Writer Joshua Williamson
Artist Nick Derington
Colorist Dave McCraig
Letterer John J. Hall
Cover Nick Derington
Variant Cover Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson
Zod comes to Earth and takes what’s left of Kandor from the Fortress of Solitude. A Kryptonian city that Brainiac had bottled and Rogol Zarr had kill the residents of later. With plans to take the remains of its people and revive them in a Lazarus Pit. Bruce and Clark must work together again before Zod makes an incredibly foolhardy mistake not knowing what the pits can do to the people. Moreover, Ra’s Al Ghul knows exactly what will happen if he does. An uneasy alliance made between our hosts of justice and the head of the demon later. Zod has found a pit and fully intends to use it to its absolute fullest. Dumping the entire bottled city into the glowing fluid.
With the casualties of Kandor being in the millions. Something short of a flying school of Lazarus crazed mini Kryptonians would have been a bit off. Immediately they attack all there, starting with Zod when he tries to step before them with reason. A tactic that never really suited his skill set. Everyone must scramble to deal with this threat. Thinking fast, Ra’s uses a light grenade tuned to red sun radiation. Clark hustles in with the bottle to catch all of his people within it. Now he and Bruce must make a mad medical dash to save the lot of them. The loss of powers, like the Lazarus madness, is temporary. They will need nothing shy of perfect decisions and a miracle to make this happen. Meanwhile, Zod takes what he came for and flees in the confusion. Making the truce between him and Clark uneasy but not broken.
This was pretty cool and at the same time wild issue to behold. You have the only other person who was old enough to remember Krypton aching to connect with his culture in some kind of way. Clark is of this kind of loss that Zod feels, but he cannot connect to it as Bruce can. This was quite a refreshing change of pace in things. Where the villain wasn’t necessarily trying to cause anyone harm. Instead was someone wanting to do good and didn’t care about the cost or consequences. A type of villain typical of Superman but in this case was handled by Batman, for whom that is also a refreshing change of pace.