This volumn compiles several slightly connected storylines. The opening stories deals with Jimmy Olsen returning to investigate concepts Jack Kirby injected into his comic book series (Fourth World) in the early 1970s including a clone of the Guardian.
This book has an uneven quality in terms of story line. When I picked it up I was expecting stories about New Krypton/Kandor and yet we also have the aforementioned return to Kirby’s 1970s Jimmy Olsen DNA project with sequences of Brainac and Lex Luthor before we get into the New Krypton section. The most affecting scenes are the funeral of Jonathan Kent and Clark’s family priority conflict with his Earth mother Martha Kent. Where does his loyalty lay--with his blood relatives in Kandor or his Earth family.? The premise in the last part of this book is the secret Kryptonian city (Kandor) and its super powered inhabitants being revealed to the world. Also arresting scenes are Superman’s (Kal-el) and Supergirl’s reunion with her parents, Zor and Alura. Martha Kent’s welcoming of Krypto, the Super Dog is also heart warming. Besides these quiet, happy events we have several battles including a Kryptonian pile-on of a resuscitated Doomsday. Remember him? The Hulk-wannabe who killed Superman back in the 1990s.
The artwork on this story ranges from competent to very good. The visuals are by and large much “quieter” than the Teen Titans book( review coming later). There are pages of well paced conversations and well as the usual fight scenes. My favorites of the seven pencilers are Jesus Merino, Gary Frank and Pete Woods.
New Krypton even with its convoluted storyline makes for a much more pleasant comic book reading experience than the Teen Titans book.