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Adventures of Superman #576

Adventures of Superman #576

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 12, 2000

Cover date: March 2000

2000 Shield No. 11

Writer: Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar
Penciller: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.


Reviewed by: Nick Newman (

Brainiac strikes the newly transformed Superman through a building down to the streets. As he regains his senses, he looks around at what used to be his Metropolis. He gets to his feet and launches himself at Brainiac, punching him across the face. Brainiac grabs the Man of Electricity and a huge explosion shakes the city.

In the LexCorp building Lex and his now-talking daughter Lena make their way through the basement. Lena reveals herself to be, in reality, Brainiac's essence residing in her body. Brainiac informs Luthor that he knows the location of the only piece of unaffected machinery in the city. They are suddenly forced to cut their conversation short and escape a group of Brainiac 13's attack droids. Lena's nanny is not so lucky.

In Metropolis General Hospital Jimmy finds Ron. Lucy is somewhere in the building, but the nanotech restructuring has remodeled the entire building.

Outside, Superman Blue continues his battle with Brainiac 13. Again, Brainiac grips Superman Blue with his tendrils and Superman Blue is linked to the city. The last son of Krypton realizes the extent of the threat he is facing.

In LexCorp's basement, Lex meets up with his two bodyguards, Mercy and Hope.

Back in Metro General Jimmy, Lois, and Ron finally locate Lucy.

Superman Blue locates the speeding train hurtling through the city. He stands in front of the train, ready to stop it, but the train pushes right through him.

In the basement at LexCorp, Luthor finds Superman's real body sitting in a chamber.

Superman Blue positions himself back in front of the train, determined to stop it before it strikes the building. But as he tries, Brainiac strikes again, seemingly finishing off Superman Blue. The train speeds toward the building, and then a tunnel forms in the structure, allowing passage.

In the basement, Mercy and Hope break Superman out of his prison. He returns to life, but he has a long fight ahead of him.

3Story - 3: A decent story, but nothing spectacular. Immonen's plotting is usually pretty bad, and this issue is saved just because the idea was developed by all of them, not just by him. It was nice, however, to see Immonen criticize the Man of Teal by saying that he was never Superman.

3Art - 3: Again, decent but not good. Immonen's art is very blurry, and with the great artists we have on the other titles he just doesn't seem to fit. He always did do a good Metropolis, though, and the shots of the city were very nice.

3Cover Art - 3: And the cover is mediocre as well. The art is too blurry yet again, but the concept is good. I also like the shield replacing the triangle. And as a final note, if you ignore the "Superman", they are using the old font for the title of this book, very cool stuff.

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