A rocket lands in Metropolis containing a boy Superman thinks is from Krypton. Along with figuring out what that means to him, Superman must protect young Christopher Kent, who has become the most valuable child on the planet thanks to his immense power. Lex Luthor has his sights on him, assembling his own team of villains to nab Christopher. It all leads to an action-packed finale, as Superman and the new Superman Revenge Squad — Lex Luthor, Bizarro, the Parasite and Metallo — take on General Zod, Ursa and Non in a battle for Metropolis, the future of Krypton and Christopher Kent!
This is the first in the official reading order for the New Krypton arc. It kicks it off really well, setting everything up nicely–Nightwing/Chris Kent, Mon-El, the Phantom Zone, Kandor, and Zod, Ursa, and Non. A lot that I’ve already seen before makes a bit more sense now. Geoff Johns and company set the tone with a darker Superman. He and Lois adopt the son of General Zod and Ursa, naming him Chris Kent. This Superman is willing to go further than before, not being as much of a boy scout. I particularly liked the artwork.
When he was a boy, Clark Kent was isolated and alone until he met this teen team from the 31st Century. Today, it’s been years since Superman saw his childhood friends. Why haven’t they returned to visit him? What’s become of the symbol of Superman in the future? And just why is the future so dangerous for Superman? They warned him away, but now he’s determined to help his friends — even if it means his life! (Via Goodreads)
This was only OK. This showcases Geoff Johns’ ability to bring back characters from the annals of DC history and incorporate them into the current history. The Legion of Superheroes ran around with a young Clark Kent. Now they need his help. In the year 3008, the world is overrun by a xenophobic government using the name of Superman and the Justice League to push their agenda. He needs to stop them, along with his old pals.
I like this premise, but this borders on old crises where we just have every single character from yore coming back in a flood–at least here he gives us info boxes which lets us know who they are. However, the story was a bit convoluted and could have lasted only a few issues, rather than the whole length of the trade. It does, however, set up a lot of the themes we’ll see later in the New Krypton arc.
…James Robinson (STARMAN, JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE) kick-starts his Man of Steel run with a battle to end all others when Superman faces off with Atlas, the lost God of myth. When the long-missing God stakes a claim on Metropolis, it’s up to Superman and his family to bring Atlas down. But who’s pulling Atlas’s strings? Guest-starring Green Lantern, Supergirl and more. (Via Goodreads)
Other than being a decent look at the relationship between Superman and Lois Lane, this was only OK. In fact, it’s a bit too close to the fight with Doomsday. We also have Krypto, Superman’s dog. While I don’t fully hate him like many people, he’s not really the finest facet of the Superman mythology. He’s better than Bizarro, at least…
This is really a one-shot, barely linked to the overall storyline. It can easil be skipped in lieu of what’s to come.