The House of El had been through a rough year. First they learned that the destruction of Krypton may not have been a natural disaster, then they came face to face with the supposed killer. Now Superman and his entire family have to face Rogol Zaar in an epic crossover that kicks off with this issue.
Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, and Josh Reed kick off this epic story.
Clark and Jon drop into deep space near Jor-El’s ship over a massive space battle. They put an end to the battle, but the fight may be over. As they board Jor-El’s ship, two powerful enemies arrive, and they could end the House of El forever…
Bendis continues his streak of exciting adventures with this issue. He shows a fundamental understanding of Superman as a person, showing him disarm the conflict without injury and bloodshed simply by understanding his adversaries. Though Rogol Zaar’s existence is still heavily trope-y, he’s shown as a formidable threat here, both physically and intellectually, which not a lot of Superman foes can say. Those all combine to make this a very fun issue to read.
Reis, Prado and Albert’s line work still feels like career best with this issue. They skillfully use layouts to the story’s benefit- in some places showing off chaos, while in others put emphasis on specific moment. They also do fantastic character acting, sometimes with a simple close up on Superboy’s face, and others with a two page spread with Superman at its core. Sinclair’s colors bring it all to life, making it feel even more fantastic than the line art alone would. It’s simply a gorgeous issue.
Things are looking bleak for the House of El, but the way this story is going, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.
Superman #11 is available now from DC Comics.