Superman #698: Writer: James Robinson. Artists: Javier Pina & Bernard Chang.
Last Issue: 4 1/2 out of 10.
This is the third part of the Last Stand of New Krypton storyline. While Brainiac's forces continue to soften up the Kryptonian defenses on New Krypton, Superman himself remains the prisoner of Brainiac and Lex Luthor aboard Brainiac's spacecraft. While Brainiac and Lex torment the captive Man of Steel, Mon-El manages to break onto Brainiac's ship, all to free Supes. While fighting his way through Brainiac's army of freaks and robots, Mon begins to hear telepathic cries for help from one of Brainiac's bottled cities. Using those cries, Mon begins to hone in on the location of Brainiac's command deck. After some struggling, Supes manages to free himself from Brainiac's torture device(which surprises Brainiac), and he prepares to launch a counter attack against the two villains. However, before Supes can make a move, Lex pulls a gun and aims it at one of the bottle cities, warning Supes that if he so much as twitches, he'll pull the trigger, killing however many millions of beings may be living in that city. Supes backs down, and Lex smugly tells Supes that he should know by now that he can never trust Lex Luthor! Before Lex can pull the trigger, Mon arrives on the scene and pulls the city out of harms way. With the threat to the city eliminated, Supes breaks free of his restraints, and Lex runs away to a safer part of the ship. This issue ends with Brainiac calling forth hundreds of his robots to put an end to Supes and Mon.
This was a very good comic. I have to say that I enjoyed it from the first page to the last. Of course, whenever Lex Luthor is around, that's always bound to make the comic a much better read! This issue was basically a lot of Mon fighting, and Supes being taunted by Brainiac and Lex, with the only real story advance being the fact that Supes was now free to renew his attack on Brainiac and his ship. So although nothing of real note happened, I still highly enjoyed Supes and Lex's interactions. This story continues in Adventure Comics #9, and as long as it's anything like this issue was, I'll be very happy to give it a read.
Score: 8 out of 10.If I could choose to be any villain, I'd definitely choose to be Lex!