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Before he came to Earth, the people of Superman's homes planet Krypton had battled Brainiac, a cold and callous alien obsessed with the control of knowledge. Now, Brainiac has set his sights on destroying Earth and finishing off the Last Son of Krypton once and for all. This epic battle will change Superman's world forever.Collecting ACTION COMICS #866-870....

Title : Superman: Brainiac
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ISBN : 9781401220877
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Superman: Brainiac Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-03-11 23:37

    Wow! I love Geoff Johns' take on Superman in this! This story is as good as Morrison's All Star Superman: Volume 01, as far as I'm concerned. Lovedlovedloved Clark's relationship with his father! Warning: Ladies, bring a box of Kleenex with you when you read this. I also loved the interaction between Clark and Lois. I think Johns got the tone of their relationship just right. I would definitely recommend reading this one!P.S.- Couldn't bring myself to take away any stars for this, but I felt that I at least had to mention it in my review. I thought Gary Frank's artwork was beautifully drawn, but I hated that Superman looked exactly like Christopher Reeve, and Lois Lane looked like Margot Kidder. It creeped me out! *shudder*

  • Jerry
    2019-02-23 00:31

    Great artwork and storyline, with less of the profanity, freaky visuals, and such that have plagued other such omnibuses (though a couple of crude jokes were still present.)

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-26 01:46

    Brainiac is out in the universe gobbling up cultures, destroying worlds and putting cities, like Krypton's Kandor, in bottles so Superman heads off to stop him once and for all.Brainiac is the ultimate control freak/collector who lives only for his collection of bottled cities and collected knowledge. He's like an internet of one or, for Trekkies, the Borg. That makes him a pretty formidable opponent for Superman and Geoff Johns makes the most of it, showing Superman's limits when it comes to trying outsmart someone whose knowledge far surpasses his own.It's a very well written and drawn book - artist Gary Frank draws Superman/Clark Kent exactly like Christopher Reeve so it's like reading a movie that never was and like the first two Reeve movies it's awesome (unlike the last two). There's a heartfelt epilogue to a character close to Superman who passes, that was done in wordless panels โ€“ a smart artistic choice as it felt like even the reader was kept at a distance from Superman's thoughts and personal grief."Superman: Brainiac" is an excellent Superman book and the best Johns book I've read yet. Any Superman fan would love reading this - highly recommended.

  • Kerri Duff
    2019-02-24 19:46

    I really connected with this one. I love the relationship Clark has with his parents. And Supergirl made me laugh a bit in this one (in a good way).

  • Jillian
    2019-03-08 20:49

    I'm not the biggest fan of Johns work because I just feel like he really lacks characterization in most of his tales, but here I actually felt like he delved into the character of Clark really well, and his relationship with his father was poignant and utterly heartbreaking.Sure Jonathan's been killed off numerous times, but for some reason it always gets me and touches me because he is such a big part in the making of Clark into the world's greatest superhero. The stuff at the Daily Planet was fun and something that is sorely lacking in the Superman comics to date. Clark is a huge oaf who really can't seem to tie his shoes, but he has touch of spunk to him. Especially when he uses his heat vision to send Lombard to the ground. His flirting with Lois was spot on and shows that while they are married, they still have sexual chemistry and they are hardly stale. I'm not a big fan of the art as I find Frank's faces to be quite frankly hideous, and very distracting.Even though I loved this story, I still have a huge quibble with Johns and his fascination/obsession with the Silver Age of Superman. In everything he writes, you feel like it's stuck in the past in everything from dialogue to clothing that he wears, and that's really frustrating because Superman/Clark Kent has evolved from a...

  • J.M.
    2019-03-22 23:44

    Brilliant. I friggin' loved SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC. It was just the Superman fix I needed after the let-down of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN by Grant Morrison. Ugh.I know I've slammed Geoff Johns on Goodreads before, but here he was spot-on perfect. One of the best Superman reads I've ever come across. My faith has been renewed, restored, and revitalized!Also: Gary Frank's Christopher Reeve-esque rendering of Superman? Fantastic! As was the rest of the cast in this trade. I adored it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. I give it FIVE STARS!

  • Praxedes
    2019-03-17 00:25

    A nice attempt at generating alternate scenarios for the Man of Steel. This plot centers around Brainiac as the true destroyer of Krypton, and not the unstable planet's core. It was a worthy read, but lacked any real stopping power.I was intrigued by the way Johns wove in other Superman franchise media into the story --Cat Grant and Supergirl look a lot like their TV series counterparts; Superman and Lois Lane look like the Christopher Reeve movie actors, etc.

  • Jesse A
    2019-03-10 19:48

    Well written story with good art. Could have stood to be a bit longer but still very good.

  • Sesana
    2019-03-21 20:24

    A decent enough Superman book, with just one problem for me: it's about Superman. I think I have to accept that I'm just not a fan and that I'm not likely to bring myself to care too much about the character, overall. That said, it is a good take on the character, and I appreciate the human roots Johns works with here: Ma and Pa and Lois. Isn't it nice to read about a superhero who has solid and loving relationships with "normal" people. The story I could have probably dredged up more emotional connection to if I cared about Superman, and I don't doubt that somebody who does like him would enjoy it far more than I did.I do have to take exception to how the character of Cat Grant was handled. There are no doubts in my mind that she was introduced solely for fanboys to leer at, while helping them feel better about leering at Supergirl. Unrealistic and in exceptionally poor taste. Special kudos for the scene that implies that only an alien would be able to look a woman in the eye (you know, like she's an actual person) instead of gaping at her chest like a neanderthal.

  • TJ Shelby
    2019-03-19 20:49

    Wow, a major character death that I really don't think they will bring back and the first actual encounter with Brainiac, not just one of his emanations. Add to that the amazing art...the book has WOW factor.

  • AgustinRiddle
    2019-03-13 00:30

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  • Kyle
    2019-03-04 19:52

    It's pretty much a certainty nowadays that, if you see Geoff Johns' name on the cover, you should prepare to change everything you know about that series. He is simply the king of retroactive continuity. And there is no exception with "Brainiac". This book is a prelude to the New Krypton story-arc, so there is a lot of set-up: we meet the true Brainiac, we learn the true history of Kandor's abduction, and we discover where Kara's parents disappeared to. It reads more like a trailer to a larger event, and I would have liked to read more about Brainiac's past, maybe Johns could have deconstructed the relationship between Supes and B some more.... Maybe Brainiac isn't all that bad a guy? The epilogue is stunning, and the whole book is well storyboarded. It left me feeling the the surface was only scratched though. 3.5/5

  • Anja Braun
    2019-03-02 17:51

    I really liked this comic book. Brainiac attacks Krypton & takes Kandor. Clark is married to Lois.Brainiac sets his sights on Earth.Zor-El's plan to escape Argo city. Supergirl saves Earth. I loved it! There is a surprise at the end which I didn't foresee. I should have but didn't. All in all this is a great book you will not be disappointed!!

  • Amanda
    2019-02-23 20:28

    Well done, Geoff Johns, Well done!This is a stand out Superman story.. one you could read multiple times, I thought it was fantastic. The Intensity built with each panel.. Great read!

  • Ryan
    2019-03-08 01:51

    This was only the second Superman anything I've ever read. The first one being Red Son. In this surprisingly short graphic novel, Superman has to battle the highly intelligent alien known as, title says it, Brainiac. I decided to read this one because I thought Brainiac looked pretty awesome and Borg like. The Borg wishes it was Brainiac. Star Trek jab. I mean the guy flies around in a giant skull with stabby tentacles! Pretty much the plot to this one is Brainiac wants to capture every last Kryptonian and he's been searching for Superman for like hundreds of years or whatever. When his robots show up on Earth Superman gets all pissy and decides to go looking for Brainiac. When he finds him, of course he does, Brainiac does his villain monologue and then they have it out. All in all, I liked it. Superman got hurt and that's fine. Anyone that knows me knows about my passionate dislike for Superman, but I did feel bad for him at the end. I won't spoil that in case you don't know. Although it might not even matter since New 52 started. My problems with the story are that it seemed rushed, there were characters that didn't have any reason to be in the story, and the fact that a being with literally worlds of knowledge gets defeated like he does. I mean he let Superman put his fingers into his head holes like a bowling ball! Everyone's holes that Superman's fingers have been in are now in Brainiac's head holes. That's how these things work, right? Oh yeah, spoiler!, Superman wins. Of course he does. Usually I would also ding a comic for using such odd facial expressions on the characters but I enjoyed it because it made Superman look like a doofus. That being said, I did like the art. And now I have a new villain to enjoy.

  • Gavin
    2019-03-01 23:46

    Geoff Johns never writes bad stories, and there's some good stuff to this, but there's also some very ho-hum superfluous junk. The stuff with all the Planet staff seems a little forced, unless they plan on doing something with it. The artist just totally copied Margot Kidder/Chris Reeve with his designs, which is OK, just don't try to pretend it's anything but that.Brainiac has always been an interesting element in Superman's world, so nothing wrong with trying a new look at him.Great line by Supergirl about Luthor is the most dangerous human, Brainiac is the most dangerous alien.However I think I prefer the Superman stories that don't involve so many aliens. Nice to see him get a little angry though...however I'm so lost about continuity, I wasn't sure about Ma & Pa Kent's storyline anyhow.Decent book, but nothing essential.

  • Blindzider
    2019-03-12 18:33

    Despite the brevity of the story, it packs quite a bit in there. While it does come off a little forced, merely setting up the catalyst for the New Krypton storyline, it still has some heart too it. You will learn the history of how Kandor became bottled, how Supergirl arrived, Brainiac's self-imposed purpose on life and the fate of Kandor, and at what personal cost to Kal El.What I loved most about this volume was Gary Frank's art. Once again his ability to show tremendous action balanced with human emotions on facial expressions is truly wonderful. What I love even more is that he always draws Superman so that he looks like Christopher Reeve (and Margot Kidder as Lois) from the original movie.

  • Donovan
    2019-03-04 23:40

    Geoff Johns and Gary Frank write and draw classic Superman, although he undeniably looks Christopher Reeve. My only complaint is how short this book is and that it drops your heart off a cliff right at the end. It really needs a follow up book. That said, this is a fun and exciting read with a near omnipotent and finally unridiculous Brainiac pulling the strings.

  • Luke Smith
    2019-02-26 20:28

    Que saudades do Geoff Johns do pรณs crise..esse quadrinho รฉ uma aula de como o Superman deve ser escrito, nada megalomanรญaco demais, nada exagerado demais, simplicidade, inocรชncia e pura diversรฃo sรฃo o foco.Do jeito que o Superman deve ser escrito.

  • Christopher Rush
    2019-03-19 19:24

    Poor Jon Kent. What is he, the Duncan Idaho of the Superman Universe? Picking up this volume and reading it as if it is some accessible story is somewhat misleading, since we are at once given the impression this is a new introductory story to Superman and his friends and family, yet it also contains enough self-universe-references to confuse the careful reader who has unsuspectingly checked this out from the library (combined with the notion this was apparently in the continuity of Action Comics ... if there is such a thing anymore). This story gives us a lot to dislike: uncertainty where this falls in the Superman Universe/history/continuity (is it a relaunch or not? it never seems to know); the embarrassing characterization and drawing of Cat Grant (seriously, this is truly horrendous); the "I know everything" description of Brainiac yet his inability to plan for Superman doing the only available, obvious thing to stop him; the incredible actions of Superman in the epilogue; the "oh, so everything just got majickally fixed, then?" idea how Superman "saves" Metropolis (but he can't do that with Kandor? or did he? we just don't know); the characterization and drawing of Cat Grant; the overly stilted dialogue between Superman and Supergirl; and the characterization and drawing of Cat Grant. There are a few nice moments sprinkled sparingly, and the dearth of dialogue at times makes it a fast read, but overall it's a bit of a mess. We totally "get" what it's about from the unnecessarily violent opening sequence, but then we have to wade through an uncomfortable hashing out of fairly predictable events (and an uncomfortable framing of Ma Kent that's almost as off-putting as every panel of Cat Grant). It's a nice idea (meeting the "real" Brainiac), but we've seen this on Voyager and First Contact and lots of other things. Disappointing storytelling and artwork.

  • Braxton
    2019-03-17 01:43

    I really didn't like this one. There were a lot of choices that the writer and artist made that I didn't like at all.One of the main things that I disliked was the artwork. Gary Frank is a good artist, but I hate the choice to draw Superman to look like Christopher reeve. Superman was around a long time before the movies, and he has been around for a while since Reeve played him, so why do people still cling to the movies as being the ultimate version of the character? they aren't even that accurate to the comics, and they have aged horribly.Another problem I had was the character of Cat Grant. She was a brilliant example of why feminists hate DC comics. The character has always been the type to take advantage of her looks, but do we really need to have her walking around the newsroom looking like she belongs on a street corner? And, how many times do we need to be reminded that she has fake boobs?One of my biggest complaints was how they handled the death of Johnathan Kent. Comic book deaths have always been kind of meaningless, since they always come up with a way to bring the character back, but when the character dieing isn't a hero or villain, they usually tend to stay dead. The death of this character had no emotional weight for me. in fact, signaling his heart attack by having a picture of him grabbing his arm and saying "NNNNNNNNNN" actually struck me a funny more than anything else.Lastly, the story felt really rushed to me, especially the last chapter. I don't know if I should consider the short length to be a good thing or a bad thing, because the fact that it was short was to only reason I actually finished it.

  • Michael Church
    2019-03-20 00:50

    This was one of the quickest and most satisfying reads I've had in awhile. The story is simple, direct, and poignant. The characters are (mostly) well-written, and certainly seem to fit into a bigger story, given this is a random excerpt from Action Comics. There really isn't an easy way to detail what makes this so good. It's just something that sucks you in and gives you action, but it gives you heart and thought and meaning, too. The revelations about Braniac, from his true form to his nature and mission, are fantastic. The ending is meaningful and packs just the right amount of punch. There are some moments with Jonathan and Clark that are just such great dad moments. There were two things I took issue with. The first is mostly a character thing, so it was already established, but I dislike it nonetheless. Kara (Supergirl) is just characterized at the beginning as such a whiny teenager. I get it, but just come on. That sounded terrible in a few of her pages. The other thing was some of the details with the art. It probably falls more on the inkers and the colonists, but several panels had people's eyes going in opposite directions and just looking terrible. There were some other randomly weird looks that happened, too. Overall though, definitely worth the read. Given my limited history with Superman books, this has skyrocketed to the top of my list for him. Highly recommended. I really hope this does come back in a later Man of Steel movie plot, as it's been rumored.

  • Victor Orozco
    2019-03-01 19:47

    Nice little adventure. Basically this takes in every version of Brainiac by bringing forth the actual version who was considered the stealer of civilization that he's been depicted in various cartoons and earlier incarnations.Brainiac is found and more than that Kandor is found. Finally they bring a version of the bottle city that I can actually enjoy. This independently evolved city has always made me annoyed. This is so much better.The confrontation between Brainiac and the rest is amazing. With Supergirl thrown in the mix I must say this was great. I got to admit it was an interesting turn seeing the same artistry in the Geoff Johns work Superman Secret Origin. Absolutely beautiful artwork showing the beauty and ugliness in human beings. Great art and a great story.Don't want to make a spoiler, but its an interesting turn when a particularly endearing character is killed. I got to say I've heard about it but thankfully it wasn't as cruel as I thought it was going to be. Beautifully written and with great respect. Almost reminded me of the funeral scenes from the movie and the TV show when that character had died.This should be considered a prequel to the New Krypton stories. This was amazing, and its only going to get bigger.A-

  • Brad
    2019-03-21 23:42

    Geoff Johns' run on Action Comics is a modern-day response to John Byrne's Man of Steel reinvention of the character in the 1980s, but this volume falters a bit. Johns doesn't really offer that much different to say about Brainiac, the bottle city of Kandor, or Superman's relationship with his parents. More than his other books, which "brought back" the Legion and General Zod, this book feels like a shiny retelling of old, old stories. He can do this stuff well in his sleep. Here, the attempt at a poignant end is robbed by familiarity. His handle of Supergirl, and her relationship to her parents and two Kryptonian cities are interesting and worthwhile.

  • Aaj
    2019-03-02 17:23

    Not a great book, but a good read. If you are a fan of the Man of Steel like me, you'll like it. It happens rarely that a writer has touched both Superman's and Clarke's emotional sides at once(Please exclude the number of times some bad guy tries to kidnap Lois Lane!) This is a good reason to read this book and hence I'll look forward to Geoff's next Superman title! The relationship between Superman and Jonathan feels too much like that between Peter Parker and Uncle Ben. (Inspired from it?..might be!) They are superheroes, their parents love'em...sigh!Art is not much different from other contemporary Superman books. There are many full-scale poses of Supes, so if you want to try to draw Superman, go grab this book!

  • Michael
    2019-03-05 17:40

    In the comics before this graphic novel superman was fighting brainiac and winning everytime but mostly getting lucky, other times it was pretty lame. So it comes as a shock when it turns out the being he fought were not the real deal but just duplicates and mere copies. I read somewhere that superman 3 was originally going to feature brainiac as the main villain with supergirl as a supporting character. Although it plays out very differently from this story arc, this is probably as close as we can get to what the best version of that movie would have been.

  • Michelle Cristiani
    2019-03-26 00:38

    I liked it, but didn't love it. There were little gems throughout, but mostly either too wooden or too wordy. This surprises me because I know what a powerhouse Johns is. Some of it was really truly brilliant. I guess he's a hard act to follow, even for himself. The art was charming. The characters looked as they did in the Superman movie of my generation, and it really connected me to the story.

  • Alan
    2019-03-25 01:50

    Geoff Johns almost got 4 stars for this brief tale. More length might have helped with the parts of the story that I really liked. The development, deepening and strength of Clark's ties with his foster parents (Jonathan really comes across as a good father in this), the strong relationship with his wife Lois, and the science fiction aspects hold up pretty well. Plus a decent portrayal of an old villain. I just felt like I wanted more.

  • Robert
    2019-03-25 20:22

    An easy, enjoyable Superman read that does not require an extensive knowledge of the character's history to be enjoyable. The only quibble is with the (once again) re-imagined death scene of Pa Kent, which has been overdone to the point of exhaustion. One nearly expects him to kick off somewhere in every comic for a hackneyed emotional jolt.

  • Rafael Gimenes
    2019-03-12 19:45

    Geoff Johns รฉ provavelmente o cara que mais gosto no mundo dos quadrinhos de super-herรณis. Seus roteiros sรฃo uma amalgama de auto-conhecimento, humanidade e super poderes moderados. Ninguรฉm nos quadrinhos de Geoff Johns รฉ foda pra cacete. Nem o Superman, e รฉ isso que mais gostei aqui.