Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird vol. 1

I started off rereading the Nightwing & Flamebird vol. 1, largely written by Greg Rucka, thinking it was one of the better New Krypton books.  It had a strong story start, quickly establishing the identities of the mysterious heroes (which has been kept a mystery in the other concurrent books I’d read) and giving them a sense of a mission on earth.  We got a clear picture of General Zod and Ursa’s involvement, and the whole thing really came across as a decent follow-up to Last Son, which is one of the books that really set this whole story arc into motion. Continue reading Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird vol. 1

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

Superman: Last Son

Last Son is not the greatest Superman story, but it is an enjoyable one, giving the hero some genuine emotional stakes to be fighting for, and nicely balancing a character-driven premise with exciting action.  The story has to do with the unexpected arrival of yet another Kryptonian child on earth, and the mystery of his identity.  Superman must not only cope with this newcomer who is in some ways so similar to himself, but also to how his adopted planet responds to an immensely powerful alien being whose arrival is so much more public than his was.  Continue reading Superman: Last Son

Superman: Brainiac

I just re-read the Superman: Brainiac trade paperback, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.  It’s a significant story in its particular period of Superman history as it basically is the immediate prologue to the massive New Krypton storyline that dominated the Superman titles for quite a while.  I’ve been making my way through the New Krypton trades for a while now, enjoying an extended Superman storyline in spite of mediocre reviews.  That’s what led me to pick up Brainiac even though I’d previously read it from the library.  Continue reading Superman: Brainiac