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Superman: House of Brainiac Special #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson, Mark Russell Artist: Edwin Galmon, Fico Ossio, Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 1, 2024 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 14
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7.5User Rating

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HOUSE OF BRAINIAC PART 2.5 An essential issue in the Action Comics/Superman crossover as Brainiac's secret history with Lobo and Czarnia is revealed! How did Brainiac create a Bottled City of Czarnia? Who steps up to protect Metropolis after Brainiac's army leaves it in ruins? Will Lois Lane confront Perry White about his own secrets as he runs for mayor of Metropolis? And how is Amanda Waller involved in all of this? All these questions are answered in this crucial issue that connects to DC's Superman-Sized event! Meanwhile, Bibbo steps up! With the heroes gone and a city in need of some champions, our favorite bartender organizes the commun more

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 30, 2024

    Overall, it's a great issuebut that middle story is really what makes this an all-star tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Matthew Aguilar May 1, 2024

    DC Comics delivers the Superman: House of Brainiac Special #1 to comic stores this week, and it lives up to its billing as "Chapter 2.5" throughout three compelling stories that paint an impressively complete picture of the current state of things and how they came to be. These stories not only matter to the greater story, but also serve to flesh out that world pre- and post-attack, while also teeing up the next big move in Brainiac's master plan. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 30, 2024

    The story does a great job of setting up the next arc for these characters. Waller continues to be a menace and the art in this issue showcases that brilliantly with its use of shadows. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Apr 30, 2024

    The cause and effect of Brainiacs latest attack filters through the Superman mystique with this latest special. Each story creates a past, present and future sense as victory inches closer for the collector of worlds. The creative teams highlight the influence of events that fans will not want to miss on NCBD. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Colin Moon Apr 30, 2024

    Jumping away from the Superman/Lobo action, the House of Brainiac Special provides deep background and deeper stakes for the event. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Aspiring Kryptonian - David Beasley Apr 30, 2024

    The art and storytelling are all top notch, where my issues lie are with the relevancy of this 'book 'Superman: House Of Brainiac Special #1' to the House of Brainiac crossover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler May 1, 2024

    Superman: House of Brainiac Special #1 brings an issue that expands a little on Brainiac's past and possible motive for his current invasion. Naturally, the stories in this issue are hit-and-miss, with the first one being the best story by default, while the second is the worst, and the third is the second best but it has a bit of trouble. The third story makes a big reveal concerning Amanda Waller and her mysterious secret allies that may divide readers invested in her story and the upcoming Absolute Power event, so mileage will vary on that. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Comic Watch - Christian Laspada Apr 30, 2024

    This special is fun if you want more insight into Brainiacs story and plans, but overall, it is a filler issue. The biggest crime of this issue is theres no Superman. If you really care about the House of Brainiac storyline and background Superman characters, this issue is for you. The issue falls right in the middle of not being terrible, but not being a big deal if you decide to skip it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 2, 2024

    I still don't quite like this Amanda Waller. I don't quite how she is able to be so threatening to the most powerful heroes and villains of the DCU. I don't like when Batman stares down Darkseid either. So overall an okay issue. But I am looking forward getting back to the main arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Spot - Theodis Wright May 5, 2024

    This is a typical DC anthology issue that was going pretty well. Then Amanda Waller arrived and ruined. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Apr 30, 2024

    Superman: House Of Brainiac Special #1 makes the bizarre choice of sandwiching a heavy-handed one-shot about immigration, that has nothing to do with Brainiac, written by Mark Russell, between two shorts that give readers a small nugget of info about Brainiac's plans and motivations. I don't know what DC Editorial was thinking with this special, but it wasn't anything good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Amazing Psycamorean May 8, 2024

    Honestly, I'm just here for the Perry White story. I don't really care about Brainiac's history with Czarnia. And please, I hate Amanda Waller in her comic book villain phase.

  • 8.0
    ResearchReader May 8, 2024

    I am a bit generous with the rating on this one, but as someone else said (and I agree), this is exactly what a filler issue should be. It even advertises itself as one (2.5 and all that). You get to know some background history so there are no hanging plot points, you get to see some foreshadowing from a couple of years ago pay off and you get a bit of the politicking on earth going on.

    The Perry White story is ham fisted yes, but rather realistic. I would expect this type of thing to regularly happen. People trying to evict aliens sounds like it would happen every 5-10 years honestly with all the madness superheroes bring. People would grow tired. Now could the story have been better? Yeah its written by Russell so you are not more

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Apr 30, 2024

    While this is a filler issue, I really think this is a good example of what a filler issue is. It fleshes out why Brainiac is doing this, I like Perry White trying to convince that not all aliens are bad, and I love the reveal of who the Society of Light was that was teased all the way back in Dark Crisis.

  • 6.5
    derbycomics May 1, 2024

    This issue is comprised of 3 mini-stories meant to provide insights on how the current Brainiac storyline is playing out across parts of the DC Universe we haven’t seen yet.

    Superman scribe Joshua Williamson helms the 1st & 3rd stories & writes them as if they’re part of Brainiac’s mission log. The 1st story provides background on the villain’s past conquests on Krypton & Czarnia, giving readers some more explanation of why Lobo is involved. The 3rd story sheds more light on how Amanda Waller fits into Brainiac’s plans. It was easily my least favorite of the 3. Neither of these stories was groundbreaking or felt like they’ll have major payoffs later on, acting more as fillers for some event-specific world building. more

  • 5.0
    Smithd33 May 1, 2024

    Waste of a read

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