Note: Kris Anka’s back, with this great redesign of Brainiac posted earlier this year on his tumblr. Anka excels at making each character look different — not just in the pattern of their costume but in additional elements like, for instance here, in his posture, bodyforms and most identifiably his neck. See below for Anka’s thoughts on the piece. – Chris A.
Kris Anka’s thoughts:
I’ve always loved the way the Gary Frank design for Brainiac looked like, and I really liked the idea of him being bigger than the average life form, but I’ve always had a problem with certain high-concept characters looking really human. It was always a personal thorn in my side that such a terrifying galactic-threat super computer just looked like a green human. So this was my attempt (one which I don’t feel I was too successful with) to take the visual elements from Frank’s design and take the human element out of the design. My thinking would be that Brainiac would basically be just a moving tentacle, or wall fixture or something, and Limbs or tentacles would only come out when it needed to.