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SUPERMAN #13 – A GOOD PLAN ISN’T RISK FREE

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SUPERMAN #13 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Alejandro Sánchez and Ariana Maher (DC COMICS)

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, we’re jumping into a brand new Superman crossover with HUGE implications. Starting in the pages of Action Comics #1064, Brainiac has invaded Metropolis with an army of Czarnians! During the fight, some of Superman’s powerful family has been taken hostage. What will the Man Of Steel do next?

SUPERMAN #13 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Alejandro Sánchez and Ariana Maher (DC COMICS) shows that Superman might have an unlikely ally in this fight.

Let’s take a closer look at how things play out.

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

The chapter begins at Warriors Bar in Coast City. Patrons are running in a panic. The reason? A “Main Man” has come in looking for a beverage or two. Readers see DC’s most famous Czarnain sitting at the bar: LOBO!

Stuck on Earth, Lobo is making the most of his time. While having his drink, Superman crashes the scene. A fight ensues as would be expected between these two. However, Superman is in no mood for games. He wants answers to where Brainiac is.

Meanwhile on Brainiac Prime’s ship, Livewire is getting experimented on. The same goes for Parasite. Supergirl doesn’t back down from her cell from letting Brainiac know what’s coming. The threat is brushed off. All the while, Brainiac Prime seems to malfunction.

SUPERMAN #13 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Alejandro Sánchez and Ariana Maher (DC COMICS) Cover: Lee Bermejo

Readers see the villain weakened. The captives watch and break down what is going on. None more have a bigger interest in events than Lex Luthor. Mercy Graves (Luthor’s longtime assistant) begins to question Luthor about what is going on.

What is Lex’s secret with Brainiac? Can Lobo and Superman co-exist long enough to defeat the odds? The story spotlights the unlikely pair as they make their way towards his ship. The pace picks up with a welcoming committee greeting the pair. This continues until the closing moments.

While the action is happening, a deal is struck that changes everything. Just wait for the final page as the story takes a unique turn into its’ next stop.

Williamson gives fans a fun read with the dysfunctional duo fighting the good fight. Lobo and Superman have had quite the history. The writing plays into the difference of styles to exemplify Superman’s rage over Brainiac. Lobo’s dialogue mirrors the readers reaction to Supes’ edge in the fighting.

The dynamic surrounding Luthor plays a huge role in this issue. Seeing how the previous issues have set the stage, its’ a solid pay-off. Brainiac comes across as cold and emotionless as ever. This causes Lex to act very erratic. This is a contrast to most Lex encounters. The change elevates the closing act. Once a proposition is made, the book shifts gears. This leads to a great close for readers to ponder until next time.

Sandoval and Sánchez give Lobo a great debut with an excellent full page panel. This is followed up with another great image of Superman taking down Lobo, looking for answers. The rage in Superman’s face speaks volumes to readers.

Brainiac and Luthor’s talk carries tension with the featured panels. Seeing the two meeting about the situation at hand goes to another level towards the close. This leaves readers with a lasting closing full page image until the story ramps up again.

FINAL POINT: 8.3

“The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend” never had Superman and Lobo in mind? With Williamson guiding the pair into danger, the “House Of Brainiac” delivers fans a strong chapter to follow. Sandoval, Sánchez and Maher construct big action sequences with a shocking proposition lingering in the background. Just wait for the final page to turn everything upside down until next time.

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know your thoughts on Superman #13. Thanks for reading Parlay Points on Nerd Initiative.

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Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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