Superman – The God of Krypton | Review


Published on May 01, 2019


When you speak of Walt Simonson the terms ‘epic’ and ‘cosmic’ are almost always used. The celebrated american author, in fact, gave the best adventures from the tone of the science-fiction influenced by mythology. They know well those who have read and appreciated his acclaimed run of the Mighty Thor, or some effective sequences of the Fantastic Four, just to name a couple of his works.

Walt is drawn to the grandeur of Jack Kirby and is able to take care of the superheroes, invincible and unstoppable, almost similar to the divinity. His contribution was also significant in the DC and you'll have the demonstration by reading this volume is the Lion, which offers two stories of episodic Superman-written by him. In both, the Man of Steel, although not without human side, has the role of a divine being, because, as is evident in the first adventure, the threat that you will face is not of little account.

The volume opens with Superman Last God of Krypton, the one-shot in which the hero is forced to confront the spectra of the dark coming from the past of his native country. On any day, the earth is enveloped by a mass of frost. No one is able to explain the reasons of such an anomaly, but the response arrives almost immediately. The world was, in fact, attacked by Cythonna, goddess of ice of Krypton. After being freed from a prison, he discovers that a descendant of his arch-enemy, Rao is, in fact, on the Ground, and then, revenge.

When she learns, however, that the descendant in question is Superman, a kryptonian, by the extraordinary powers, you put in the head to make him his companion. But Supes is not of the same opinion, and from the time that Cythonna is wicked and vengeful, however, things will take a turn for the worse. Simonson writes a nice story and compelling, characterized by a narrative rhythm action-packed, and plays with characters like Luthor and Lois Lane, placing them in a context from the tone of the cosmic. In his vision, Superman has certainly sentiments and an intrinsic humanity, but at the same time is a demigod and, as such, the only one who can defeat a god cruel.

The texts and the dialogues are at times redundant, but also ironic, and on the whole Walt signature, the script impeccable. Superman The Last God of Krypton should be kept an eye on as well for the wonderful illustrations pictorial of the brothers Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, famous for having created many covers of books sci-fi and fantasy, but occasionally have worked in the field of comics. Their style is part of the hyper-realistic, very detailed, and can be perhaps a little cold. Aesthetically, however, it is of high level, and the two artists are able to evoke so exquisitely the aura intimidating and scary Cythonna and the power of the Man of Steel. They are, moreover, particularly striking in the sequences that focus on the ice and snow that cover the world and convey an atmosphere of oppressive desolation.

The second story is from the Superman Special in 1992 and is written and drawn by Simonson. Also in this case, Walt opts to situations, science-fiction, focusing on the action and outlining a plot based on one of the many machinations of the evil Luthor to damage Supes. Has a value reduced to a mere copy, since the author pays homage to classic adventures of Curt Swan and Dennis O'neill. Appear, for now, the disquieting Man of Sand, known by fans of the historical of the Man of Steel, and a new formation of the Newsboy Legion.

The episode is a perfect example of a comic strip supereroico, fun, engaging, and ironic at the right point. As for the drawings, Walt offers us the tables marked by his aggressive style, which recreates the gigantism kirbyano in a personal way. There is also the layout resourceful, with the camera angles set between them, and the proverbial onomatopoeia that protrude from the edges of the vignette, the real trademark of Simonson.

In short, if you want to read quality work, you are a fan of one of the masters of comics in the stars and stripes and appreciated the first superhero in comics history, this is the volume for you.

Authors: Walt Simonson (text), Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, Walt Simonson (drawings)

Publisher: RW Lion

Genre: Superhero

Origin: USA

Price: € 11.95, 16.8×25.6, pp. 104, col., B.

Date of publication: 26 march 2015

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