Action Comics #868

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 13, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

"Brainiac" part 3 of 5! Against everyone's advice, Superman has journeyed to the deepest reaches of space to initiate contact with an alien being he thought he knew: Brainiac. But after learning about the truth behind Brainiac's existence and his plans for Earth, Superman may regret his decision.

  • 9.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 13, 2008

    Naturally, Johns's story achieves a similar level of success. I really enjoy the looming sense of peril Johns is slowly building up. It's comparable to what Morrison is doing with Final Crisis, except simpler and.. you know... better. It's hard to ignore the feeling that something truly terrible is going to happen to Superman's loved ones, something that will likely kick off New Krypton at the end of the year. If this issue's story has any weak point, it's simply that fact that it doesn't move as quickly as I'd like. Johns spends the first half in the shadows, allowing Gary Frank's art to do all the talking. I really can't blame him for that, and yet I can't help but want more. This is, without a doubt, the best in-continuity Superman tale in a very long time. I'm always going to want more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 13, 2008

    Again, if you've never read Superman or don't really care about what happened in the past, these complaints are completely moot. In fact, I, and everyone else, that have a problem with the wanton disregard for previous stories still find it hard to criticize a book as good as Action Comics and I loved everything about this issue, from the creepy Matrixlike feel of Brainiac's ship to the confrontation with Brainiac. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Aug 14, 2008

    Action Comics #868 was another great addition to Brainiac. I think my favorite moment was Jonathan and Marthas cryptic conversation on the farm and how it foreshadows that everything wont be the same after this story wraps. Even the cliffhanger helps add to that notion with the entire city of Metropolis in a deep state of, Oh sh*t, this is bad. Action Comics continues to be one of the best superhero titles on the stands, so get out there and pick it up if you dont already. Its stories like these that show how great a character Superman is, and why he is still vital to American pop-culture. How is that for a compliment? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 23, 2008

    Action Comics #868 was another quality installment in this Brainiac story arc. Johns is doing a fine job updated Brainiac's character and smoothing out the various continuity issues that have surfaced between Brainiac's various incarnations over the years. Johns is taking his time and giving plenty of back-ground information that should enable newer readers to enjoy this story arc just as easily as long-time readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace and Thom Young Aug 17, 2008

    Superman might have thought Brainiac was offering him a cup of hot chocolate to offset the coldness of deep space and the undoubtedly air-conditioned environment that is needed for all of that otherworldly technology. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 15, 2008

    Ever since Johns got back on track with "Action Comics," and especially since Gary Frank has come on board, I've enjoyed this comic every month. This is probably one of the weaker single issues from the duo, but it's still a slick, well-told Superman story, and it's only the middle of a larger Brainiac story that has yet to unfold. It's a story that may or may not include an important part for the long-forgotten Ultra, the Multi-Alien, who appears in a few panels this month. Johns and Frank are always worth reading, and if they unleash Ultra onto the populace there's going to be no way you can ignore them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Aug 16, 2008

    *Sigh* Green man in a suit. Read Full Review

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