Mild Mannered Reviews – Action Comics #1065

Action Comics #1065

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Action Comics #1065

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 14, 2024
Cover date: July 2024

“House of Brainiac” – Part Three

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Rafa Sandoval and Miguel Mendonca
Cover: Rafa Sandoval and Alejandro Sanchez
Variant Covers: Jorge Jimenez and Matt Herms, Paolo Rivera, Mark Spears, Ivan Talavera
AAPI Variant Cover: Ethan Young

Reviewed by: Marc Lax

Luthor and Brainiac working together. Again. Superman and Lobo in a brawl with the Czarnians. Supergirl and Superboy have been shrunk and are running away from monsters. Just another day in the life of Superman and family. It turns out Brainiac has a shrunken city which, with the help of Luthor, he has enlarged. It’s a city from Colu! Brainiac’s home planet! Meanwhile Superman and Lobo arrive on Hardcore Station, once a rest area for interstellar travelers, now a crime infested city. Lobo is on the lookout for Space Cabbie, the galaxy’s number one cab driver. They ask him if he’s heard any news on Brainiac or were his ship is. All he knows is Brainiac has been sending the Czarnians to planets with power. Just then the Czarnians show up. What they’re really after is trying to recruit Lobo to their side. At first Lobo resists but then, to the shock of Superman, he agrees to work with them. His first assignment… take out Superman!

5Story – 5: This may not be the strongest part of three issues so far but it’s still terrific. We haven’t had a great Brainiac or any Brainiac story for such a long time. It means so much that this is the story we’re getting. Brainiac and Luthor teaming up, the unlikely alliance of Superman and Lobo, not to mention great use of the Super Family. Loved Supergirl and Superboy teaming up and especially teaming up with Livewire and Parasite. You still can’t trust Livewire but she seems to come through in the end. It didn’t surprise me that Brainiac would have a shrunken bottled city from his own planet. What he plans to do to the city is anyone’s guess. Will Supergirl and Luthor fall to their death? We’ll have to stay tuned. The only problem I had with this issue was that Superman seemed more of a background character. We got a lot of action on Brainiac’s ship and a lot of Lobo and the Czarnians but Superman was not fully utilized. Just a nitpick. I know in future issues he’ll take center stage. Joshua Williamson has such a command with the character that I trust we won’t be letdown. Excited for the next part of the story.

5Art – 5: Sandoval and Mendonca are hitting a home run with this story. The characters look great and the action is spot on. While I don’t necessarily love Superman wearing some kind of protection suit when he’s in space, I have to say I love the look here. Still faithful but with some interesting detail. Can’t wait to see what the team does next.

“Brainiac and Son”
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mirko Colak

Vril Dox, son of Brainiac, confronts his father. As a disappointed Brainiac tells his son what it is he wants from him he seems forgetful. Apparently there is a hole in Brainiac’s knowledge that has caused some damage. After Vril listens to himself talk for awhile Brainiac finally has enough. He sends Vril to Colu where he meets up with none other than his mother!

3Story – 3: This is a slight story just here to bring in Vril Dox. It does its job admirably. The only real highlight is bringing in Vril’s mother. That should be an interesting development.

2Art – 2: Not a fan of this art at all. It’s too dark and gritty and the characters just seem off.

4Cover Art – 4: A very well drawn picture of all the Brainiac doppelgängers surrounding Supergirl and Superboy. Not the most dynamic cover but it definitely serves its purpose.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Very Colorful and very creepy image by Mark Spears. The skull and the spinal cord is just totally creepy.

4AAPI Variant Cover Art – 4: Nicely done portrait of Keenan Kong.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Nicely drawn and funny image by Jorge Jimenez.

5Variant Cover Art – 5: Great Silver Age throwback by Paola Rivera. Very nice.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Great portrait of Kara by Ivan Talavera. She looks a little young here but still a great drawing.

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