Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton vol. 1

And at last, it’s all coming together.  Brainiac is back, and he is after Kandor.  And if you’ve been paying attention, Lex Luthor is right there with him.  Superman is duking it out with him.  And Mon-El is by his side.  And Supergirl is fighting against Brainiac’s hordes on New Krypton.  And Superboy has joined the action as well.  And the Legion of Super-Heroes are involved, working to save the future. Continue reading Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton vol. 1

Superman: New Krypton vol. 4

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.  Continue reading Superman: New Krypton vol. 4

Superman: Codename Patriot

Codename: Patriot, by Greg Rucka, James Robinson and Sterling Gates, follows right on the heels of New Krypton vol. 3, showing the aftermath of the assassination attempt on General Zod.  The culprit flees and Krypton’s military, now led basically by Commander Kal-El (the other two ranking officers being the brutish and dopey Commander Gor and the psychotic but lovestruck Commander Ursa) trace him to earth.  He follows, but in his more traditional guise (the first issue ends with the book’s best moment as he takes out his familiar costume and says, “This is a job for Superman.”) Continue reading Superman: Codename Patriot

Superman: New Krypton vol. 3

And so we finally come to a place where all of concurrent storylines in the New Krypton saga are up to the same point. And though I was not reading any of this as it came out, it’s fairly obvious that this particular stream was the flagship title at the time, even though it wasn’t appearing in any of the regularly published series. This is where we actually got a proper taste of “New Krypton” as a world and a society. And even more importantly, this is where we had appearances Superman himself.

Continue reading Superman: New Krypton vol. 3

Superman: New Krypton vol. 2

Superman: New Krypton vol. 2 more or less completes the prologue for the whole New Krypton epic.  By the end of the book, we’ve got most of the major players in place:  Nightwing & Flamebird, General Lane, Lex Luthor, Superwoman, Assassin, Reactron, Guardian, Brainiac, and so on.  And even more significantly, Zor-El is struck down and New Krypton is an actual planet.  And even General Zod is back in play. Continue reading Superman: New Krypton vol. 2

Superman: New Krypton vol. 1

A while ago, I decided to give the Superman mega-story, New Krypton, a real go.  And then more recently, 15 trade paperbacks later (plus 2 prologues), I have finally completed it.  So it’s been quite an investment.  Worth it?  Eh…it’s hard to say.  It’s not terrible by any means, though I can see it might have been a bit much to read it as it came out – and maybe it tries to deal with a few too many threads to really hold together as a solid story, but it’s interesting to see DC undertake such an ambitious arc.  So now I’m going to give it a quick re-read, starting with New Krypton vol. 1. Continue reading Superman: New Krypton vol. 1