By Geoff Johns (writer), Gary Frank (pencils), Jon Sibal (inks), Brad Anderson (colors)

Geoff Johns retconning of Brainiac continues. Unlike last issue where we got a ton of Brainiacs wrecking havoc across the universe, this issue give us a full-on explanation of who they are and who the “real” Brainiac is. It’s all told recited from Supergirl’s memory as she describes the terror that was inflicted on Krypton and how General Zod and the rest of the planet’s defenders did all they could to repel attack. It’s then revealed to Superman that he’s never actually met the real Brainiac, just versions or bodies he had inhabited or controlled.

At this point I couldn’t help but ask, “Well why didn’t you tell him this stuff years ago, Supergirl?!”

It’s a big plot hole if you ask me, but I didn’t have a problem letting it go because, truth be told, this is a gripping story. Superman knows Brainiac is looking for him and so he goes on the offensive, taking the battle into space. He eventually catches up with Brainiac, but nothing can prepare him for the onslaught he’s about to face. As cheesy as this sounds, the real Brainiac is “the real deal”. There’s no silly banter or monologues here, just destruction.

Destroying suns and planets – oh my.

I hope Gary Frank never leaves this book. For me, he is the perfect Superman artist and the panel work he does in this issue is just godly. All the characters drawn are perfectly envisioned, with the exception of Supergirl, who is a bit on the anorexic side – someone give that girl some carbs! Other than that, I can’t give anymore accolades to the creative team – DC just needs to pay them to stay on this book forever. It’s that good.

I never thought I’d be buying Action Comics on a regular basis, but this is the first time I’ve done it since Superman’s death back in 1993. If that’s not saying something, I don’t know what is. (Grade: A-)

– J. Montes