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Action Comics #1065

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.


Superman and Lobo have their hands full with Brainiac’s Lobo army, so it’s up to Supergirl and Conner Kent to stop Brainiac himself!

It’s an impossible battle, but they are joined by some unexpected and deadly allies!

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35 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This is a very fast-paced story, and calls back to some of the best 1990s Superman crossovers – particularly the highly entertaining The Trial of Superman, which also dealt with some odder areas of space.

    The backup is even fuller with 1990s deep cuts, as it stars the son of BrainiacVril Dox, the ruthless anti-hero behind LEGION. We haven’t seen this character in a long time and I think many readers confuse him with Brainiac 5, but he has a fascinating history with Brainiac, and their interactions here are incredibly fraught  and no one is more deeply affected by the reveals involving Colu. There’s a particularly great cliffhanger here, tying into the main story next week, and every issue so far of this event has been consistently strong.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    The third part of the House of Brainiac event is a fun and action-packed comic with stunning art. This issue leans into the “action” in Action Comics.  It’s any issue that will make any Superman fan extremely happy.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Pacing on HOB has been excellent. It doesn’t feel like it’s dragging, and Williamson keeps escalating the stakes to avoid making it read stagnant. With Sandoval, Mendonca, Sanchez and Sharpe solidly holding up their end this installment is an easy recommendation.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 90

    The Aspiring Kryptonian

    Even though some of the end results of this crossover has been revealed through the hype of Absolute Power, the journey has proven to be worth the ride. I’m especially impressed Williamson stayed true to Lobo by not boxing him into his “good guy” version that tends to happen when he teams up with heroes. The additions of Brainiac’s successors also makes the title of the crossover more than just a play on The House of El and keeps the uncertainty of the story’s outcome shrouded in mystery.

  • 85


    Action Comics #1065 further proves that House of Brainiac is a great superhero adventure worth checking out. Combining the space opera with action works wonders to keep readers entertained with a story they’ve never seen before.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Solid issue all around with a lot for Supergirl fans to mull over.

  • 84

    Nerd Initiative

    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.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Action Comics #1065 delivers the third part in the House of Brainiac story. We get more action with Superman and Lobo, which is a huge plus with Rafa Sandoval’s art. What’s a better surprise is that Supergirl steps into the forefront with a very active role in this story. All while the interactions with Lex and Brainiac drop some hints about what Brainiac’s making and why he’s possibly doing it, which is brought up in the backup story a little. Overall, a solid issue with cool action, nice character moments, and some neat twists.

  • 80


    This is a solid middle chapter of this excellent story. The action moves along nicely, all the main characters have something interesting to do, and the mystery deepens as to Brainiac’s true intentions. What more could one ask for with this storyline? It’s fun to read, makes excellent use of classic characters and concepts, and puts Superman through his paces. I’ve enjoyed Williamson’s take on Superman since the very beginning, and while newer issues are maybe not as magical, this is still a very solid, very enjoyable comic. I’m loving everything they’re doing with the Czarnians, making their inclusion more than worth the hassle and the changes to Lobo’s status quo. This continues to be an excellent Big Event for Superman comics.

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    I’m thoroughly enjoying this event, & this issue is another strong chapter. It’s been great to see Williamson using these Action Comics entries to elevate the Super Family & other characters, while Superman gets the focus in his solo title. His script here juggles multiple plot threads equitably, while maintaining a fast pace, w/ well-constructed action scenes that showcase Sandoval & Mendoça’s dynamic artwork.

    The art dup brings the action to life w/ stunning visuals, including jaw-dropping splash pages. Alejandro Sánchez’s colors add depth, utilizing distinct palettes to create a unique feel for each of the various environments we visit.

    Williamson’s backup story offers a rare glimpse into Brainiac’s personal relationships. Mirko Colak & Mike Spicer’s art, while a tad too heavy & dark for me, suits the tone of the backup story.

  • 76

    Superman Homepage

    “House of Brainiac – Part Three”
    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.

    “Brainiac and Son”
    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.

  • 72

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Overall, this entire issue is really well put together. The teams involved all work hard to make sure their work plays off the other’s, and that’s especially apparent in the issue’s backup story. Each separate person in this process dedicates something to each page, and the collaboration is seamless here. Consistency has reigned supreme in every part of this event so far, and this issue is no exception.

  • 70

    Action Comics #1065 sees Superman and Lobo fight some Czarnians while Supergirl and Superboy try to take on Brainiac on his ship by teaming up with Parasite and Livewire. Both pieces of the story are interesting as we get interesting teamups in both, but it’s the action on Brainiac’s ship and what that reveals about the villain’s plans that is particularly interesting. Livewiare and Parasite show specific growth as they team up to help the Supers which makes for an interesting path forward. There’s also a twist at the end when it comes to the Lobo and Superman of it all that sets the stage for what should be an interesting next chapter in that unlikely team up. There’s a ton of action here which keeps everything moving very well even though there’s a lot to get through. There’s no sacrifice of character moments, either which makes this very well done over all.

  • 70


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