Superman: Brainiac


The amazing “Brainiac”storyline from ACTION COMICS #866-870 is collected in this spectacular new hardcover! Written by Geoff Johns and featuring art by Gary Frank and Jon Sibal, this is the hard-hitting story that revitalized one of Superman’s greatest foes – and brought the bottle city of Kandor to Earth, setting the stage for the storyline “New Krypton.”


Colorist: Brad Anderson
Cover Color by: Peter Pantazis
Inker: Jonathan Sibal, Gary Frank
Penciller: Gary Frank
Written by: Geoff Johns

Having had a mixed reaction to the comic titles I’ve read recently, I decided to explore an older title that was released the same year I gave up reading comics, and for the past week, it’s been a breath of fresh air.

This graphic novel is unusually short; it only collects four issues, and yet, it reminded me why Geoff Johns is one of my favourite writers. Short, interesting, and to the point, and it was great to see Supes in his classic uniform again.

This story doesn’t really tell the reader anything new, unless they literally know nothing about Superman: Brainiac – who’s ship was previously floating lifelessly through space – tries to collect Metropolis for his “collection”, and Superman ventures to stop him while also rescuing the city of Kandor, where his cousin Supergirl hails from. Superman succeeds at saving Metropolis, but at the cost of both the Kent farm and his farther Jonathan.

A simple, down to Earth story that could be finished in less than an hour, and it’s still on of the best stories I’ve read in  a long time. Yet, even in four issues, Johns shows a very human side to Superman, who always did wrestle with being the Last Son of Krypton and a resident of Earth. Brainiac does attempt to question Superman’s loyalties, but the Man of Steel is able to satisfy both identities with a double victory… and a double loss.

I loved the artwork too, courtesy of Gary Frank (pencils) and Jon Sibal (inks). Superman is drawn in the likeness of his most famous actor, the late Christopher Reeve, which only adds to the comics nostalgic aspect. Sibal takes it easy on the inking; the lines aren’t too thick, which prevents the art from distracting you with ultra thick lines I’ve sort of gotten used to.


It’s the type of story that sets the standard for what I love to see in a Superman comic. A true breath of fresh air for a classic Superman fan.

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