Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Brandon Peterson and Ivan Reis
Inker: Joe Prado
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Release Date: July 10th, 2019
Think you know the history of Krypton and its destruction? Jor-El pleading with the Science Council. His plans to save the planet or at the very least, most of the Kryptonian race. The failure of those plans, ending with the survival of only one son of Krypton. Do you think you know the entire story? Think again. To paraphrase one of my favorite characters from a certain HBO show: “You know nothing.” That’s what Bendis has brought to the table – the secret history of Krypton and its destruction.
The issue opens with Jor-El dealing with the Science Council’s dismissal as he tries to convey the message of the upcoming global apocalypse. Not one to take no for an answer, he decides to reach out to a secret council of galactic governments – Oa, Rann, Tamaran, and Thanagar among them. This council reminds me of the Quintessence from Kingdom Come or even the Illuminati that appears in the books of another publisher (wink wink). Jor-El doesn’t get the help he desperately needed, but he does get a veiled threat in the form of a name – Rogol Zaar. For readers, this creates more questions than answers. What connection do Jor-El and this secret council have with Rogol Zaar? How does it relate to the timeline of events that we saw in Man of Steel? I’m not going to reveal much else of what happens in this issue so I recommend picking up a copy today.
The art duties were split between series regulars Ivan Reis and Brandon Peterson. I don’t think I need to sing the praises of Reis’ work any more than I already have in previous reviews. Readers can take one look at the cover to see how great his Superman is. The background is very busy, but my eyes are immediately drawn to the Man of Steel. The level of detail along with the colorwork is just amazing. I consider this my favorite cover of this current series. Now, Brandon Peterson has the majority of art responsibilities for the interior pages. I’m not well-versed in his work outside of Superman, much to my shame. His panels with the secret council are fantastic. There’s something unique about his style that I can’t quite put to words. It might be due to the fact that he colors his own work. Whatever it is…I am a huge fan of it.
This issue was a nice look into Bendis’ new history of Krypton, one that blends well with the classic origin of Superman. The story since the Man of Steel has been mysterious and a bit mercurial. It’s good to see some light shed on what Bendis plans to bring to us. I for one, am looking forward to future issues and the completion of this story.