Superman: World of New Krypton continues its renewed creative upswing with this issue. After floundering a bit in the middle, #11, the penultimate issue of the series if I recall correctly, suggests a fine return to form as it has a little bit of everything that made the title so very fundamentally enjoyable. Nothing gets wrapped up in these 22 pages, but an awful lot gets set-up for what will hopefully be a stellar finale. Adam Strange and Superman team-up to find out who attempted to assassinate Alura. Though evidence suggests the leader of the Labor Guild, neither Superman nor Strange believe it. The Council is divided on what the attacks mean and how he should proceed, and Zod seems to be on the way to a speedy recovery. And just what is that mysterious, lead-lined military structure that they ‘forgot’ to mention to Kal-El when he took over?
It’s a lot to cram in here, but Rucka and Robinson make it work. Pete Woods continues to turn in excellent work, delivering exciting action sequences and a bizarre panache of sci-fi scenery to give Krypton an alien feel. Rucka and Robinson have escaped the formula that so made the middle of the series drag, and have instead returned to the book’s strongest elements: the collapsing politics of an alien planet. Anyone who claims to be a Superman fan should be reading this book, but it’s reach is beyond that: despite a few slip-ups, Superman: World of New Krypton often delivers a fun, engaging pulp sci-fi adventure that digs into Superman’s character without hinging upon it to drive the book.
- Cal Cleary