“A doomed planet. An orphan journeys through the stars. Raised by kind humans, he becomes a beacon of and for truth, justice and the American way. Believe a man can fly. Believe in…Superman.”
Greetings fans, and welcome back to the second week of the DC Universe Superman Book Club!
This week we’ll be taking a look at the Last Son storyline from Action Comics (1938-2011). Written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner (yes, that Richard Donner) with artwork by Adam Kubert, the Last Son arc consists of Action Comics #'s 844-847, 851 and Annual #11.
An alien vessel has crashed in Metropolis. Having stopped it in the nick of time, Superman is surprised to see a young boy inside. Is this a harmless child that is simply a vestige of a once powerful society or something more?
Last Son is the first of two stories in Action Comics written by Johns and Donner, with the other being Escape From Bizarro World (#'s 855-857 for those curious). What’s your assessment of this particular story? Did it make you want to check out their subsequent work on the book?
Given Richard Donner’s involvement, can this story be seen as the Superman movie of his that never was?
Action #847 is a companion issue to Last Son, an intermezzo if you will, written by the legendary Dwayne McDuffie. How do you feel this fits into the overall hierarchy of Last Son?
Last Son paved the way for other Modern Age Superman adventures that focused on our hero’s lineage and how it sometimes violently collided with Earth.
This point (among others) is also addressed in DC Daily’s discussion of this story, featuring Amy Dallen, Sam Humphries and drumroll please Krypton’s own shining star, Cameron Cuffe! It’s the 6/24 episode, so be sure to give it a watch to enhance your Last Son experience. It’s a doozy of a discussion.
This chapter of the Superman Book Club runs from today, June 28th until next Friday, July 5th. Spoilers are welcome as are any other points of discussion you may have for this tale.
There we go Superfans! Suit up, take flight and dive into Last Son! As a prominent character (and it may not be who you think it is) says at one point in our story: “Up, up and away.”