Saturday, September 18, 2010
Superman: the Last Family of Krypton #1 and #2 - DC
This is an Elseworlds story brought to us by Cary Bates and Renato Arlem. I'd include all 3 issues if I had them, so . . I'll just have to wait until the next one comes out to tell you how this all wraps up. The theme is pretty much the same here, it's just the variation that's different. As with most Elseworld titles. It starts out, obviously, with the destruction of Krypton. Except in this version, Jor-El and Lara decided that they can't bring themselves to leaving Kal-El alone in the universe. So, all three of them take the journey to Earth. Of course their ship is alien when it arrives. And is met with the usual skepticism. But in this instance, Jor-El can debark the ship and immediately start proving himself. Over the course of the next few years he continues to prove himself and acclimates into Terran society pretty easily. Especially when the powers that be realize what he can to for them. He even sets up a business, JorCorp. It's a way for him to implement his ideas, to merge Earthen and Kryptonian technology where possible, and to better overall help mankind and his new home. It's about this same time that Lara decides that Kal is leading to isolated of an existence. She wants him to experience human life, to walk in their shoes. Plus I think that she knows that neither she nor Jor-El can devote the time or experience to Kal's upbringing, not to the extent that a child needs. So she begins looking for families. Of course, she ends up with the Kents. Meanwhile. Lara has also decided to bring enlightenment to her new home in the form of their Kryptonian religion, Raoism. Personally, I think she's trying to balance her husband infusion of technology into their new society. She publishes a book, and opens a foundation. It's also around this time that Lex Luthor's scientific interests catch the eye of Jor-El, and he's brought into the JorCorp fold. The issue ends with Jor-El and Lara having a fight over Jor-El's obsession with Krypton's destruction. This leads to a little jaunt to the sun, and five months later Kal has a new sister and brother, Valora and Bru-El. In Chapter 2, we jump forward about 5 or 6 years. Because of their Terran birth, Valora and Bru-El only have about half the power of their parents or brother. This doesn't seem to bother Valora, but Bru-El is a brooder. His feelings aren't going to lead to anything good. Both of them are rather rambunctious and impetuous. But Valora has decided to pursue an academic life, reading 1000's of books every month. While Bru-El has become a bit of an action junkie. He's reveling in his powers, even if he is jealous of his brother's greater limits and control. This is also about the time that Jor-El first learns about Kryptonite. He learns, through Clark's experience, of the effects that it can have on Kryptonians. And tasks Lex with looking into it's properties and applications. We also find out that Lex has other allegiances. He's giving somebody else the information that he's gathering. We don't see who, but I'm guessing it's a government or military. The room has a flag with the house of El symbol, with a lightning strike through it. We also see the influence the El's have on the rest of the world as Lara saves Bruce's parents from being killed by Joe Chill. We begin to see an anti-Rao movement rising up amongst the people. And also glimpses of Xenophobia. We also go through the instance where Jonathan almost dies of a heart-attack. Luckily, on this world, Jor-El saves him. And they all live to see Clark graduating from High School. But in this instance, rather than travelling abroad, Clark decides that he's going to roam the stars. Lara and Martha even craft a uniform for him . . his Superman suit. But Lara has one bit of advice for him before he takes off, 'This planet has been good to you, Kal . . and once you're off in deep space you may be surprised how much you miss it. So slow down . . open your super-sense . . and take in all the Earth sights and sounds you can today.' In that moment he begins to see and hear things all over the globe that could use his assistance. He begins helping the 'common-man' and fixing whatever problems he can. From there . . he's hooked. He wants to live the life of a hero. But he knows that he can't do it 24/7, or count on his senses to alert him of every emergency. So he's decided to go to college, become a journalist, and then immerse himself in the information of the world . . he wants to go work for the Daily Planet. Anyways, years later, we see that the Lois and Clark relationship has blossomed. While the relationship between Clark and Jor-El has gathered distance. We later find out that there's a group called Doomsday that is intent on renouncing the Kryptonian, or alien influence that has permeated the planet over the previous years. In their deviance that capture and plan to kill Valora. Of course everyone races to find her, and track down these terrorists, but . . the point of it all is, Jor-El turns to Lex to help him find her, instead of his own son Kal-El. And this has Clark concerned. This is only a 3 issue series so next issue everything comes to a head. So far I like the story. But I knew I would. Cary is a great writer. And he's more than familiar with the Superman mythos. I'm also enjoying Renato Arlem art. It fits the story very nicely and really give the book, overall, a good feel. If you're not reading this, I'm sure it'll be out in TPB before Christmas. I can't see this one sitting around on the shelf for to long. I thought it was an interesting and exciting story. It also gave a neat twist to everything. And of course we can't forget those beautiful covers by Felipe Massafera. I enjoyed the book and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that's a Superman fan. You've got everything you ever wanted in this one story.