The reveal’s been on the cover the entire time


If you haven’t read Superman in a couple of years, now is the time to head back to your local comic shop and pick up all of the issues featuring the New Krypton storyline. It’s a compelling story that features Kryptonians, bad guys, good guys, political intrigue and a battle for the ages.    Action Comics #873 certainly lives up to its name by bringing the action as the New Krypton story wraps up.

action873cover.jpgWhile the banner New Krypton event may be over, the story is certainly going to continue as readers are presented with a plethora of new events and possibilities that could sustain the Superman family of titles for the next decade.

The biggest plot point of this issue deals with the battle above the city of Kandor.  The magic peoples of the DCU show up and pretty much take down 10,000 Kryptonians with one magic word.  We’ve seen Captain Marvel utter his magic phrase before when battling Superman, but toss in a Zatanna twist, and it’s a combo that is way better than the Fastball Special ever could hope to be.

Alura, seeing the writing on the wall, does what seems only natural – get Kandor and the Kryptonians off the Earth where they are not wanted, and to a place they can regroup to continue whatever it is they are plotting.  She accomplishes this by rocketing the city into space, where the Kryptonian crystals grow a whole new planet – a New Krypton if you will (applause).  It’s an interesting way of getting the Kryptonians out of the way, as New Krypton orbits the Sun directly opposite of Earth, which means the powers that be on can’t spy on what the former bottled city is up to.  It also means the Kryptonians can enter and leave future stories without a big build up or explanation of what went on before, just tag it with an Editor’s Note.

Out of site, out of mind seems to be the thinking, but when it is revealed Zod is behind Alura’s actions, it all begins to make sense.  Under General Zod’s control, the planet will  become a military state, with all of the citizens enlisting in the Zod army.   With this closing page reveal, it makes sense why Alura and the rest of her followers were so interested in putting Superman’s foes into the Phantom Zone; not to protect their lost son, but to retrieve their leader, and put away those that might bring harm to their schemes.

It’s too bad they didn’t think about putting Lex Luthor away too.  While Luthor gets very little face time in an issue where he is featured prominently on the cover, his actions do bring Guardian Agent Liberty a calling to see what is really going on.  His investigation is cut short when the mysterious Superwoman appears and gives  Guardian Agent Liberty an unwanted heat vision lobotomy.

The “Who is Superwoman?” arc is going to run for five issues in the Supergirl title, but I’m sure readers are already speculating who it might be.  Since she is in close proximity to Lex, and she is taking on the House of El uniform, I’m going to bet we finally find out what happened to Matrix/Linda Danvers following Infinite Crisis.  I know, it’s a wild shot, but that’s where I’ll place my Luthor Dollars.

Action Comics #873 has a lot happening in it, which means this 22-page issue is jam packed with goodness.  I didn’t really care for the jumps in art thanks to three different artists stepping up to the plate to finish the issue, but story wise, Geoff Johns hits it out of the park again, earning Action Comics #873 4.5 out of 5 Stars.



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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Ricco
    January 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    That’s not the Guardian it’s Agent Liberty, the bodyguard of the President when Doomsday attacked the kryptonian delegation.

    I love this story arc! One of the reason is that we finally see what an honest to God Kryptonian is like, and to everyone’s shock they are nothing like Superman but actually alot more like Zod.

  2. ~wyntermute~
    January 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    Correct… That was neither the Guardian, nor the Manhattan Guardian, nor any clone of the Guardian… ‘Twas some hack ripping off his color scheme… I hope the Guardian whoops ‘im for it. :)

  3. Kirby
    January 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    The story that got me into SUperman, loved this issue.

  4. January 22, 2009 at 10:18 am — Reply

    Yes, this story had me jumping back on the super bandwagon also. I don’t think I’ve read an entire super story arc, well other then stories in the Superman Batman title but they’re noncanon, since The Death of Superman many, many moons ago.
    I am about to go back and read this whole series all over again issue after issue. That is a good thing to do when you had to read a story all chopped up like that.

  5. January 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm — Reply

    Robbie: Some of those Superman/Batman arcs are in continuity as that was the series that reintroduced Supergirl.

  6. Kirby
    January 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm — Reply

    Can I add my only problem with this issue is that there were at least 2 movies shown on MST3K with the ‘planet with an opposite orbit of Earth’ plot.

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