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ACTION COMICS #1065 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Miguel Mendonca and Dave Sharpe (DC COMICS)

Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, “House Of Brainiac” has been on the minds of many comic fans. Brainiac has orchestrated Czarnians coming to Earth. The ruthless aliens made an immediate impact. Some of the “Super Family” are taken off the board during the encounter. This has led many to ask: “How does Superman fight back?”

He enlists an unlikely “partner” who knows a thing or two about Czarnians. The Main Man has now teamed up with The Man Of Steel. Lobo and Superman are in pursuit. Will it be enough to thwart Brainiac and … Lex Luthor?

ACTION COMICS #1065 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Miguel Mendonca and Dave Sharpe (DC COMICS) provides the next stop on the road to “Absolute Power”.

Let’s take a closer look at how things look now.


Lex Luthor and Brainiac converse over Brainiac’s true plans. The conversation is tense with Brainiac not divulging a great deal. Luthor switches topics to the Czarnian role in this scheme. Brainiac stays tight lipped as he knows a fight is about to happen.

The story switches to Superman and Lobo. The unlikely duo is in hot pursuit of the missing Super family members. In their way is the army of Czarnians Brainiac has unleashed. General Chacal seems to have under-estimated the Man of Steel as the fighing unfolds. Destroying their space hogs, the pair escapes.


Meanwhile, Supergirl and Conner Kent have escaped from Brainiac’s holding cell. Being miniature size doesn’t help their cause. Getting some unlikely help, the pair returns to normal size after dodging danger. With a small team in place, they make a run to take over the ship. This fails to succeed as Brainiac confronts them. With prisoners back in control, the unthinkable is revealed.

Readers watch as Brainiac reveals a secret that sends shockwaves. What has the collector of worlds been working on? As for our heroes, the unlikely duo is halted in their travels. A proposal is made that might be the breaking point of Superman and Lobo’s team-up. With a definitive final panel, the direction of events has drastically changed.

ACTION COMICS #1065 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Miguel Mendonca and Dave Sharpe (DC COMICS) Cover: Jorge Jiménez

There is also a back-up story by Williamson, Mirko Colak, Mike Spicer, and Sharpe that dives into a forgotten Brainiac: Vril Dox of L.E.G.I.ON. Fame.

Williamson plays into the uneasiness between the Main Man and Man Of Steel. At the first exposure, they are working in unison. Lobo’s influence is starting to grow on Superman with his actions. This carries through on their trek to find Brainiac. Once readers think there is a level of loyalty, the writing reflects how this pair is a ticking timebomb from exploding. Once the new offer is made, the match becomes lit.

Brainiac’s time is centered around his goal. The reveal is a monster one knowing the character. Williamson almost makes it a sympathetic gesture by the collector of Worlds. This becomes quickly dismayed as the heroes ignore the reason and continue their fight. The dialogue shows Brainiac back to full form and this spells nothing but a win for readers.

Sandoval and Mendonca welcome in the action with a fantastic two page full splash. Lobo’s reaction to Superman calling the shots makes for a fun break in the story. Readers see this is short lived later in the book. The art captures the Czarnians deviousness as they confront the pair. The closing page tips off how fast things have broken down. It’s a great parting moment to usher in the next chapter.

Supergirl’s mission also delivers on strong panels. The face off with the Doomsday Wolves exemplifies the danger she and Connor wind up in. The return to form is given a solid near full page moment. Its’ following imagery spotlights Brainiac’s reveal. The exposed secret feels like a big event due to the art. It’s a great compliment to the story as it causes a new direction to be taken.


DC’s current Odd Couple walks in thin ice as Brainiac reveals his master scheme in this chapter. Williamson brings out the humor and harsh reality with the writing. Sandoval, Mendonca and Sharpe balance out the big events with fantastic art. This crossover is heading into different routes so hop on board before it’s too late.

Hit me up on ODPHpod social media and let me know your thoughts on Action Comics #1065. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative.


Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
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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