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Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010
By: Michael Deeley

James Robinson & Sterling Gates
Pete Woods
DC Entertainment
The major event the Superman comics have been building to for the last year has finally begun. Brainiac has returned to Kandor, not to capture but to kill. The Kyrptoniansí new powers are little use against Brainiacís robots armed with red sun rays. When General Zodís attack fails, Kal-El becomes Superman once more to face his old foe. But he finds Brainiac with a new partner--Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes asks Zod not to destroy Brainiacís ship until they rescue the other bottled cities onboard. Zod quickly arrests them.

Gee, the bloodthirsty warmonger with a history of lies and betrayal tricks and captures the heroes who ask him not to kill his enemy. What a shock. Honestly, the only surprise in this comic was the sudden appearance of Lex Luthor. Iíd completely forgotten about him since he hasnít been seen or mentioned in six months. I also have to ask why Princess Projectraís costume now shows cleavage? It used to be a full bodysuit. Now it has bare arms and a boob window. Her face is covered but her breasts are exposed. Further comment is not necessary.

The highlight of the comic was Kal-El tearing off his uniform and revealing his Superman costume. Iíve been waiting months to see that. Good thing he kept wearing it even after he gave up that role to improve relations between Earth and New Krypton.

Despite the logical problems found in most comic books, this was a fun comic. Big events like this are part of the reason I began reading in the first place. The plot lines involving the Legion, Zod, and Brainiac are finally coming together. Future issues should involve more of Gen. Laneís forces and (hopefully) Nightwing and Flamebird. Pete Woodsí art is expressive and exciting. The Brainiac ship is menacing and the action flows nicely. Most of me is looking forward to this event.

The rest just wants it all to end.

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