Wow Moments of this are just breathtaking Johns and Frank are able to pack humor, emotion and nonstop action into a very quick read Sometimes I was laughing, other times I had tears in my eyes Gary Frank s art is so damn expressive Johns does do some revisionist history by redoing the Kandor story even though Kandor had already been established as sitting in the Fortress of Solitude and altering Supergirl s history a bit Johns turns Brainiac into a real badass with the potential to thre Wow Moments of this are just breathtaking Johns and Frank are able to pack humor, emotion and nonstop action into a very quick read Sometimes I was laughing, other times I had tears in my eyes Gary Frank s art is so damn expressive Johns does do some revisionist history by redoing the Kandor story even though Kandor had already been established as sitting in the Fortress of Solitude and altering Supergirl s history a bit Johns turns Brainiac into a real badass with the potential to threaten the entire DC universe He also does a great job with Superman When push comes to shove and Superman sees Earth being threatened, he turns hard as nails And then those father son moments between Clark and Pa Kent are just crushing This is a prelude to the New Krypton Saga I think by this point they knew the New 52 was coming as there was a real willingness to take risks during this period in DC history 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 tr 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 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 Pretty good artwork and a decent story, Superman V Braniac was a short entertaining read I don t quite see how the Toyman story at the beginning serves as a tie in to the Superman vs Brainiac storyThe origin story for Supergirl was interesting but I felt the sketches of her as well as her personality were a bit cardboard I think I prefer the Batman cannon overall, not sure I will delve too muchinto Superman. Okay, yeah I said before that I wasn t going to read anyGeoff Johns comics, but come on, who am I kidding If I want to read and learnabout the DC universe, there is absolutely no avoiding Johns massive output over the past two decades Plus, April 2018 is the month of Superman as far as I m concerned, with the 80 year anniversary of Superman and 1000 issues of Action Comics Anyway, Johns run on Action Comics is well regarded, it was on sale, and I wanted to read Superman comics, Okay, yeah I said before that I wasn t going to read anyGeoff Johns comics, but come on, who am I kidding If I want to read and learnabout the DC universe, there is absolutely no avoiding Johns massive output over the past two decades Plus, April 2018 is the month of Superman as far as I m concerned, with the 80 year anniversary of Superman and 1000 issues of Action Comics Anyway, Johns run on Action Comics is well regarded, it was on sale, and I wanted to read Superman comics, so that s how I ended up reading Superman Brainiac.And it s actually really good I ve got to give Johns some credit here, he writes Superman really well Clark is all the right amounts of kind, heroic, smart and snarky, and while he does some things here that I personally don t think Superman would do at one point he punches a big aggressive animal in the head, breaking its tooth , generally I m okay with this version of Supes.I was also surprised that this book extensively features Kara Zor El, the Supergirl I haven t seen much of her in other comics, but I really liked her here The rest of the supporting cast was fine with the exception of Kat Grant, who is portrayed here as a stereotypical dumbass sensationalist whose main personality trait is her fake tits Seriously, waaay to much attention to her breasts in this comic Considering how well her character is realised even on a silly TV show like Supergirl, this take on her feels lazy at best and degrading at worst.I enjoyed the actual story about Brainiac It s a classic one Brainiac comes, wants to put Metropolis in a bottle, Superman saves the day I think Grant Morrison did a better version of this in Superman Action Comics, Volume 1 Superman and the Men of Steel, but Johns take was perfectly fun and enjoyable, too This volume has a twist ending that kinda caught me off guard Spoiler alert view spoiler just as Superman saves the city from Brainiac, pa Kent suffers a heart attack and dies hide spoiler I didn t see it coming, and to be honest, I didn t really like that, because that s where the book ends, and we see no reaction from other characters, no grieving, nothing like that, and there was virtually no buildup to that event Maybe I m just missing some issues and all of the above happens elsewhere, but in the context of this volume this plot line feels tacked on.Gary Frank s artwork is the best part of this book, though It s just great all around the character designs, the facial expressions, the action, the backgrounds This guy is immensely talented, and it s always a joy to see his work even in otherwise weak comics, but paired with a fun and engaging story it s even better.Despite all the minor flaws, Superman Brainiac is still a rare example of a good Superman comic, and an even rarer example of a good Geoff Johns comic Needless to say, I m impressed and quite happy that I decided to read it To anyone looking for a fun Superman book, this is a really good choice Edited I have been anticipating this story for quite a while now And you know what She can t stand the sight of me Sorry Anyway And you know what This book is 64 to 158 on frickinbecause it s been out of print for 10 years I had no idea That is because it is a prelude comic to that New Krypton series that happened Written by the amazing Geoff Johns with art by the also amazing Gary Frank I was really excited when I could finally read it I think if you are looking for just Edited I have been anticipating this story for quite a while now And you know what She can t stand the sight of me Sorry Anyway And you know what This book is 64 to 158 on frickinbecause it s been out of print for 10 years I had no idea That is because it is a prelude comic to that New Krypton series that happened Written by the amazing Geoff Johns with art by the also amazing Gary Frank I was really excited when I could finally read it I think if you are looking for just a fun, lighter comic that doesn t really make you think, this is a good choice, especially for a Superman fan That s overall how I feel about this story Nothing really amazed me like I thought it would, but to pass the time while reading, this did the job I ll just get this out of the way Superman is a frickin hard ass Blasting heat vision into Brainiac s eyes That s what I m talkin about All of his great characteristics are still there but just saying, he s playin pretty rough Superman s relationship with his parents and Supergirl is always great to see, but I think some of my favourite scenes in this book are the first few Daily Planet scenes The dialogue between all of the characters is not only hilarious but adds for such a wholesome feel to this iconic location As for Brainiac Okay, so Brainiac does in most media talk like a robot and a being that wants to rule all Because of this, I am not a big fan of his character because his personality is a little bland Sorry, very bland And I get it He is supposed to be that way, but I don t usually have any interest or get compelled by those kinds of villains Movie example Steppenwolf from Justice League 2017 But none the less the comic does a great job showing the horrors of what Brainiac does and how it ruins millions of lives The story itself is a little bland as well Don t get me wrong, it s still entertaining, I just can t help but think how muchcould have been in this story Lengthwise and substance The story only really becomes somethingnear the end, and everything ends unresolved because it is a prelude comic Gary Frank s art is incredible though This makes me want to read Secret Origin or the Shazam Comic he and Johns did His art is so expressive and vibrant looking and really does well for the reading experience In the end, this was a quick fun read I don t really know if it was anythan that though, and that is a little bit of a letdown If this wasn t a Superman story would I care as much I dunno that I would have, but either way I do recommend this story for the great Superman characters and amazing artwork Letter Grade B 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. 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. During the past week, the comic club I attend every month discussed what I think is the quintessential Superman story All Star Superman, a book I have reread and championed over the years Although I would say that Superman isof a required taste than Batman, there are plenty of Superman stories to check out, whether it is the first two Christopher Reeve films, which have certainly influenced Geoff Johns in the way he writes the Man of Steel.Prior to writing his spin on the origin story Sec During the past week, the comic club I attend every month discussed what I think is the quintessential Superman story All Star Superman, a book I have reread and championed over the years Although I would say that Superman isof a required taste than Batman, there are plenty of Superman stories to check out, whether it is the first two Christopher Reeve films, which have certainly influenced Geoff Johns in the way he writes the Man of Steel.Prior to writing his spin on the origin story Secret Origin, Geoff Johns had been writing plenty of comics from the main Superman title to Action Comics, the latter of which the story arc Brainiac was published under As one of Brainiac s drones crash lands to Earth, Superman encounters it, only triggering the impending arrival of the evil Coluan, who frightens Superman s younger cousin, Kara Supergirl.Opening the book with Brainiac invading Krypton as well as shrinking and stealing the capital city Kandor, it immediately sets up who is considered Superman s second deadliest archenemy after Lex Luthor Considering Superman has acknowledged the various battles with Brainiac during a conversation with Kara, Johns re establishes the eponymous villain by going back to the Silver Age roots He may serveas a physical threat and doesn t get under the skin of our hero, but Johns writes great dialogue that showcases Brainiac s evil intellect.Johns biggest influence when it comes to writing the Man of Steel is Richard Donner s 1978 Superman movie, which itself was inspired by the Silver Age comics Modernising these classical elements, through the writing and the art, there is a charming simplicity in the book s exploration of the mythos, even during the crazy sci fi set pieces But no matter how grand Superman s adventures can be, Johns maintains that human quality that truly defines Superman through his mild mannered alter ego, Clark Kent, who has great interactions with the various staff of the Daily Planet, including his wife, Lois.Gary Frank is one of the greatest artists to draw Superman, not least in the way he draws the character, looking very much like Christopher Reeve Hell, even if his Lois looks a lot like Margot Kidder Presenting a world that looks both modern and classic, Frank puts a lot of attention on every page, from the expressive characters to the impactful action sequences ranging from Metropolis to Brainiac s alien ship.In five issues, Geoff Johns might be juggling too many elements to the point you may initially struggle what the emotional core is, but once you reach the heartbreaking finale, which evokes a similar sequence from Richard Donner s Superman, Brainiac reminds you of what is both great and tragic about the iconic superhero 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 foreverCollecting ACTION COMICS and material from SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL Well written story with good art Could have stood to be a bit longer but still very good.