Adventure Comics #9: Writers: James Robinson and Sterling Gates. Artists: More then I'm willing to list here!
Last Issue: 4 out of 10.
Much like the previous issue, this issue follows three different plot threads. The first one deals with Brainiac 5 from... I think the Old Legion of Super-Heroes, but I'm honestly not sure anymore... Anyway, Brainiac 5 is trying to figure out a way to the 21st century so he can prevent the death of Superman at the hands of his ancestor, the original Brainiac. Ultimately, Brainiac 5 manages to concoct a machine that allows him to travel back in time so he can assist the other time lost Legionaries in their attempts at halting Brainiac's assault on New Krypton. The second story deals with Superboy and Supergirl as they try to unite the Kryptonians against the forces of Brainiac. See, the Kryptonians are a fractured society of guilds, and the guilds, even under the threat of extinction, refuse to work with one another.. Idiots.... Finally SG and Tellus, one of the aforementioned time lost Legionaries, combine forces and Tellus is able to use his telepathy to convince a few of the Kryptonians to join forces to launch an attack on Brainiac's spacecraft. The final story deals with one of General Zod's Kryptonian infiltrators... Um, infiltrating General Lane's secret government program. In order to gain Lane's trust, she betrays one of her fellow infiltrators, and Lane and his K Squad kill the alien. In the end, the infiltrator rationalizes her actions by continuously telling herself that she was doing what was best for her homeworld, even if it costs a few Kryptonian lives.
I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this comic, especially in light of how much I disliked the last issue. Storywise, nothing really happened to advance the New Krypton/Brainiac storyline, but the little stories that were here were pretty good, especially the last one about the infiltrator. In the end, if you didn't read this comic, you wouldn't be missing much in the Last Stand x-over, but for those of us following the Last Stand x-over, this comic was a worthy addition.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.Being a HUGE fan of the second Brainiac(Vril Dox), it was nice to see him and his son mentioned during the Brainiac family tree portion of this comic... Hmm, a Vril Dox week over at Uncanny Comic Book Scans doesn't sound half bad...