* BaseBreaker: Clark Kent.
** Also endemic to the story itself, thanks to the BrokenBase currently being experienced by the fandom. Clark's divisiveness is tied into the fan conflict over how "human" Superman should be, how sincere the Clark Kent identity is, his place as TheAce, and of course, accusations that he has to be dragged into saving the day instead of just being TheCape. Other issues between fans center around the change in the cause for Krypton's destruction (some hate the idea of it having an intergalactic conspiracy behind it as a MythArc), the occasional speechifying by characters, and from the fact that JMS is seen as a ScrappyCreator by several superfans (being the [[WriterRevolt contested-author]] of Spiderman's OneMoreDay, and his abandoned runs on Superman with the Grounded story-arc and Franchise/WonderWoman reboot.)
** For fun, [[SchmuckBait go to an online forum]] and argue about this comic being better or worse than ''Film/ManOfSteel'' or ''The ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' Superman.
* CompleteMonster: General Zod is already a huge bastard, but his ''Earth One'' incarnation takes his villainy UpToEleven. He started a violent coup to take over Krypton, and when the coup failed, he went to planet Dheron and offered them Kryptonian technology to help them in their own war against Krypton. All because if he couldn't conquer Krypton, [[OmnicidalManiac he would destroy it]]. He makes it his sole ambition to destroy every single Kryptonian left. When he arrives on Earth, [[ManipulativeBastard he takes advantage of the world leaders' distrust of Superman]] and [[DealWithTheDevil cuts a deal with them]]: ''every single military and police force on Earth will look the other way while he kills Superman''. What makes his actions even worse? ''Superman is Zod's own nephew!''
* EnsembleDarkHorse: If the reviews are anything to go by, it's Jim Olsen.
* IronWoobie: Superman himself, considering the amount of things he has to endure in order to save the world.