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"Brainiac, Part I: First Contact": On Krypton 35 years previously, General Zod and Ursa witness an alien force of robotic enemies arriving and slaughtering innocents. The robots surround the city of [[Kandor (New Earth)|Kand

Quote1And you're still wearing those glasses. You should really think about getting Lasik. Surgery did wonders for me.Quote2: Cat Grant
Quote1I didn't know you used to wear glasses.Quote2: Clark Kent
Quote1I didn't.Quote2: Cat Grant

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Synopsis for "Brainiac, Part I: First Contact"

On Krypton 35 years previously, General Zod and Ursa witness an alien force of robotic enemies arriving and slaughtering innocents. The robots surround the city of Kandor and unleash an energy force-field. It encases Kandor and before Zod can stop it, the city is gone along with their attackers.

In the present day, the Daily Planet is having a staff meeting and Jimmy Olsen is late. For the benefit of newer staff, a roll call goes out via refreshment orders:

Steve irks the entire staff with his backward attitude and over all ignorance. Clark swiftly teaches him a lesson by secretly breaking the chair leg with his heat vision causing Steve to fall over. Cat flashes flesh at Clark, commenting on her surgery. Clark remains calm with eye contact. Lois is unimpressed as they know it's an act. They leave the meeting and recount how Cat left the Daily Planet and lost her son. They discuss her using her sexuality as a disguise to cover up her feelings. Lois jibes back that she would have figured it out eventually!

A flaming object from space is heading to Earth. Clark quickly broadens his shoulders, flips his hair and rips his shirt to perform his 'other job'.

Meanwhile in Smallville, Jonathan Kent is busily posting a fence around the farm. Martha Kent waves him inside the house for breakfast. The pair don't notice the weathervane suddenly spinning.

Superman flies upward and catches the flying object. It rapidly transforms into skeletal form and into the familiar appearance of one of Brainiac 1.0's foot soldiers. The robot fails in its attempt to lobotomize Superman. Ripping off an arm, Superman sends the battle into a nearby river. The robot shields itself and scans Clark's body. A tiny droplet of blood appears from the point it had tried to hurt Superman, enough for a DNA scan. This happens in a split second for it powers down as Clark is about to administer a devastating blow. Instead he watches it power down and crumple, leaving him puzzled as to Brainiac's plot.

In space, Brainiac travels in a frozen old star cruiser shaped like a skull. Dead for some time it suddenly powers up with the transmitted data. The ice melts, the lights power up, and the cruiser hums to life. The tri-circle blinks on revealing a chamber full of bottled cities, almost like lanterns lighting the room. Central to the room is a metallic structure connected to a comatose Brainiac within a Coluan. The data extracts and notifies the ship that it has encountered a Kryptonian and attempt 242 is now in progress.


  • This book was first published on June 11, 2008.
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Superman - New Krypton Special 1
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New Krypton Crossover
This issue is related to the Superman: New Krypton crossover, running through the Superman Titles between 2008 and 2009, involving the coming of a great number of new Kryptonians to Earth from the Bottle City of Kandor.