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This BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military's battle with subterrane This BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military's battle with subterranean monsters? Collects: Superman – Action Comics #25-29 and Secret Origins #1.


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This BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military's battle with subterrane This BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military's battle with subterranean monsters? Collects: Superman – Action Comics #25-29 and Secret Origins #1.

30 review for Superman – Action Comics, Volume 5: What Lies Beneath

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A keen exposition on predisposition, the human condition and bold intuition: it's told with duality and juxtaposition.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Yes! This title continues to get better & better! Pak did an excellent job with this volume, and wrote a story that really showcased Superman's strengths as a character. Ok, first you have Clark's Secret Origins issue. Now, I'd already read it in the Secret Origins vol. 1 collection, but I thought it was a good fit for this volume. It's a touching story about Clark/Kal told through the overlapping voices of the two women who loved him most. His biological mother, Lara, who sent him away to save h Yes! This title continues to get better & better! Pak did an excellent job with this volume, and wrote a story that really showcased Superman's strengths as a character. Ok, first you have Clark's Secret Origins issue. Now, I'd already read it in the Secret Origins vol. 1 collection, but I thought it was a good fit for this volume. It's a touching story about Clark/Kal told through the overlapping voices of the two women who loved him most. His biological mother, Lara, who sent him away to save him: And his adopted mother, Martha, who raised him to embrace his humanity: It's sappy, but it works as a short story. I have to say, I believe one of the biggest mistakes the New 52 made was killing off Martha Kent. The mother/son dynamic between those two shouldn't be wasted. Besides, I think it helps keep a character as powerful as Superman grounded & humanized when you see him going home and helping his mom out with chores. Zero Year also makes its way into this volume, but it's not set in Gotham, so I'm not sure what the point was. I guess it's just there to let us know what Clark was up to while Bruce was off fighting the Riddler...and learning to be The Batman? Eh. Whatever. It didn't suck. It shows a cocky, t-shirt wearing Superman trying to beat back the forces of nature, and finding out that sometimes a softer touch is needed. On to the main event! Lana Lang is quickly turning into one of my favorites, and stories like this one are the reason why. These two share a deep trust, that comes from years of friendship, and it really make their interactions on the panel pop. Not to mention, they used to date when they were younger, so there's still a tiny part of each of them that still wants to impress the other. It makes for an interesting dynamic, and one that you don't see done well very often. Ok, the main story takes place before the events of Doomed. I wish I'd read this one first, because it explains who the blue monster kid was, and where he came from! It also explains who the hell Ghost Soldier is, and why Clark would (maybe) trust him. Without giving away the plot, I just want to say that THIS Superman needs to be the role model for all the future incarnations. I'm an immensely powerful being, and FUCK YOU if you think you can make me do something that goes against my morals! Thank you, Pak! Thank you! Superman should kick ass and take names, but he should not act like a bully or psychopath. This volume is a perfect blend of that. Clark has a great moral compass, and he has the mojo to back up his decisions. Excellent job on nailing his personality in this one. Definitely Recommended For Superfans! Get this review and more at:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I love when I’m surprised by a book - I’ve read Greg Pak before, he’s not really my kind of writer, and, after Grant Morrison left Action Comics, I didn’t expect the series to be as good, but the first volume of Pak and Aaron Kuder’s run is quality! Lana Lang happens to be part of a mining operation in Venezuela which unwittingly unleashes a subterranean monster - Superman to the rescue! The book starts off with the chaff. There’s a wholly pointless rehashing of Superman’s origins taken from the I love when I’m surprised by a book - I’ve read Greg Pak before, he’s not really my kind of writer, and, after Grant Morrison left Action Comics, I didn’t expect the series to be as good, but the first volume of Pak and Aaron Kuder’s run is quality! Lana Lang happens to be part of a mining operation in Venezuela which unwittingly unleashes a subterranean monster - Superman to the rescue! The book starts off with the chaff. There’s a wholly pointless rehashing of Superman’s origins taken from the short-lived and unpopular Secret Origins series (is there honestly anyone reading this who isn’t 100% clear on Superman’s origins at this point?!), and a Zero Year tie-in where Morrison’s t-shirt and jeans Superman saves a ship in a storm. The latter isn’t bad but totally unnecessary. Bullshit aside, we finally get into the main storyline, What Lies Beneath, which looks like a straightforward Superman-hits-Godzilla-type-monster story at first but develops into something more nuanced and interesting. Pak writes a really good Superman. The inner monologue sounds right, his actions - and it lives up to its title of Action Comics with some big action scenes - are bang on, he’s putting preserving life ahead of everything; this feels like Superman as he should be. Without giving too much away about the monster, the story is broadly about misunderstood outsiders being perceived as one thing because of their looks and being rejected, a very Superman theme. The non-human characters tend to behave more humanely than “normal” humans as the Godzilla monster Baka isn’t the real threat, an American called Ghost Soldier is. The best Superman fights are the ones where he’s not just stupidly hitting something as hard as he can (a la James Robinson’s Superman); with Ghost Soldier’s phased weaponry which can pass through solid objects, he can cut into and damage Superman’s body without the MacGuffin of kryptonite (which I’m pleased to say isn’t in this story at all). Superman is shown to be vulnerable and has to think of other ways to defeat his opponent. Better yet, Ghost Soldier actually has character development too, showing that he isn’t one-dimensionally evil. I look forward to seeing more of him and his shady organisation, Harrow, in the next book. Pak writes a strong Lana Lang (who’s sorta like Lara Croft here) whose friendship with Clark is convincing and enjoyable. Refreshingly there’s no Lois Lane being forced into the story to get Superman to talk about himself, and there’s no Daily Planet or Lex either. Pak shows Superman needn’t be formulaic and that’s a big part of why his take works so well. Maybe it’s because his style reminds me a little of Chris Burnham’s but I loved Aaron Kuder’s art. There are some really striking images throughout and I didn’t even mind the New 52 Superman outfit as much with Kuder drawing. Baka does sorta look a bit like the Bamfs from Wolverine and the X-Men though and the Ghost Soldier design is a tad unexciting and bland. Their Action Comics isn’t as cerebral as Morrison’s but Pak and Kuder prove to be an excellent creative team for Superman. Their first book together is full of great stuff from strong characterisation, wonderful art, and a fast-moving, compelling storyline. The test of a worthwhile Superman writer is someone who can stay true to the character, without resorting to making him dark or evil, and still keep the reader engaged - I’m pleased to say Greg Pak passes superbly. Definitely check out What Lies Beneath if you’re a Superman fan.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Very interesting storyline -- I can certainly see why it was not received with critical acclaim, although I quite liked them myself. The art is clean and dialog crisp, and you can tel that the fact that not all is as it seems is intentional. Supes makes new and powerful allies in Subterranea, and discovers new and powerful enemies arrayed against him when he returns.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I can't believe I skipped this one on my initial Acton Comics reading run! See, I read volume 1-3 and after 3 I was drained cause Morrison wrote the last two volumes to hurt me. So then I read volume 4 and it was OKAY. But still, I was burnt. So I didn't return till near the "Truth" arc and skipped volume 5-6 and went into 7-8. I shouldn't have done that. Though I'll skip 6 cause here it's awful. Volume 5 is really a book you can pick up BY ITSELF. It's very good, self contained, superman story I can't believe I skipped this one on my initial Acton Comics reading run! See, I read volume 1-3 and after 3 I was drained cause Morrison wrote the last two volumes to hurt me. So then I read volume 4 and it was OKAY. But still, I was burnt. So I didn't return till near the "Truth" arc and skipped volume 5-6 and went into 7-8. I shouldn't have done that. Though I'll skip 6 cause here it's awful. Volume 5 is really a book you can pick up BY ITSELF. It's very good, self contained, superman story that hits all the right marks. Clark is going around the city saving the world but before we get that we get a little Zero Year story about clark. Then we turn right into modern day where we get a reunited Clark and Lana Lang. Except they meet up again because a big blue monster is attacking her! What I liked: I fucking LOVED the chemistry and dialog between Lana and Clark. It's so well done and feels authentic. I wanted THEM to get together. Screw Wonder Woman. Then you have the big blue monster, who we later find out is someone special, and it's the cutest thing ever and heartbreaking by the end. I also loved Superman in here. Even in his zero year part, which is great, you get to see inside what makes superman freaking SUPER. Also how awesome was Lana lang in this? THANK YOU! What I didn't like: Sometimes the art couldn't keep up with the awesomeness of the rest of this. It felt off balanced. Also the underground city is kind of silly, even for a series that contains a flying alien. Overall I really dug the shit out of this volume. I wish the rest of action comics was as good as this (it's not) but this is a perfect volume you can pick up and enjoy without reading anything else. Damn it, I want more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I didn't hate this! Is this series actually getting better ... ?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK, so I read this right after Greg Pak Batman Superman Vol. 2...paired together, the lesson is this: Clark needs to be more like Batman. 1-he asks Lana not to call him Clark, just like Bruce asks of him 2- he rushes in headfirst, without analyzing, and says how Bruce would wait and get Intel...because of this, innocent creatures die. Had he waited, it's possible some would have died as well, so who knows? Also, the art is terrible and too many artists. The Zero Year story is boring, just a way to i OK, so I read this right after Greg Pak Batman Superman Vol. 2...paired together, the lesson is this: Clark needs to be more like Batman. 1-he asks Lana not to call him Clark, just like Bruce asks of him 2- he rushes in headfirst, without analyzing, and says how Bruce would wait and get Intel...because of this, innocent creatures die. Had he waited, it's possible some would have died as well, so who knows? Also, the art is terrible and too many artists. The Zero Year story is boring, just a way to introduce Lana again. The Origin isn't secret or needed. For what it was its Ok though. I dunno, this just didn't do a ton for me...just not bad enough to be 2 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Well holy crap that was just freaking spectacular! The first truly awesome Superman volume the New 52 has put out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    It’s so refreshing to read a GOOD Superman book for a change!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    It's been a while since I read a New52 comic I *liked*, and I've avoided the Superman titles like the plague after the spotty reputation they garnered their first year. (Scott Lobotomy-dell among the worst of the lot.) So shock the hell out of me when I hear that Greg Pak is slipping the bonds of Marvel exclusivity and coming to rescue the morons running DC editorial. And aside from an obligatory starter... Secret Origins titles should be called "beaten to death Origins". Fuck me, at this point an It's been a while since I read a New52 comic I *liked*, and I've avoided the Superman titles like the plague after the spotty reputation they garnered their first year. (Scott Lobotomy-dell among the worst of the lot.) So shock the hell out of me when I hear that Greg Pak is slipping the bonds of Marvel exclusivity and coming to rescue the morons running DC editorial. And aside from an obligatory starter... Secret Origins titles should be called "beaten to death Origins". Fuck me, at this point any comics reader could probably quote the date on the calendar in Kal-El's bedroom from the scene where he gets packed off to summer camp - I mean, Earth refugee camp. Once we're clear of the torturous appetizer, we get into territory insider think possible in New 52 Superman-land: characters I actually like. First off, I LOVE Lana Lang. Snarky, self-assured, smart as hell, engaged with the world through her brains not her boobs, and might just be my comic book crush if Power Girl didn't exist. Next up, I am shocked all to hell to discover I actually like reading Superman. I enjoy his inner dialogue, I enjoy his not-too-glib repartee, I enjoy his attempts to do good and his occasional screw-ups for exactly the best reasons. I think Pak has humanised Supes to the degree that he's good at what he can do, and not the omniscient chess grand master at knowing how it will all play out. Which is totally a superhero I'd like to read. Supes here shares more a little of the headstrong person-of-action that we've met the last few years in Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Totally great character - I'd almost say the opposite of me, but really just a little more successful at pulling off "leap before looking" that I've done less well than I'd like. The obstacles that Supes and Lana face here are nuanced as well, and give more insight into Clark than I'd normally find in a "God mode" superhero book. In fact, I'd venture to say that Pak must not be bought into the DC way (being a Marvel zombie for so many years) and it shows. Best hiring decision they've made in years.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    As Greg Pak's first arc for this series, it was great! The story is that superman finds this alien which he tries to help and when he does he confronts this top secret government research division who is experimenting with ghost tech. Lana Lang plays a big role, which is a nice refresher instead of having Lois Lane the whole time! Overall a great read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Though this was not a bad Superman story, as the old saying goes, "I'm waiting to be impressed." Superman has had enough lackluster storytelling, and now's the time for some tales to remember.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    So nice to be able to look forward to a Superman comic. and despite the changes of the New 52 and that new suit, this is a solid, old school Superman story. A mining operation unleashes monsters from underground. At the same time a mysterious commando seems to be stalking the man of steel. The best thing about this story is that Pak gets Superman. Nothing Superman says, does or thinks sounds off. They all sound like things Superman would do, so everything feels right. Nothing jars you out of the st So nice to be able to look forward to a Superman comic. and despite the changes of the New 52 and that new suit, this is a solid, old school Superman story. A mining operation unleashes monsters from underground. At the same time a mysterious commando seems to be stalking the man of steel. The best thing about this story is that Pak gets Superman. Nothing Superman says, does or thinks sounds off. They all sound like things Superman would do, so everything feels right. Nothing jars you out of the story. He also gets that to create a good Superman story you don't mess with Superman or his powers, you create something that challenges. You raise the stakes. This all combines to create a read that is not just rock solid, but fun to read. Not to mention the art is really nice. Love the scene of Clark's bed room from Smallville in the middle of the sci-fi surroundings of his Fortress.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Even thought the story itself is silly and fantastical, the storytelling and artwork are very well done and there are several moments of classic Superman shining through. 3.5/5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    Greg Pak is a great guy. I have met him twice, at this point, and both times he had great advice about getting into the comic book industry. He recommended his book on how to create comics, like a professional, last time, and that had tons of important points I had never considered. What I like about Greg is that he never seems to want to tell the generic, follow the Editors lead type of story. He just creates tons and tons of his own content and stuffs it into the book of an established charact Greg Pak is a great guy. I have met him twice, at this point, and both times he had great advice about getting into the comic book industry. He recommended his book on how to create comics, like a professional, last time, and that had tons of important points I had never considered. What I like about Greg is that he never seems to want to tell the generic, follow the Editors lead type of story. He just creates tons and tons of his own content and stuffs it into the book of an established character. He has been doing that with Superman for quite some time now. This book is a good example of that. Greg completely reworked the character of Lana Lang, giving her a bit more depth than she has ever had, and

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    Action Comics is definitely going in an... odd direction for Superman. I'm not complaining, just noting that this is very different from previous volumes (and other Superman titles). We've got ghost ninjas, shapechanging underground nobility, and a focus on Lana Lang over Lois Lane. They are fairly disparate threads that are tied together fairly well, and I actually like the focus on the relationship between Clark and Lana. This is an under-powered Superman, supposedly, although his strength see Action Comics is definitely going in an... odd direction for Superman. I'm not complaining, just noting that this is very different from previous volumes (and other Superman titles). We've got ghost ninjas, shapechanging underground nobility, and a focus on Lana Lang over Lois Lane. They are fairly disparate threads that are tied together fairly well, and I actually like the focus on the relationship between Clark and Lana. This is an under-powered Superman, supposedly, although his strength seems to shift from issue to issue. But it's a decidedly different take on Superman, veering more toward weird fantasy than regular super heroics. Greg Pak does manage to sell it though, and make it more interesting than I would have guessed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    I'm a huge fan of Greg Pak. He's had a marvelous string of hits over the past 10 years or so. But he's never had the acclaim he rightly deserves. Finally Pak gets a shot at a high profile title. Was very excited when I learned Pak was doing Superman. Does it live up to expectations? Yes, it does. This is the best Superman book since James Robinson's multi-year sprawling Krypton classic. WHAT LIES BENEATH is very fine story with distinctive artwork. Nearly as good as the modern classic Superman s I'm a huge fan of Greg Pak. He's had a marvelous string of hits over the past 10 years or so. But he's never had the acclaim he rightly deserves. Finally Pak gets a shot at a high profile title. Was very excited when I learned Pak was doing Superman. Does it live up to expectations? Yes, it does. This is the best Superman book since James Robinson's multi-year sprawling Krypton classic. WHAT LIES BENEATH is very fine story with distinctive artwork. Nearly as good as the modern classic Superman stories SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION or ALL-STAR SUPERMAN. Can't wait to see where Pak takes the story next. Highly, very highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    For perhaps the first time in the New 52, it's some good modern-day Superman. Shocking. But this volume includes: • An actual supporting cast in the form of Lana, who is terrific. • A neat pulp adventure that's full of weird & wacky ideas. • A Superman who is actually supermorale (unlike the sociopath in recent movies). • A Superman who's actually superpowerful. • A great new villain (Ghost Soldier) which actually creates an interesting lead-in to the next volume. Pak is no For perhaps the first time in the New 52, it's some good modern-day Superman. Shocking. But this volume includes: • An actual supporting cast in the form of Lana, who is terrific. • A neat pulp adventure that's full of weird & wacky ideas. • A Superman who is actually supermorale (unlike the sociopath in recent movies). • A Superman who's actually superpowerful. • A great new villain (Ghost Soldier) which actually creates an interesting lead-in to the next volume. Pak is no Morrison, but you can see he's working on the same type of big ideas that are necessary for a hero of Superman's scope.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    A simple Superman story. Greg pak has set up a pretty good tone for his start of run on Action Comics. It is always hard to find challenges for such a powerful character. The book was filled with awe and wonder. Aaron Kuder does a good job with the art.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    "A ghost. A monster. An alien. And a farm girl. Saving the day? Yeah. Why not?" The best story I've read from DC's New 52, and a fun, classic adventure Superman story for the ages. Highly recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Milo

    This book was amazing before it got dragged into Superman: Doomed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A really liked this book. Finally a fun weird Superman book. Aaron Kuder's art is great. It's got a bit of a retro look but still feels mordern.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A nice clean story arc uncluttered by crossovers or cameos.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leandro Raimundo

    It's been a while since I liked a New 52 Superman book, and this was pretty entertaining. It starts with the Secret Origins 1 story of Supermam. I've read it before, so I skipped that issue. I felt it a little redundant, because later Superman recalls some flashbacks of his early years that already were shown in this issue. Then there is a Zero Year "tie in", but it doesn't takes place in Gotham, so it can be a normal issue of the rest of the series. This issue shows the realtionship between Cla It's been a while since I liked a New 52 Superman book, and this was pretty entertaining. It starts with the Secret Origins 1 story of Supermam. I've read it before, so I skipped that issue. I felt it a little redundant, because later Superman recalls some flashbacks of his early years that already were shown in this issue. Then there is a Zero Year "tie in", but it doesn't takes place in Gotham, so it can be a normal issue of the rest of the series. This issue shows the realtionship between Clark and Lana Lang (which I fell in love of). Their dialogues and jokes felt so natural that I wanted to be her friend. So that's the principal reason why I liked this book. Then the story presents some subterranean civilization. I didn't completely understood what was their purpose. At the same time, there was a secret organization looking for Superman, but I didn't get their relevance neither. I think they will have some importance in Superman Doomed? We'll see.

  25. 5 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Superman journeys to the centre of the planet! This title mixed a little Jules Verne with good old comic action. And it came across great. There was action and punching but Supes really stood for something here. The ghost warrior and latest governmental conspiracy I could have done without but it’s a small quibble only. It was good to see Lana and superman together. Their history really came through. But the best part was Baka. He end made me tear up which has been difficult in this run of the co Superman journeys to the centre of the planet! This title mixed a little Jules Verne with good old comic action. And it came across great. There was action and punching but Supes really stood for something here. The ghost warrior and latest governmental conspiracy I could have done without but it’s a small quibble only. It was good to see Lana and superman together. Their history really came through. But the best part was Baka. He end made me tear up which has been difficult in this run of the comics. Good to see Superman return to fighting for justice and right! Welcome back.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    There was nothing I can put my finger on that I liked about this title (apart from the art which was great) but I did like it and read it in 2 sittings which is good for me. I liked it and found it readable, though I'm not particularly sure why as in retrospect nothing stands out. Strange.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kubasek

    Much better than the previous volume, but clunky at a few parts. The 'mothers' story that opens this collection is solid.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    3.5 really. At least there was a true story here, which this series has sorely been lacking up until this point. Ending was still a little confusing, but I'll take it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    A considerably better volume, but still not what I was hoping for when I delved into the world of Superman. And isn't he supposed to be someone to look up to? With three women on the go? Naughty boy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    Another great volume! Have read #4 & #5 of this series and like them a lot! Another great volume! Have read #4 & #5 of this series and like them a lot!

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