Today, “Action Comics #870” hit stands, and brought with it tragedy for the Man of Steel.  The issue featured the 5th and final part of the current Brainiac story arc.

DC Comics’ official description of the issue: “Superman versus Brainiac with everything at stake! No longer content to simply eradicate Superman, Brainiac is now determined to destroy Earth like so many other planets he’s left in his wake. But Brainiac’s ship is full of many bottles, inside of which some surprise guest-stars lurk! And while hope may blossom on Brainiac’s ship, there’s one life even the Man of Steel can’t save.”

Click these panels from the new issue to enlarge: