Reviews for Superman : Last Son of Krypton

Library Journal Express Reviews
This collection consists of two separate stories originally published in Action Comics: Last Son, written by Johns (Aquaman) and Donner (director, Superman: The Movie), with pencils by Kubert (X-men), and Brainiac, by Johns, with pencils by Frank (Justice League of America). The former begins with the sudden arrival of a boy from a rocket plummeting into Metropolis. Superman takes a liking to the youth, but his origins are a mystery, and soon General Zod and his cronies, who have escaped the Phantom Zone, are following the boy. Zod challenges and successfully defeats Superman (his only challenge to world dominion) and banishes him to the Phantom Zone. The collection's latter story reintroduces Superman's long-ago foe Brainiac, a superintelligent alien who collects civilizations in order to absorb all their knowledge. Readers begin with a backstory in which Brainiac steals the bottled city of Kandor from the planet Krypton before moving forward 35 years to the present Metropolis, where we learn the disappearance of Kandor plays an important role in the origins of Supergirl.Verdict Recommended for the usual fans of Superman and the DC Universe, with Last Son appealing to fans of the original Superman movies, too.--Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.