SUPERMAN #5

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Zod has a dream for the people of Krypton and Kandor. He sees his new planet of Jakuul as a haven for the remnants of the Kryptonian people and has even invited the House of El to join him. His dream is interrupted by the intervention of Rogol Zaar. As Zod awakens, he decides to end the threat of Rogol once and for all by heading to Earth.



At the location of what used to be the planet Earth, Adam Strange finds himself searching for a signal from the lost planet. When Zod arrives and they discover what is happening to the planet, they witness something extraordinary. Superman has resigned himself to being trapped in the Phantom Zone at the mercy of Rogol and Jax-Ur. When Kal finally figures something out about the destroyer, a new presence enters the Phantom Zone with his eyes set on a final confrontation.

The Unity Saga is getting really good. Bendis has done a great job of bringing spectacle to Superman and his adventures. Bringing Zod into the story at this point adds an unknown element that enhances the drama and fulfills a lot of the promise of the character’s appearances in other books like Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. It’s going to be interesting to see where this story from here because there are several new unknowns added that can move the story in many different directions.

Ivan Reis’ art continues to impress and he does an amazing job relaying the power of all of the characters, especially Superman and Zod.
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Publisher’s Summary: What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential.

Review
New Krypton again! Well, kind of…

In this, the latest chapter of Brian Michael Bendis’ ubiquitous run with the character, we see the ongoing story of Superman trapped in the Phantom Zone with the hilariously-named Rogol Zaar, having an internal conflict about whether or not to kill him despite how dangerous he is, and so on. The action scenes are solid, the art is great, and Bendis still has some issues with Superman’s dialogue. Also Adam Strange is there. Nothing new for the Man of Steel. Except this story isn’t about Kal-El. It’s about Zod.

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That’s right, Superman’s archnemesis (Or second-worst nemesis? Sorry, Lex Luthor has top spot. Maybe this is how Bane feels.) takes center stage in this issue. The megalomaniac would-be despot starts this issue with a Darwinist dream sequence about joining the Kryptonian Houses of El, Zod, and Kandor (which is a city, not a house, but okay) to create a New Krypton. Geoff Johns reference?

Superman stories, for all their idealism and hope and inspiration, actually have a plethora of characters that easily get overlooked by most writers in favor of introducing rogue elements or new characters to put a spin on. Zod is a deeply compelling character, and is well in need of a redux after the most recent memory of him in people’s minds is no doubt his appearance in 2013’s Man of Steel.

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Here, Zod flexes his muscles and takes center stage, distracted from a middle of the road storyline with a deeply compelling and interesting character arc that works its way into the current narrative exceptionally well. He’s the perfect foil to the Kryptonian struggle this series presents to Kal-El, and thus far his integration into the storyline has been superb. Whiche leaves me asking, “Can we get a Zod standalone already?”

The Bottom Line
Superman #5 Keeps the action going with the great execution of making Zod the highlight of this issue, which should leave fans of the series excited to where it goes next.
 
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