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Kal-El quickly makes a bond with the child, and teaches him english within a couple of hours. It’s a little touching, but nothing too extravagant. No tissues needed.
When the government shows up, Supes doesn’t fight them, but instead he ushers the kid into their custody willingly. Shame on you Clark, your trusting nature really gets you in some predicaments on occasion.
At first, the government scientists play by the rules and no foul play is expected. That is until Superman shows up the next morning, and the whole operation is gone with the wind. And frankly Superman truly does give a damn!
After an intense interrogation scene, Superman finds the child and decides that he, along with Lois, is where the child should take refuge. The government obviously has no say in the matter anymore.
Soon after the rescue, we have another touching moment of Kal-El teaching the child to fly. Oh yeah, and he finally names the kid Chris. Real clever Donner. The art style didn’t suggest Reeves enough for you, huh?
The happy reunion is shortened when the one and only, Bizzaro, crashes the party. This fight ends up playing out more like a Richard Pryor movie, than anything involving Mr. Schwarzenegger. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since Bizzaro isn’t actually the big bad here.
If anything, it breaks up the Family Ties moments which are starting to get a little stale by now.
During this comedy routine, a few other ships land in a body of water near Metropolis. It’s never revealed why these ships touch down so nicely, while the original ship came in like a hurtling comet — I’m guessing it is for convenience of plot.
Seen emerging from one of these ships, is the infamous General Zod. Along with him, are a couple of right hand lackeys, that really only serve to keep Superman’s hands tied at key moments.
General Zod and Chris Kent apparently have a blood bond that isn’t too hard to guess. In fact, if this was a movie, they might even reveal it in the trailer.
When the details of their relationship and how they ended up on earth relatively around the same time are dispersed, the plot becomes quite convoluted. To make it worse, they make the mistake of telling, instead of showing. That’s to say, mostly text and very few pictures.
If they stretched this explanation over a couple more panels, and turned the paragraphs into sentences and dialogue, things probably could have worked out a bit better. I’m not saying to dumb it down really, just a few more moments of clarity are needed.
As our story reaches it climax, everything isn’t tied up as neatly as they should be, and the whole story suffers for it. It makes everything that happens rather forgettable — and ultimately just a throwaway adventure for our hero. There are plenty of things ventured here — but I dare say — nothing is truly gained.
In the graphic novel, this story is followed by a much better story simply named, Brainiac. There is no surprise as to who the main antagonist is here, and he isn’t as overused as the uninspiring General Zod.
Brainiac has been turned into an animated movie under the name Superman: Unbound. On the other hand, Superman: Last Son of Krypton hasn’t had much in media reference as a standalone story. That alone should speak volumes.
But maybe there is something down the pipeline I don’t know about. You never know with merchandising and franchises these days.
Obviously, this is my interpretation, and yours could vary dramatically. Give it a read. After all, it isn’t a complete waste of time. You might even get a chuckle out of the antics of that sad sack, Jimmy Olsen. The poor guy loses a camera this time around, missing the perfect shot of those beautiful red trunks — oy vey.