Superman #12 Declares All-Out War

by Tony Thornley

Ever since last year’s Superman relaunch the Man of Steel has been gearing up to confront Rogol Zaar, the villain who supposedly was the engineer of Krypton’s destruction. It’s now time for the confrontation, but neither side of the war is alone…

Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, and Josh Reed draw the House of El deeper into Zaar and his allies.

Superman, Supergirl and Superboy battle Zaar and his allies. Clark himself finds himself face to face with Zaar’s most unexpected ally- General Zod. They push their foes back and formulate a plan and course of action. How can they defeat Zaar, and what does Zod actually have planned?

Bendis tells an exciting action story here, but he also fills it with emotion and mystery. The interactions between Clark, Kara and Jon feel like a real family, and their bond is authentic. The core of the story is built around this trio, as well as their collective distrust of Jor-El, and it helps us relate more to the fantastic events of the issue. Zod’s presence is another big draw, as Bendis clearly understands that he would have an ulterior motive and makes that the key to his appearance in the story.

Reis, Prado, and Albert continue to do excellent work. Their layouts convey the chaos of the battle, while delivering the big action moments in splash pages, enlarged panels, and character moments in close ups and insets. Once the action slows they help us connect with Clark, Kara and Jon, really helping them feel like a family- a connection that not a lot of teams have exploited. Sinclair’s color art is fantastic, keeping the action clear, while also conveying the grandeur of the space battle.

The House of El is on course for the greatest battle of their lives, and it’s exciting to see where it will go.

Superman #12 is available now from DC Comics.

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