Invariably with so many creative teams and writers, there’s bound to be some plot overlaps. That’s even more likely when it comes to fill in writers. James Robinson steps in for the two-part Suicide Planet arc that suffers somewhat from being the second comic to recently tackle a similar premise.
On the anniversary of Krypton’s destruction, Superman and Superboy learn of another planet set to meet a similar fate. The only catch? The inhabitants are convinced that if their god demands their death they will happily make the sacrifice.
Regular readers of Green Lanterns will find the plot very similar to issue #34 where Baz and Cruz faced a similar situation. The big catch there was with Green Lanterns that premise felt fresher whereas in a Superman title it feels a little too close to Krypton’s fate. Granted, the Kryptonian leaders didn’t plan on sacrificing the planet, but they ignored the warning signs to leave before it explored.
That gives Superman more of a personal stake here, but Robinson can’t avoid Superman coming off somewhat bad in telling this race he doesn’t respect their belief system. On a more positive light, Robinson has a great handle on the Superman and Superboy dynamic, which hasn’t always been the case when regular Superman writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason haven’t written it.
Artist Doug Mahnke’s pencils are solid as usual. Mahnke always seems to relish the opportunity to create alien races dating back from his Green Lantern days. His creativity is on great display here, but it’s the body language and expressions from Superman and Superboy that provide a welcome personal touch to this galactic story.
Robinson adds some late twists that look to make the second chapter more unique. Despite the unfortunate timing of the Green Lanterns story, Robinson seems to have enough differences to make this story stand on its own.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10