Zod, Ursa, and Non emerge from their pods and enter the Fortress of Solitude. Upon entering, they activate the simulation of Jor-El. Ursa is shocked that the computer believes Zod is Kal-El, but they then realize that the computer is programmed to simply respond to a Kryptonian since Jor-El believed that his son would be the last.
Zod wants to see what the history records say about him. Jor-El recounts how Zod, Ursa, and Non led an attack on the council, leaving several dead (see Action Comics Annual #10 for details). He then goes on to say that they were banished to the Phantom Zone. Enraged at being called a criminal, Zod destroys the simulation panel. They head into other parts of the Fortress and comes across the Phantom Zone Projector, which Zod has plans for.
Meanwhile, Lois and Clark are about to introduce Christopher Kent to the people at the Daily Planet. In the elevator they attempt to get Christopher’s back story straight, which doesn’t work out too well. Upon entering the office, heat vision beams begin to fire through the building. Jimmy activates his signal watch, and just as Clark is about to get into his outfit he’s kicked through some buildings by Non.
Zod mocks Superman for disguising himself as a human. Superman recognizes them as criminals from the Phantom Zone which causes Zod to attack him. Back at the planet, Lois is attempting to run away with Christopher. Ursa demands that Lois release her son, Lor-Zod, to her at once. Christopher cries out that he doesn’t want to go with her.
While wrestling with Zod, dozens of pods like Zod’s begin to fall out of the sky, all of them containing Phantom Zone criminals from Krypton. Zod then takes the Phantom Zone Projector and sends Superman into the Phantom Zone.
Story: I guess the phrase “better late than never” comes into play here. This issue took an extremely long time to come out, due to delays with art and such. It’s unfortunate, but the star power of this book is what let’s it slide. The dialogs is awesome. The humorous banter between Lois and Clark figuring out how the child is related to them definitely scores points. I also appreciate how Donner and Johns respect current continuity in this story. Batman is the one that created the paperwork to make Christopher seem legal.
It’s just a shame that it won’t be until the summer that we see a resolution to this story. I hope the quality doesn’t drop because if it does DC is in for some trouble.
Art: Adam Kubert is definitely settling in with his art. It was good in the first issue of his run, but now it’s even better. I also like how the comic reads like a movie. It makes the story more of an epic in scope.
Cover: Eh…it’s not bad. I’ve seen better though.
My Take: Definitely get this issue. It’ll be the last time you see this story for a while, so you might as well get it while it’s hot.