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  • Title: Superman: World of New Krypton #4
  • Written by: Greg Rucka and James Robinson
  • Art by: Pete Woods
  • Published by: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2009
  • Price: $2.99
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Superman: World of New Krypton #4

"Having Superman serving under his former enemies is really taking on weight."

By Chris Smits     June 09, 2009
Source: Mania


Review: Superman: World of New Krypton #4
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Things continue to get more complicated on New Krypton when representatives from the Green Lantern Corps show up on a fact finding mission to their planet. Before their questions can be answered, they end up getting a front row seat to the manhunt of Kryptonian criminals that were released from their imprisonment in the Phantom Zone when it was destroyed. The concern over what it means to have a planet full of Kryptonians back in the galaxy is given even more legitimacy by the actions of General Zod during the chase. Once again Superman proves a contradicting voice against Zod's will, but Zod takes action against him this time and the situation takes a turn for the worse.

 

The Good

The guest spot of Green Lantern Hal Jordan harkens back to a time when an appearance by a superhero outside of their own book was something that you could have a lot of fun with. This story continues to be unpredictable and the involvement of the Green Lantern Corps only adds to the scope of what's at stake. Having Superman serving in the Kryptonian military (as "Commander El") under his former enemies' command is really taking on weight here. The opposing views between Superman and Zod are coming to a head and it's given even more clout because of the fact that Superman's voice is really taking hold on more and more Kryptonians. Everything is getting curiouser and curiouser as to predicting where the story is headed and this is the best thing about the book. Also worth mentioning are the preview pages for the upcoming Justice League: A Cry For Justice that's included. Most preview pages for something feel like they're a cheap plug in the back of a book you've bought, and I'm usually apathetic towards it, but not so with this one. This one had me geeked.

 

The Bad

Nothing much to really complain about. Although the story is moving at a nice pace now that it's got a few issues under it's belt, there's still an element that leaves it open to wondering if it will end up not delivering by the end of the series. There's an inability to distinguish itself above a million stories that started off great but then failed to end great. So far so good though, but it's still got a couple of steps to go.

 

Cover art to Superman: World of New Krypton #4 by Gary Frank

The Bottom Line

Every issue of this series has been very solid so far and as long as they can keep that up, I'll keep recommending it. Pete Woods seems to be making a good mark for himself with the art. He's consistant with his style and that really gives this book it's own feel, creating a fimiliarity when you open it up to the first page. Once again I have to point out the $2.99 price point here and say that it's more solid than a lot of it's more expensive cousins on the rack. World Of New Krypton isn't what I'd label as "jaw droppingly awesome", but it's undeniably up in the B range, and that's the grade I'm giving it.

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spiderhero 6/9/2009 10:46:29 AM

Good review. A consistently solid book. Some of the best superman we've seen in years, and he isn't even superman. That's one of the strengths of the book, it really is centered around the issue of Clark on a planet full of Kryptonians. The different values and world views if handled believable and with virtually no Clichés. It is fast working its way to the top of my must read list each month.

kandor@hotmail.com_home 6/9/2009 12:14:12 PM

I`d say this is more about Kal-El than Clark...Clark's in hold for now, having left all that makes him Clark back on Earth (Ma, Lois, The Planet). This is about him having to be Kal-El for the first time in his life, and that does lead to interesting character development possibilities, as he will embrace, more than ever I`m sure of it, his status a Human, but with a bigger sense of his Kryptonian legacy. At least I hope that will be so, cause neither DC nor Warner Bros. never seem to want to develop Superman to its full potential, I wonder if it`s some kind of rule they have: "Let`s not do Superman as good as he could be."...

jochimus 6/11/2009 4:20:53 PM

^ Probably because they'd have to pay more to the Siegel and Shuster estates.

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