World of Krypton #3 review

The clock for the last days of Krypton continues to count down in the third issue of this mini-series, with a number of vignettes enriching the world as it takes the story forward.

First, we meet a curious young lady.

Her would-be teacher, Catar-Ol, is impressed, and discusses Kara’s possible paths with her mother, Alura In-Zee.

Meanwhile, General Dru-Zod is settling into his new role as Head of Planetary Security, dealing with protestors in his own way.

And Jor-El is updating the Science Council on a threat to Krypton a lot more dangerous than disgruntled citizens.

Krypton’s doom has long been used by comics writers as a warning that when a world starts hurting, its people should take heed. Robert Venditti goes back to that well, while upping the parallels with the readers’ reality by bringing in protests and austerity. And why not, some lessons are worth ramming home?

Speaking of lessons, how cute is pre-school Supergirl? In recent continuity young Kara’s interests have skewed firmly towards the sciences, but it makes sense that her mother wanted her to have options. It’s good to see Alura get some page time, and as a fan of Venditti’s recent Hawkman series, I also got a kick out of Catar’s cameo.

A big difference with this retelling of Krypton’s end is that Jor-El is no longer the traditional voice crying in the wilderness; not only does the Science Council listen to him, they elect him leader. This gives Krypton a fighting chance of survival… but will Zod throw a spanner in the works?

Oh, and there’s a character debut this issue.

What an adorable pup!

The issue ends on a tense note that even cuteness can’t defuse. But what an issue – Venditti’s story successfully adds detail to the traditional Krypton tale, along with some twists and fine character moments.

Partnering Venditti is Michael Avon Oeming, whose distinctive style and sharp storytelling is bringing something new to the retro-future table. The framing of the panels, the incidental detail, the sharp cartooning, it gives the book a unique look, with Krypton feeling more otherworldly than it has for a long while.

Oeming gives us a diverse citizenry

The vibrant colours of Nick Filardi add another dimension, while Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s excellent lettering complements the art.

And if Kara and Krypto get to share a panel – as implied by the cover – the sweetness of it all could kill me. Still, it’s better than having the world explode under my feet…

Behind the cover is illustrator Mico Suayan and colourist Annette Kwok, and it’s another good-looking image, contrasting contentment with crisis. I’m very curious about what Venditti’s notes are on Alura’s design, though – inside the book she’s akin to Earth-Asian, on the cover it’s more Earth-African, and Kara looks like she’s jumped straight from father Zor-El’s forehead. Catar-Ol is also looking different to when we saw him previously. Perhaps the underlying message is that at this point, the background of Supergirl and Superman really is a legend, and the details change depending on the teller.

I was lukewarm on this Kristy Quinn-edited series at the start, unsure what the point of another retelling of this well-known story was. But with every issue my enthusiasm increases, and I get it – this really is the World of Krypton for a new generation.

3 thoughts on “World of Krypton #3 review

  1. Don’t worry, I’m sure before this is done we’re going to get scenes of Kara and Krypto, Kara and baby Kal, and baby Kal and Krypto. (There will be time jumps – but there already have been several.) So I hope you don’t die from it all!

    Everyone once in a while I get choked up by something. Maybe the ending of this series will affect me that way. I kind of hope so.

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  2. Lately? You’ve got me stumped. Can’t think of something, but there may have been.

    I’m reminded how I sometimes buy series after their cancellation has been announced, because I like the way some writers manage to tie things up, often with some inspiring words. So I bought the final issues of Hawkman, and that was well done.

    Here’s one thing that chokes me up – from a few years’ back, if you saw one of the Arrowverse TV “Crisis” crossovers, and I don’t remember which one – Barry and Oliver have their minds/bodies reversed, and have to travel to Earth-38, the Superman/Supergirl universe. And when they make the jump, the old Smallville intro music plays and they pan down to the barn – I jumped out of my body when I saw and heard that. The way the orchestral music gradually changes tempo and key to lead into the Smallville theme song. I spent 10 or 11 years of my life watching Smallville (a much, much better show than any of the recent “Arrowverse” shows), so to bring that back had me choked up.

    The thing is on YouTube so I can watch it whenever I want to get a chill.

    https: / /www . youtube . com/watch?v=Yzd3UcyLpmc

    I know, not really what you asked!


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