Adventures of Superman 536 – Brainiac switches brains

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Tom Peyer and Mark Waid begin a story arc dealing with Brainiac in Adventures of Superman 536 (July 1996), with a large artistic team: Chris Renaud, Curt Swan, Steven Butler, Chris Marrinan, Dick Giordano and Pamela Eklund.

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The story opens in an institution for the mentally ill, centring on a teenage boy who believes that he is Superman.

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Brainiac has been out of it since the end of Dead Again, but gets his mind back in this story, rapidly taking control of the hospital staff tending him.

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Brainiac causes enough problem to lure Superman to the institution, where he executes his plan.

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Brainiac switches his mind into Superman’s body, and Superman’s mind into that of the disturbed boy.  What happens to Brainiac’s body is not revealed.  The story ends on a good note, with the boy insisting that he is really Superman, but of course they don’t believe him, they never do.

The story continues in the next issue of Action.

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