This month for the Galactic Comics and Collectibles Book Club we read Superman: Last Son of Krypton published by DC Comics.
Superman: Last Son of Krypton collects Action Comics #844-846, 851, 866-870, plus Action Comics Annual #11 which features Geoff Johns two most acclaimed stories co-written by Richard Donner (director of the original Superman feature films).
A 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 Christopher Kent, who has become the most valuable child on the planet thanks to his immense power. Will Superman be able to protect him against both Lex Luthor and his new Superman Revenge Squad, as well as the Phantom Zone criminals General Zod, Ursa and Non?
This all sets the stage for Superman’s showdown with one of his greatest foes: Brainiac!
For book club we have opted to rotate between Independent, Marvel, Independent, DC, Independent and so on. February was the DC Comics month and Superman: Last Son of Krypton. Reading Superman was not at the top of most members of the group, but we all gave it a shot.
Most criticism of Last Son of Krypton revolved around the completely two different stories put into this one trade paperback, the repetitive nature of Superman stories and cramming too much into the pages of the story. However, some good things had to be said about the way the book was laid out, the visual connections to the Superman films by Donner and lettering.
Overall most of the members of the group stated “the only reason I read the whole book was I was forced to by book club” and that is not the most glowing review of Superman: Last Son of Krypton.
Join Us In The Book Club
Galactic Comics and Collectibles hosts a book club each month to read and discuss one trade paperback. Each month a group of individuals reads the same book and meets to discuss. Follow along as we discuss these books here as well. Next month we head back into the world of independent comics with The Recount by writer Jonathan Hedrick and artist Gabriel Ibarra Nunez from Scout Comics. Hedrick has been on the Capes and Tights Podcast for Episode 51 and Episode 66.
In previous months the group has discussed Something is Killing the Children, I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1, Thanos by Donny Cates, Wytches, and Batman: The Long Halloween.