Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Comics Roundup 11/7/2009

I'm not sure if anyone actually reads my round-ups of weekly comics purchases, so maybe no one has noticed its absence. Whatever, it is now BACK!

Superman: World of New Krypton #5, by James Robinson, Greg Rucka, and Pete Woods

As you will recall, Superman has left the Earth and gone to live with a load of other superpowered Kryptonians on a new planet opposite the Sun. In this exciting episode, the sinister General Zod (Terence Stamp in Superman II) has him on trial for the capital crime of treason. Oh noes. Much of this title hangs on Kryptonian society not actually being that great, with Superman (or Kal-El as he now is called) being plainly of a superior moral cast to his fellows. The aspect of fascination is Kal-El's relationship with Zod, a much more ambiguous figure than the scenery chewing villain of the film.

There is little in the way of fites in this title, but plenty of thrill power, and a great OMG ending.

Does anyone reading this know if General Zod (and the lovely Ursa, and the brutish other guy, who both make appearances here) had a pre-existence in the comics before they appeared in Superman II? That would in any case have been pre-Crisis (?), so they would have to have been re-introduced at some stage anyway.

North 40 #1, by Aaron Williams and Fiona Staples

As a first issue fiend, I decided to check this one out. It is set in some hick American town where some unexplained event has happened that has suddenly made loads of weird things happen – people turning into monsters or becoming invulnerable, zombie & vampire invastions, that kind of thing. Lord knows where this will go.

The is a preview in the back of a potentially interesting new title called Red Herring by David Tishcman and Philip Bond. It seems to be an attempt to do a humourous series about conspiracy theories and stuff like that, and if it works I expect it to be driven by Bond's rofflesome art.

That's all for now, though I may yet play catch-up with the issues I missed over the last few weeks.


Ray said...

dude, wikipedia -
Dru-Zod is a megalomaniacal Kryptonian, in charge of the military forces on Krypton. He had known Jor-El, Superman's father, when he was an aspiring scientist. When the space program was abolished after the destruction of the inhabited moon Wegthor, which had been caused by renegade scientist Jax-Ur, he attempted to take over Krypton. Zod created an army of robotic duplicates of himself, all bearing a resemblance to Bizarro. He was sentenced to exile in the Phantom Zone for his crimes. Zod was eventually released by Superboy when his term of imprisonment was up. However, he attempted to conquer Earth with the super powers gained under the yellow sun. Zod was sent back into the Phantom Zone, from which he occasionally escapes to target Superman.

manc_ill_kid said...

I remember there was a post-crisis parallel universe Zod who Superman killed and then had a real bad guilt trip over, some time in the early nineties I think.