Hey, I know what we can do! We can look at some comics!
Action Comics #868
by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Aw man I still feel like an idiot for picking this up. Practically half of this book has no dialogue, and it is just so decompressed. Even then, some of the pages don't mean anything to the plot. For example, Ma and Pa are at the farm wondering how Clark is doing, until a bluebird ominously falls from the sky. It adds to the story, but it really makes me wonder if it's just filler material.
This is, however, one book where Supergirl is written competently. You don't see that every day.
To spoil things for you, Brainiac is trying to assimilate all cultures and knowledges into his own database. Sounds a little familiar if you ask me, but apparently, "all things will belong to Brainiac."
Especially the nightclubs.
I might leave the title after this arc. It'll probably depend on if Gary Frank will keep up on the title. That'd be so rad.
The Brave and the Bold #16
by Mark Waid and Scott Kolins
Apparently, this is a re-telling of the first run-in between Superman and Catwoman, except Selina isn't wearing the costume with the green cape.
Yeah, that costume.
So they team up in Gotham City to infiltrate a villain's auction. An item there "that will put Batman out of business" is up for grabs, which leads to hilarity.
This was such a fun issue. Catwoman is Catwoman and Superman is Superman. Mark Waid knows how to get behind a superhero and bring out their character.
My only complaint is that George Perez is no longer drawing. Blegh, he's working on something called "Legion of 3 Worlds" or something. Blegh. Scott Kolins is annoying as an artist, because his lines seem so sketchy. He inks himself, which makes the art look a little sloppy, but I love the way he draws Clark's face and Catwoman's costume.
I love it when Waid tells stand-alone stories in The Brave and the Bold. He really knows how to write superheroes.