The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Post Blackest Night Threats: New Krypton

Posted in blackest night,Profiles,Red Lantern Corps by mrread7 on September 13, 2009

  A few days ago, I talked about the threats that will linger after Blackest Night is over. Today, I’m turning over to another immediate threat, the World of New Krypton. Following the events of the “Brainiac” story arc, the entire city of Kandor now resides near the Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole, populated by 100,000 Kryptonians.

Although distracted by the recent death of his adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, Superman attempts to aid the Kryptonians in their assimilation with the rest of the Earth, something very few Kryptonians seem interested in, including the city’s leaders, Zor-El and Alura, Supergirl’s parents.
After the first televised meeting between the President of the United States and a delegation from Kandor is interrupted by a rampaging Doomsday, Zor-El and Alura form a task force determined to preemptively end any future threat to Kandor by capturing Superman’s worst villains and trapping them in the Phantom Zone. However, several human police officers are killed when they refuse to hand over the Parasite, enraging Superman.
At the same time, Lex Luthor, who has been recruited by General Sam Lane to halt the Kryptonian “invasion,” gains control of Brainiac and unleashes his robot army from within the depths of the alien’s spaceship, currently being held in Kandor. During the fight, Metallo and Reactron, who are working for Luthor and General Lane, are brought into Kandor as Trojan horses containing Kryptonite. Reactron manages to kill Supergirl’s father, Zor-El.
Alura’s anger causes her to denounce humanity. Members of the Justice League and Justice Society arrive in Kandor, lead by the Guardian demanding the city turn over those who murdered the police officers, and a large-scale battle erupts, with Superman in the middle. It only ends when Kryptonian scientists manage to use Brainiac’s technology to lift Kandor off the Earth and grow an entirely new planet underneath it, called “New Krypton,” on the other side of the solar system, directly opposite the Earth, and therefore hidden by the sun.
Alura tells Superman that he is not welcome on New Krypton, although Supergirl takes up residence there with her mother. In the end, Alura frees General Zod from the Phantom Zone to help her lead their people.

When Superman decides to see what life is like on New Krypton he is drafted into the Military Guild under General Zod. Zod and Superman maintain a mistrustful professional relationship, which despite their past, neither seems preparing to behave openly aggressive towards one another. When Zod orders that Superman and his people kill a Kryptonian criminal, Superman circumvents the order, feeling that killing the criminal would be not only unnecessary but wrong. Although the criminal is arrested without further fatalities, Zod accusses Superman of treason, of which he is found guilty. However, before being executed Superman gives a heartfelt speech about morality. Much to the surprise of everyone, Zod is seemingly moved by the speech, and requests the the Religious Guild give Superman absolution, and thus overturn the guilty charge. As a result, Superman is cleared of all charges. When asked why he did not go through with the execution of the son of someone who he hated, Zod explain that despite everything that had happened before, Zod realized that his military would be stronger and better for having Superman in it. As a result it appears that there is a level of mutual respect, if not peace, between Zod and Superman. However during a Krytonian ceremony, Zod is shot by the Kryptonian Ral-Dar, who is working with Sam Lane. It is later revealed to Superman that Lane is still alive after tracking down Ral-Dar and discovering that he has been behind all the attacks on his people since Kandor was returned to normal. After he leaves Earth, the general populace of Earth now has a huge distrust of Superman. Which unsettles Kal-El, fearing that a full war will soon erupt between Earth and New Krypton.


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