Kneel Before Zod #1 Review: Business In The Front, Villainy In The Back

Kneel Before Zod #1 review

Read our review of Kneel Before Zod #1 from DC Comics, written by Joe Casey with art by Dan McDaid as Superman‘s enemy takes center stage.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Kneel Before Zod #1 Review:

Zod has taken over a planet with his wife, Ursa, and son. But between the drudgery of politics, will his inherent villainy sneak out?

“I was pleasantly surprised,” host Pete LePage said of the issue. “I didn’t know what to expect. But I feel like they did a great exploration into a day in the life of Zod here on his home world with his family.”

Justin Tyler “really liked the art in this” but was “surprised by the book itself,” echoing what LePage had said.

In the issue, Zod’s son prods him for no longer being the conqueror fans of the Superman books know him to be. But in Alex Zalben’s estimation, “that’s the push and pull here that we’re going to eventually get towards,” between Zod’s galactic bureaucracy, and his instincts as a General.

And on the big battle sequence in the issue, Tyler thought it was funny to throw the Khunds (a race of aliens) at Zod. “They’re the alien folks that come down and they’re just always getting murdered,” Tyler said. “They’re the Chitauri of the DC Universe. Like, let’s get these guys a win.”

Kneel Before Zod #1 Official Synopsis:

ZOD RULES A WORLD OF HIS OWN! General Zod was Krypton’s most notorious criminal. Now he has an entire planet to rule—but what happens when the most dangerous individual in the universe gets everything he ever wanted? Obviously, he wants more— and he’ll stop at nothing to get it—in the most brutal series you’ll read this year! This is not a hero’s journey. This is a dark ride, brought to you by the sick and twisted minds of Adventures of Superman writer Joe Casey and artist Dan McDaid in his monumental main-line DC debut. For General Zod and his family, the descent into hell has just begun.

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