Superman Last Son Written by Richard Donner Geoff Johns Art by Adam Kubert Cover by Kubert Richard Donner and Geoff Johns present Last Son, collecting the epic story arc with art by Adam Kubert from ACTION COMICS,and ACTION COMICS ANNUALA rocket lands in Metropolis containing a boy Superman thinks is from Krypton Along with figuring out what that means to him, Superman must protect young Full description


10 thoughts on “Superman: Last Son

  1. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    What makes a good villain Well for me they have to be complex The best ones are those that are, essentially, right in their convictions But because of their extremist ways they are branded with the taint of villainy I think General Zod is a great bad guy because he almost isn t bad he fights for his people, but he does it a little too well Heroics turn into brutal minded fanaticism The movie version of Zod in Man of Steel 2013 was my idea of a perfect antagonist Unfortunately, the Zod What makes a good villain Well for me they have to be complex The best ones are those that are, essentially, right in their convictions But because of their extremist ways they are branded with the taint of villainy I think General Zod is a great bad guy because he almost isn t bad he fights for his people, but he does it a little too well Heroics turn into brutal minded fanaticism The movie version of Zod in Man of Steel 2013 was my idea of a perfect antagonist Unfortunately, the Zod in here was rather weak He s just a bit of a weak minded bully Sure, he s essentially the same character, but he has none of the intensity or morale righteousness Lex Luther filled the gap tremendously Superman is forced to team up with him to bring down the destructive Zod Luther always has a hidden agenda though, and because of this the story was saved I was just waiting for him to plunge a knife into superman s back Without him this would have been as weak as Zod s characterisation So, for once, Luther actually saved the day inways than one It was also quite cool to see glimpses of the Justice league They were getting floored in the background by Zod s Kryptonian army They wouldn t stand a change against Superman s kind Only Luther, who had spent years devising ways to bring Superman down, new how to handle things So it was quite a quirky team up, Superman with all his old enemies It was rather intense because these guys have so much history, you could see the repressed hatred screaming to be released The ending was everything it needed to be it provided enough closure whilst at the same time leaving the possibility of Zod s return open This is less dramatic that Zod s death in the movie, but it allowsreprisals of him in the future Comic books would never be so final because it would come at the expense ofmaterial Overall this was rather average A shame really


  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    The cover is nice.File this graphic novel under the why bother heading There s nothing inherently wrong with the two stories contained here General Zod and Brainiac , it s just that if Geoff Johns or for that matter, anyone else is given an opportunity to come up with his own take on Superman, you would hope but then we re talking Geoff Johns here it would bememorable and less derivative than this.How many times do we have to encounter Brainiac and his collection of worlds How man The cover is nice.File this graphic novel under the why bother heading There s nothing inherently wrong with the two stories contained here General Zod and Brainiac , it s just that if Geoff Johns or for that matter, anyone else is given an opportunity to come up with his own take on Superman, you would hope but then we re talking Geoff Johns here it would bememorable and less derivative than this.How many times do we have to encounter Brainiac and his collection of worlds How many times do we have to read or watch the single minded machinations of Zod and his crew Johns plays the same notes here, over and over again It s like getting stuck at a recital and having to listen to some little kid play Mary Had a Little Lamb over and over again Very slowly and out of tune A word about the art The artists tried to pay tribute to Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, but it was another failed attempt How difficult is it to draw the same face from panel to panel Also, in the Zod story, towards the end, the rest of the DC heroes are freed Power Girl is in the far background and barely a quarter inch, but you can still tell it s her Guess how


  3. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    Superman thought he was the last Kryptonian to survive his doomed planet s destruction until a Kryptonian pod crash lands in Metropolis to reveal a young boy who appears to be Kryptonian As Superman and Lois take him in as their adopted son Chris, Chris real parents emerge from the Phantom Zone to threaten the world and bring about a New Krypton Who doesn t think Superman and Lois wouldn t make great parents Exactly, so it s nice to see them be just that in this book sort of Because the Superman thought he was the last Kryptonian to survive his doomed planet s destruction until a Kryptonian pod crash lands in Metropolis to reveal a young boy who appears to be Kryptonian As Superman and Lois take him in as their adopted son Chris, Chris real parents emerge from the Phantom Zone to threaten the world and bring about a New Krypton Who doesn t think Superman and Lois wouldn t make great parents Exactly, so it s nice to see them be just that in this book sort of Because the time spent between the three is fairly limited and we never really see much of a connection to make them seem like a close family unit Plus the parenting thing is contained in this brief book with most of the story taken up with Superman fighting Zod, Ursa and Non, so when Chris inevitably leaves at the end, it s not nearly as emotional as Geoff Johns and Richard Donner would like you to believe And while the concept is a pleasant one, Superman and Lois as parents is just boring At least in Johns Donner s hands Superman gets protective over his new ward, Lois does the strong mother thing, but it s just not very interesting to read Then we find out later Chris was abused by his real parents Zod and Ursa and that s where the book lost me Child abuse should not be in a Superman book, it s just too awkwardly out of place Not to mention the ending, where Chris of course winds up back in the Phantom Zone, effectively sent back to continuing to be abused by Zod and Ursa But the ending is so messy anyway Johns Donner throw in a weird plot device at the last second which should have sent Superman into the Phantom Zone along with all of the Kryptonian criminals and Chris but for some reason doesn t Why introduce this rogue element at the last moment only to immediately go against it It s like they thought they didn t have enough plot holes in the book and thought that was their last chance to cram one in I appreciate that this is a meaningful collaboration for Johns who started out as an assistant to Richard Donner, the director of the first two Superman films, and naming Superman s son Chris after the iconic Christopher Reeves was a nice touch, but unless you re a die hard fan of Donner s Superman films and wanted to see another story in that vein, there isn t much for you here Superman s characterisation is fine but the story is just so flat and dull with everybody else predictably playing out their parts Adam Kubert s art doesn t help either by easily being the worst work I ve seen him produce yet all scratchy, sketchy stylings, ergh, so difficult to look at Superman Last Son isn t very special at all and is a very forgettable story


  4. Donovan Donovan says:

    Clark People like Ma and Pa Kent were put on this Earth to be good parents We weren t You re here to save it And I m here to find the truth in it This is one of the darkest Superman books I ve read, other than Red Son It has great pacing, action, and dialog from Geoff Johns, and incredible artwork from Andy Adam Kubert I ve never heard of Chris Kent until now, and it s no wonder He lives on Earth 16 Or Earth 2 Somewhere He s one of the many, final, this is it we re not kidding last Clark People like Ma and Pa Kent were put on this Earth to be good parents We weren t You re here to save it And I m here to find the truth in it This is one of the darkest Superman books I ve read, other than Red Son It has great pacing, action, and dialog from Geoff Johns, and incredible artwork from Andy Adam Kubert I ve never heard of Chris Kent until now, and it s no wonder He lives on Earth 16 Or Earth 2 Somewhere He s one of the many, final, this is it we re not kidding last Kryptonians While Superman fights the military and others for control of the child s custody, I realized something I never knew about Superman and Lois Lane view spoiler that they can t have children talk about a bombshell hide spoiler So that was revealing I mean, mostly inconsequential, but it changed how I viewed those characters So this is where Chris Kent gets his introduction And as I learned in my Wiki search, he goes on to appear in Superman and Action Comics for several years I can t say I m terribly interested, just because I ve never heard of Chris and other than the Earth 2 series he doesn t seem to dominate in publication these days This detracted from my emotional investment, because he s a new and limited character My other criticism is with Adam Kubert and how he sometimes draws faces, because they look oversimplified or squished That being said, this is probably the most emotional I ve seen Supes and Lois, fawning over a child Which, despite my lack of recognition for Chris, made me care for the kid and the bizarre situation he found himself in Emotion aside, however, there s some hardcore action and even death, which was shocking for a Superman book His books are generallytame apart from crises and events Not to say people don t get hurt, obviously They re bruised, bloody and broken But they get back up They don t get irreparably destroyed But not here And that s pretty intense So I enjoyed this overall Fun, humor, suspense, action, emotion, killer artwork It had it all And I learnedabout the Phantom Zone and Kryptonian lore That gives it a leg up on most Superman books And though Chris went on to star in subsequent series this book is from 2006 , the fact that he wasn t someone I knew caused some emotional distance If you re into Johns, dark or alternative Superman stories, this one is worth checking out


  5. Jesse A Jesse A says:

    This was fine 3.5 stars Feels slightly unnecessary Really nothing too special but still fun.


  6. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    Ah man this one started SO good So this book is broken into two stories First one is about a new boy who is a Kryptonian and Superman takes him under his care It s fun to see early versions of Clark and Lois taking care of a young boy which is what the current rebirth run is doing and it s so gooooood but it works well here Reason clark is so well done is when he has human moments but he rises above most human reactions The fight against Superman and Zod is both fun and entertaining and w Ah man this one started SO good So this book is broken into two stories First one is about a new boy who is a Kryptonian and Superman takes him under his care It s fun to see early versions of Clark and Lois taking care of a young boy which is what the current rebirth run is doing and it s so gooooood but it works well here Reason clark is so well done is when he has human moments but he rises above most human reactions The fight against Superman and Zod is both fun and entertaining and watching the family references is nice I enjoyed that whole part of the book, which to be fair is the first half Then we get to the second half Braniac or whatever his stupid name is What a boring story, and the ending tried to give emotion, but I was so bored by then I just didn t care So first half is a solid 3.5 4 where s second half is like a 1.5 2 So I ll settle on a 3 Decent story to read


  7. Sesana Sesana says:

    I m really not a Superman fan, so it says something when I enjoy a Superman book this much In this case, a story with actual emotional resonance A young Kryptonian boy crash lands in Metropolis Of course Superman gets attached to him Of course he wants to give him the life his parents gave him And, being Superman, of course it gets complicated End result Superman teaming up with Lex Luthor to take out an army of Kryptonian invaders from the Phantom Zone, lead by General Zod Early Christm I m really not a Superman fan, so it says something when I enjoy a Superman book this much In this case, a story with actual emotional resonance A young Kryptonian boy crash lands in Metropolis Of course Superman gets attached to him Of course he wants to give him the life his parents gave him And, being Superman, of course it gets complicated End result Superman teaming up with Lex Luthor to take out an army of Kryptonian invaders from the Phantom Zone, lead by General Zod Early Christmas for Luthor, who is in fine form here He s always at his most interesting when his vendetta against Superman makes some kind of sense And Johns is smart enough to give him a point And really, it just fun to see him finally get his wish to take down a Kryptonian Though it does beg the question, if it s so easy with Zod s army, why does he have so much trouble with Superman The rest button does get hit pretty hard at the end, and I m not a big fan of the art mostly the panel layouts, which are not the best for clean storytelling , but the end result is a fun, action packed story that actually has a heart And a Superman book that I liked Go figure


  8. Anne Anne says:

    3.5 starsIt wasn t bad at all, but I just didn t fall in love with it like everyone else.


  9. Chelsea & Chelsea & says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was interesting enough but lost me at the end It was a cool plot with Superman finding out that there wereKryptonians in the universe aside from Kara It was interesting seeing Lois reluctant to be a mother considering what comes later in Rebirth This is the introduction of Christopher Kent, a character that left some people rather bitter over the existence of Jon because it seems DC largely forgot to mention Chris again, it seems I liked seeing Clark adjust to being a parent I This was interesting enough but lost me at the end It was a cool plot with Superman finding out that there wereKryptonians in the universe aside from Kara It was interesting seeing Lois reluctant to be a mother considering what comes later in Rebirth This is the introduction of Christopher Kent, a character that left some people rather bitter over the existence of Jon because it seems DC largely forgot to mention Chris again, it seems I liked seeing Clark adjust to being a parent I liked seeing Lois come into her own as Chris mother Although it was a real dick move for Clark to just decide he was going to raise this kid without consulting Lois The prisoners from the phantom zone weren t as interesting here as they were in the films, for me The ending is rather sad but fitting This is kind of a recommend from me


  10. Artemy Artemy says:

    Well, it had to happen sooner or later I enjoyed every other Geoff Johns Superman book up to this point, but Last Son was the first one I came across that was a dud It s not like there is something inherently wrong with it, but the plot is just so generic and uninspired It s pretty much a regular Zod story with a small twist that there s also a young kryptonian kid in the mix After Doomsday, Zod is probably the dullest major Superman villain, and I just don t see how he can be made interesti Well, it had to happen sooner or later I enjoyed every other Geoff Johns Superman book up to this point, but Last Son was the first one I came across that was a dud It s not like there is something inherently wrong with it, but the plot is just so generic and uninspired It s pretty much a regular Zod story with a small twist that there s also a young kryptonian kid in the mix After Doomsday, Zod is probably the dullest major Superman villain, and I just don t see how he can be made interesting at this point There were a couple of heartfelt moments with Mon El towards the end, but otherwise the book was pretty forgettable Oh, and Adam Kubert s artwork is as boring as the story janky, scrappy and lacking detail, it looks especially poor compared to almost all other Geoff Johns Superman books, which are elevated by Gary Frank s stunning and gorgeous art Overall, this felt like a filler arc in an otherwise excellent run of comics I d say that it s skippable, but there s a caveat I m reading these in singles from Comixology sale, but therecent collected edition of Last Son also includes the excellent Brainiac storyline, which is totally worth reading, and it s not available in print any other way So if you re getting the physical edition, definitely get it for Brainiac and consider Lat Son as an added bonus it s not bad, but Brainiac is so much better in comparison