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COMIC BOOK REVIEW - Action Comics: Bulletproof

Whilst we all wait for DC Comics to announce some new film project with Superman, we can take a sigh of relief knowing that at least we’ll get to see him in TV form from next year in the “Adventures of Clark and Lois”. Meanwhile, in the comics, I thought it was time to revisit “Action Comics” for another novel.

‘Bulletproof’ is a mix and match of a number of stories, much like ‘Superman and the Men of Steel’. The first half of the novel sees Superman dealing with a powerful Neo Sapiens, a human with remarkable abilities who attempts to kidnap a little girl who has similar powers. The second half has Superman facing a vengeful man who has Kryptonite infused into him. Luckily backup arrives in the form of Steel. As well as the main story, there were also two one-shots telling the story of Calvin Ellis, the black Superman from Earth-23.

So much of my issue with the first novel in this series persist into this novel. I personally think that the lack of a coherent storyline means that one-shots get forgotten and you end up reading a whole novel not getting the enjoyability of feeling like you read a proper novel. That being said there were several panels which really highlighted how Superman came to be the idealistic hero he is now.

The artwork varied from issue to issue, and all of it was okay in my opinion. There weren’t any bad issues, but there also weren’t any issues that I really liked. The same goes for the covers. Overall, I think I just expected more and I really hope this series picks up!

Favourite Panel:

Is this giving anyone else Injustice vibes?

Favourite Character:

Is it weird that it was Calvin Ellis? I mean a black Superman who’s also the President of the USA? What more could he be!


  • Story Arc: ★★½

  • Character Development: ★★★½

  • Artwork: ★★½

  • Enjoyability: ★★

  • Re-readability: ★½

Level: Intermediate

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