With the world in chaos and Lazarus raining from the skies, the Earth’s protectors from Krypton are hit hard.
In this collection of epic vignettes from in and around Lazarus Planet, we’ll see heroes transformed, secrets revealed, and power unleashed.
Can Power Girl free herself from the out-of-control Omen?
Will Dreamer’s visions guide our heroes to the path of victory?
Can Mercy Graves survive the transformation she’s undergone?
And will Jonathan Kent ever be the same again?
But Why Tho?Lazarus Planet Assault On Krypton #1 is a promising follow-up to the Alpha book, and hopefully, these changes within will last for the year at least.
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Geek DadWe kick things off with Nicole Maines and Skylar Partridge on—no surprise—a Dreamer story. With Batman incapacitated, it’s up to Supergirl and a guilt-stricken Robin to carry out his orders—but they get an assist from Dreamer, who has been plagued by visions related to Dr. Fate. She uses her dream-walking abilities to try to wake Khalid from the alternate world his subconscious has trapped him in, but finds no luck and instead walks a strange, lonely path to a shocking twist ending. It’s a nicely creepy story that shows Maines has a great handle on writing the character she once played. Next up are CS Pacat and Scott Godlewski on a Jon Kent tale. As Jon is in the process of arresting a young thief, he and the miscreant are both hit with Lazarus energy—altering Jon’s powers to be electric-based and giving the thief powerful lava-based abilities. Amid the chaos, the two find themselves working together as Jon tries to keep the newly-empowered kid on the straight and narrow with mixed results. This is a particularly fun story, giving Jon a roguish new enemy who isn’t really a villain. Looking forward to him showing up more. Frank Barbiere and Sami Basri’s story focuses on the often-overshadowed Mercy Graves, Luthor’s personal attache and bodyguard. She’s advocating for Luthor to evacuate, but he’s stubborn—until the storm knocks out power to the tower, mutates several research animals, and blasts Mercy at full-strength. As she investigates the disruption, it becomes clear she’s been transformed into some sort of technopath—turning Luthor’s high-tech weapons into part of her body. I’m not sure if this is the start of a potential redemption arc for her—or of her becoming a deadly new member of Superman’s rogues in Luthor’s service. Finally, Leah Williams and Marguerite Sauvage give us a little preview of Williams’ upcoming Action Comics story featuring Power Girl. Picking up immediately after the events of Lazarus Planet: Alpha that saw Power Girl and her team at the Tower of Fate, Karen now finds herself catapulting through time and space—haunted by a twisted voice taunting her about her traumatic past. This leads to the discovery of a long-lost Titan returning, but the main highlight in this short story is the gorgeous art by Sauvage, which perfectly captures the surreal landscape. Overall, there isn’t a single miss in this issue, but I wonder how and when many of these threads will be followed up on.
ComicBook.comThe latest installment in the weekly "Lazarus Planet" crossover illustrates the event's proof of concept in spades, delivering an anthology of stories showing the weird and personal effects of the Lazarus Volcano's eruption. While each story is well-executed, the highlights are easily the stories bookending it — a lively new story fully integrating Dreamer into the DC Universe, and a gorgeous tale involving Power Girl and Omen. There are some genuinely gorgeous narrative and aesthetic decisions being made in these pages, and you owe it to yourself to check them out.
Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryThese are all decent stories setting up the next chapter in all these characters. There isn't a clunker in them. I wouldn't put it on par with the Alpha issue. But it is pretty good.
Comic WatchLazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton is unfortunately a very middle of the road issue. And the fact that Jon’s and Power Girl’s stories end with a “to be continued” for series after Lazarus Planet somewhat undermines the idea that these will have a significant impact on the larger event. Ultimately the stories are a mixed bag with weak narratives, but they do benefit from strong art that uplifts the issue overall.
AIPTIf you're fully invested in the Lazarus Planet event and looking for more background stories, Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1 is the perfect fix. The artwork is great, and the characters they focus on are interesting and the ways their powers are changing/manifesting will probably prove to be important in the coming issues.
Dark Knight NewsWe've all been aware for a while that the Superman titles (Action Comics, Superman, and Adventures of Superman) were heading for a massive overhaul. Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton introduces you to a few of those new concepts, telling some stylish stories within the confines of the Lazarus Planet event while giving context to some of DC's upcoming Super-Stories. This book's a definite must-buy!
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Comics Nexus by Inside PulseAn action packed issue with vary creative teams setting up what’s next for Dreamer, Superboy/man, Mercy Graves and Power Girl. Ecclectic stories from ecclectic creatives teams. Intrigued by what’s next for the Superman coroner of Dawn of DC. Purpose of oneshot was more promotional I think and some stories appear stronger than others (Superboy/man and Power Girl), but I remain intrigued by Mercy’s next chapter too.
The Comicbook DispatchLazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1 has no really significance or connection to the Lazarus Planet event. You get a minor throwaway paragraph on a summary page (not even the actual comic itself) about how a volcanic eruption led to planetary destruction in an attempt to parallel to this Lazarus Storm. Otherwise, the only Kryptonian connection is the characters in the stories. That’s it… Nothing really connects to the event other than that some people are getting new abilities or are having their current abilities altered. Dreamer searches for Doctor Fate’s helmet, Jon Kent gets his new comic pushed, Mercy’s tech is upgraded, and Power Girl gains telepathy. Readers, the cast of characters doesn’t really entice nor does the dynamic of Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1 have anything to do with Krypton or an assault. The Superman cover is disingenuous, the volcano cover is deceptive, and the main cover involving Jon Kent is equally as misleading. Ultimately, fans get a title about related Kryptonian-ish individuals during the Lazarus Planet event. There is really no need to buy this issue nor is it required reading for Lazarus Planet. And frankly, it makes me concerned for the rest of the Lazarus Planet titles.
Superman Homepage"Gone Dark" is the best of the four stories. This story takes place during last week's "Lazarus Planet: Alpha". The story seems to have the most connection on the main event storyline. "Electric" is an average origin story for Blue Electric Jon Kent and an anti-hero with volcanic powers named Ash. "Breakthrough" was the most outrageous of the four stories. A lightning storm from the Lazarus Volcano explosion strikes Lexcorp Tower. Somehow lightning strikes Mercy, breaking through a glass window that Lex says cost at least $50,000. That lightning throws Mercy into several different Lexcorp mech suits that give her nanotech powered abilities which she uses to kill three mutated lab animals. One of the giant mutated lab rats has a sword at the end of its tail and impales Mercy with it. Shockingly, this does not kill Mercy. Instead, she learns to control her new nanite power by making weapons with her hands and rallying to kill the mutated lab animals. "Deus Ex Magicka" was the worst of the four stories. Power Girl is written out of character and swears three times in this short story. Power Girl thinks she is dead because she sees her life flashing before her eyes. She is also having confidence issues which is new to this character. Also, the end of the story reveals that Power Girl has gained psychic powers which will be picked up in "Lazarus Planet: Omega" and "Action Comics".