Hi!Â We’re your new neighbors! I’m sure we’re going to be the best of friends
I reviewed the first installment of New Krypton yesterday, just in time to get to the second chapter of the title-spanning series.Â New Krypton #1 was really an anthology of plot setups, written by the key writers in the Superman titles.Â In Superman #681, James Robinson is alone behind the wheel, and focuses on the next big moment for the New Kryptonians – meeting their neighbors.
I kind of feel bad for Clark.Â Even though he has the best of intensions, you know events will never play out as the Man of Steel expects.Â His big plan is to have a delegation of Kryptonians meet the President of the United States in Metropolis.Â The city is selected because itâ€™s not only the city that loves Superman the most, but is also the city that needs the biggest healing following the attack from Zod and his followers.Â There is certainly a great amount of distrust among the citizens, and rightfully so, and it isnâ€™t going to be any easier when Kara is asked to join her parents in meeting the leader of the nation.
As a reader, do I trust the Kryptonians?Â Only to the point where someone breaks a major law or social norm, and the Kryptonians begin to think they are better than humans.Â The citizens of Earth Prime think the same way, as theyâ€™ve enlisted their own powered beings to protect the president – after all, during Amazons Attack, his plane was brought down by Supergirl.
Speaking of Amazons, Diana and representatives from the rest of the superhero community pay a visit to Superman – yes, heâ€™s called Superman and not Clark by his trusted friends.Â I wonder if this has anything to do with super hearing and the desire to protect his Earth family, or something you just say to Superman when heâ€™s in costume.Â The heroes have the same concerns, wondering how Superman will handle ten thousand Kryptonians when things get rough.
Probably the biggest failing for Superman is his general â€œgosh-gollyâ€ attitude toward his fellow man.Â While I too try to see the good in everyone, I know it is only a matter of time before those failed expectations in the back of my head materialize, and everything goes to pot. Superman doesnâ€™t have that gnawing, and thus heâ€™s always let down when the worst in people come out.Â Even though it doesnâ€™t occur in this issue, I think that moment is coming, and coming soon.
I really didnâ€™t care for the way the issue ended.Â Yes, Iâ€™m saving the spoiler here, just to keep someone from getting all in a tizzy.Â The villain that appears was fine 16 years ago, but to have him/it appear again and again and again is getting really old.Â When I turned to the last page, my eyes rolled.Â My guess is this isnâ€™t the real deal, but he/it is more likely another clone.Â In any case, the dozens of Kryptonians hanging around should be able to take him/it down without a problem.Â The only questions that remain are, â€œWhereâ€™d he/it come from?â€ and â€œWhy now?â€
I do like that a single story is being told; the arrival of the Kryptonians in Metropolis as viewed from multiple perspectives.Â It makes everything seem less jarring than the first chapter.Â I thought the art was fine, but think Renato Guedes should stick to drawing fictional presidents as his attempt to caricature W missed the mark.
The second chapter in this new saga really takes off, and is able to hold my attention to the end.Â Without a lot of fanfare, DC is releasing a major event story without the hoopla that was Final Crisis or Amazons Attack.Â I think this story has promise, but when the story reaches its conclusion, I hope there is a definite change to the status quo, and not a return to normalcy.Â I liked this issue better than my previous review, but that villain reveal cause me to deduct a few points.Â Iâ€™m giving Superman #681 3.5 out of 5 Stars.