Action Comics #23.2

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September 11, 2013
Between the beats there are some great political machinations at play between the castes. Especially interesting was the relationship between Jor-El and his brother. This aristocracy on the verge of collapse more than resonates with real world sociological trends, which always makes for good comic booking. Also, Lobdell's backstories about Jor-El over in SUPERMAN makes for a pretty cool science/action piece, something the DC stable really doesn’t have right now. Sniff...Sniff…do I perhaps smell a new World of Krypton brewing in the idea ether? Good book, but again I did have to look closely to see exactly what Zod did to piss everyone off so much.
7.8 out of 10 (Good)
Lex Luthor’s New 52 blunders are swept under the rug as the character receives a much-needed refreshing.
This issue was fantastic, and I have to say the Superman related villains are really standing out both story wise and artistically in comparison to the rest of the DCU in Villains Month. I don’t want to give away a lot of this issue, but if you only know General Zod from the movies, this issue is sure to open your eyes.
3.5 out of 5
All in all, a better issue on all counts than last week’s Cyborg Superman issue, which I did not cotton to at all.
6 out of 10
There’s a lot of good stuff going on in the issue, but much of it just didn’t quite come together for me. It’s nice to see a fresh story, and Pak and Lashley have created some great (literal and figurative) monsters together. I just would have liked to see more of the story, and wish it didn’t feel so rushed.
7.5 out of 10
Firmly establishes Zod in the DC universe as well-rounded villain and a fairly understandable character, while correcting resisting the urge to simply copy the story from the recent film.
9.5 out of 10 (Amazing)
Out of all the Villains Month issues I have read, this Zod issue is by far the best. It gives a full origin story that builds up the strong and merciless character of Zod, while also peeling back his most personal layers to show you why he became such a monster. Suffice it to say, this story gave me chills.