Comic Book / New Krypton

Superman: New Krypton was a DC Comics Bat Family Crossover for the Superman-related titles, running from 2008 to 2010. It was written by, at various points and on various books, Geoff Johns, James Robinson, Sterling Gates, and Greg Rucka.

The storyline comes directly on the heels of the Brainiac arc, but has roots in the Last Son story by Geoff Johns and Superman director Richard Donner.

Continuing from the end of Brainiac the story revolves around the Bottle City of Kandor becoming just the City of Kandor, having been finally unshrunk, and its 100,000 inhabitants freed from captivity. The resulting chaos and mistrust stemming from thousands of beings as strong as Superman now existing on Earth culminates in the the murder of Supergirl's father, Zor-El. His wife, Alura, believing that there is no place for her people on Earth, encases the city in a protective dome and launches it into space, using Kryptonian technology to form the planet "New Krypton" on the other side of the solar system. All Kryptonians except Superman are banned from Earth and Alura releases General Zod to head up the defense of their people. On Earth, Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane, reappears, having previously faked his death to go underground and prepare for a day when humanity might need to oppose Superman.

From there, each title in the series goes in it's own direction within the overall arc:

  • World of New Krypton: Features Superman moving to New Krypton as a commander in their defense force, navigating the politics of both an interstellar cold war, as well as the rigid Kryptonian caste system.
  • The main Superman book was taken over by Mon-El of Legion of Super-Heroes fame, freed from the Phantom Zone and cured of his fatal lead poisoning, and serving as Superman's replacement, both on the Justice League and as the protector of Metropolis.
  • Action Comics was headlined by newcomers Nightwing and Flamebird, two Kryptonians hiding on Earth to track down and imprison escaped criminals from the Phantom Zone.
  • Supergirl dealt with the continuing fallout of Zor-El's assassination, with Kara trying to apprehend his killer, Reactron, while being both a literal illegal alien, and a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Codename: Patriot: A crossover within the crossover, revolving around the attempted assassination of General Zod.
  • Last Stand of New Krypton: Brainiac makes one last attempt to reclaim Kandor, with Zod, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Superheroes all pursuing their own agendas in the chaos.
  • War of the Supermen: The end of the road for New Krypton, with Lane and Luthor initiating their endgame, and Zod's forces vowing to wipe out the Earth. Ends with the Reset Button thoroughly pressed, and the status quo almost entirely restored.

The story arc Superman: Grounded depicts Superman dealing with the fallout.

New Krypton contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Zod and Ursa, oh so much. Alura's not much better in her treatment of Kara.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: General Lane and General Zod.
  • Archenemy: This arc firmly established Reactron as Supergirl's. It's also the first story to see Superman's three most deadly enemies—Luthor, Brainiac, and Zod—active at the same time, and in direct competition with one another.
  • Ate His Gun: General Lane. Because, as we all know, it's always...
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Lane and Luthor achieve their goal of wiping out the Kryptonians, and Luthor regains control of his company in the process.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Zod and Lane are Evil Versus Evil, while Luthor, Brainiac and Jax-Ur have their own agendas.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Captain Atom just can't catch a break.
  • Cain and Abel: Lois the Abel and Lucy/Superwoman is the Cain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • After an entire story arc's worth of emotional abuse, Kara finally calls her mother on her bullshit in the beginning of War of the Supermen. Unfortunately, Reactron uses the opportunity to detonate himself in an explsion that blows New Krypton sky-high and Alura uses her final moments to save her daughter.
    • Chris Kent's actions against Zod and Ursa can qualify this as well.
    • Lois opposes both her father and her sister in their plans of genocide. By the end of New Krypton, she hardly acknowledges them as family.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The False Rao.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Kryptonian? One of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. 100,000 Kryptonians? So much cannon fodder.
  • Death Equals Redemption: When Reactron detonates himself, Alura uses what little time she has to put her daughter into safe zone. It's clear she loved her daughter, even if she picked the worst possible moment to prove it.
  • Demonic Possession: Vohc the Breaker has possessed the Kryptonian criminal Jax-Ur.
  • Downer Ending: Spectacularly so. Millions are dead, the Kryptonians are extinct again, and Luthor is not only a greater Karma Houdini than ever, but General Lane is regarded as a hero.
  • The Dragon: Ursa to Zod, Superwoman to General Lane, and Captain Atom to Mirabai.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Luthor is ostensibly working for Lane, but not only has an agenda, but is completely indispensable to Lane's operation. Remove Luthor, and the whole edifice comes crashing down.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: On New Krypton, courtesy of Lex Luthor and Reactron.
  • Evil Genius: Luthor, Brainiac, and Dr. Calomar.
  • Evil Versus Evil: General Zod, a ruthless, xenophobic General Ripper, has as his opposite number on Earth... General Sam Lane, a ruthless, xenophobic General Ripper.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Zod, Lane, Luthor, and Brainiac are all in competition for the title of biggest son-of-a-bitch in this story.
  • Final Solution: Generals Zod and Lane are both hellbent on annihilating one another's races. Lane, with a lot of help from Luthor, ends up achieving his goal; while he doesn't kill every Kryptonian, there aren't enough left to reestablish a breeding population.
  • General Ripper: Zod and Lane both.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Mirabai the Forlorn, the ruler of Sorcerer's World.
  • Good Running Evil: Superman's main motive for joining New Krypton is to improve its culture (and keep an eye on Zod) from within. When he refuses to pick a Guild, he's placed in the Military Guild under Zod's leadership, but doesn't let that stop him from thinking outside the box, such as defusing hostage situations without bloodshed. When Zod's incapacitated by an assassin, Kal briefly becomes General Kal-El.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Phantom Zone escapees in Action.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Lois convinces Supergirl not to kill her father with this argument.
  • Hate Sink: Commander Fer-Gor of the Kryptonian army. At least Zod has the excuse of wanting to protect his people from the human hostilities, but Gor is a smug, sadistic bully who enjoys hurting people weaker than him, be they human or Kryptonian. Readers can only cheer when Luthor kills him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Supergirl, right from the start, thanks to Cat Grant. Superman joins her not long after due to fallout from the Kryptonians' actions. Nightwing and Flamebird become this when Project 7734 frames them and Supergirl for murdering Mon-El and destroying the Metropolis water supply.
  • Ill Girl: Lana Lang.
  • Karma Houdini: Luthor. Zod's back in the Phantom Zone. Reactron and Lane are dead. Metallo's in jail. Brainiac loses his ship and much of his accumulated knowledge. But Luthor? Luthor is rewarded for his role in the genocide, by having his company returned to him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Face it, you cheered when Luthor killed Gor.
  • Killed Off for Real: Mr. Kent, Zor-El, Alura, and Reactron are all major players who die and were never brought back before the reboot.
  • Knife Nut: Ursa, who uses a kryptonite knife, even though it makes her sick just holding it.
  • Man Scorned: Vohc is a godly example. He was in love with Flamebird, but since her entire purpose in life was to wreck his stuff, it didn't turn out well.
  • May-December Romance: Thara and Chris. She's nearing fifty but looks young, he's around six years old but has the body and mind of a twenty-year old.
  • Muggle Power: Comes in the form of Luthor and Lane and their Human Defence Corps.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Reactron. Taken Up to Eleven when General Lane turns him into a living nuclear bomb powerful enough to blow New Krypton sky-high.
  • Older Than They Look: All of the Kandorians and Phantom Zone escapees. Thara Ak-Var, for instance, looks maybe twenty, and hasn't actually aged more than a couple of years, despite spending three decades active and awake in the bottle city. This is Handwaved as being a result of Brainiac's technology.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: When Mon-El, the only hero in the story that's actually liked by the masses, is "killed" by Lane's agents.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Luthor and Lane's gambit involves transforming Nuclear Nasty Reactron into a living bomb and setting him off inside of New Krypton.
  • President Evil: Alura after she takes leadership of New Krypton.
  • Psycho for Hire: Pretty much the entirety of Project 7734, but Codename: Assassin and Reactron are the standout examples.
  • Red Herring: When Nightwing and Flamebird first appeared, much was made of Nightwing's tactile telekenesis and Flamebird's fire powers, in order to lead readers to believe they were the currently-dead Conner Kent and the somewhere-in-limbo Linda Danvers. They weren't, although Conner did join the storyline, having been resurrected in Legion of Three Worlds.
  • Reverse Mole: Natasha Irons, inside 7734.
  • Secret Identity: Mon-El, who tries to blend in by posing as Science Police officer Jonathan Kent.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Billie Harper reveals to the Guardian that she's pregnant with Mon-El's child.
  • Taking the Bullet: Krypto intercepting a kryptonite knife intended for Superboy.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Different members of the Legion Espionage Squad, at various points. Chameleon Boy was actually undercover as a cop.
  • Willing Channeler: Nightwing and Flamebird, two minor Kryptonian deities, choose Chris Kent and Thara Ak-Var as their respective hosts.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Between General Zod and General Lane, the latter receiving a lot of assistance from Lex Luthor. Brainiac and Brainiac 5 get in on the game as well, partway through.
  • You Killed My Father: The Guardian says this verbatim to Codename: Assassin.
  • Younger Than They Look: Chris Kent goes from looking his age (about six) to looking around 12, to his mid teens, early twenties, and eventually old age, due to being a mutant.