“Blasts from the Past” (Superman #13 Comic Review)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Brandon Peterson and Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover: Adam Hughes
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen
Editor: Mike Cotton
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
After the crossover featuring Clark, Jon, and Kara in the middle of a giant space battle, Clark and Jor-El travel to the remains of Krypton. Much of this issue is a flashback, but towards the end, there is something of a reveal and an intriguing setup for the next arc.
The Jor-El mystery has been in motion for over a year, and I’m glad that we are finally (hopefully) nearing the end. Relitigating the destruction of Krypton has been at the heart of both the Superman and Supergirl titles since Bendis came aboard, and this issue sought to give readers some answers on to the question of who was really responsible. To do that, the story takes us back to Krypton, prior to its destruction. I’ve seen enough conceptions of Krypton to last a lifetime, but Peterson, Reis, Prado, and Sinclair did a wonderful job of depicting the doomed planet in the flashback sequences. I also loved Hughes’s variant cover of Lois Lane.
I hesitate to call this issue filler, because the Krypton flashback did reveal new information, but as I have stated in the past, this story has been moving a bit too slowly for my taste. The final few pages of the issue are the ones I find the most compelling. I am hopeful that the Jor-El saga will be tabled in favor of something far more intriguing, and am looking forward to reading the next installment.