Saturday, 4 May 2013

Superman: Last Son of Krypton Issue 1 (Special Edition) Review

Review by Patrick Challis

Written By Geoff Johns and Richard Donner
Art By Adam Kubert
Cover By Jim Lee

Genre
Superhero, Action

Synopsis

While working a normal day at the Daily Planet, Clark Kent hears the sound of an incoming space ship.  After a quick change in to Superman, he catches the ship only to be shocked by the contents.  A young boy.  Where did he come from?  Who is he?

Review

I have to admit that I've not read Superman for a very long time because of how stale and, let's be honest here, boring.

The characters never seemed to grow or change, the stories seemed to fall flat and the art went the same way.  In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that the character had become an absolute shell of his former self.  For a character so iconic, that was a real shame.

Then there appeared to be a revival for the character thanks to people like Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder and many others.  Thanks to people such as Adam Kubert, the various portrayals of the 'Man of Steel'  massively improved as well.

That's where I jump in.

This offering for Free Comic Book Day from DC has released the first chapter of the graphic novel by Richard Donner and Geoff Johns and it's a belter of a release.

The story here is superbly written.  The idea that a mysterious child turns up with similar powers to Superman himself might not be completely original (Supergirl, Superboy etc), Geoff Johns does a truly fabulous job of creating an exciting story and the issue ends on a brilliant cliff hanger.

If I'm completely honest, it's made me want to go straight out and buy the graphic novel itself so that I can see what happens next.

Art wise, Adam Kubert has updated Superman's look a little and now Superman manages to look a lot more menacing as well.  I'd even go so far as to say he really looks like a hero that could take on anyone and win for the first time in a long time.  That's exactly how Superman should be.

All in all, this was a marvelous pick up for this years Free Comic Book Day.  The story was exactly, fast paced and had some great twists and turns along with a major cliff hanger of an ending.

It's definitely made me want to get the graphic novel version of this.

Story 4/5
Art 4.5/5
Overall 8.5/10

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