February 20, 2010
Superman: World of New Krypton was always doomed to have a disappointing conclusion. The best issues of the series has little ongoing plot other than to explore New Krypton, to familiarize us with the unique problems of this alien world. While there was always, in the background, a metaplot going on, the most exciting moments often came when Superman and Zod clashed: neither wrong, but both with a fundamentally different understanding of what the planet needed. With Superman: World of New Krypton #12, we once again have to abandon a great deal of the exploratory aspect of the book to plot, though it’s handled much more deftly than it was in previous issues. A traitor is revealed, and it all finally ties back to earth. War is imminent, but not before a final page reveal that leaves the fate of the the Kryptonians in some jeopardy.
Pete Woods and Ron Randall, provide some excellent concluding visuals, like the surprise one-panel visit to a Starro-ruled planet or a glimpse of Krypton’s Jewel Mountains, overflowing with lava. While the mini concludes on a cliffhanger that does little save set up the next event prelude – Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton – the final issue is at least largely a satisfying read in its own right. That an event is coming so inexorably is a sad thing. Superman: World of New Krypton could have been so much more than a competent, enjoyable prologue.
- Cal Cleary
Superman: World of New Krypton #11
Superman: World of New Krypton #10
December 8, 2009
After last month’s surprisingly disappointing entry, Superman: World of New Krypton is largely back on track. Rucka and Robinson’s entry still feels more formulaic than the often unpredictable early issues did, but it’s still reliably fun and still capable of stepping out of its established trend to tell a decent story. WoNK #10 returns us, lightly, to some of the Kryptonian intrigue that made the early issues such a joy as Adam Strange is quickly cleared of his murder charges and enlisted to help Superman solve New Krypton’s first murder.
Rucka and Robinson do a good beginning to sell New Krypton’s increasing tensions, as merely showing up to question Labor Guild representatives very nearly causes a riot to break out, but the story lacked the weight it should have had, thanks to the need to shoehorn another through the revolving door of cosmic guest stars. New Krypton’s first murder (and, potentially, first assassination) does not come across as as big a deal as it probably should have, but the story was otherwise better than the book’s had in months.
Woods, this time with help from Randall, continue to do fine work on art, improving with almost every issue. With the next event in place – War of the Supermen with, sadly, Barrows on art for the opening issue rather than Woods – it seems that World of New Krypton is pretty definitely leading towards war. Hopefully, the impending crossover won’t distract Rucka and Robinson from continuing to tell a decent story here, as World of New Krypton has, last issue’s failures aside, been a remarkably enjoyable examination of Superman and his second home.
- Cal Cleary
Superman: World of New Krypton #9
Superman: World of New Krypton #8