The Man of Steel #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Joe Prado
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Cory Petit
In a secret meeting in the past, Rogol Zaar pleads his case to a council made up of different alien species, including what looks like a Guardian. The case he is making is against the planet Krypton and its people. What he is advocating for is nothing short of devastating.
Back in Metropolis, Superman makes a quick pick up of Killer Moth and Firefly, who are trying to lay low in Metropolis. It’s a pretty funny scene and makes for a good contrast between Batman and Superman. As Superman deals with one of a rash of fires, he begins to investigate them and we get a little slice of life of the man of steel and his dealings with the public and with the first responders he interacts with. It’s another pretty fun scene that seems to be the calm before the storm for the character.
The reader also gets a little back story on Rogol Zaar and it would appear that he isn’t some run of the mill bad guy. According to his interactions with Appa Ali Apsa, he has served the galaxy as a hero for years. This adds an interesting dimension to the story, especially when it seems that his antipathy towards Krypton is more personal than professional. I want to learn more about that.
The issue ends on a pretty interesting cliffhanger that definitely has me interested in what happens next. There is some great art in this issue and the narrative flows really well with both the exposition and the rising tension. The fact that these two characters are destined to clash makes every building scene seem more interesting. I am intrigued to see where this story is going and what its impact is going to be on both Superman and the history of Krypton. Bendis is crafting a new story for Superman and I want to read what he has to say.