The cosmic tragedy of the House of Zod continues, as New Kandor’s first nuclear family truly goes nuclear! With his newly christened homeworld a prime target for alien invasion, General Zod is forced to mine the darkest depths of his own soul in order to defend it. It’s madness and mayhem on a galactic scale brought to you by the star-crossed team of Casey and McDaid!
But Why Tho?Kneel Before Zod #2 is an interesting experiment. It explores what happens in a world without heroes. New Kandor may have Kryptonians, but they aren’t nice Kryptonians. The issue is void of empathy, softness, or care between a couple on the verge of another childbirth. In the first issue, Zod looked supreme. No one could challenge him, and his power was absolute. But it becomes clear in this chapter that reigning supreme can sometimes lead to complacency, allowing another usurper to make a claim. It adds two threads that run parallel to each other and split Zod’s concentration, which could split the whole planet in half.
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Comic WatchWith only the second issue now available, it is highly recommended to dive into this series. After all, you don’t want to make Zod angry.
Geek DadThe first issue of this dark sci-fi series saw Zod exile his son Lor-Zod, sending the boy off to the upcoming Sinister Sons series. That’s a good hook for the series—but also leaves this series without its most likable potential lead character. Lor-Zod was a brat, yes, but he was also a child trying to find his way around a world he didn’t create. Zod and Ursa, meanwhile, are both ruthless, militaristic fascists, which makes creating a narrative around them as the protagonists challenging. We see them torture a Khund soldier extensively towards the start of the issue, and much of the issue is centered around them planning a war that will use the planet’s natives essentially as front-line cannon fodder. But amid this grim, militaristic sci-fi world, there is one very interesting twist—tension between Zod and Ursa that is escalating far beyond a husband-wife spat. It’s definitely setting us up for an intriguing battle, even if neither is particularly worth rooting for right now. And that might be the point.
Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryJoe Casey shows us how things are unraveling. After years of seeing Zod portrayed as the ultimate alpha predator, looking to amass power and destroy his enemies, this issue showed us some cracks in his psyche. Last issue we saw him hallucinating Jor-El. This issue we see a weary leader who is a bit lost in machinations. His bloodlust seems dimmed. And Ursa is there, ready to seize control of their situation. Again, interesting. More than I thought the book might be.
AIPTIt’s sort of odd to think about Kneel Before Zod in the context of the ongoing DC Universe. Whereas all of that’s mostly about the promise of hope and new lineages (even if that involves giant alien starfish monsters), this book focuses on the corruptive nature of power and how slowly old worlds/idea/etc. die out. But it retains that same deeply human spark, and Kneel Before Zod works because it’s delving deep into the heart of man with an intent and curiosity that’s practically glowing. Now, let’s see what other insights and chaos Zod’s intergalactic journey has in store.
Graphic PolicyLogan: After the imperialistic fervor of the opening installment, Kneel Before Zod #2 feels like one of those Game of Thrones episodes where old guys stand around and move pieces on the board. However, Ursa gets some strong character development punctuated by a double page spread of a backhand slap from Dan McDaid. In the second half of the comic, she’s Lady MacBeth in Kryptonian garb, and the conflict between her and Zod is immensely more interesting than the upcoming war between the Khunds and New Kandorian. Joe Casey writes her in a fierce, biting manner while let the plot wheels spin a little bit, and a potential key supporting character is sent off to another title. There’s less realpolitik and more mustache swirling in Kneel Before Zod #2, but Zod still comes across as Dick Cheney with superpowers, especially in the opening torture scene. I still love how McDaid draws technology and fight scenes, but this issue definitely is a slight dip in quality while still having potential for something engaging. Brett: I have to agree with Logan above. The issue is a step back and leans heavy into the drama between Zod and Ursa, showing maybe Ursa is the more brutal of the two? It has potential but we’ll have to wait and see if that pans out.
Superman Homepage"Chapter Two: Glitter in the Dark" is setting up a full scale war as Zod and his forces are preparing to defend the planet from an invading Khund fleet. So far this book has been very psychological, really getting inside Dru-Zod's head. There is a sense of isolation as Zod is on this planet alone with just his family. Only the strength of the Zod family is proven weak as Lor-Zod was banished last issue and Ursa seems to abandon Zod in this issue. The only other support Zod has on New Krypton is the Eradicator AI and of course that is just a program. As a conqueror, Zod sees the planet's natural inhabitants as a nuisance and cannon fodder. Zod is truly isolated, but is he breaking? Regardless, Joe Casey has us asking, what is going on with Zod?
Weird Science DC ComicsKneel Before Zod #2 lets slip the dogs of war when a dissident Khund army attacks New Kandor. Joe Casey's tale puts Zod at the nexus of multiple, dramatic fights from outside and from within his own home, but so far, Casey has given readers little reason to care about Zod's success or failure.
ComicBook.comWhile its ambitions are simultaneously both too lofty and too small, the sophomore outing of Kneel Before Zod does exhibit some promise. Joe Casey's script boils over into something with satisfying ramifications, especially where Faora is concerned, even if they are rooted in a bit of a superficial plot. Dan McDaid's art continues to have fun with panel composition and costuming, so much so that the occasional goofy facial expression is easier to ignore. Here's hoping Kneel Before Zod ups the ante even further.