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Action Comics #23.2 - Zod Review

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We've seen General Zod's story many times about how and why he was imprisoned. But Greg Pak tells us what happened long before.

The Good

Before reading this, I wasn't sure how necessary a book focusing on Zod would be. We've seen his origin told a few times recently. But with Greg Pak writing, there was a good possibility it could turn into at least an interesting read. Reading the first pages I was even more dismayed at seeing Zod as a child. Too many of these Villains Month books are delving into the villains' childhoods. Continuing to read, you quickly discover something pretty cool is happening. We're actually seeing Zod as a child. We're seeing what made him into the character we all know. I was hooked.

As in many of these Villains Month titles, we are seeing some minor changes. It's strange to realize that I never really gave much thought to who Zod was before he got into hot water with the Science Council. You will absolutely see Zod in a way you never have before.

Ken Lashley's art gives us a look at parts of Krypton we haven't seen before. There's been many different takes on the planet and its culture and this gives a nice unique flavor.

The Bad

It's unfortunate that parts of the recent Geoff Johns/Richard Donner version were tweaked. It's also interesting to see Zod's right hand man woman has become Faora once again rather than Ursa. Also, I was always under the impression that Zor-El was Jor-El's younger brother. That's seems to have changed. With some of these changes, I almost would have liked to see more.

The Verdict

Greg Pak continues to show us he has a great take on Superman and his universe. In an issue I questioned the need for before reading, I found myself deeply hooked in the telling of who Zod was and how he grew into the General we've seen in the Superman comics. Greg Pak and Ken Lashley give us a unique look at the man and parts of Krypton we haven't seen before. You will come to understand Zod a little more and not see him as quite the two-dimensional villain he's often portrayed as. This was an example of a Villains Month title that left me wanting more. Greg Pak has definitely earned his place as a Superman writer.

31 Comments
Posted by comicbookfan93

Damn I changed my mind at the last minute about picking this up now it looks like I missed out

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

I also loved this issue and now can;t wait for the Doomsday villains month issue.

Posted by TheFirstLantern
Edited by Herokiller12344

Okay wait, are these all coming out at the same time?

Posted by movieartman

FAORA WAS CREATED IN 1977, they renamed her Ursa for superman (81), and faora in man of steel has been the most popular ether version of the character has ever been, you think there gonna waste that?

Posted by Michael_Moran

Just read this...it was good.

Edited by Black_Claw

Faora > Ursa.

Posted by BattheMan008

So, which villain books should I pick up this week? Was thinking about this and Court of Owls?

Posted by Reactor

Given Zod's final words at the end of the comic, something tells me he's going to be kinda like Zoom, as far as his purpose as a villain is.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Man, what a good ending.

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Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

I really enjoy this one.

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Posted by Dabee

Grek Pak is killing it on these .1s

Edited by soumya

It's good to see a new era of Superman's life has begun under Greg Pak's influence.I sincerely hope that Lobdell would be off from any Superman's title from now on.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Greg Pak has proven with both of his villains month issues that his Action Comics run is going to be something special, I can't wait till issue 25!

Posted by Blackdog2009

Great read! And Ken Lashley is the man! Great art.

Edited by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

FAORA WAS CREATED IN 1977, they renamed her Ursa for superman (81), and faora in man of steel has been the most popular ether version of the character has ever been, you think there gonna waste that?

Exactly. DC is obviously going to want to capitalize on Faora's newfound popularity.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy
Posted by QuantumVertex

This made me love Zod..nuff said!

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg
Edited by Life_Without_Progress

This issue makes me excited for Pak's Action Comics run :)

Posted by Herokiller12344

Good to know that Faora has had a spike in popylarity. But...you can't just forget about Ursa....or Non....or Nam-Ek.....or Jax-Ur.

What I'm getting at is that there more rogue Kryptonians than Zod people!

Edited by movieartman

Good to know that Faora has had a spike in popylarity. But...you can't just forget about Ursa....or Non....or Nam-Ek.....or Jax-Ur.

What I'm getting at is that there more rogue Kryptonians than Zod people!

DUDE URSA is FAORA!, same character, faora was created in 77, and they just renamed her ursa for superman 2

Posted by Reactor

Good to know that Faora has had a spike in popylarity. But...you can't just forget about Ursa....or Non....or Nam-Ek.....or Jax-Ur.

What I'm getting at is that there more rogue Kryptonians than Zod people!

Ursa was a toned down version of Faora. Faora was a psychopathic murderer and a brutal sexist serial killer. Ursa was much more tame, but now that Faora has a popularity spike, DC has gone back to the basics. However, they were always the same character.

Posted by Friskynesss

Kid Zod looks very anime

Edited by JLDoom

What a great story, I've wanted to read more Zod stuff other than Last Son ever since MOS came out so this was great for me. The art was fantastic as well and I loved the twist at the end.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

It's a solid issue. SM fans would enjoy it.

Posted by CODYSF

Zod is one crazy bastard in this issue.

Posted by RelloMan

I really liked that part where he SPOILER ALERT stabs his dad in the eye so he can escape... Wow a great way to describe him

Posted by Superbat420

I always thought Zor el was older, hence why his child was well older then jor els