Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Superman: 3-2-1 Action!” as Want to Read:
Superman: 3-2-1 Action!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Superman: 3-2-1 Action!

(Superman by Kurt Busiek #Action Comics #852-854, Superman)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Will Jimmy Olsen become Superman's new partner in the battle for justice? The secrets of Jimmy's past are revealed!
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 5th 2008 by DC Comics
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Superman, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Superman

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  76 ratings  ·  15 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Superman: 3-2-1 Action!
Marc's Comics
Feb 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
I like a lot of Busiek's other works, but his Superman run is killing me. Here we have a few Jimmy Olsen stories, including the character's origin. The present-day parts tie in with the Countdown to Final Crisis crossover, and while it isn't hard to figure out what is going on, it's fairly distracting.

My main issue with Busiek's run is the lack of any credible threats whatsoever. Every villain he uses is some lame 70s-style reject who doesn't present any real danger to the main characters. Here
Joaquin Pacheco
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives

"Jimmy," by Busiek and Leonardi, is well done, but lacks a certain excitement and inspiration. Maybe I'm just hung over from reading so much Kirby, but this issue just felt like it was going through the motions. Nothing's wrong with it, per se, but I'm already forced to really think to
remember what happened in it.

"3-2-1 Action" suffers a bit from loose art by Walker. But ultimately, the drunken Irish robots just don't work for me. And super-animals in battle... maybe Jeff Smith could work it.
It's funny how DC used a completely generic title to disguise the nature of this book - although there is a sort of pun involved you'll only discover upon reading. The nature of the book then is a Jimmy Olsen compilation - and if that's what you're after, I guess this is as good as it could be. Present are one of his origin tales, an extended piece where he gets powers (that lead into some event story of old) and a double-length tale to close. The problem is that it's so dated by modern standard ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice read. Not my all-time favorite Superman stories--not a huge fan of Jimmy Olsen getting super powers, though that was a really interesting "what-if"--but these were still definitely fun. These are great snapshots of Jimmy Olsen--the entire character, not just his friendship with Superman. After all, the best part of Superman isn't necessarily the Man of Steel himself (though, he of course, is awesome), but his relationships with the people in his life. He's one of the few superher ...more
Pochodnia  fandomu
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: superman, books-i-own
Pierwsza historia była o tym, jak Jimmy odziedziczył Krypto po Connerze, więc bardzo plus, a druga historia jakoś do mnie nie przemówiła totalnie
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved this. I guess Kurt Busiek is my favorite Superman writer. I've loved the last few things I've read of his. The focus of this volume was on Jimmy and his relationship with Superman. I think because of that it forced the story to focus a little more on the Clark side of the character. I don't need Superman to be fighting some kind of uber villian to enjoy the story. In fact, I usually prefer it when he's not. There are so many interesting aspects to Superman, and the more complex ones tend ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
I'm an unashamed fan of the Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen series, so I was both impressed by Busiek's homage to that silly garbage in these stories and by his sheer chutzpah for bothering to try. But my favorite part of this book was easily Evanier and Rude's pitch-perfect imitation of Kirby in the final story, which was fittingly based on an unused Kirby plot using almost all of his major DC creations--the New Gods, Guardian, Intergang, etc. As a hardcore Kirbyphile, I was blown away by Steve Rude ...more
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, marvel
Superman may get the title billing, but all three stories in this book are about his pal, Jimmy Olsen. The first story retells Jimmy's origin, which has been fudged a little bit, post- Identity Crisis. In the title story, Jimmy has apparently gained superpowers as part of the Countdown crossover. Jimmy dons a costume and takes on the Kryptonite Man. (As you'd guess, he needs some help from Superman.) The last story is a tacked on book from 1999--an homage to Jack Kirby's Fourth World stories t ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
The Jimmy Olsen origin story is quite good [7/10]. The Countdown crossover is pretty mediocre until Krypto enters the story. Who's a good dog!? Who's a good dog!? [6/10]. The Evanier story is very Kirbyesque, but I generally find that era of story pretty slow for the modern market [6/10], and of course it doesn't belong here at all.
Geoff Derks
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would rather listen to the Spin Doctors' "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" instead of reading this collection again. I liked the "Jimmy" story from Superman 665, but was not into the "Countdown to Final Crisis" cross over in Action Comics. Overall a disappointment, but I was glad to read the origin story for Jimmy.
Terry Collins
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Solid work with the ever-continuing updates of Jimmy Olsen (he gets younger with each and every reboot). The final story with Evanier and Rude channeling Jack Kirby (even using a plot idea by the King) is delightfully insane.
Victor Orozco
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice set of stories on Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen. Without a doubt there are times when Jimmy has truly been an unsung hero. While these stories are okay and do lead up to some nice moral, they aren't that big.

Still nice to read. C+
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Busiek really shines in these Jimmy Olsen stories... he's got a gift for putting superheroes in real world context.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Even for a Superman fan, this book was quite silly and disappointing.
rated it it was amazing
Apr 25, 2016
rated it liked it
Jan 18, 2016
Shehryar Haris
rated it it was ok
Jul 09, 2013
rated it it was ok
Mar 27, 2017
rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2011
rated it liked it
Feb 18, 2016
rated it really liked it
May 07, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Sep 20, 2011
Mike Rhodes
rated it it was ok
Apr 09, 2018
Josh Newhouse
rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2014
rated it liked it
Oct 03, 2013
rated it it was ok
Aug 19, 2009
rated it really liked it
Aug 03, 2009
Joe Sergi
rated it liked it
Jun 11, 2010
rated it liked it
Jan 12, 2009
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Justice League, Volume. 2: Graveyard of Gods
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • Alien III
  • Batman: Hush
  • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Fracture
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
  • Batman: The Dark Knight - Master Race (The Dark Knight Saga, #3)
  • Hellboy in Hell, Vol. 2: The Death Card
  • Hellboy in Hell, Vol. 1: The Descent
  • The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
  • Swamp Thing by Mark Millar, Vol. 1: The Root of All Evil
  • Superman: Strange Attractors
  • Spider-Man Noir: The Complete Collection
  • American Vampire, Vol. 3
  • Hellboy, Vol. 12: The Storm and the Fury
  • Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt
  • Swamp Thing by Mark Millar, Vol. 2: Darker Genesis
  • B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Vol. 1: Messiah
See similar books…
Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;

Other books in the series

Superman by Kurt Busiek (9 books)
  • Superman: Up, Up, and Away!
  • Superman: Back in Action
  • Superman: Camelot Falls, Vol. 1
  • Superman: Camelot Falls, Vol. 2: The Weight of the World
  • Superman: The Third Kryptonian
  • Superman: Redemption
  • Superman: Shadows Linger
  • Superman: Secret Identity

News & Interviews

  Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made...
25 likes · 40 comments