World of Krypton #2 [of 6]
Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 4, 2022
Cover date: March 2022
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Cover: Mico Suayan and Annette Kwok
Variant Cover: Darrick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez
Reviewed by: Marc Lax
Two years have passed. The Krypton news network catches us up on what happened last issue. We hear of Nira Ur’s findings about the animals’ mysterious deaths and Kru-El’s attempted takeover of the El family. Meanwhile Jor-El and Zor-El are testing a new dimensional projector that sends Jor-El into a mysterious void that lasts six months for him but only minutes in real time. Jor-El wants to destroy the machine but Zod has other plans. At Kru-El’s trial he is found guilty with help from Jor-El’s testimony. Two months later at the sentencing Zod, now chief of security, is in charge of Kru’s fate. Unbeknownst to Jor-El Zod has confiscated the projector and now plans on sending Kru-El to the Phantom Zone. Jor-El pleads for Zod not to use it because of the danger but it falls on deaf ears. Kru-El is sent to the Phantom Zone. Zod is finally showing his true colors.
Story – 3: This remains an entertaining story though it feels a little flat. We knew Zod would eventually do something that would split his friendship with the El family but going behind Jor-El’s back knowing how dangerous the Phantom Zone projector was is despicable. While I like the way Zod is portrayed I thought we’d have a little more time to examine his relationship with the El family before he turned evil. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this new take on the Phantom Zone. Instead of Jor-El using it to punish criminals he wants to destroy it. Zod is now the one who is responsible. Again it’s an entertaining issue but I’m a bit skeptical about how the characters are portrayed and where Venditti is taking them.
Art – 4: I’m enjoying Oeming’s drawings. His art is giving this book a distinctive style. Jor-El’s look is very square and neat but Zod’s is more dower and sour looking. I like it.
Cover Art – 3: It’s a nice looking cover but it leaves me a bit cold. I suppose it’s trying to tell us what we’re in for in the book but it just didn’t do it for me.
Variant Cover Art – 4: Just a simple clean drawing of Kru-El giving us a hint of his final fate.
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