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The Man of Steel faces off against the unimaginable in this chilling story from acclaimed creative team Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS). Superman may be from Krypton, but Smallville, Kansas will always be Clark Kent’s hometown. So when a mysterious fog rolls in, cutting the town off from the outside world, the Man of Steel is the fi The Man of Steel faces off against the unimaginable in this chilling story from acclaimed creative team Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS). Superman may be from Krypton, but Smallville, Kansas will always be Clark Kent’s hometown. So when a mysterious fog rolls in, cutting the town off from the outside world, the Man of Steel is the first to leap into action. But there’s a monster lurking in the mist—one that feeds off of the terror and darkness that hides inside even Superman’s mind. Clark will risk anything to save the people he loves; but even if he succeeds, will he be able to break free of his own nightmares? Collects: Superman – Action Comics #36-40, Futures End #1.


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The Man of Steel faces off against the unimaginable in this chilling story from acclaimed creative team Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS). Superman may be from Krypton, but Smallville, Kansas will always be Clark Kent’s hometown. So when a mysterious fog rolls in, cutting the town off from the outside world, the Man of Steel is the fi The Man of Steel faces off against the unimaginable in this chilling story from acclaimed creative team Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS). Superman may be from Krypton, but Smallville, Kansas will always be Clark Kent’s hometown. So when a mysterious fog rolls in, cutting the town off from the outside world, the Man of Steel is the first to leap into action. But there’s a monster lurking in the mist—one that feeds off of the terror and darkness that hides inside even Superman’s mind. Clark will risk anything to save the people he loves; but even if he succeeds, will he be able to break free of his own nightmares? Collects: Superman – Action Comics #36-40, Futures End #1.

30 review for Superman – Action Comics, Volume 7: Under the Skin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Surrealistic, it's a somewhat secondary Superman: ill-suited stylistically, and shoehorned into several strange stories. (B) 75% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Surrealistic, it's a somewhat secondary Superman: ill-suited stylistically, and shoehorned into several strange stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    For what it was, I thought it was pretty good. I don't think this is an everyday Superman story, but if you're in the mood for Big Blue taking on a few zombie/aliens... Ok. It's not exactly a zombie story, but it's close enough. The story may not have been top notch, but the art was kinda awesome (in my opinion). It was enough to make me enjoy the plot more than I might have with lesser images, I think. Then there's this weird (<--Ha!) issue with Superman in Bizarro World. I didn't think it was g For what it was, I thought it was pretty good. I don't think this is an everyday Superman story, but if you're in the mood for Big Blue taking on a few zombie/aliens... Ok. It's not exactly a zombie story, but it's close enough. The story may not have been top notch, but the art was kinda awesome (in my opinion). It was enough to make me enjoy the plot more than I might have with lesser images, I think. Then there's this weird (<--Ha!) issue with Superman in Bizarro World. I didn't think it was good...at all. It takes a special story for me to find this character interesting, and this one just didn't do it. The awful Opposite-speak shit wore on my nerves. Big time. Anne no love Bizarro. The Future's End issue was ok. Nothing incredible, but I thought it was better than most of the confusing FE stories I've read. If you're a fan of Superman, give it a shot. Otherwise, you might wanna pass on this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Aaron Kuder's is one of the best artists working at DC. I love his work on Superman. In fact he elevates what is just an OK story. Smallville is threatened yet again. I mean, at this point Superman should be feeling pretty awful at the amount of violence and death he's brought to town in the new 52. The Ultra-Humanite gets completely screwed up and turned into a boogeyman type villain that causes nightmares. Yawn... Then there's a pointless Bizarro stand alone story. I think Geoff Johns and Eric Aaron Kuder's is one of the best artists working at DC. I love his work on Superman. In fact he elevates what is just an OK story. Smallville is threatened yet again. I mean, at this point Superman should be feeling pretty awful at the amount of violence and death he's brought to town in the new 52. The Ultra-Humanite gets completely screwed up and turned into a boogeyman type villain that causes nightmares. Yawn... Then there's a pointless Bizarro stand alone story. I think Geoff Johns and Eric Powell are the only creative team to ever make Bizarro interesting. And just trying to figure out what Bizarro is actually trying to say makes my head hurt. Lastly, there is yet another throw away Future's End story. Has there been even one Future's End tie-in book that was any good?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A long arc set in Smallville that the writer extended for ... well, too long. Then either one or two stand-alones, I cannot recall, but one was Bizarro World and was pretty awesome. Then, Future's End. A long arc set in Smallville that the writer extended for ... well, too long. Then either one or two stand-alones, I cannot recall, but one was Bizarro World and was pretty awesome. Then, Future's End.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Superbeard! Not quite up to the top notch work Pak was doing in this series before (though I didn't love Doomed) but still a decent Supes story. Superbeard! Not quite up to the top notch work Pak was doing in this series before (though I didn't love Doomed) but still a decent Supes story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder tell really creepy paranormal story here featuring the Man of Steel. I don't have many gripes about the Superman story being told in this volume of the series. In fact this was a very easy to pick up and read Superman tale. There is not much back story needed and it was refreshing to have a Superman story without the need of other Justice league characters. I am still not quite a big fan of the New 52 Superman but Greg does a good job of trying to humanize such a powerfu Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder tell really creepy paranormal story here featuring the Man of Steel. I don't have many gripes about the Superman story being told in this volume of the series. In fact this was a very easy to pick up and read Superman tale. There is not much back story needed and it was refreshing to have a Superman story without the need of other Justice league characters. I am still not quite a big fan of the New 52 Superman but Greg does a good job of trying to humanize such a powerful godlike character. Superman comes to realize his immortality and the fact that as powerful as he is he will not be able to save everyone. I really enjoy the moments Superman had with Lana Lang, his childhood crush. Lana is still grieving from the lost of her parents and Supes is in a way as well. He has to carry the burden that for everyone he saves that there will be those that he will not. This is Superman's dilemma and Pak does a great job reminding us of this. The artwork of Aaron Kuder is unique though at times reminds me of Frank Quietly's style. In fact the look of this book reminded me of All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. There was nothing to major that happens here but we will hit a major event soon for the series. A good and simple Superman book that fans should give at least a read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Scruffy Superman fights zombies n sh*t.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    Greetings, Superman fans. Joining us today are Smallvillian zombies, more tentacled creatures than you can poke a bowl of mucus at, swift resolutions to ridiculous situations, and a pair of back-up stories that will make you shake your head in bemusement. We also have a trip to Bizarro-world, and a Doomzarro destroyer who terrifies the world by creating giant fluffy bunnies. Plenty to be confused about. But the main event, folks, is a trip to Smallville, where the tiny town is yet again under sieg Greetings, Superman fans. Joining us today are Smallvillian zombies, more tentacled creatures than you can poke a bowl of mucus at, swift resolutions to ridiculous situations, and a pair of back-up stories that will make you shake your head in bemusement. We also have a trip to Bizarro-world, and a Doomzarro destroyer who terrifies the world by creating giant fluffy bunnies. Plenty to be confused about. But the main event, folks, is a trip to Smallville, where the tiny town is yet again under siege by the supernatural, making you wonder why all these salt-of-the-earth folks haven't either: a) moved out; or b) turned into religious zealots. I'd forgive them for choosing option b), I really would. How can anyone retain normalcy when they're under siege from the underworld and the divine on a semi-regular basis? It's enough to turn anyone to the Man Upstairs in the hope of being saved. As it is, though, they have Superman, which I suppose is a pretty good saviour figure to have around, with his tight suit and proclivity for punching. This was a decent if largely forgettable collection of strange stories, notable for its work in saying something about Superman's fears, having Superman win the day not by punching the daylights out of the baddie, and patching things up between Clark and Lana. The Clark/Lana relationship has been a highlight of Pak's run, and the element I think it will be best remembered for when he moves off the title.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Well, it was better than I expected. That's saying something right? Quick Rundown - Kent travels back to Smallville because something is going wrong. BOOM! Zombies. Holy Batman, what are we to do? Wait Magic is one of the only things Superman is weak against. Superman along with Lana Lang, and John, and some other Asian fellow must make it out of this cloud like structure around Smallville. It's really a story about Superman finding himself and understanding he won't save anyone. It's not horrib Well, it was better than I expected. That's saying something right? Quick Rundown - Kent travels back to Smallville because something is going wrong. BOOM! Zombies. Holy Batman, what are we to do? Wait Magic is one of the only things Superman is weak against. Superman along with Lana Lang, and John, and some other Asian fellow must make it out of this cloud like structure around Smallville. It's really a story about Superman finding himself and understanding he won't save anyone. It's not horrible, and some real good psychological moments with Kent. However, the fights are uninspiring and the overall tone is kind of all over the place. Sometimes scary, sometimes silly looking, but it's a decent enough Superman adventure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This book was just plain awful. The entire town of Smallville against Superman? Lana Lang blames Superman for her parents death? And who in their right mind thought ripping off Stephen King's "Under the Dome" was a good idea? It's lazy and painful writing at it's finest. This book was just plain awful. The entire town of Smallville against Superman? Lana Lang blames Superman for her parents death? And who in their right mind thought ripping off Stephen King's "Under the Dome" was a good idea? It's lazy and painful writing at it's finest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Zombies why did it have to be zombies! Includes a Bizarro story that does not feel like it fits in New 52/Post Forever Evil.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David

    Meh.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Fresh off the Superman: Doomed storyline, Clark and Smallville are trapped in a strange mist with horrifying secrets and... well honestly, some pretty horrible storytelling too. It reads fairly well from page to page, but the story concept as a whole lost me from page one. And the tie-in to a classic villain makes almost no sense to me (granted, I'm not particularly familiar with the villain in question). I kind of get the sense of what it's going for, but it doesn't pull it off. At all. The rel Fresh off the Superman: Doomed storyline, Clark and Smallville are trapped in a strange mist with horrifying secrets and... well honestly, some pretty horrible storytelling too. It reads fairly well from page to page, but the story concept as a whole lost me from page one. And the tie-in to a classic villain makes almost no sense to me (granted, I'm not particularly familiar with the villain in question). I kind of get the sense of what it's going for, but it doesn't pull it off. At all. The relationship that had been built up between Lana and Clark (and John) isn't strong enough to support where this book wants to take it, and it goes gonzo weird. At least it commits to the strangeness, but that's not enough to really support the storyline. And the art... I understand the mist and haziness is intentional, but it makes most of the artwork look muddy an uninteresting. A poor design choice. There are two standalone issues included here too; one a riff on Bizarro that is gleeful in its absurdity, and probably the high point of the collection) which is a noticeably low bar. There's also a Future's End story that again goes full-out weird and feels utterly disconnected from Superman as it goes heavy on morality. It just serves as another point of weirdness.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Elkins

    First: Like 70% of my comic reads I read this as single issues, in either print or digital. In this case I read these in print. So glad I'm committed to reading this series through to issue #1000. Yes, I know they changed numbering around issue #900, and this collection covers issues #36-40 (and Action Comics: Futures Ed #1, which, while a very good addition to this collection, is one of the few Futures End stories one can say that about), but as of this writing D.C. Comics returned to the origina First: Like 70% of my comic reads I read this as single issues, in either print or digital. In this case I read these in print. So glad I'm committed to reading this series through to issue #1000. Yes, I know they changed numbering around issue #900, and this collection covers issues #36-40 (and Action Comics: Futures Ed #1, which, while a very good addition to this collection, is one of the few Futures End stories one can say that about), but as of this writing D.C. Comics returned to the original numbering with issue #957. My point is that I would have missed the excellent collaboration of Greg Pak and Aaron Kundera. Pak and Kuder truly put the action in Action Comics. Last Note: Issue #37 - while almost every comic, these days, has multiple covers (this one had 3) I tend to stick with the standard/newsstand cover (also know as Cover A) and the Cover for this volume. I picked up the variant cover by the late great Darwyn Cooke. Which I include below.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Weak. I'm done with this series. If it hasn't already quit. I kept going a long time, and Pak seemed to give it some new blood and new hope for a while, but this volume didn't have a single story that moved beyond a three. The Bizarro storyline was lighthearted but not funny, the Smallville story it opens with felt belabored and a bit underthought. It was an original way for Superman to win, but...(view spoiler)[he wins by giving in and being tough about it (hide spoiler)] which negates any sens Weak. I'm done with this series. If it hasn't already quit. I kept going a long time, and Pak seemed to give it some new blood and new hope for a while, but this volume didn't have a single story that moved beyond a three. The Bizarro storyline was lighthearted but not funny, the Smallville story it opens with felt belabored and a bit underthought. It was an original way for Superman to win, but...(view spoiler)[he wins by giving in and being tough about it (hide spoiler)] which negates any sense of threat the enemy ever really had. ugh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Read the individual issues, and I've got to say that it's pretty great. In fact it's just really good Superman comics. Big recommend. Creepy and definitely one of the most entertaining Supes stories I've read in a while. And to top it all off, amazing art and writing that'll pull yer heartstrings. Read the individual issues, and I've got to say that it's pretty great. In fact it's just really good Superman comics. Big recommend. Creepy and definitely one of the most entertaining Supes stories I've read in a while. And to top it all off, amazing art and writing that'll pull yer heartstrings.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chad Bunch

    Definitely not one of my favorite Superman or DC reads. There is a reason I stopped reading DC comics after a couple of years of "The New 52." Definitely not one of my favorite Superman or DC reads. There is a reason I stopped reading DC comics after a couple of years of "The New 52."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kubasek

    I liked it, but it wasn't great. Nice to see a "new" villain, but also managed to relate backing to longer story-arcs. I liked it, but it wasn't great. Nice to see a "new" villain, but also managed to relate backing to longer story-arcs.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krzysztof Grabowski

    W gruncie rzeczy to raczej 3.5/5, bo "Under the Skin" zaskakuje mnie na kilku płaszczyznach, choć nie obyło się bez sytuacji typu "meh". Ale... Historia o Supermanie w lekkich klimatach grozy? Bring it on. Steel i Lana po wydarzeniach z Superman: Doomed są parą i spędzają sobie czas wolny w Smallville. Niestety nie dany jest im spokój, bowiem niczym jak w Mgle Kinga na niebie pojawia się tajemnicza chmura, która osłania miasto i okolice. Od razu zaczyna dziać się coś dziwnego, bowiem niedawno zm W gruncie rzeczy to raczej 3.5/5, bo "Under the Skin" zaskakuje mnie na kilku płaszczyznach, choć nie obyło się bez sytuacji typu "meh". Ale... Historia o Supermanie w lekkich klimatach grozy? Bring it on. Steel i Lana po wydarzeniach z Superman: Doomed są parą i spędzają sobie czas wolny w Smallville. Niestety nie dany jest im spokój, bowiem niczym jak w Mgle Kinga na niebie pojawia się tajemnicza chmura, która osłania miasto i okolice. Od razu zaczyna dziać się coś dziwnego, bowiem niedawno zmarli rodzice Lang wstają z grobu... Tymczasem Superman zauważa brak komunikacji z jego rodzinnym miasteczkiem i postanawia to sprawdzić. Kłopot w tym, że dostanie się do środka zawieruchy okazuje się prawie niemożliwe, a to i tak łatwo, biorąc pod uwagę fakt, iż kto dostanie się do środka, ten już nie może miejsca zdarzenia opuścić... Mamy tu kilka naprawdę dziwnych scen, na czele z zombie rodzicami Clarka, co uważam za szalenie odważne posunięcie, bo przesuwa pewne tabu w tym świecie. Niemniej to co za tym stoi nie jest jakoś szczególnie oryginalne. Jak wiecie (albo nie, zależy czy przeczytaliście poprzednie przygody pana z S na klatce) Smallville ucierpiało na wskutek przejścia w tym obszarze Doomsday'a, który wydostał się ze strefy fantomowej. Jest to o tyle ważne, że przejście to warunkuje w zasadzie całość historii, bowiem nie zostało do końca zamknięte i coś się tą drogą przedostało. Osobiście zalatywało mi tutaj bardzo w pewnym momencie inną klasyką kina grozy pt. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". I dobrze. Motyw przewodni może i jest wtórny, ale jego wykorzystanie przy postaci jaką jest Superman dało mi niespodziewaną radość. A dalej jest tylko lepiej. Supek w świecie, gdzie herosem jest Bizzaro oraz cała ta zabawa z przeinaczonymi znaczeniami słów, mimo iż prosta jak drut, była świetna (Bardzo nie lubię tego tomu. No bardzo). Właściwie jedyny zarzut jaki bym miał to miałka i nudna historyjka o tym Supermanie z piasku. Rozumiem tego znaczenie, ale mnie to nie chwyciło, a trochę szkoda. W warstwie wizualnej kreska Kudera nadal się sprawdza i może nie jest niczym wybitnym, ale jakże pasuje do całości, która jednak ma jakiś klimat i w sumie chciałbym, aby Pak zabawił się takimi motywami nieco bardziej, bo w sumie był tutaj potencjał na coś jeszcze bardziej odjechanego.

  20. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Not bad but not great either. The first story was good - I enjoyed Superman vs Zombies but the other 2 stories were not too great. The last one especially made me think that I missed another event or something 😊 I shouldn’t be surprised with how the new 52 works that I probably missed some cross over or some side story which puts Superman-farming-in-the-desert in some context but I honestly can’t be bothered. Ps. Superman in a beard looked good. Is it really shallow that I honestly didn’t dock a Not bad but not great either. The first story was good - I enjoyed Superman vs Zombies but the other 2 stories were not too great. The last one especially made me think that I missed another event or something 😊 I shouldn’t be surprised with how the new 52 works that I probably missed some cross over or some side story which puts Superman-farming-in-the-desert in some context but I honestly can’t be bothered. Ps. Superman in a beard looked good. Is it really shallow that I honestly didn’t dock a star for that reason ? PPs. In reading google, it turns out the last story is linked to Future’s End. One more trudge to put continuity together. Joy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Sepúlveda

    Este volumen me recordó a los cómics de la edad dorada, en donde las historias eran muy random y buscaban simplemente entretener al lector. En este volumen vemos algo parecido a una historia de zombies en la que Superman debe aliarse con otros personajes para salvar a Smallville de las criaturas que llegan por medio de la zona fantasma. Le doy un puntaje de 2.5 estrellas, sin aproximación a 3 estrellas, porque no me pareció ni buena ni mala, no me aburrió pero tampoco me emocionó ni me hizo reir Este volumen me recordó a los cómics de la edad dorada, en donde las historias eran muy random y buscaban simplemente entretener al lector. En este volumen vemos algo parecido a una historia de zombies en la que Superman debe aliarse con otros personajes para salvar a Smallville de las criaturas que llegan por medio de la zona fantasma. Le doy un puntaje de 2.5 estrellas, sin aproximación a 3 estrellas, porque no me pareció ni buena ni mala, no me aburrió pero tampoco me emocionó ni me hizo reir, no hubo nada. En cuanto a los dibujos, considero que este es el punto más fuerte del volumen.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connor McKenna

    A fun, weird and pretty crazy horror arc for our Man of Steel, in Smallville no less! A great read with some always nice insight into Superman's inherent loneliness/fears towards the end of the main story. The 2 issues are a 5/5 Bizzaro story that had me in near-tears of laughter especially given the recent DOOMED EVENT, and a Futures End tie-in that can be read by itself it seems and reminded me of the Sand Superman arc in the 70s O Neil run. The only let-down in this volume was some of the art A fun, weird and pretty crazy horror arc for our Man of Steel, in Smallville no less! A great read with some always nice insight into Superman's inherent loneliness/fears towards the end of the main story. The 2 issues are a 5/5 Bizzaro story that had me in near-tears of laughter especially given the recent DOOMED EVENT, and a Futures End tie-in that can be read by itself it seems and reminded me of the Sand Superman arc in the 70s O Neil run. The only let-down in this volume was some of the artwork in 36-39 but it is a hefty letdown hence the 3 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paweł

    Z akcją ten komiks nie ma dużo wspólnego, bo rozgrywa się głównie wokół głęboko skrywanych lęków Supermana. Tym razem przeciwnik potrafi żywić się strachem i rośnie w siłę z jego pomocą. A czego boi się człowiek ze stali? Kto ucierpi najbardziej przez jego uczucia? Kiedy Clark zgoli tę czarną brodę?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    I've found the whole action comics arc a bit weird. It fluctuates between brilliant, god awful and plain strange. This title I thought was brilliant but I would actually put it in the strange column. It wasn't your typical Supes story but it just worked really well and as usual the art was great. I've found the whole action comics arc a bit weird. It fluctuates between brilliant, god awful and plain strange. This title I thought was brilliant but I would actually put it in the strange column. It wasn't your typical Supes story but it just worked really well and as usual the art was great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    More meh.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Way better than the earlier volumes, but it felt like the writers were cashing in on the whole zombie fad that was going around at the time, even though there weren't strictly speaking any zombies. Way better than the earlier volumes, but it felt like the writers were cashing in on the whole zombie fad that was going around at the time, even though there weren't strictly speaking any zombies.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    Gross and dumb.

  28. 5 out of 5

    B

    They went for it. I liked it. It was a story 100% about dread and it was still readable. I'm not sure it all hung together, but a good bold choice. They went for it. I liked it. It was a story 100% about dread and it was still readable. I'm not sure it all hung together, but a good bold choice.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. I don't think there's anything positive I can mention about this book besides some neat cover by great artists like Darwin Cooke. Since this was a New 52 book I went in with low expectations and received just that. The fact that Superman was mostly bearded with an Asian sidekick not named Amadeus Cho made me wonder if Superman was supposed to look like the wrirer Greg Pak. Public library copy. I don't think there's anything positive I can mention about this book besides some neat cover by great artists like Darwin Cooke. Since this was a New 52 book I went in with low expectations and received just that. The fact that Superman was mostly bearded with an Asian sidekick not named Amadeus Cho made me wonder if Superman was supposed to look like the wrirer Greg Pak.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hal Halbert

    Surprisingly good horror

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