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Earth 2, Vol. 5: The Kryptonian

(Earth 2 (2012) #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Superman is the most powerful being in the universe. And for once, that's not a good thing.

The Last Son of Krypton is now an enforcer of Darkseid, the evil despot who will stop at nothing to take over Earth 2. However, there is one man who can stop them and that's...Superman?

A new Superman--named Val-Zod--has appeared and the heroes of Earth 2 must convince him to help t
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by DC Comics (first published April 20th 2015)
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Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Other than the weird-ass issue at the end with Mr. Terrific in the future, I really enjoyed volume 5!

Spoilers Ahead, you Crybabies!
Like, for real, I'm spoiling everything.
Unless you've already read this turn back now.


In the last volume we met Val-Zod, a Kryptonian who had been hidden away by the government, after his spaceship landed on Earth.


He an agoraphobic pacifist, originally raised by Superman's parents on Krypton, after his parents were killed by the government for trying to warn people
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This one was very flat compared to the previous four volumes, like it lost its purpose and the characters were just going through the motions. Even the twist at the end was just sort of... boring.

I do have one question, though: On the cover of the book, Val-Zod has Kal-El pinned during a fight, and Power Girl is in the background. Why is she there when she *never* makes an appearance in the book? Here's the cover:

James DeSantis
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun and entertaining.

Tom Taylor is one of my favorite writers now days. He just has so much fun with characters, and evil Superman is a ton of fun. This time we see it all come to a clash. So many people die, and the moments with Kent's father and mother is nailbiting. The end result is fun as heck to be honest and besides that stupid last issue which was written by someone else this volume is a blast. If you love INjustice like I DO, check this out!
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Probably the best volume of the series so far. It really feels like the cast has come together, and the story felt fully cohesive this time around. If ending each volume with a big twist is going to become standard, I hope they all stay as good. But I do have to call DC out on the blatant false advertising on the cover. See Power Girl in the background, apparently coming to help cousin Kal-El? Yeah, she never actually shows up in the book. Really, DC? Really?
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
A good finale to Taylor's run. To a certain extent I feel like I've seen this all before (in Injustice: Gods Among Us), but this was still a well-told tale that managed to cap Taylor's run with just two volumes. There was still too much focus on the Superman family, but it was also good to get many of the members of our erstwhile JSA back, which was great, because losing them in volume 4 was its greatest weakness.

Though I complained about the heavy use of Superman mythology, that was mainly Loi
Jesse A
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series that started with a whimper really came into its own and ended with a bang. The final 3 volumes were very good.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars the whole way through until we get to the last few issues, basically an epilogue (5 years in the future. . . yada yada). That was super confusing, not really interesting, and just. . . weird. I wish I knew what happened with Lois but that's about the only thing I feel from reading that ending.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
After vol 4's dour dark grimness I'd just about written off this series. I picked this up on a whim and I am very glad I did. Not only did it finally finish off the initial story line, it finished it off with aplomb. Very well done! And now marks in my mind as writer Tom Taylor as a comics talent to watch. Artist Nicola Scott has grown and matured nicely since this series has started, into a full fledged talent. Now that the initial story is over, with a cast set. Here I must insert my thanks fo ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
Most of the great things that began in the previous volume carry over into this volume: excellent writing, clean and clear dialogue, a tense storyline, coherent story-boarding, beautiful illustration.... The only thing that gets fumbled a little in this collection is the pacing. A couple of times it feels like the action comes to a complete stop just so we can catch up with a dangling plot thread.

However, for the most part, this was a very compelling read. The new Kryptonian is hot hot hot. Gree
Sean Kennedy
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story seems to get back on track again, and I am interested to see where it goes from here. However, why the hell was Powergirl on the cover? She wasn't even in the book!
5 stars

Good comic book. RIP Red Arrow and Jonathan Kent. Nice to see Val-Zod fight against Superman. Hope they will defeat the forces of Apokolips.

Can't wait to read Earth 2: Collision!!!!
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but here we are into volume five of Earth-2 and it's still the same old story. Darkseid, parademons, the World Army, the collapse of Earth's civilization. This story has dragged on for far too long. I'm still enjoying, for the most part, the new iterations of classic Justice Society members, but we still don't know a whole lot about them. So much time spent fighting in this war, there's little time for characterization.

Val-Zod, another survivor of Krypton, is probably the most interesti
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Earth 2 series. I love new/old heroes like Jay or Alan. The element of surprise is not the only thing in here which is forcing me to read another issue. Storytelling is the key here. I do not know where DC is trying to get with the new Worlds End series but I know one thing for sure..I will be there
Clay Bartel
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've now reading Earth 2 Volume 1-5 in preparation to read Convergence. Firstly my favourite of the 5, Earth 2 books was Volume 4. Simply because I loved the Batman story in that book.

As for 1, 2, 3 and 5 I enjoyed them, there good books but none imprinted me like vol 4 did.

Ultimately I read the Earth 2 books cause I'm a big Superman collector and the book Road to Rebirth Lois and Clark opens with a synopsis that talks about Convergence.

Well did some research and Convergence is a huge event lik
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, new-52
To jest seria, którą śledzę z zapartym tchem. Nie ma tutaj świętości i pewników, bo na każdego mocarza może przyjść pora.
A mocarzy tutaj pod dostatkiem, tylko, że zdają się przeważać po stronie Darkseida. Soli do ran drugiej Ziemi dosypał również zły Superman, który jakimś cudem jest kompletnie zindoktrynowany przez ciemną stronę. W obronie świata ludzi staje jednak Val-Zod, który nie jest typem herosa. Ba! Ma więcej lęków niż mocnych stron. Uszczuplony ruch oporu widzi w nim jedyną nadzieję i
Sylvester Kuo
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure, war, fantasy, comics
The Kryptonian falls pretty flat from the beginning. The new heroes try to stop Darkseid's invasion, destroying Superman is the key to end it all.

Let's start with the writing, those were some of the worst dialogues I've read. The Flash and The Beguiler storyline was poorly written; Superman killing a bunch innocent people and compare it to fictitious "trickle down" misconception nearly killed me. Then you have a lot of forced characterisation, particularly with Val-Zod. Without Green Lantern, I'
Timothy Boyd
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
With the ending of the series approaching the story line gets darker and more intense. Nice alternate world with many of the main DC characters reimagined into new roles. Recommedned
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good but I have two complaints;

1) why does Bizzaro just ...crumble? I don’t know if any reason for this.

2) wtf was that last issue to futures end? It was incomprehensible
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Tom Taylor does a good job of working with DC characters when he has them entirely to himself - case in point his work on the Injustice books. And Earth 2 fits into that category as well; He's got an entire world and it feels like very few fetters on what he's allowed to do, and he really manages to make something of it. This volume is a holding action, as the world has fallen to evil Superman, and the resistance is mostly crushed. But the few pockets manage to pull together and retaliate, in su ...more
Collects Earth 2 issues #21-26 and Earth 2: Futures End issue #1

As I've said before, I really enjoy this alternate version of the mainline DC Universe. Earth 2 is like Marvel's Ultimate Universe to me.

This collection features the continuing war with Darkseid and Apokolips, as Earth 2 continues to be ravaged by war. Superman has been turned evil by Darkseid, and now fights against the heroes under the new name of Brutaal. Luckily, a new Kryptonian has appeared on Earth, and he seems to be on the
Michael Church
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
Every time I come back to this title, it sucks me right back in. Tom Taylor has crafted an engaging storyline and this cast is awesome. You get a bit of resolution here and a few loose ends are tied up (but not all of them - I'm looking at you, Captain Steel). There is, of course, some setting up for the next volume. That part is really the only weak point for me. It focuses on Terry Sloan and Mister Terrific in a boring and disjointed story that jumps around like a deranged rabbit. It is also t ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Earth 2 is quite simply one of the best DC New 52 comic series period. Tom Taylor continues to come up with amazing ideas and has been allowed to create a DC Comics universe fans thought they knew. The stakes are growing dangerously in this volume as the heroes of Earth 2 must face the might of Darkseid's army being led by what appears to be Superman. Green Lantern (Alan Scott) returns to the battlefield back from the dead but even his powers are not enough to match the might of Superman. Our he ...more
Norman Cook
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This volume is nonstop action, as Superman devastates the Earth and the Wonders begin to fall. Things look pretty bleak right until the end, and even that only provides a springboard for new horrors to come. The reveal of what and how Superman came under the control of Darkseid was a bit of a cop out, but otherwise this volume was exciting and interesting. Nicola Scott returns to art duty with some gorgeous drawings. The volume concludes with the first chapter of Earth 2 (2012-) #1: Futures End ...more
Victor Orozco
Sep 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
With the events of the previous story bringing forward a new hope for Earth-2 with a new Batman and Red Tornado thrown into the maelstrom of Darkseid's evil Superman, it becomes a pretty interesting set of trouble.

In the end the world is saved with some interesting revelations made. In a way, finding out who or I should say what Earth-2 evil Superman really was made things interesting. But it still made the death of the character in the first volume even worse. The new Batman leaves you with a
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
The cast is huge, 3/4's of them get cameos and no characterization, the war has been dragging on, everything is going badly for our heroes and so this is the perfect time to bring in a new Superman.

I love the JSA and have been interested in this building from the ground up approach, but then the war with Apokolips took over and the story has just dragged on with no hope of a clean victory, let alone an ending , in sight.
There is barely a status quo, but Taylor keeps trying to mess with it, and i
Andrea Morris
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
After struggling through the story line and character introductions of Volumes 3 and 4, I found myself having loads of fun reading The Kryptonian. The ending leaves us with both resolution to the initial Apokolips invasion as well as an open ending to which we can continue to explore Earth 2 with some of the baddies making it out alive that our new team of Wonders must finish off eventually. I'm waiting for Volume 6 to hit paperback. For now, the Earth 2 storyline has come to a relative, some wh ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
So I thought this finished off the tale, but alas there is an epilogue that leads me to believe there will be another one in this series.

I do enjoy this alternative timeline and it's population of different super folk. But I hope that they're not going to keep expanding the story line to fill the budgets - you know when they write more books at the expense of the story arc???

Reasonably entertaining, but I felt the trick with Superman was a bit of a Deus ex machina to get them out of a tight nea
Richard Rosenthal
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
This series continues to deliver. You look at the costumes and they are familiar but the characters act in ways we would never expect. This Green Lantern is tough, stubborn and angry. Aquawoman (don't call her that) is more than willing to take a life. Thew new Kryptonian is a pacifist. Batman is ruthless.
Adam Fisher
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A decent outing from this title. Action was good, and the resolution involving "Superman" was very good and surprising. It seems like the end of this Volume has a Earth 2 Justice League of sorts, and I really felt like it was a good stopping point. A title that started off a little rocky for me has become an enjoyable read with each new Volume.

Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
only just got to this one even though I've been reading this series since last year. great to see how the coolest superman in new 52 was introduced, sucks that it was just before the not so great world's end and convergence events
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Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is a #1 New York Times Bestselling, multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter.

Taylor is the co-creator of the Aurealis-Award-winning graphic novel series THE DEEP (which tells the adventures of a multiethnic family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine). Taylor is also the Head Writer/Co-creator and Executive

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Earth 2 (2012) (6 books)
  • Earth 2, Vol. 1: The Gathering
  • Earth 2, Vol. 2: The Tower of Fate
  • Earth 2, Vol. 3: Battle Cry
  • Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age
  • Earth 2, Vol. 6: Collision