Superman 6

The Phantom Zone hosts the battle between Rogol Zaar and General Zod!

It’s a big battle in the Phantom Zone as Superman tries to restore some order to his world, but things may be getting a bit confusing. 

Superman 6 
Written by Brian Michael Bendis 
Pencils by Ivan Reis 
Inks by Joe Prado and Oclair Albert 
Colors by Alex Sinclair 

Sometimes a story is important because of the events that happen within the story. Sometimes, though, the story is important because of the events that story sets up. An issue that promised a battle between General Zod and Rogol Zaar should have been a monumental issue that destroyed whatever infrastructure exists within the Phantom Zone. I’m talking a battle that puts the first fight between Superman and Doomsday to shame. 

But that’s not really what we get here. Bendis uses the battle as a tease – a pretty lengthy one – to the last page, which in itself is a tease for the next story arc. 

Unfortunately, the return of Jon Kent isn’t even a great surprise, since he’s ON THE COVER OF THE ISSUE! 

Overall, there’s a lot of little disappointments in the end of Bendis’ first arc on SUPERMAN. But the Phantom Zone battle has never been the attraction for this book. Like with ACTION COMICS, which is centered around Lois Lane’s return to Earth after the trip to space with Jor-El, we’ve been waiting on Jon’s return as well, to see what kind of consequences his trip will bring. 

We can already see Jon is older. but I doubt this is the only change Bendis is bringing to the table. We just have to wait a few more weeks to see what the deal is.