The Last Days of Krypton, by Kevin J. Anderson
Superman is known as “The Last Son of Krypton,” because everyone else died when the planet exploded. But what were the events that led up to its destruction? And what was General Zod’s story, that he and his comrades were sent to the Phantom Zone as prisoners? Anderson creates a backstory for several of the characters only briefly mentioned in Superman comics and film.
Centering on the characters of Jor-El (Superman’s father), Lara (Superman’s mother), Zor-El (Jor-El’s brother), and Zod; we are able to get an in depth look at the people so influential in the last days of Krypton. Scientists Jor-El and Zor-El are easily the most relatable, and have the toughest decisions to make that effect, quite literally, the future of the planet. Wonderfully described, the tragedy of Krypton is felt most through their eyes.
Zod and his followers are also keenly illustrated as characters who descend into the evil and destruction that they create. Wonderful backstories are given to these villains that ultimately escape and wreak havoc on Earth as well. Also included is a cast of main characters and their affiliations, at the beginning of the book. As the characters are numerous and oddly named, this is a very handy addition.
But the technology and Kryptonian culture that Anderson creates is by far the most fascinating aspect of the novel. He brings this fictitious and dead planet to life, with an apocalyptic tragedy looming that readers will know is coming but still futilely hope is averted. Superman fans, young and old, will enjoy this well-developed and interesting look at the mysterious Krypton and its people.
The Last Days of Krypton is now available in both hardback and paperback.