Brainiac Recollects His Origins in Superman #23 ‘Brainiac’ #1

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Is this really the face of a villiain?

Is this really the face of a villiain?

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by Brendan McGinley

Brainiac is one of Superman’s weirder villains, because he claims to be the smartest being in the universe, but he still can’t figure out a way to “preserve” planets without destroying them — and destruction is the exact opposite of preservation. So he’s sort of like a Victorian scientist who slaughters or imprisons a bunch of animals to study them, or robs some country of its anthropological artifacts, then declares that everything there is to be known has already been discovered.

Superman has no time for that kind of thing, so he frequently finds himself butting heads with a guy who’s ALL head. Like literally, 99% of Brainiac’s essence is just that–brains. You know what his Earth name is? THE INTERNET. And occasionally he creates a body for himself so he can get hands-on with his Superman-pestering. But Brainiac–if you are so smart, why do you always lose? Tony Bedard and artist Pascal Alixe might just have the answer for us in a peek at how the Collector of Worlds got his 12-level intellect.


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Sharp fingernails, blades, techno-organics, and Superman held captive…Brainiac really hit the villainous first impression bullseye here.


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Brainaic mostly prefers to harvest bipeds drawn by awesome artists.


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He appears to be more gear-based than pneumatic, but hey, maybe it’s a family name.


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“But couldn’t he get what he needs and then NOT destroy the only other copy to make it rare?”
“You’ve never met a collector, have you?”


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We want to go to the fantastic steampunk planet. Please don’t destroy it, Brainiac.


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Coluans claim to be highly intelligent, but that waist-to-mid-ass spandex belt fashion faux pas says otherwise.


Don’t miss what comes next in Brainiac #1!


Neither Superman nor Santa should be contemplating a gun.

Neither Superman nor Santa should be contemplating a gun.

Brendan McGinley is editor round these parts when not writing comics or Cracked columns. You can say a neighborly hello to him on Twitter @BrendanMcGinley.

No exaggeration, they do gladiatorial combat every couple of years.

No exaggeration, they do gladiatorial combat every couple of years.

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