The Superman Family has gone through quite a few changes of late, from losing Pa Kent to regaining the city of Kandor, and the eventual creation of New Krypton. This title was originally slated to come from the keyboard of Andrew Kreisberg, but through serendipity James Robinson and Greg Rucka are now the authors of this latest addition to the Superman corner of the DC Universe. Coincidentally enough, they are also the writers for “Superman” and “Action Comics,” respectively. In theory, that would mean there is a nice, tightly knit link between the three titles.
This title is less about Superman than it is the world he now chooses to call home. Having renounced his life on Earth, Superman takes up a new post on New Krypton, where he is known as Kal-El, his given Kryptonian name. Rucka and Robinson do a good job of effortlessly collaborating, as the story flows as though from the keyboard of one writer. There was no point in the story where one writer’s voice overpowered the other. That said, this story is about what Krypton will become. We meet new friends and new foes. The duo put some subplots in motion certain to trigger further storylines and also provide a confrontation between Zod and Kal unlike any before.
Woods delivers the cleanest renderings of the Man of Steel and the hundred thousand inhabitants of the planet orbiting directly opposite around the sun from Earth. Additionally, Woods provides a visual collage of the apparel of Kryptonians from stories past and continuities forgotten while the writing tandem give the readers explanations of the purposes each outfit serves.
The coloring adds another dimension to the art, dragging some of Kal-El’s confrontations into murky regions when necessary and bathing the world of New Krypton in bright sunlight when called for.
“Superman: World of New Krypton” has been solicited as a 12-issue series. That means the clock is ticking from here, with less than a year to pull together — and complete — this story. With the tandem of Robinson and Rucka crafting the tale, I have no doubt the story will involve characters introduced here, from primary to secondary to tertiary. These writers are known for their strong characterization and excel at making the mundane into something exciting and challenging. In a world where everyone has Superman’s powers, these writers will continue to make the character one of a kind.