Long ago on the planet Krypton, six students of the Explorer’s Guild are taking their final test with only four to be chosen for graduation. Among the group is the talented and exceptionally gifted Kara Zor-El. All seems to be going well until she hears her boyfriend Kell-Ur scream, holding on for dear life on what little has to keep from falling off a cliff. But Kara cannot save him. And she knows that the egotistical Dev-Em is responsible. Kara graduates and is awarded the Star of Rao. She is also given command of a ship that will help in terraforming Kryptonians to future worlds. However, Kara will not be going alone.
This Man of Steel Prequel comic is available exclusive to those who pre-purchase their tickets for Man of Steel through Wal-Mart, which went on sale on Saturday, May 18. I was quite concerned how much it would reveal, as I actually want to go into the film not really knowing what the heck is going on. But fortunately, it doesn’t really touch upon Superman, but rather Kara, who comic book fans know to be his cousin Supergirl. The story is credited as being developed by Geoff Johns, film writer David S. Goyer, and director Zack Snyder with Sterling Gates scripting the book itself. I must say that I am very impressed with the story and it is a nicely told venture of pride and honor. I guess the one draw back is that it leaves a number of questions unanswered that might weigh heavily once I view the movie.
Illustrating the book is veteran Superman artist Jerry Ordway. Who better to draw the story than someone who knows the subject very well? Ordway has a wonderful understanding of how to best present a scene, such as when Kara sprints off in an effort to save Kell along with the flashback and dream sequence she has associated with it. There is a classic feel to the drawings, and yet they still manage to create visuals that are just as different and exciting as any modern book. The colors by Hi-Fi work wonderfully with the illustrations and are impressive to look at.
I have to admit that I am quite surprised with the Man of Steel Prequel. Sterling Gates has written a nice, interesting tale that has been developed by Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, and Zack Snyder. The illustrations by Jerry Ordway are excellent, evoking the classical design and mixing them with some new, unique ones. I’m not necessarily sure if it is a must-read and I’m just as unsure how it will play in with the film itself, but I would recommend any one interesting to go ahead and check it out.
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