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Superman #13

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.


Superman and Lobo… team-up?

Together, the Man of Steel and the Main Man race across the universe on a hunt for the Lobo Army and Brainiac.

Can they get along long enough to get to them before Brainiac enacts the next stage of his dangerous plans to create a new House of Brainiac?!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    “House of Brainiac” moves into its second chapter in Superman #13, and the anticipated collision between Superman and Lobo is just as entertaining and destructive as you expected. Writer Joshua Williamson picks right up from Action Comics #1064, and bringing the walking pillar of chaos that is Lobo into the fray only makes things more volatile, though in the best way possible. Superman and Lobo’s partnership immediately produces delightful results, including an out of this world motorcycle sequence that artist Rafa Sandoval and colorist Alejandro Sanchez completely knock out of the park. In fact, it’s difficult for their work not to steal the show anytime Lobo and Superman share the page, though their work on Brainiac does give the duo a run for their money. Those who have been following the series since the beginning continue to reap the rewards as well, with the book’s supporting cast given multiple moments to shine and continuing their individual journeys in the midst of the larger Brainiac plot, which is quite compelling unto itself. The sheer amount of threads at play in the series is impressive, but as always, it’s the characters and their continued evolution that stands above everything else, and “House of Brainiac”‘s second chapter has that in spades.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Superman #13 is another exciting chapter in this arc that only seems to be getting better with each installment.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    The Aspiring Kryptonian

    An absolutely stellar book from start to finish. I’ve actually read it several times to make sure I wasn’t just swept up in the excitement of the possibilities this crossover has to offer and every read through left me feeling the same way in the same scenes. It’s just that good.

  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I have been singing Rafa Sandavol’s work for a while now. He really is shining here. It’s like he has elevated his game, bringing in more layered and detail to his work, perhaps because he was given time to do this whole arc?

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The most dramatic scenes of the issue happen on board Brainiac’s ship, where one by one the heroes are being taken and drained. While she spends most of the issue bottled, Supergirl sort of has the starring role here – remember, she has the most personal connection to Brainiac and the most tactical mind in the Superfamily. And then there’s Lex Luthor, who essentially sacrificed himself to Brainiac last issue to protect his daughter – who, as we know, has a unique connection to Brainiac as well. Knowing Lex, it’s not a surprise that he’s cutting a deal quickly, but there’s no way of knowing if he has a hidden agenda or ten. Brainiac himself is a fascinating turn on the classic villain, with the return of his previous incarnations as assistants. The cliffhanger has a brilliant old-school tone, with a great visual gag that nonetheless sets the stakes high. No surprise, Williamson has built to a great event here.

  • 90


    Superman #13 is an even better issue than part 1 of “House of Brainiac,” with plenty of action, compelling character moments, and plot progression. “House of Brainiac” delivers one of the year’s best and most inventive action comics.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Moving into the second installment, “House of Brainiac” gives us a chapter that finds Brainiac putting his plan into fruition but the most surprising factor in this issue?! Superman’s interaction with Lobo because while some of us were looking forward to another classic all-out brawl between these two, we instead get an entertaining partnership as the two of them set out to confront Brainiac so right away, it produces such wonderful results that will surprise anyone given their storied yet frantic history and another delightful element is the partnership between Supergirl and Superboy that seems them shine together while making it compelling, in turn, carries this issue’s subplot; The interactions that Superman and his supporting cast is a welcoming development that amazes every chance it gets thanks to the plot advancement and stunning character moments that continues in building “House of Brainiac” into an inventive arc.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman #13 is the second part of the “House of Brainiac” storyline and brings some new developments for the story. Naturally, Superman finds and reluctantly teams up with Lobo to take down Brainiac and his Czarnian army. There’s a few good and weird callbacks to previous continuity in the comic, but nothing too bad for now. The comic also furthers the mystery of why Brainiac is doing what he’s doing, but if you’ve been paying attention to news announcements from DC Comics, then you know why. Overall, a solid second part of the “House of Brainiac”, and it’s looking like the third part might be even better.

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson crafts an entertaining story in the issue. I’m on the fence about this storyline and the inclusion of both Brainiac and Lobo. It has some fun moments and the desperation within Brainiac does create some great tension throughout the issue. I’m interested in seeing where this story goes next and what it means for the man of steel.

    The Art: Sandoval delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. I love the visual style of the issue and the series is creating some great visual action for Superman throughout.

  • 83

    Nerd Initiative

    “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.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Joshua Williamson and Rafa Sandoval are crafting a pretty dope Brainiac epic, with a novel idea for the reason for the Coluan’s attack on Metropolis, stealing Superman’s family and friends. Unfortunately Lobo seems to be a pretty big part of this epic, and he’s one of those characters that just grate on my nerves. Hopefully the team will change my mind.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman #13 has the makings of a rock-solid Superman adventure. The plot developments are intriguing, Williamson’s possible motivations for Brainiac could open the door for a new status quo for the character, and the action is on-point.

  • 80


    Lobo is a great foil for Superman because he’s such a wildly different personality. So a whole issue of the two of them trying to work together is a hoot. I’ve never been a very big Lobo fan, same as I’ve never really been into Superman all that much. But Lobo is that fun sort of villain who is level-headed enough — in his own way — that he can work with the good guys. It was simply a fun seen to see Lobo learn about this new threat and agree to team up with Superman to put an end to it. I love when wildly different characters can put things aside and work together. It makes for good reading.

    Beyond that, Williamson has been phenomenal so far in how he’s writing and reinvigorating classic Superman villains, and he’s working that same magic with not just Lobo, but also Brainiac. I’m very interested in seeing where Brainiac is going with all of this, and having the various Super-Family members dealing with him in his base is also solid. They’re fun characters, and they’re just as heroic as Superman, so they’ve got good to do as well. All in all, this is a solid second chapter that moves the story along, while giving us plenty of strong character moments and interactions.

    Though I have started wondering if artist Jamal Campbell is ever coming back to this series. He is damn good.

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 76

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Williamson, Sandoval, Sanchez, and Maher continue the arcs established in the first issue while also skillfully weaving new characters into the mix. They really hit the ground running with this event. Superman #13 is a strong second entry in what is shaping to be one of Brainiac’s most compelling stories.

  • 73

    Superman Homepage

    The interaction between Clark and Lobo was interesting and I wish it had been explored more. It was good to acknowledge that they have both come so far from their origins and first meeting. The rest of the story generally felt like it had no structure. I understand it is part of a bigger story arc but there was nothing here that made it an unmissable chapter and no beginning, middle and end. It just felt like some cut scenes pushed together and as such the writing took a noticeable dip.

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