Action Comics #866

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 11, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 9
9.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Part 1 of "Brainiac"! Decades ago, Krypton went to war with Brainiac, a cold and callous alien obsessed with the control of knowledge. Superman believes he's faced Brainiac before, but he's about to learn the truth behind his close encounters as he heads down the road to his greatest triumph...and greatest tragedy.

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 11, 2008

    It was a lot of fun reading the scene with Clark and the new members of the Daily Planet and the new Brainiac has me intrigued to the point I want to know more about how this fits in with everything we already know. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Jun 15, 2008

    I highly recommend that you pick up this issue, even if you hate Superman. It's fantastically written, the art is top notch and the implications for the future and the past of Superman are extraordinary. This new Brainiac is chilling, menacing and a formidable foe for the Man of Steel. This is one of the best books DC has put out this year outside of the Green Lantern titles and I can't wait to see what Johns brings to Superman next. This is a Pick of the Week. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Jun 17, 2008

    There's honestly nothing I can complain about in this issue as a whole with the exception that purists may not be happy with this retcon. With All Star Superman's last issue on the horizon, I'm thrilled to know there's another Superman book (and it's montly!) out there that I can enjoy. If you're a casual Superman reader or someone who's looking for a place to jump aboard, this issue's it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 11, 2008

    Get ready Superman fans, Action Comics looks like it's about to take off in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Jun 15, 2008

    So there it is, part one of "Brainiac." The issue provides a great setup, while being 100% accessible to new Superman readers looking to find what they have been missing in comics, as well as old readers who know every excruciating detail of Brainiac and Superman's long history of being sworn enemies. The issue also gets bonus points for making Brainiac scary again, which I have never been able to suspend my disbelief to when I'm stuck looking at a green man with light bulbs on his forehead. Even the cliffhanger is frightening, and it's Brainiac drooling on himself! Promised to be the gateway to the 2008 Superman event, "Brainiac" has started off with all the right steps, and I'm excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 13, 2008

    Action Comics #866 was a fantastic set-up issue. Johns turns in an issue that is a balanced read with great dialogue and character work as well as some action. Johns does his job of stimulating the reader's interest and setting the stage for what should be a rather entertaining story arc. I would certainly recommend giving Action Comics #866 a try. This story arc should be worth your hard earned money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Jun 15, 2008

    I am looking forward to this arc, and it has inspired me to pick up the last couple of years of Action in tradevpaperback to give it a read. That in itself is a positive thing for a writer to do these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 17, 2008

    This book was well worth the price. It's probably the one single DC comic I've really, truly enjoyed lately. That said, this book carries the Sightings trade dress, whatever that really means. To me, it doesn't mean too much, as it neither adds nor detracts from an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

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