And with this book we come to the end of the “middle” of the New Krypton story, and the end of the concurrent storytelling. And not a moment too soon. There’s been a lot of energy spent trying to keep track of the different threads and the internal chronology of this epic. Actually, the first issue in this current book is already printed at the start of the Codename: Patriot book, just for the sake of these trades actually carrying the entirety of the actual New Kryptons series.
The book, by James Robinson and Greg Rucka, with art by Pete Woods, continues with the same interest hooks that were there in the previous volume – Kal-El is on New Krypton, he has joined the military guild, and thanks to the attempted assassination against General Zod, he has become the leader of the military. He spends his time trying to put out fires and to maintain the obviously doomed peace between New Krypton and the rest of the solar system, and dealing with a murder mystery within New Krypton itself. This involves some gratuitous guest appearances by the vaguely remembered J’Emm, Son of Saturn (not to be confused with the lead singer of the holograms) and Adam Strange. It’s an interesting exploration of the political and social implications of a whole new world suddenly turning up in the solar system, and it’s almost a shame that it’s over so soon.
But of course it is. That war with earth is looming by narrative necessity, and the Kryptonians don’t seem to really doing anything it. It’s obvious that General Zod intends to go to war – maybe the reasons for his delay will show up later (they just, in this arc, finally explained what Superwoman was doing on Krypton). But for the time being, the main reason is that we haven’t had a final showdown with Brainiac yet. And naturally that’s the focus of the next arc in the story.
Indeed, each of this wave of New Krypton trades ends with some sort of setup for ending of the series – Brainiac’s appearance here, the Legion of Super-Heroes’ involvement with Mon-El, Superwoman’s reappearance in Supergirl, and Luthor’s acquisition of the remains of “Rao” over in Nightwing & Flamebird. We’ll see how these elements play out next time.
Superman: New Krypton Index
Last Son • Brainiac • New Krypton vol. 1 • NSuperman: New Krypton Index
Last Son • Brainiac • New Krypton vol. 1 • New Krypton vol. 2 • Mon-El • Supergirl: Who is Superwoman? • Nightwing and Flamebird vol. 1 • New Krypton vol. 3 • Codename: Patriot • Supergirl: Friends and Fugitives • Nightwing and Flamebird vol. 2 • Supergirl: Death and the Family • Mon-El – Man of Valor • New Krypton vol. 4 • Last Stand of New Krypton vol. 1 • Last Stand of New Krypton vol. 2 • War of the Supermen