Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Julio Ferriera and Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: A new threat blooms for the Man of Steel as Clark confronts someone from his past.
On the planet Synmar, the leaders of the world gather to discuss the unexpected destruction of the planet Krypton. While they debate what happened, they discover that a lone ship has survived and been sent to Earth. A planet they know nothing about and have no interest in. As they contemplate what to do next, they decide to watch the planet and its newest inhabitant Superman in case he ever becomes a threat.
In the present, Clark has granted a rare interview to the press. With the controversy at the Daily Planet, the rival sends a familiar face to interview the hero/reporter; Lana Lang.
The Story: Brian Michael Bendis introduces a new side character into the world of Superman. One that has a connection to Krypton. Everything about the Lana/Clark interludes was interesting and the dynamic between the two of them makes for an engaging read. On the other hand, everything about the Synmar character lacked that same level of interest. The character never really popped on the page and his story is one-dimensional. I could never muster up any particular emotion about him or his planet and Bendis seems to be grooming him as a threat, but his motivations are weak. If I were picking up this issue as my first Superman comic, I would be hard pressed to find reason to read on,
The Art: Ivan Reis does a fantastic job visually with this issue. The characters look great and there are some impressive details throughout. I loved the brightness and energy of the Smallville interlude as well as the depictions of Superman and Lana. The Synmar look great and have a distinctive and beautifully alien look to themselves and their environment.