Comic Pick of the Week – Superman: The Last Family of Krypton

8 Sep

Superman: The Last Family of Krypton

I have to say, it’s really nice to see DC telling a new elseworlds story. This used to be the corner of the DC universe where writers could take our favorite characters and turn them on their ears, and I think Superman: the last family of krypton fits in perfectly with classic elseworlds tales like Gotham by Gaslight, Superman: Red Sun, and JSA: the Liberty Files, to name a few.

Carey Bates (his work can be found in such titles as Flash, Superman, Captain Atom) scripts a very imaginative retelling of the superman mythos, this time having not just Kal-El escape the destruction of Krypton, but his parents Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van as well.

In the art department you have Renato Arlem (Hawkgirl), who looks to me like a perfect cross of Howard Chaykin and Alex Maleeve, however that doesn’t mean that his style isn’t his own. Every page looks well thought out, and beautifully illustrated, and colorist Allen Passalaqua lends a nice touch to Arlems work.

So far this book has been a great read! You have Superman’s usual supporting cast of ma and pa Kent, Lana Lang, Lois and Jimmy, and of course, Lex Luthor.  The addition of Clarks biological parents, as well as a couple of surprise characters is what really pushes the story forward for me though. I’m really lovin what Bates has done with this idea, he’s given us a real feel of what kind of impact it would have on us as a planet, if this small family of other-worlders, with their supremely advanced intelligence and technology, decided to adopt our planet as their new home world. There’s plenty of clever twists, such as Lara’s timely intervention of a mugging on a fateful movie night for a certain little boy from Gotham city. Just one of the many little tweaks reminding us, that even though things may seem familiar, anything can happen.

So if you’re at your local comic shop, and you’re itchin to try something new, pick up Superman: the Last Family of Krypton. It won’t disappoint.

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