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Spinning out of the epic events of National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang's Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, the secret is out: the world knows that Clark Kent is the Man of Steel! The reprecussions of this massive event have affected Superman on every front, including his relationship with the once-trusted Metropolis Police Department. However, as Clark deals with a s Spinning out of the epic events of National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang's Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, the secret is out: the world knows that Clark Kent is the Man of Steel! The reprecussions of this massive event have affected Superman on every front, including his relationship with the once-trusted Metropolis Police Department. However, as Clark deals with a society that no longer trusts him, he must fight off a monstrous army called the Shadow Warriors as they try to destroy the city. The only problem? Along with his secret identity, Superman's powers have gone on the fritz. Does the former Man of Steel have enough strength to stop this grave threat? From the critically acclaimed creative team of Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and Aaron Kuder, comes Superman: Action Comics, Volume 8: Truth. Collecting: Action Comics 41-46, Sneak Peak


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Spinning out of the epic events of National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang's Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, the secret is out: the world knows that Clark Kent is the Man of Steel! The reprecussions of this massive event have affected Superman on every front, including his relationship with the once-trusted Metropolis Police Department. However, as Clark deals with a s Spinning out of the epic events of National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang's Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, the secret is out: the world knows that Clark Kent is the Man of Steel! The reprecussions of this massive event have affected Superman on every front, including his relationship with the once-trusted Metropolis Police Department. However, as Clark deals with a society that no longer trusts him, he must fight off a monstrous army called the Shadow Warriors as they try to destroy the city. The only problem? Along with his secret identity, Superman's powers have gone on the fritz. Does the former Man of Steel have enough strength to stop this grave threat? From the critically acclaimed creative team of Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and Aaron Kuder, comes Superman: Action Comics, Volume 8: Truth. Collecting: Action Comics 41-46, Sneak Peak

30 review for Superman – Action Comics, Volume 8: Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B) 73% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Supposedly Superman, its superhero's a social streetfighter: shadowboxing spooks, and sermonizing self-sufficiency. (B) 73% | More than Satisfactory Notes: Supposedly Superman, its superhero's a social streetfighter: shadowboxing spooks, and sermonizing self-sufficiency.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Aaron Kuder's art is really, really good. The story I found so-so. More fighting shadow creatures. I felt like there was no payoff with the reveal of Wrath. There was no foreshadowing at all really. Just here's the mayor and it turns out she's suddenly evil. The whole depowered Superman story was really mishandled across all the Superman books. Aaron Kuder's art is really, really good. The story I found so-so. More fighting shadow creatures. I felt like there was no payoff with the reveal of Wrath. There was no foreshadowing at all really. Just here's the mayor and it turns out she's suddenly evil. The whole depowered Superman story was really mishandled across all the Superman books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Superman gets a buzz cut (so he looks like me now) and fights a Venom-like black thing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    If only the second half was as good as the first half...Hmmmm that seems to be the same goddamn problem with every Superman comic I've been reading. First half deals with a Superman with a lot less powers but a lot more to do. Sure he can't fly, sure he can be hurt, but he still feels like he must protect people. I also like how he has some traits from his original run at the start, that he gets angry quick, and it makes for a interesting and fun story. Especially when he gets into town. But the If only the second half was as good as the first half...Hmmmm that seems to be the same goddamn problem with every Superman comic I've been reading. First half deals with a Superman with a lot less powers but a lot more to do. Sure he can't fly, sure he can be hurt, but he still feels like he must protect people. I also like how he has some traits from his original run at the start, that he gets angry quick, and it makes for a interesting and fun story. Especially when he gets into town. But then we get the Wraith storyline. Which is decent at the start but by the end we have Superman facing off against Frankinstien. YES....you read that right. Yes...I nearly shut off my phone when reading that shit. So the less said the better. For first half alone it's worth reading. 3/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Stewart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first half of this book is 5 stars, in which a depowered Superman must stand against corrupt police officers intent on turning a peaceful street party into a bloody riot. It unfortunately loses its way beyond this in order to provide the reader with a massive show down complete with unnecessary cameos. Still the story in this book makes Superman more relevant than he’s ever been.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Okay this volume of the Action Comics is a mixed bag. I know many Superman fans are not fans of the depowered Supes of Greg Pak's run. I am being open minded. Fans are always saying they want something a little different with their Superheroes but complain when the creators do just that. This is not the first time Supes has lost his powers in comics but it is really interesting to see Superman tackle threats when his identity as been outed to the whole world. My biggest gripe is with the artwork Okay this volume of the Action Comics is a mixed bag. I know many Superman fans are not fans of the depowered Supes of Greg Pak's run. I am being open minded. Fans are always saying they want something a little different with their Superheroes but complain when the creators do just that. This is not the first time Supes has lost his powers in comics but it is really interesting to see Superman tackle threats when his identity as been outed to the whole world. My biggest gripe is with the artwork. I am not a big fan of Kuder's artwork in this book. It just does not feel like a Superman book. There are times when it has good spreads and a few nice panels to look at but it comes off quirky at times. I did enjoy the plot which sees Clark Kent return to Metropolis when an monster calling itself Wrath begins taking over the people's minds of the city. The neighborhood folk of where Clark was living before he was discovered to be of the Man of Steel rally behind him to continue to protect their city even when the police begin to push back any civil disobedience. I can tell Greg Pak is trying to take Supes back to his roots as a social crusader. This is done well most of the time but their are some times it feels too political which may alienate readers who just want to be entertained. I am looking forward to finally reading the next arc which puts Superman against fan favorite DC Comics villain Vandal Savage. I really would give this book a 3 1/2 stars but Goodreads doesn't do half stars so it gets a generous 4 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    The first half of this book is fantastic. Kuder's art is great, Superman is faced with real problems that don't have easy solutions, and there are several great moments that showcase what makes Superman so awesome. At about the halfway mark, though, things devolve, as Superman goes hunting for Wrath, a baddie who is all about the shadows and rage. Outside of a handful of interesting moments, this arc falls flat, with the baddie telling Supes how crap he is, over and over and over, as we lumber t The first half of this book is fantastic. Kuder's art is great, Superman is faced with real problems that don't have easy solutions, and there are several great moments that showcase what makes Superman so awesome. At about the halfway mark, though, things devolve, as Superman goes hunting for Wrath, a baddie who is all about the shadows and rage. Outside of a handful of interesting moments, this arc falls flat, with the baddie telling Supes how crap he is, over and over and over, as we lumber through shadow fights to the inevitable conclusion. Worth reading for the first half. 3.5 stars, rated up for Kuder's art.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Kubasek

    I'm starting to sense the pattern here. Superman is infected with something which affects his powers, but then he turns the tables and uses the infection to his advantage somehow. Also, there was a big moment lost "between volumes" on which a good chunk of the plot was based (Superman's identity being publicly revealed). I'm starting to sense the pattern here. Superman is infected with something which affects his powers, but then he turns the tables and uses the infection to his advantage somehow. Also, there was a big moment lost "between volumes" on which a good chunk of the plot was based (Superman's identity being publicly revealed).

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Here's the "Truth", this book was a special kind of awful. There are characters acting completely out of character for starters; but the thing that really makes me angry, is that they basically turned Superman into Power Man/Luke Cage. If you want to work for Marvel, then go work for Marvel and leave DC alone. Here's the "Truth", this book was a special kind of awful. There are characters acting completely out of character for starters; but the thing that really makes me angry, is that they basically turned Superman into Power Man/Luke Cage. If you want to work for Marvel, then go work for Marvel and leave DC alone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krzysztof Grabowski

    Największa tajemnica Supermana wyciekła na jaw. W połączeniu z jego osłabieniem zwiastuje to tylko nadchodzące problemy, na dodatek w większych ilościach. Bo przeciwnik z 'Suparman: Before Truth' i wróg tutaj nam prezentowany to tylko etapy osłabiania bohatera przed spotkaniem z sprawcą zamieszania, który ujawni się na końcu omawianego tomu. Zanim jednak do tego dojdzie Clark pozna jak to jest żyć między ludźmi, którzy oskarżają go o wiele nieszczęść, jakie spadły na nich w wyniku działań Superma Największa tajemnica Supermana wyciekła na jaw. W połączeniu z jego osłabieniem zwiastuje to tylko nadchodzące problemy, na dodatek w większych ilościach. Bo przeciwnik z 'Suparman: Before Truth' i wróg tutaj nam prezentowany to tylko etapy osłabiania bohatera przed spotkaniem z sprawcą zamieszania, który ujawni się na końcu omawianego tomu. Zanim jednak do tego dojdzie Clark pozna jak to jest żyć między ludźmi, którzy oskarżają go o wiele nieszczęść, jakie spadły na nich w wyniku działań Supermana. To stawianie czoła konsekwencjom dawnych czynów, czasami mające mocne podstawy, a czasami całkowicie irracjonalnym. W końcu Supek broni ludzi przed tymi złymi, ale nie jest nieomylny, ani wszechmocny. Nie zawsze zdąży na czas, a wyniku walk zawsze może ucierpieć ktoś postronny. Rodzi się pytanie, czy super bohater ma być zwolniony z odpowiedzialności za cierpienie jakie niesie jednym wraz z ratunkiem dla innych? To mógł być sztos w tym temacie, ale jednak nie jest. Pak udowadnia, iż Supek nawet bez mocy stanowi motywację i bodziec dla innych do działania, ale nie dostajemy tu pełnej odpowiedzi na pytanie jakie zadałem w końcówce poprzedniego akapitu. Niemniej widok Supermana broniącego swojej dzielni przed policją, która zachowuje się mocno irracjonalnie. jest całkiem interesujący. Choć największym plusem był sam początek historii, kiedy Kent traci dostęp do Fortecy Samotności oraz do swojego legendarnego kostiumu. Image zmieniony, motor kupiony. Kryzys wieku świętego gwarantowany. Do tego przeciwnicy oraz ich dowódczyni. Nie był to dobry złoczyńca. Wrath (całkowicie inna postać niż ta w czwartym tomie Detective Comics w ramach New 52!) ma słabą motywację, choć jej moce są ciekawe. Na jej tle równie źle wypada w pewnym aspekcie... sam Superman. Bo to dosyć błyskotliwy i mądry gość, który tutaj zachowuje się czasami głupio i rozwiązuje sprawy siłą, którą utracił. Miejscami to było słabe. Nie wiem też co myśleć o nowej postaci, Lee Lambert. To zdecydowanie pozytywna postać, która jako jedyna z ludzi zdaje się radzić z cieniami Wrath, które 'opętują' tych, którzy mają kontakt z substancją, ale miałem wrażenie, że to postać filler. Sprowadzenie Supermana na poziom ulicy to unikatowy moment, pozwalający na nietypowe rozwiązania. Mam wrażenie, iż Pak tego nie wykorzystał do końca. Jest tylko poprawnie. Kuder ze swoją kreską w pierwszej, większej części komiksu daje radę. Drugą część powierzono komuś innemu i to widać, oj widać. Nie jest może tragicznie źle, ale to też ta część gdzie Pak irytuje mnie zbyt często pokazując jak to Supek stracił swoją moc. Jakby to była kartka to by się długopisem przebił na drugą stronę, tak często podkreślając ten temat. A nie o to tu chodzi. Nie jest to słaba pozycja, bo pomysły tu zawarte bawią i cieszą, ale jednocześnie z drugiej strony mamy wiele miernych momentów. Uwłaczających intelektowi bohatera, z czym nie potrafi się pogodzić.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    After the disappointing Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, this is a much superior take on Superman being outed to the public. To start with, Pak takes the Nu52 Superman back to his populist beginnings, first chronicled by Morrison in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel. In general, the Nu52 Superman has been very uneven, but the one glimmer of hope was in the first Action Comics volumes, written by Morrison, which really presented an intriguing working man's hero, so After the disappointing Superman, Volume 1: Before Truth, this is a much superior take on Superman being outed to the public. To start with, Pak takes the Nu52 Superman back to his populist beginnings, first chronicled by Morrison in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel. In general, the Nu52 Superman has been very uneven, but the one glimmer of hope was in the first Action Comics volumes, written by Morrison, which really presented an intriguing working man's hero, so it's good to see him back here, in the end. Beyond that, there's a much more nuanced look at Superman and the effects he has on city, good and bad. We get people on both sides, and a better understanding of how people might dislike Superman's effects. The villain in this volume is a new one, and that's always a bit of a trick, but Pak does a good job of making the shadows both interesting and a believable threat to Superman. Finally, I love his new supporting cast member, Lee. My only complaint about this volume is that it goes on for one or two issues too long. The intriguing fights against the shadows in the first several issues have gotten a little old by the one. Still, this feels like what the Nu52 Superman always should have been. If the other authors had managed to stick with the character found here and in Morrison's stories, I think the reaction would have been much different, but instead we got a lot of dull stories filling the majority of the Nu52 run (particularly over in the eponymous Superman title) with a Superman that was so bland as to be characterless.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    It's Superman vs Anger! Well, Wrath, officially, but apparently his opponent is shadows made up of bad feelings. No, really. Superman serves not as a super hero but as a community leader that punches things and tries to motivate people to be good and maybe not punch things. And then he punches things. But he doesn't even punch things well. Okay, when did Superman become an idiot? He used to be smart, even brilliant. But this version of him, he's completely ruled by his emotions in spite of his he It's Superman vs Anger! Well, Wrath, officially, but apparently his opponent is shadows made up of bad feelings. No, really. Superman serves not as a super hero but as a community leader that punches things and tries to motivate people to be good and maybe not punch things. And then he punches things. But he doesn't even punch things well. Okay, when did Superman become an idiot? He used to be smart, even brilliant. But this version of him, he's completely ruled by his emotions in spite of his head (his mantra here seems to be 'I know I shouldn't be doing this, but I'm gonna anyway'). So we get six issues of him punching shadows (and meet some decent side characters, who he supports and then immediately marginalizes), before the final issue reveals who is really behind it (spoiler, it's stupid). I kind of get where Greg Pak was trying to go here, but it doesn't work. At all. It's just another volume of obnoxiously underpowered and illogical Superman. But the artwork's not bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    So really not liking Superman's new look - I know that we have to have angst and drama with Superman losing his powers but did we have to lose his hair as well? Why??? And how come he has bulked up so much - are they implying that a de-powered Superman is coarse and like a "red neck"? Not a fan. Parts of the book are interesting - Clark coming back to Metropolis and seeing Kentville was great. Him standing up to the police was a good touch as well. However, the second half went off the rails and So really not liking Superman's new look - I know that we have to have angst and drama with Superman losing his powers but did we have to lose his hair as well? Why??? And how come he has bulked up so much - are they implying that a de-powered Superman is coarse and like a "red neck"? Not a fan. Parts of the book are interesting - Clark coming back to Metropolis and seeing Kentville was great. Him standing up to the police was a good touch as well. However, the second half went off the rails and devolved to a super-demon infecting all us poor humans. I was hoping for something a little more. It made all the dissatisfaction with Superman the fault of the demon which lost the point. There were a few panels which I liked but the solution was very pat. Superman was thankfully not as mopey as I was expecting. Phew! However, combined with the art which I didn't like and an inconsistent story made for an average read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Diaz

    Taking place on the last days of the "New 52" publushing initiative by DC comics, this volume is somewhat one of my favourites during that period. If you know the basics about Superman, you just have to know that now his identity has been exposed, and a new ability gets him depowered for a period of time. That cleared, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder gives us a story about the reaction of the community close to Clark Kent in Metropolis, now that the secret is no more. And some kind of creature feating o Taking place on the last days of the "New 52" publushing initiative by DC comics, this volume is somewhat one of my favourites during that period. If you know the basics about Superman, you just have to know that now his identity has been exposed, and a new ability gets him depowered for a period of time. That cleared, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder gives us a story about the reaction of the community close to Clark Kent in Metropolis, now that the secret is no more. And some kind of creature feating on the hate that has filled the people that may feel wronged by an alien posing as one of them. A really fun, action packed volume that only suffers by the absence of the starting artist in the last issues, but definitely a recommend for people that want to get a grip on a different (if not lasting) version of the Man of Steel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    I'm really torn between giving this a 3 or 4. While reading it I felt the art was great but it very much felt like a filler volume with just a small amount of larger story points peppered throughout. Reaching the last issue of the volume I was set to give it 3 stars... then the final volume teased a larger villian that I know is a big part of The Final Days of the New52 Superman. Any case the reveal got me excited so I say it was worth the read and is 4 STARS. But because a bunch of it felt generic I'm really torn between giving this a 3 or 4. While reading it I felt the art was great but it very much felt like a filler volume with just a small amount of larger story points peppered throughout. Reaching the last issue of the volume I was set to give it 3 stars... then the final volume teased a larger villian that I know is a big part of The Final Days of the New52 Superman. Any case the reveal got me excited so I say it was worth the read and is 4 STARS. But because a bunch of it felt generic I've rated it 3 on GoodReads... Before Truth had real Essentials plot. TRUTH is skippable. On to Superman Volume 2 Return to Glory ... find out if this is essential to one of my favorite Superman/AC arcs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    As I've made clear in past reviews I enjoy the jeopardy that truth has applied to superman. Seeing a rawer, different side of Superman, seeing his human side I guess, has been real fun. This story is gritty and shows superman against the world but battling on despite the physical and emotional pain it is causing him. I also found it fascinating his desire (almost lusting) after his departed powers makes for some great moments. Overall a great read! As I've made clear in past reviews I enjoy the jeopardy that truth has applied to superman. Seeing a rawer, different side of Superman, seeing his human side I guess, has been real fun. This story is gritty and shows superman against the world but battling on despite the physical and emotional pain it is causing him. I also found it fascinating his desire (almost lusting) after his departed powers makes for some great moments. Overall a great read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    The first half is great with Superman having to overcome an impossible choice while protesting, but it takes a sharp dive once... SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER ...it's revealed the main pushy cop is a shadow creature. And the rest of the book is fine at best with him dealing with shadow bad guys who feed on fighting and wrath. The first half is great with Superman having to overcome an impossible choice while protesting, but it takes a sharp dive once... SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER ...it's revealed the main pushy cop is a shadow creature. And the rest of the book is fine at best with him dealing with shadow bad guys who feed on fighting and wrath.

  18. 5 out of 5

    B

    Good-ish setup. But then it ends as Venom vs. the Hulk. And not, like, a good Venom vs. Hulk fight. Also, not sure the "Superman can always count on his conscience no matter what" moral is a good moral. Good-ish setup. But then it ends as Venom vs. the Hulk. And not, like, a good Venom vs. Hulk fight. Also, not sure the "Superman can always count on his conscience no matter what" moral is a good moral.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Boslar

    The story itself was decent. But it's a discombobulated mess with no beginning and citing things that have never happened in the action comics line. No citing of where these events happened and how you can, if you can get the full story. More disappointed the more of this line I read. The story itself was decent. But it's a discombobulated mess with no beginning and citing things that have never happened in the action comics line. No citing of where these events happened and how you can, if you can get the full story. More disappointed the more of this line I read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    One of the better volumes, but it still didn't feel quite right to me. One of the better volumes, but it still didn't feel quite right to me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    This is a very atypical Superman story with a main character who is not always recognizable as the Superman of my youth. Not everything works, but points for doing something new.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Duncan

    Pathetic.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Abell

    I might be the only one, but I never really took to the "New" Superman in DC's52. And the Action Comics title seemed to be the worst in the series, though as it progressed the story lines grew better, with this story being the best of the lot... so far. The artwork is superb, and the story flows naturally, and with great speed. I couldn't put it down once I'd started. The main thing I loved about this story was the way Greg Pak took Supe's back to his roots -The Golden Age. He can't fly only jump I might be the only one, but I never really took to the "New" Superman in DC's52. And the Action Comics title seemed to be the worst in the series, though as it progressed the story lines grew better, with this story being the best of the lot... so far. The artwork is superb, and the story flows naturally, and with great speed. I couldn't put it down once I'd started. The main thing I loved about this story was the way Greg Pak took Supe's back to his roots -The Golden Age. He can't fly only jump tall buildings, his speed and strength have been dialed down. This means poor old C K has to make some different and difficult decisions in his life, adding a deeper characterisation to him, which up-to-now has been missing. The good news is the next story "Savage Dawn" is pretty good too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Superman deals with internal and external demons.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Like a good chunk of Superman books these days, starts out good, then kinda meanders along.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dovydas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Plekan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Btab

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linus

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott

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