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Comic Book: Last Son
Last Son is a five-part Superman arc written by Geoff Johns and his mentor Richard Donner that ran in Action Comics in 2006.

Clark always thought that he was the last person to be born on Krypton. However, when a space capsule containing what is clearly a Kryptonian boy lands in Metropolis, Superman is overjoyed and (defying the military's attempts to raise the boy as a weapon) adopts him as his and Lois Lane's son, called Christopher Kent. Superman then tries to raise Chris as the Kents did him to eventually become a hero.

However, it turns out that Chris's birth name is Lor-Zod, son of the infamous General Dru-Zod. Zod and his wife Ursa had Chris in the Phantom Zone and used him as a interdimensional tether to allow them and the other Phantom Zoners to escape. As his small army of Kryptonians are too much even for the League and Society to handle together, Superman is forced to turn to Lex Luthor (being the only one to devote a lifetime to killing Kryptonians) to defeat them.

Heavily inspired by Superman: the Movie and Superman II, this story reintroduced General Dru-Zod to the modern continuity, even altering his appearance to look closer to Terence Stamp, as well as canonizing his accomplices Ursa and Non. This arc would later serve as inspiration to the 2013 movie Man of Steel, which incorporated Zod's motive of rebuilding Krypton on Earth.

Both Last Son and the later miniseries Brainiac (also written by Geoff Johns) were eventually collected into one volume called Last Son of Krypton, most likely due to both of them being preludes to the New Krypton arc.

This storyline provides examples of:

  • Alien Invasion: Around 30 evil Kryptonians escape the Phantom Zone and terrorize Earth.
  • Badass Adorable: Chris, having all Kryptonian yellow sun powers, attacks his own biological father, knowing that he is an enemy and that he might be killed himself.
  • Badass Boast: "I am Lex Luthor. I am the greatest scientist on this planet and would be on yours as well."
  • Badass Normal: Lex Luthor is at his best here, killing a Kryptonian in single combat.
  • Big Bad: General Zod.
  • Canon Immigrant: Zod's lieutenants Ursa and Non first appeared in Superman II before being introduced to the mainline comics in this series.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Luthor expresses pleasure at killing one of the Kryptonian criminals.
    Luthor: So this is what it's like to kill a Kryptonian. It feels good.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Justice League and Justice Society incapacitated, Superman turns to Luthor and his Superman Revenge Squad for help, seeing as they have more experience fighting a solar-powered Kryptonian than anyone he knows.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Superman Revenge Squad vs. the Phantom Zone criminals.
  • Kneel Before Zod: This story reintroduced General Zod to the modern continuity. He doesn't directly order anyone to kneel, but the sentiment is clearly still there.
  • Happily Adopted: Chris sees Superman and Lois as his real parents and refuses to call himself Lor-Zod.
  • Knight Templar: Zod wishes to rebuild Krypton on Earth and replace the inferior Earthmen.
  • Legion of Doom: Luthor's Superman Revenge Squad consists of himself, Metallo, Parasite, and Bizarro.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Metallo takes advantage of his multicolored Kryptonite attachments to kill several Phantom Zoners. Lex uses a Kryptonite energy gun, Kryptonite grenades, and a red solar laser rifle to a similar end.
  • Papa Wolf: Even before Supes formally adopts Chris, he just barges into a military base and takes Chris back once he finds out what they plan to do with him.
  • Phantom Zone: Zod and his army of Kryptonians escape the trope-naming place, then they put Superman there.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Luthor gets one after giving a Phantom Zoner a slow, painful death.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: With Superman in such a perfect position to be shot with Kryptonite and killed, he asks Luthor why he hasn't done so yet. Luthor (who is publicly disgraced and in hiding due to the events of 52 and One Year Later) responds that he'll just make a martyr of him if he does so right now, and that he hopes to prove that he and all the other Kryptonians are a threat to humanity by helping him.
  • Terrible Trio: Zod, Ursa, and Non.
  • Villainous Rescue: With the JLA down for the count, it's Lex Luthor and the Superman Revenge Squad (consisting of Bizarro, Parasite, and Metallo) to the rescue.
  • We Can Rule Together: After escaping, Zod orders Chris to rejoin his father as a member of the Kryptonian race. Chris refuses, even attacking Zod in an attempt to help Superman.
  • You and What Army?: Said by Superman to Zod. Zod then shows off his army.
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