Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Superman The Last Son of Krypton by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner

This recent compilation accomplishes several things that I enjoyed. With a script by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, director of the Superman film starring Christopher Reeve, the story is about another boy rocketed to earth from Krypton. Chasing this second Kryptonian child is General Zod, and that spells trouble. The first section of this book features visually stunning artwork by Adam Kubert. While “The Last Son” is a good story, it’s the next feature, written solely by Geoff Johns, that’s the real treasure here. This story is titled simply “Braniac” and that should whet your appetite. The artwork in this section is by Gary Frank and is less digitized than other artwork, thus giving the panels a traditional feel. Gary Frank pays homage to the late Christopher Reeve with his rendering of Superman, and his artwork is mesmerizing. Best of all is the inclusion of Supergirl, who, thanks to Gary Frank, looks quite appealing without turning her into a swimsuit model. The Supergirl in these pages is adorable in the same manner that Melissa Benoist is adorable (but still strong) in the current television show. Of course, this comic book appeared before the new show went into production. With yet another plot involving the Phantom Zone and General Zod, and the second story featuring Braniac, this compilation offers a glimpse at how good a Superman story can be when handled by people that not only understand their material, but appreciate it. Superman: The Last Son of Krypton is a celebration of the Superman mythos.

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