By James Robinson, Renato Guedes, Jorge Correa Jr., Wilson Magalhaes, David Curiel
The Story: With Earth’s heroes hovering over the city of New Krypton, Superman finds himself torn between his allegiance to Earth and his own native people. Seeking out Alura, Superman tries to get the Kryptonians responsible for the murders of several humans. Unfortunately, Alura is unwilling to budge, seeing humans as the inferior race. This eventually sets off a huge battle between Kryptonians and Earth’s superhumans.
The Good? Solid pacing and story by James Robinson. We’ve been waiting for this conflict to boil over for a while and it’s nice to see it finally take place. Renato Guedes once again provides some incredible visuals that pack a lot of punch. The guy’s got a great sense of scope and knows how to make the world look huge and battles, epic.
The Not So Good? The back and forth banter between Superman and Alura is nothing but the same old semantics they’ve been doing for the past couple of chapters. Superman should know by now that it’s useless getting through to her and he should’ve used his resources (the JLA and JSA) to take action much sooner.
Jorge Correa Jr. shares the art chores with Renato Guedes this month and the result is very mixed. Compared to Guedes’ art, Correa looks like a pure amateur. In fact, I’d go as far to say that Correa’s art is some of the worst I’ve seen in a mainstream comic book in a long time. Really stiff characters and awkward storytelling really hurt this issue.
Conclusion: If you can get past the pages of horrible art, this issue’s another solid chapter in the story of New Krypton.
– J. Montes