Robinson and Chang bring the Last Stand on New Krypton towards its conclusion in Superman 699 (June 2010).
Battles take place left right and centre in this issue. The Legion of Super-Heroes who are in the present: Element Lad, Sensor Girl, Matter-Eater Lad, Star Boy, Tellus, Quislet and Chameleon Boy are fighting Brainiac’s drones and the various alien races from the previous issue. They are aiming to free Mon-El, although once again the hero frees himself.
They manage to retrieve Kandor, which Brainiac has shrunk and bottled once again, this time with Superboy trapped inside. Brainiac 5 and Supergirl take the city to expand it again.
Brainiac is too busy to stop them, being all caught up in a fight with Zod.
Luthor, never one to miss an opportunity for destruction, chooses a bottled city at random and enlarges it while it is still on Brainiac’s ship.
As the issue ends, the enlarging city rips through the hull of the ship, which is located directly above the restored Kandor.
The story concludes in the final issue of Last Stand of New Krypton.
Superman returns to his own book with issues 698 (May 2010), as the Last Stand of New Krypton pits him and Mon-El against Luthor and Brainiac in a story by Robinson, Pina and Chang.
Brainiac has sent robotic drones to New Krypton, slaughtering the citizens as Zod and Ursa try to determine how to strike back.
Superman is being held captive aboard Brainiac’s headship, and Mon-El comes to the rescue. But before he reaches the hero he has to face much nastier versions of Brainiac’s classic pet Koko.
Brainiac tries to draw all the knowledge Superman has gained about New Krypton, but the hero manages to break free of his restraints.
Mon-El winds up not only fighting against the white apes, but also the four alien races from the 1960s origin of Ultra – The Multi-Alien. The telepathic aliens in one of Brainiac’s bottle cities send out a plea for help.
But before they can do anything about the bottled cities, Superman and Mon-El have to face a horde of killer robots.
The story continues in the next issue of Adventure.
Mxyzptlk makes another unwanted appearance (well, for the character, not unwanted by me) in Adventures of Superman 638 (May 2005), as he allows Lois and Clark to see their future as parents, by Rucka, Clark and Lanning.
It begins as Lois suggests to Clark that they have a child, her recent shooting having kicked off her biological clock. Mxyzptlk pops up to show them a potential future, in which they have a daughter.
The Justice League make a cameo, celebrating the birth. But boy does Black Canary stand out. Mxyzptlk should probably pay her a visit.
The story spans a number of years, allowing us to see Lara Kent grow up and adopt a super-identity of her own. Ma and Pa Kent appear as doting grandparents.
Lara winds up battling, and defeating, Lex Luthor in an armor that comprises of bits of the super-suit, Xlim’s outfit, Doomsday, Brainiac, Adam Strange and even Starro.
It’s an entertaining pause in the Ruin storyline, which continues next issue.
Casey and Meglia conclude the Crime Syndicate storyline in Adventures of Superman 605 (Aug. 02).
The art in this story is extremely dynamic – which sort of helps make up for the relative simplicity of the plot. Brainiac has made this body out of Ultraman’s skin cells, so he has the same powers, and weaknesses. Brainiac intends to destroy this universe’s Earth, so that the other one will perish as well.
Superman fights to stop Brainiac, but not kill him, while the Crime Syndicate members have less compassion.
Owlman succeeds in bluffing Brainiac away, claiming to have white dwarf star material, the kryptonite equivalent for Ultraman. To protect himself, Brainiac returns to the anti-Phantom Zone.
Superwoman follows the baby there, and in probably the best sequence in the storyline, acts all motherly to get close to the baby, and then kills it.
The evil Superbaby storyline continues in Adventures of Superman 604 (July 2002), as Casey, Meglia, Sanford Greene, Francisco Herrera, Walden Wong and Carlos Cueva keep the manic destruction going.
Superman managed to get the baby into a tesseract, but Ultraman is able to penetrate it. He has come to this dimension, travelling through the anit-Phantom Zone, to kill the child, and Superman spends much of this issue fighting to prevent him doing that. Superman knows he has only 24 hours to stop Ultraman, before he gets shunted to the alternate dimension.
The Owlman and Superwoman show up. One is lead to think they will join Superman in protecting their child from Ultraman.
But that is not what is going on at all. Just as Owlman gets the baby and prepares to kill him, Brainiac reveals that he is now in complete control of this new body.
The story concludes in the next issue.
Following the events from the last issue of Superman, Y2K continues in Adventures of Superman 576 (March 2000), by Immonen, Millar and Marzan, as Brainiac 13 transforms Metropolis, and Superman as well.
While one cannot deny that Braniac 13 is doing some impressive things with Metropolis, people’s lives are at stake. Brainiac 13 has taken control of Superman’s real body, converting him back into an energy form that can do little to affect or prevent his plans.
Lucy Lane got separated from Ron Troupe and Jimmy Olsen, but they find each other again in this issue. Lucy had been finding excuses not to get married, but by the end of this issue is ready to say her vows. Nothing like a little terror to get rid of the cold feet.
Hope and Mercy find Luthor, who has Lena with him, although his daughter is possessed by Brainiac. They find the captive Superman, and Luthor orders Hope and Mercy to break him free, knowing that he is the only one who can stop Brainiac 13. They do so, and once he is “unplugged,” his energy form dissipates, and his real body is back in action.
And Action is where the story continues.