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Grade 9 Up–Facing off once again with his old foe Brainiac, Superman is shocked to learn that the coldly logical supervillain was responsible for the disappearance of both an entire Kryptonian city and the death of hundreds of Kryptonians. When Brainiac turns his sights to Earth and adds the city of Metropolis to his collection of miniaturized specimens, the Man of Steel must confront a far more powerful and cruel opponent than he ever dreamed of, and Supergirl must overcome her own misgivings about her power in order to stop Brainiac's robotic minions from destroying the Earth. This somewhat standard tale of Superman confronting an evil alien bent on destroying the world is enlightened by realistic characters and dialogue as well as some heartrending displays of emotion. With a fair amount of graphic violence, this is a somewhat darker Superman than some audiences may be comfortable with; that said, the plot is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The artwork is excellent, with wonderful use of color. A fine general choice for collections in need of solid superhero titles.–Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220884
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on March 14, 2009
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When I was a kid I always loved the issues of Superman where the Man of Steel faced Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Each of those villains seemed powerful enough to take Superman down, but together they seemed unstoppable. One of my favorite issues was when they shrank Superman small enough to put into a bird cage. I just really liked the image and the threat of Superman being too tiny to handle the struggle.

I've been a fan of Geoff Johns's work for years. I love how he brings heroic action and a feeling of wonder back to strips that rival what I remember as a child when I first encountered those heroes. This time Johns creates a Brainiac the like of which I have never before seen.

Over the last few years we've had a few incarnations of Brainiac, but somehow they really missed the overall feeling of awesome evil and impending doom that I remembered from the stories I read as a kid. Granted, a lot of things were more terrifying to me when I was younger, but an emotionless, cold machine should be truly creepy. (Terminator really did it for me!) I remember those early stories of Brainiac showing him acting more or less human, laughing and mad and scared. But he had green skin long before Harvey Dent did.

The version of Brainiac that Johns treats the readers to made me feel uneasy at first, then tipped the scales over to a genuine worried state before the book ends. This Brainiac is loathsome and vile, a true villain with its own agenda. I like the fact that Brainiac is actually a giant ship that has various automatons it can send out as probes, sentries, and offensive units. This Brainiac is actually a rolling army when it wishes to be.

The early pages depicting Krypton and Kandor are really good, and the fear those people have of Brainiac is palpable.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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Wow. I must really be behind the times in the Superman continuity. Supergirl is alive again along with Ma and Pa Kent. Kandor remains in the hands of Brainiac whose entire history has been shuffled around. I take it this is a full reboot; I'm just not sure when the reboot happened. I was glad to see Brainiac back to his classic green form with electrodes in his bald head. It looks like artist Gary Frank may have been inspired by Alex Ross's version of Brainiac from Justice although he's dropped the surgical scrubs and added about 150 pounds of solid muscle. Superman's look most resembles Christopher Reeve and Brainiac's probes (his robot army) look like a cross between the Terminator and H.R. Giger's Alien.

The Brainiac arc has received a lot of positive reviews but I cannot in good conscience rate it anything higher than above average. My issue is the way that Brainiac is presented. Brainiac is described as a 12th level intellect meaning that his thinking is vastly superior to a humans and even well above Superman's. You might expect a 12th level intellect to possess some kind of high level planning and sophisticated dialogue. In fact I would think that Brainiac would be on a whole separate plane of thinking. Unfortunately most writers are unable to even approach creating a character with super high level intellect so they fall back on having them crank out powerful weapons. Brainiac's blathering and bragging feels like anything but the product of a superior mind as he drones on about his desire for universal conquest. Rather than create a battle of wits Geoff Johns just has Superman and Brainiac duke it out across several issues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jake Shore on April 6, 2011
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It's been years since I collected comics. Superhero books have become so joyless and dark, they hold little appeal anymore. Sometime in the last twenty years, Marvel and DC quit marketing to kids altogether, focusing instead on the aging fanboys that make up the peer group of the industry's writers and artists. The tangled continuities and regular reboots that infect the characters and worlds of comic books are enough to keep casual readers away. Which makes it all the more enjoyable to find Superman: Braniac.

In my view, Superman is rarely done well, but writer Geoff Johns and penciler Gary Frank form a creative marriage that serves the Man of Steel well. As the title suggests, the story centers around the return of Braniac who sends his probes around the universe looking for civilized planets to steal knowledge from and promptly destroy, but only after shrinking and abducting a city from each one to keep as a specimen. As it turns out, these robotic probes are what Superman has been fighting all these years, not the real Braniac. One such robot comes to Earth and Superman promptly dispatches it, but not before analyzing the Kryptonian's blood and sending the information to the real Braniac. Turns out, Braniac doesn't like the idea of someone out there sharing Kryptonian culture and science, which he believes now belongs soley to him. So naturally, Superman must be eliminated. Fearing Braniac's probes will destroy other planets, Superman goes searching the galaxy for the creature. Only problem, Braniac captures him and sends another probe to destroy the Earth.

The narrative is intriguing and moves quickly. Johns is one the few guys who seems to have a solid grasp on the Superman mythos. He has respect for the character, and it shows here.
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