice league and Young Justice taking down Luthor and Red Mist and more. It's SO much, and with the art going back and forth between "That's pretty good" to "Why does everyone look like block people" it's hard to suggest this as a must read. A 3 out of 5 at best for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. We often see allies join forces to bring about greater chances for peace around the world. But what happens when enemies shake hands, each getting their due, and all achieving a common goal? As writer Brian Michael Bendis rushes to bring his time with Superman across both of his ongoing comic book series, he finds himself at an impasse, juggles too many balls at the same time, and delivering one of the most unmemorable stories to date. Collectin You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. We often see allies join forces to bring about greater chances for peace around the world. But what happens when enemies shake hands, each getting their due, and all achieving a common goal? As writer Brian Michael Bendis rushes to bring his time with Superman across both of his ongoing comic book series, he finds himself at an impasse, juggles too many balls at the same time, and delivering one of the most unmemorable stories to date. Collecting issues #1017-1021, this latest volume brings all of writer Brian Michael Bendis’ ideas into one place, telling the story that leads to Superman to unveiling his true identity to the world. What is Superman: Action Comics: Metropolis Burning about? With Leviathan out biding his time, looking for the perfect opportunity to bring an all-out war on the streets of Metropolis while bringing Superman down with it, Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom, and the Invisible Mafia find themselves at a crossroad, all desperately seeking the end of the Man of Steel’s protection over this world. Fortunately, Superman has friends of his own, all ready to give a helping hand to the man who has inspired countless and given others the chance to see another day. But will it be enough? You know when you can tell that someone really put their heart into their work, that they cared about the execution and the final product? Yeh… You won’t be seeing any of that here. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has been playing around with too many ideas simultaneously and now tries vainly to bring it all together (from Young Justice to the Invisible Mafia) in this latest story arc without much success. While the premise is what you’d expect from an epic event targeting Superman and Metropolis, what you get is a wet firecracker. As if to emphasize the tragic display of poor story-telling, writer Brian Michael Bendis also sets himself free of any chronology burden, bobbing and weaving his way out of any logical necessity to achieve intrigue, suspense, or thrill. As an unsuspecting reader who has only had tones of respect for writer Brian Michael Bendis’ career so far, at least his early days, this volume came as a surprise but, in the art department, artist John Romita Jr. strikes again, adding insult to injury with what might be one of his worst artistic undertakings yet. The last time I’ve ever seen such an uninspiring style dates back to Frank Miller’s late-career projects but that’s a subject that’s best left alone. This time around, John Romita Jr. puts in just as much, or less, effort than Brian Michael Bendis and gives us some of the blandest, boring, and blocky panels of all time. With action sequences being the most prominent in this story arc, his artwork could’ve been the only saving grace of this volume but, unfortunately, nothing he did here could change how forgettable this volume turned out to be. Superman: Action Comics: Metropolis Burning is an unmemorable disaster, bringing forth a far-fetched and untactfully-handled event with so sense of organization or direction. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The Legion of Doom and Leviathan contest for Metropolis? Intriguing! Oh, and the Invisible Mafia's there too? And Superman's about to reveal his secret? That sounds like a lot. And we pick up the plot of the kids from Young Justice? Seriously? And Bendis is going to mess with chronology over the span of a whole five-issue arc? &*)(#@. This volume is at least 50% a train wreck, which is a crying shame because so many of the elements are individually great. But by mashing them all together, and produc The Legion of Doom and Leviathan contest for Metropolis? Intriguing! Oh, and the Invisible Mafia's there too? And Superman's about to reveal his secret? That sounds like a lot. And we pick up the plot of the kids from Young Justice? Seriously? And Bendis is going to mess with chronology over the span of a whole five-issue arc? &*)(#@. This volume is at least 50% a train wreck, which is a crying shame because so many of the elements are individually great. But by mashing them all together, and producing a split chronology that really doesn't work, Bendis drives it all into the ground, forcing you to work very hard to figure out some small share of what he's trying to say. Extremely disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: The Legion of Doom attacks with Leviathan and Superboy Conner Kent shows up, leading Superman to investigate his origin. I am less than enthusiastic about this volume. The story was super jumpy and I kept feeling like I was missing something. I think that if I were reading some other books at the same time as this one, I might get more, but there were no indicators in the book as to what else to read. The story did nothing for me. Romita's art is some of the most inconsistent crap I've Basic plot: The Legion of Doom attacks with Leviathan and Superboy Conner Kent shows up, leading Superman to investigate his origin. I am less than enthusiastic about this volume. The story was super jumpy and I kept feeling like I was missing something. I think that if I were reading some other books at the same time as this one, I might get more, but there were no indicators in the book as to what else to read. The story did nothing for me. Romita's art is some of the most inconsistent crap I've seen. It is outright sloppy and awful at times, especially during action sequences. Weird face angles, possessed-looking eyes, inconsistent facial features, and more. I don’t like it. There were some good moments- honestly both Leone and Red Cloud in human form look good (he does POC well, which is awesome and unexpected)- but he doesn't draw Superman well, which is a bit of a problem considering the title.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Yet another Bendis story without an real ending. I wonder why I still care... Oh, of course, this one had Young Justice, Conner Kent, the Legion of Doom. But as impossible as it seems, it was bad, real bad. I guess I will stop caring and will just wait for Bendis’ run to be over.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kirilov Katsura

    DNF. Abysmal. Not only Bendis mixed up some events from the continuity and his run on Action Comics, but Romita's art it's awful. I tried, believe me I did. It feels rushed and careless. It's sad, but Action Comics is no more. DNF. Abysmal. Not only Bendis mixed up some events from the continuity and his run on Action Comics, but Romita's art it's awful. I tried, believe me I did. It feels rushed and careless. It's sad, but Action Comics is no more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Quinn

    Do people actually like Romita Jr’s art? Occasionally it’s...alright. In these issues it’s abysmal.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alek Hill

    All I can say about this installment of Bendis's Action Comics run, is bummer. I really liked "Invisible Mafia", it was a refreshing new take. That wasn't an elaborate plan by Luthor or some heavy hitter trying to take on Superman. Instead we got a more down to earth and intimate look at Superman and his city. And I am really disappointed that instead of furthering this concept of corruption and power plays for Metropolis that go on right under the boy scouts nose, Bendis focuses on Leviathan. I All I can say about this installment of Bendis's Action Comics run, is bummer. I really liked "Invisible Mafia", it was a refreshing new take. That wasn't an elaborate plan by Luthor or some heavy hitter trying to take on Superman. Instead we got a more down to earth and intimate look at Superman and his city. And I am really disappointed that instead of furthering this concept of corruption and power plays for Metropolis that go on right under the boy scouts nose, Bendis focuses on Leviathan. I honestly don't like Leviathan. I think their evil plan makes no sense. And I'm not sure if it was an editorial decision or one that Bendis made himself, but mashing in the Legion of Doom team up with Leviathan was a mistake to lead the plot of this volume. In my opinion it completely gutted the Invisible Mafia storyline as well was the characters Red Cloud and Queen Pin Leone. To me Bendis birthed to many ideas when he came over to DC. And as he's added to the number if plates he was spinning he's gotten worse. Instead of focusing in on a great concept it seems he's half-assed the back end of his work. One final nail in the coffin, is John Romita Jr.s art. When his work is good it's good, but 9 times out of 10 it just looks sloppy. Proportions and angles are always ridiculously off and I just don't care for it. I'm no great artist but I'm always puzzled when DC promotes a blockbuster story by putting his art as the headliner.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Talk about a waste of time. This volume is Action Comics' Year Of The Villain tie-in, so Lex Luthor & The Legion Of Doom recruit Leviathan to attack Metropolis and kill Superman. This plot takes five issues to unfold, and ends with one character having a random change of heart and no consequences for anything. Oh, and Young Justice turn up, and Bendis can't write them any better in this book than he does in their own. The Legion Of Doom attack during the Justice/Doom War in Justice League literall Talk about a waste of time. This volume is Action Comics' Year Of The Villain tie-in, so Lex Luthor & The Legion Of Doom recruit Leviathan to attack Metropolis and kill Superman. This plot takes five issues to unfold, and ends with one character having a random change of heart and no consequences for anything. Oh, and Young Justice turn up, and Bendis can't write them any better in this book than he does in their own. The Legion Of Doom attack during the Justice/Doom War in Justice League literally a month or so after this. There was no reason for any of this to happen, at all. The art's also not particularly great - I've defended most of John Romita Jr.'s DC work, but this is definitely a mess. Sigh. This was your good Superman book, Bendis. What happened?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Good art from JRJR but I can't imagine anyone reading this volume and thinking it was a satisfying read. Good art from JRJR but I can't imagine anyone reading this volume and thinking it was a satisfying read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Hoerner

    The ending is what pulled this rating up from a 3 to a 4. I'm interested to see where it goes in House of Kent. I felt that this series had a lot of potential but it felt like it was dragged out through the 4 volumes. When we finally hit the climax of the story arc it felt rushed and a bit confusing. I'm not sure if I'm confused because I've been struggling to maintain interest in this story arc and just missed or forgot something, or if others also found it so. I have been reading Bendis' other The ending is what pulled this rating up from a 3 to a 4. I'm interested to see where it goes in House of Kent. I felt that this series had a lot of potential but it felt like it was dragged out through the 4 volumes. When we finally hit the climax of the story arc it felt rushed and a bit confusing. I'm not sure if I'm confused because I've been struggling to maintain interest in this story arc and just missed or forgot something, or if others also found it so. I have been reading Bendis' other Superman series at the same time and I do tend to get things a bit mixed when I do that, but there are story aspects of each series that overlap and make it difficult to differentiate the two series from each other at times. (Such as Superman preparing to reveal his identity and the plot with Superboy)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* A solid Superman read. The Legion of Doom vs. the Justice League--classic. Superboy from Young Justice back in the Super Family: yay! A bit of redemption for Red Cloud--who doesn't love a redemption story? The only thing is that I'm just realizing (now that I'm actually relatively caught up with current TPB publications... how difficult it is to keep the story straight when you read them in bound collections rather than as they are release *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* A solid Superman read. The Legion of Doom vs. the Justice League--classic. Superboy from Young Justice back in the Super Family: yay! A bit of redemption for Red Cloud--who doesn't love a redemption story? The only thing is that I'm just realizing (now that I'm actually relatively caught up with current TPB publications... how difficult it is to keep the story straight when you read them in bound collections rather than as they are released in comic book form. Where does this story fit in with the larger story with Perpetua? I'm assuming before the big fight at the Hall of Justice?)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    2.5 Stars. Unfortunately, this one suffers for taking too long to be released. I've already read Dark Nights: Death Metal, so the setup of potential consequences of a Legion of Doom attack on Metropolis seems like a stretch. This book has a lot of Apex Lex (before the death of Perpetua) and the overpowered villains, as well as Leviathan. The book ends with Leviathan and the Red Cloud joining forces to take down Metropolis (which I assume is next Volume), and the calm right before the Superman ide 2.5 Stars. Unfortunately, this one suffers for taking too long to be released. I've already read Dark Nights: Death Metal, so the setup of potential consequences of a Legion of Doom attack on Metropolis seems like a stretch. This book has a lot of Apex Lex (before the death of Perpetua) and the overpowered villains, as well as Leviathan. The book ends with Leviathan and the Red Cloud joining forces to take down Metropolis (which I assume is next Volume), and the calm right before the Superman identity reveal. This Volume has lots of guest stars, but (at least for me) still kind of drags a bit. Recommend with reservations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    It has become incredibly obvious at this point that Brian Michael Bendis doesn't get Superman at all. I just read a book where the villains have powers greater than Spectre or Phantom Stranger, and they still can't defeat Superman. Rather, this was just a bunch of people smashing and punching with no real plot or plan, and even less of a conclusion. Can we just get someone who actually likes Superman, and wants to write a story that inspires and makes the reader happy that they spent their hard It has become incredibly obvious at this point that Brian Michael Bendis doesn't get Superman at all. I just read a book where the villains have powers greater than Spectre or Phantom Stranger, and they still can't defeat Superman. Rather, this was just a bunch of people smashing and punching with no real plot or plan, and even less of a conclusion. Can we just get someone who actually likes Superman, and wants to write a story that inspires and makes the reader happy that they spent their hard earned money to buy it?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    In Metropolis Burning, Metropolis is under attack for reasons as the Legion of Doom, Leviathan, and Invisible Mafia are all somehow involved. This is...not a great read. Brian Michael Bendis can be a great comic writer but he has bad habits and unfortunately they dominate the book: You have too much dialog that adds nothing to the story, convoluted plotting, and a non-linear story telling for no purpose, and convoluted plotting. The best thing about the book is the inclusion of Young Justice and In Metropolis Burning, Metropolis is under attack for reasons as the Legion of Doom, Leviathan, and Invisible Mafia are all somehow involved. This is...not a great read. Brian Michael Bendis can be a great comic writer but he has bad habits and unfortunately they dominate the book: You have too much dialog that adds nothing to the story, convoluted plotting, and a non-linear story telling for no purpose, and convoluted plotting. The best thing about the book is the inclusion of Young Justice and how the events in Superman make the meeting between Clark and Connor go smoother than it ought. Still, that's about all I can say about it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    I'm a sucker for Romita's art, whether it's actually good or not. But this writing was a little all over the place for me. Also, I might have read it at the wrong point in the timeline? Eh, whatever. Legion of Doom attacks and Leviathan is there and Young Justice and Red Cloud and we flash back to a lot of stuff I don't care about. I'm a sucker for Romita's art, whether it's actually good or not. But this writing was a little all over the place for me. Also, I might have read it at the wrong point in the timeline? Eh, whatever. Legion of Doom attacks and Leviathan is there and Young Justice and Red Cloud and we flash back to a lot of stuff I don't care about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    After reading reviews I expected a real dumpster fire. I'm a Action Comics completionist so I was gonna read this either way. As always Bendis can having jarring jumps and dialog but over all I was pretty okay with this. Medium grade writing from Bendis and medium grade art from Romita Jr. But over all it was a brisk read and held my interest. After reading reviews I expected a real dumpster fire. I'm a Action Comics completionist so I was gonna read this either way. As always Bendis can having jarring jumps and dialog but over all I was pretty okay with this. Medium grade writing from Bendis and medium grade art from Romita Jr. But over all it was a brisk read and held my interest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    I am personally rather put off by ridiculously overpowered villains and extensive obliteration of densely populated real estate (and Leviathan's distractingly idiosyncratic use of the word "exonerate"). Meh, at best. I am personally rather put off by ridiculously overpowered villains and extensive obliteration of densely populated real estate (and Leviathan's distractingly idiosyncratic use of the word "exonerate"). Meh, at best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David

    Might have enjoyed this more had I read it closer to the previous volumes. But still, it's JR, Jr. doing Superman so that's pretty awesome. Not a terrible story but not as good as the concurrent Batman/Superman series which I highly recommend. Might have enjoyed this more had I read it closer to the previous volumes. But still, it's JR, Jr. doing Superman so that's pretty awesome. Not a terrible story but not as good as the concurrent Batman/Superman series which I highly recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

    Brian Bendis did a cool job of bringing a lot of plots together in a way that freed John Romita Jr up to really cut loose in his best work since World War Hulk. I really enjoyed this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I was enjoying Bendis' Superman run, but this story frustrated me to no end. Out of order stories are all well and good, but this story would've been better told in chronological order. I was enjoying Bendis' Superman run, but this story frustrated me to no end. Out of order stories are all well and good, but this story would've been better told in chronological order.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    Ugh, I am really not a fan of John Romita, Jr.'s work. Ugh, I am really not a fan of John Romita, Jr.'s work.

  24. 4 out of 5

    j_ay

    Some great work by Romita Jr and some very rushed work too. Story is uneventful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Fairly typical comic tale. It feels like a bridge abs dumping spot for a lot of Bendis DC storylines all in one spot so maybe a little to broad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne Barwell

    The timeline jumps all over the place which makes it hard to focus on what's going on with the storyline. I did like the villain reveal at the end though. The timeline jumps all over the place which makes it hard to focus on what's going on with the storyline. I did like the villain reveal at the end though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    If the art wasn't a turn off enough, the story really wasn't of much substance. This entire volume feels like an over bloated crossover with Young Justice and the Justice League. If the art wasn't a turn off enough, the story really wasn't of much substance. This entire volume feels like an over bloated crossover with Young Justice and the Justice League.

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

    Superman Great book. Think I read it before not sure. I'm way behind on my Superman comic reading list but I'll get there. Superman Great book. Think I read it before not sure. I'm way behind on my Superman comic reading list but I'll get there.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tim Armstrong

    This is awful. Terrible story and some of the worst art I've ever seen in a mainstream comic book. The art hurts this book a lot. This is awful. Terrible story and some of the worst art I've ever seen in a mainstream comic book. The art hurts this book a lot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ming

    What. Is. This.

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