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Kneel Before Zod #1 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

General Zod was Krypton’s most notorious criminal. Now he has an entire planet to rule-but what happens when the most dangerous individual in the universe gets everything he ever wanted? Obviously, he wants more- and he’ll stop at nothing to get it-in the most brutal series you’ll read this year! This is not a hero’s journey. This is a dark ride, brought to you by the sick and twisted minds of Adventures of Superman writer Joe Casey and artist Dan McDaid in his monumental main-line DC debut. For General Zod and his family, the descent into hell has just begun.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
36 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    One of Superman’s most notorious villains gets his own series. It’s a brutal soap opera that has potential and it manages to keep your attention to the very end which is rare since we’re seeing another wave of villains getting their own series but this one looks like a definite winner; The issue opens up with General Zod trying to transform the planet of Jekuul into a haven for New Krypton while dealing with threats from every corner of the cosmos but it’s his relationship with wife Ursa (I can not get used to them being a couple) and son Lor that anchors the series because of how fractured their family dynamic is (They’re not exactly the Keatons from “Family Ties”); Making his return to DC and Superman in general, Joe Casey (Who had a remarkable run on “Adventures of Superman” from 2001 to 2004) delivers a script that allows the fans to take in the authoritarian dialogue to where we get to see Zod at his best and his worst (His dealings with son Lor is a prime example of seeing him in a not-so-flattering light) but at the same time, he subtely adds in some elements of sadness to Zod but it quickly gets pushed aside due to his disgusting actions but what I find interesting is that while Zod isn’t the type of villain who needs ot wants redemption, you can see the amount of cold-hearted logic that prevents him from showing any kind of emotion so it falls upon Ursa and Lor to take on that role but it feels genuine due to Casey’s writing. This series looks like it will be spiraling into madness due to its protagonist but while that could spell trouble for the DC Universe, at the very least it’s an enjoyable read.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    DC Comics fans who have wanted a General Zod specific story will appreciate the direction and tone of this story. Its done well enough to respect the lore of the character while also staying intriguing enough for new readers to see why many fear General Zod.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Kneel Before Zod #1 is a real character piece. Every part of this world seems to be built entirely in Zod’s image, right down to the individual panel. The lack of heroes of any sort removes ideas of hope, love, or kindness from the book, replaced with an authoritarian bully who has been selected as the “protagonist.” Where other comics could be regarded as intricately stitched together, this one has been molded in a blast furnace. From its looks to the dialogue, it’s cold and rugged. Villain-led books may try and humanise the subject, but there is nothing human about Zod. And yet, there are signs of change and development underfoot within the characters, mainly through Ursa.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    Kneel Before Zod #1 is a surprisingly thoughtful and subdued issue that lays a solid foundation for the series. Even though it takes a few elements from things like Succession, Game of Thrones, and The Tudors. Making this issue more about Zod wrestling with the consequences of ambition and the downsides of the traditions he’s lived his life by, making him both the protagonist and antagonist here, is an exciting take on this character and hopefully will result in even more depth for everyone involved here.

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    Kneel Before Zod takes a bold step away from Superman’s perspective, placing us squarely in the boots of the Kryptonian villain himself. Having conquered a new planet and established his own twisted utopia, we see General Zod grapple with the burden of rule, facing threats both external and internal. Joe Casey crafts a nuanced portrayal of Zod, showcasing his ruthless ambition, simmering rage, and unexpected moments of vulnerability especially with his own inter-family dynamics.

    Dan McDaid’s artwork is truly magnificent. He brings Zod’s world to life with a blend of gritty realism and alien grandeur. The detailed landscapes, imposing architecture, and expressive character faces all contribute to a truly immersive experience. The action sequences are particularly dynamic and brutal, capturing the savage ferocity of Zod’s rule.

    This issues makes it clear that a standalone Zod story offers a galaxy’s worth of potential and Casey’s initial script is an encouraging sign that we’re in for a great character story.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The introductory chapter of this series does a good job with setting up the premise and main characters of the overarching narrative. It’s definitely an interesting premise, especially as my knowledge of Dru-Zod and Ursa is very limited. My favorite parts include the portions when Dru-Zod’s mental state is called into question and his relationship with Lor. Overall, I think the storyline is promising and I would like to see where it ultimately goes.

    The Art: The artwork has a traditional styling and features a cool toned palette that relies heavily on reds and blues. I found the action sequences to be well done, and the overall illustration pairs perfectly with the mood of the tale.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Overall, this debut is pretty interestingit’s Zod’s first solo focus, and this creative team’s first DC work in a very long time. But it does suffer a bit from a lack of likable characters in this first issue. It’s clear from the beginning that Zod hasn’t changed, his circumstances haveand that can only last so long.

  • 80

    Kneel Before Zod #1 offers some intriguing new shades to its titular villain, but the promise the series holds is almost stronger than the execution of its first issue. Anchored by a fitting brutality and an unmistakable tragedy for its supporting cast, the series sets up a descent into madness that could be consequential to the larger DC Universe and, at very least, will probably be entertaining.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    That’s a lot of seeds scattered in this one issue. There is enough story potential here to keep me checking it out. I wasn’t expecting to be so fascinated by Ursa for sure.

  • 80


    All around, Kneel Before Zod #1 is a strong first issue that comes across a few problems when it comes to one of their major story characters. I have hope that Casey’s writing for Lor-Zod improves as he and McDaid really show how powerful of a creative team they are with this first issue. I have hope this ongoing could turn out to be a special one.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Kneel Before Zod #1 shows a lot of potential but the comic doesn’t really nail what it’s attempting. There’s interesting moments and it sets up a lot of conflict to come but overall, the comic feels a bit like it’s going through the motions but lacks substance.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Kneel Before Zod #1 is a perfectly fine setup for a Zod-Centric maxi-series. The pacing, action, dialog, and art are all solid. That said, there’s no hook or compelling reason to get invested in the story, so this first issue falls into the “take it or leave it” bucket.

  • 65

    Zona Negativa

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