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Superman: Last Son (Superman by Geoff Johns #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  3,024 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
A rocket lands in Metropolis containing a boy that Superman thinks is from Krypton. Along with figuring out that that means to him, Superman must protect young Christopher Kent, who has become the most valuable child on the planet thanks to his immense power. Lex Luthor has his sights on him, assembling his own team of villains to nab Christopher. It all leads to an action ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by DC Comics (first published July 15th 2008)
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Bookdragon Sean
What makes a good villain?


Well for me they have to be complex. The best ones are those that are, essentially, right in their convictions. But because of their extremist ways they are branded with the taint of villainy. I think General Zod is a great bad guy because he almost isn’t bad; he fights for his people, but he does it a little too well. Heroics turn into brutal minded fanaticism. The movie version of Zod in Man of Steel (2013) was my idea of a perfect antagonist. Unfortunately, the Zod i
Aug 11, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix

The cover is nice.

File this graphic novel under the “why bother” heading. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the two stories contained here (General Zod and Brainiac), it’s just that if Geoff Johns (or for that matter, anyone else) is given an opportunity to come up with his own take on Superman, you would hope (but then we’re talking Geoff Johns here) it would be more memorable and less derivative than this.

How many times do we have to encounter Brainiac and his collection of worlds? How man
Sam Quixote
Superman thought he was the last Kryptonian to survive his doomed planet’s destruction - until a Kryptonian pod crash lands in Metropolis to reveal a young boy who appears to be Kryptonian. As Superman and Lois take him in as their adopted son Chris, Chris’ real parents emerge from the Phantom Zone to threaten the world and bring about a New Krypton!

Who doesn’t think Superman and Lois wouldn’t make great parents? Exactly, so it’s nice to see them be just that in this book - sort of. Because the
Jesse A
This was fine. 3.5 stars. Feels slightly unnecessary. Really nothing too special but still fun.
Mad Tom
Aug 17, 2016 Mad Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Clark. People like Ma and Pa Kent were put on this Earth to be good parents. We weren't. You're here to save it. And I'm here to find the truth in it."

This is one of the darkest Superman books I've read, other than Red Son. It has great pacing, action, and dialog from Geoff Johns, and incredible artwork from Andy Adam Kubert.

I've never heard of Chris Kent until now, and it's no wonder. He lives on Earth-16. Or Earth-2. Somewhere. He's one of the (many, final, this is it we're not kidding) last
Dec 30, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I'm really not a Superman fan, so it says something when I enjoy a Superman book this much. In this case, a story with actual emotional resonance. A young Kryptonian boy crash lands in Metropolis. Of course Superman gets attached to him. Of course he wants to give him the life his parents gave him. And, being Superman, of course it gets complicated. End result? Superman teaming up with Lex Luthor to take out an army of Kryptonian invaders from the Phantom Zone, lead by General Zod. Early Christm ...more
James DeSantis
Ah man this one started SO good.

So this book is broken into two stories. First one is about a new boy who is a Kryptonian and Superman takes him under his care. It's fun to see early versions of Clark and Lois taking care of a young boy (which is what the current rebirth run is doing and it's so gooooood) but it works well here. Reason clark is so well done is when he has human moments but he rises above most human reactions.

The fight against Superman and Zod is both fun and entertaining and w
3.5 stars

It wasn't bad at all, but I just didn't fall in love with it like everyone else.
Dec 29, 2014 Albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have often lamented the lack of truly good Superman stories. In comparison to Batman, Superman just doesn't have the range of memorable stories. Definitely not as a solo act. As part of the Justice League yes. As the goody two shoes playing straight man to Batman yes. But solo stories, not so much.

We all know the origin story. Baby sent away by grieving parents on a spaceship as his home world of Krypton explodes. Lands in the farmlands of Kansas and raised to become America's greatest superhe
Feb 26, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

I love a good graphic novel.. and I love comic book superheros.  This graphic novel was amazing.  This comic is actually written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner.  What makes that so cool is that Richard Donner is the writer of the Superman movie.  Here is the goodreads description:

Geoff Johns' (JUSTICE LEAGUE, AQUAMAN, BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN, THE FLASH) two most acclaimed stories of his
Nov 08, 2016 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
This felt like classic Superman. It was really well put together. The art was nice (nothing special, though) and the dialogue was good enough. I felt that it was engaging plot-wise. I guess the only drawback is that it wasn't anything I haven't really seen before. I wouldn't say that this is an absolutely necessary Superman comic, but it was enjoyable.
Mar 04, 2012 Lloyd rated it really liked it
This collection, in what is sort of a stand alone mini series by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner (which just happened to intermittently take over the pages of "Action Comics" when it was published), seems to take ideas from the film "Superman II" and spin them into then current DC continuity, while also employing stronger narrative and characterization.

Let me just start by saying that I loved the idea of this story. A *NEW* Kryptonian boy rockets to Earth (!!!) just like young Kal-El did all thos
Jun 15, 2016 Blindzider rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Meh. Maybe 2.5 stars.

The big attraction to this book is the fact that the co-writer is Richard Donner, director of the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve (both of whom I hold in high regard.)

The plot starts off with an idea that I tire of: Superman is no longer the last son of krypton. Another young boy lands on Earth and speaks Kryptonese. Despite all of the reasons that it wouldn't work, Lois and Clark decide to raise him, much like Clark was raised. Ignoring how the idea would affect
Jan 27, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm very impressed. Frankly, I don't like reading Superman. He feels too bland as a character for my liking. There hasn't been enough tension in the titles I've read to raise my interest from when it died after the first few seasons of Smallville way back when.

But this... This made me feel things! Clark feels like he has emotional depth, a golden heart, and a willingness to sacrifice everything to do what's right. He interacts well with Lois. He has a bit of mischief in him. He gets angry and pu
Jan 07, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A very fun, action-oriented story. Even if it's steeped in silver age pastiches it does modernize those tropes very well. It brings back all kinds of elements of Superman's continuity that have long been gone from his mythos, but it does so in a completely natural way totally organic to the storytelling. And the things it brings back are just cool, so who cares? It's just a good superhero story, period.

The only thing that seemed like it didn't fit was Kubert's art. It felt a bit ill-suited to t
Arya Stark
Jan 23, 2017 Arya Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK well about 2/3rds into this I thought wow this is pretty average after hearing positive things about this story. A lot of regular Superman stuff happening and kind of bland action scenes.

However it certainly picks up towards the end with a very unlikely team up and also demonstrating that Superman is a lot more then just a Kryptonian with powers.

Overall very slow start but great end saved by one of the best villains of all time.
Bryson Kopf
I run hot and cold on Geoff Johns, but it seems like Superman brings out his more humane and heartfelt side. Written with his former mentor, Richard Donner (director of tons of movies like The Omen and Lethal Weapon), this story finds Supes discovering a child who is Kryptonian, which is impossible. It ends up that SPOILER the kid belongs to General Zod, a serious heavy who was banished to the Phantom Zone, with countless other villains from Superman's home world. This all leads to the predictab ...more
Nov 17, 2016 Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow now this was good! So I finally got to read this and man was it good; this is written by Geoff Johns one the best comic writers of this generation, and Richard Donner, the genius director of Superman 1 and 2! So the story is, some mysterious kid, lands on earth, and he has all of Superman's powers, Clark takes him under his wing; then General Zod shows up! This is basically General Zod meets Superman for the first time, so it was fun to see that in comic form. I also feel this book is Richar ...more
Nerdish Mum
Feb 20, 2016 Nerdish Mum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not Superman's greatest fan, but I will always read his books as there are a lot of really good and interesting stories that he's involved in. I was not expecting to tear up on more than one occasion while reading this (at work!). One part in particular in a scene with an old friend nearly full on broke me apart. I think the story is really well told and I like the characters used. I also liked the nod to Christopher Reeve with the name of the last son, I thought that was a really nice touch ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to see the direction Donner would have taken Superman. This is rumored to have been the plot for Superman III before Donner was foolishly fired. This would have built beautifully on the first two films. The story was exciting and original and honored the early Superman cannon. Great story for a one off. Too bad the proposed series by Donner never took place.

Nov 14, 2014 Dexter rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dexter by: Hannah
I love Superman. I don't consider myself totally knowledgeable about Superman (or any other superheroes for that matter), but I certainly love him. I also love Lex Luthor and his self-righteous announcements to himself.

So yes, I enjoyed Superman: Last Son. It's very sad. Melancholy.
May 20, 2016 Arsénico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
3,5 en realidad. No está nada mal y el dibujo es muy bueno, pero sí que creo que le ha faltado un "algo". Lo mejor ha sido Christopher. Me he quedado con ganas de conocer mejor a este personaje.
Brian Murray
The two stories included have some promising concepts but in the end they represent everything I hate about bad comics: bland, senseless action without a hint of depth, character, or emotion.
Matthew Rushing
Aug 14, 2015 Matthew Rushing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015
I like this. I have read the Braniac comic before, but the first one was new to me. Can see where they pulled things to use in Man of Steel.
Luke Nicholas  Freeman
An okay read. The story was cool, but a few of the side characters were a tad undercooked or just plain cheesy.
Amanda The Posh Geek
The 4th book in my Superman journey was “Superman Last son of Krypton”. The novel is really the telling of two distinct stories. The first is about a boy who crash lands in Metropolis. If Krypton was destroyed where did this young boy come from? The second story is “Brainiac.” This is the story of Superman’s clash with Brainiac when discovering he had encapsulated the Kryptonian city of Kandor and actually caused Krypton’s destruction.

The First story was written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner
Siobhan Hawthorne
This is the third volume in Eaglemoss’ collection, this time with the Man of Steel. I know very little about Superman, apart from the movies, the very old comics and his appearances in Batman’s world. But I’d like to know more so I was looking forward to reading The Last Son. I quickly realised that I needed to read even more comics about Superman since some stuff wasn’t that clear to me and there were a couple of references I didn’t understand.

That’s why it was so pleasing to find characters I
Benjamin Featherston
Geoff Johns brings us two stories involving Superman's most popular villains. The first one is merely good, while the second is amazing.

When Superman learns that a newly-discovered Kryptonian boy is in the clutches of the US military, he takes it upon himself to free the child and guide him in the use of his powers. Clark and Lois make plans to adopt him as Christopher Kent. Great storytelling, both in script and artwork, almost distracts us from the fact that this sweeping change of the status
Aug 22, 2014 Eliran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty solid read and I was pleasantly surprised that this volume had 2 stories in it!
So the first half, "Last Son of Krypton" deals with a Kryptonian ship landing in Metropolis and a mysterious, evidently Kryptonian child is within it! Supes soon finds out this kid is General Zod's offspring and has to mount an offense against the General and his cronies as they escape from the Phantom Zone. Pretty cool seeing Supes teaming up with Lex Luthor and his own "Anti-Superman Squad" to fight the re
You know, considering that Superman is defined in part by being the last Kryptonian, there are sure a lot of extra Kryptonians running around. Perhaps it would be better to say that Superman is defined by the tension of being Kryptonian and human, whereas the other K's don't have that problem. Take General Zod for instance: Zod has no internal conflict over whether it's better to be human or Kryptonian. Zod has no internal conflict at all. Or even that much personality. He's not that interesting ...more
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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