This third volume of Waid’s tale of a Superman gone very, very wrong peels back the layers of the godlike Plutonian’s trauma and psychosis even as the dirty secrets of his former compatriots-cum-archenemies begin to surface. The demon summoned by the nation’s remaining military stirs the action pot, but it’s the human drama—jet black though it is—that is so compelling here. It’s not the ideal jumping-on point, but artists Krause and Barreto tag-team to provide gritty realism that grounds the story even as Waid proves there are still new tricks to be found in the Methuselah of the superhero genre. --Jesse Karp
About the Author
Mark Waid, Alabama native and current Los Angeleno, has written stories for every major comics publisher, and his seminal graphic novel, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time.
Peter Krause is an American comic book artist. He is best known for his work on various DC Comics titles, most notably the Superman-related titles and THE POWER OF SHAZAM! with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. Krause, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, currently works as a freelance illustrator.