Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Last Days of Krypton Review

So I've had this book for well over a year now, I slowly read it on and off again a couple chapters at a time, now I've finally finished it, and man was it good. As the title implies the story is the events that leads up to the planet Krypton inevitable destruction, in which we meet Jor-El, Krypton's greatest scientist, talented artist Lara, Jor-El's brother Zor-El, also a brilliant scientist, and he's wife Alura. Then there is Commissioner Zod, head of Technology Acceptance who continually rejects Jor-El's new inventions and deems them as dangerous, but secretly keeps them for himself, Zod's consort and lover Aethyr, and their non-speaking brute enforcer Nam-Ek.

After evidence of the planet's pending destruction, and a devastating alien attack Jor-El and Zod must work together to save the planet and strengthen Krypton's people after such tragedy. Jor-El sees this opportunity to save Krypton, and to get he's other ideas and inventions recognized as tools to help he's world and he's people. While Zod sees this as he's opportunity to final seize power that he believes is he's by birthright. 

This book reveals many things, how Jor-El and Lara met, fell in love, and got married, Zod's rise to power, and decent in to madness, a surprising appearance of a another future Superman villain, and origins of the Fortress of Solitude, and the Phantom Zone. The only thing I felt was missing was Kara, the future Supergirl, daughter of Zor-El and Alura, she should of been a teenager or at least a young girl around this time as in most other stories, but was strangely absent here. I highly recommended this book to any Superman fan, it is a great read and is a fantastically well written tale not told any where else before.

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