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Superman '78 #6

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Superman ’78 #6 [of 6]

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 25, 2022
Cover date: March 2022

“Brainiac” – Chapter 6

Writers: Robert Venditti
Artist: Wilfredo Torres
Cover: Mikel Janin
Variant Cover: Rafa Sandoval and Alejandro Sanchez

Reviewed by: Marc Lax

Brainiac taunts Superman while they fight aboard his ship. He asks why Superman protects Earth when there is no good in the world and the world only gets worse. Superman tells him when he landed he was taken in by a kindly couple. They taught him there is good in the world. Brainiac asks what can he do he’s only one man. No he tells him he’s Superman! With that Superman finishes his fight leaving Brainiac’s robotic body all but crushed.

With the destruction of Brainiac his ship is ready to detonate. Quickly Superman grabs all the bottled cities and escapes. Just then Brainiac’s consciousness reverts to a new body but it’s too late… the ship explodes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with the ship destroyed the city of Metropolis drops through the sky like an anchor shaking up the people of the great city. But as we might have guessed Superman saves the day, setting the city back on the ground! The people rejoice as Superman and Lois have a private moment.

The next day in the city room of the Daily Planet, Lois gets the story of the century while Clark tells Perry he couldn’t get the story because when the city started shaking he got hit in the head with his cuckoo clock. (Sigh!) After Lois tells them Lex fled and the military confiscated his equipment, Perry puts Clark on the story with Lois who nicely packed them each a lunch. Peanut butter and pickles. Sounds delicious.

Back at the Fortress of Solitude Superman apologizes for being unable to enlarge the bottled cities. Jor-El and Lara tell hm they have faith because he’s given them hope.

5Story – 5: While I’ve been slightly critical with this series, it truly goes out with a bang. The issue itself was fun and exciting and puts a bow on the Brainiac story. The bottled cities are saved and Brainiac is no more. For now.

Superman worked a lot of his muscles saving the city from pure destruction but that’s why they call him Superman. In all I think this was a great series! A little too many Easter eggs and inside jokes that referenced the movies but when you’re telling a story based on a beloved movie there have to be a few surprises.

Seeing as how we never got a comic book adaptation of the first two movies ( thank you Mr Puzo!) this book, while it may not be a proper adaptation, comes close. It leaves some loose ends so I think (hope) it may continue. And if it does I’ll be waiting with excitement. This series rates a solid 4.

4Art – 4: As with the previous issues Torres does a great job interpreting these characters. It’s not perfect and while there were times the art itself was a bit off I’m giving the art a 4 all around.

5Cover Art – 5: Janin gives us a classic Superman vs Brainiac fight right out of the Bronze Age.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Superman’s face is kind of hard in this drawing but the whole cover itself is a great “Superman is coming at you” image.

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January 28, 2022 1:43 am

I enjoyed Superman ’78 as a series; it really was the best comic story for Big Blue I’ve seen in a while. But… I kinda wish they’d done a little more with Lois, Perry, and Jimmy. As important as they were in the films, it felt like they were just there. And, while I get that the film made changes to the mythos of the time, the having Jor-El and Lara survive in the bottled city was a bit too much for me. Those nitpicks aside, if they want to turn it into an ongoing series, I’ll totally sign up.… Read more »

January 30, 2022 6:43 pm

Even though Superman ’78 isn’t a perfect miniseries, I appreciate what its creative talents tried to do with it. I do hope that we’ll see this universe again in comics form.

February 1, 2022 1:45 am

I just got my copy of the final issue today, and I can’t wait to read it! 😀 Please DC, make Superman 78 a continuing comic series. I would love to see my favorite version of Superman, the Christopher Reeve Superman, continue his adventures in an ongoing series. I know I’m not the only Superman fan who wants this. It’s literal comic book success for Superman if he gets this series. And also please make a HBO max adaptation of this comic starring Brandon Routh as Superman. I was thinking that Elizabeth Tulloch cloud play Lois Lane. I don’t see… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Superman2878
February 8, 2022 12:49 pm

I just finished reading the final issue of this Amazing series and……………………
I LOVE IT!!!! 😀
A perfect 10 out of 10 grade from me! A+++ grade!
And I just love the hopeful ending to this story. And they leave it up for more stories!
Please DC, This needs to be a continuing comic series!!!
Trust me on this DC. Superman fans would love to see more of Superman 78.
Please give us more of Christopher Reeve’s Superman! 😀