My feelings about this issue are much the same as my ones for #19, this is a decent enough comic, but given the abortive nature of Andy Diggle’s tenure on the title, it’s kind of pointless. I actually read this issue more closely than I normally would in an attempt to pin-point what was written by Diggle and what was by Daniel, but I couldn’t really spot anything. As I said, the comic itself is good, we see Superman fight the strange ‘Hybrid’ that Lex Luthor has created, and discover that this whole thing is a plot by Luthor so he can save the day and be seen as the hero, which is just classic Lex really. We haven’t seen much of him in the New 52, but it’s good to see he’s still the same bastard.
Is this the first appearance of Dr. Shay Veritas? Or has she appeared before? I certainly am not familiar with her, but my Superman knowledge is not complete. The best thing about this main story, what with all of the writing kerfuffles, is that the artwork by Tony Daniel is great, this is probably my favourite stuff from him since he worked with Johns on Teen Titans a few years ago.
The back-up story from Lobdell and Philip Tan was actually pretty interesting, we get to see a young Jor-El and Lara, and there are a few interesting little continuity bits, like the fact that Lara was originally Jor-El’s bodyguard and was engaged to Jax-Ur (a Phantom Zone criminal) before she married him. Is the guy who shoots the Science Council dude at the end supposed to be Zod? He’s referred to as Colonel rather than General, so who knows?