The Last Days of Krypton
By Kevin J. Anderson
Jor-El is a scientist in a society of ostriches. Over the decades he has submitted invention after invention to the Commission of Technological Acceptance only to have his ideas branded as dangerous and his creations seized by the State. The Council of Kandor, which governs all of Krypton, is made up of social sycophants who delay and prevent any meaningful improvement in society. As the machine of status quo frustrates the scientist Jor-El it grows hatred in the unscrupulous Commissioner Zod. When Zod sees his opportunity he takes it and Krypton never knows what has hit it until it is almost too late, they think.
I absolutely enjoyed this background tale of Superman’s home planet and the integrity of the El family line. That the society is painted in the strokes of isolationism is astounding but builds a sounder foundation as to why Kal-El later arrives alone on Earth. Excellent transitions on point-of-views as the author buries into the inner working of Zod, Lara, Jor-El, Zor-El and Aethyr-Ka. The copy I have was purchased at Denver Comic Con in 2014 and was autographed. I found one misspelled word in the entire book.
Here it goes. I award five out of five enjoyment points for the storyline and the quality of the product. Well Done.