Rucka & Robinson on Superman: World of New Krypton
Rucka & Robinson on New Krypton
The new planet, for those who may have missed the “New Krypton” storyline which ran through DC’s Superman titles, was created using Brainiac technology, and is the home of the now enlarged Kandor, a city that was stolen from Krypton by Brainiac years before Superman was rocketed to earth as an infant. The city is the home to roughly 100,000 Kryptonians, many of whom demonstrated a clear distrust (with good reason) of earth and its inhabitants, and New Krypton now orbits our sun, albeit on the opposite side of it than the earth.
Initially, the series was to be written by Andrew (Green Arrow/Black canary) Kreisberg, but when he had to withdraw from the gig due to scheduling conflicts, Rucka and Robinson stepped in.
We spoke with the writers for more on the coming series.
Newsarama: First off, how did you two end up as the writing team on World of New Krypton? Andrew was announced as the original writer, but that changed in the solicitations, and then with an update from DC which named the two of you as the writing team from #1 on. What happened?
Greg Rucka: Andrew had to drop out due to time constraints, and James and I were in on that call, and said, “We’ll do it.”
NRAMA: You’d said before that there’s a synergy between all the writers handling the Superman books [Rucka is writing Action Comics, Robinson is writing Superman], and, even before Andrew left, you knew what was going to be going on with New Krypton…
JR: Yes- it’s a very tight-knit group. We try to have a conference call every week just to make sure we’re all on the same path.
GR: Yeah, the communication is really good. I’m late to this party – James and Geoff [Johns] have been working on this for quite a while, so for World of New Krypton, it was very much something that I could do with James, rather than something I could go off and do on my own. And I honestly think, his workload notwithstanding, James doesn’t need me there, because he has a very clear understanding of what’s going on and what needs to happen in this series.
GR: Yeah – I think we really compliment each other. We really play to each other’s strengths. James never forgets grandeur, and I always forget grandeur [laughs]. I tend to be on the street.
JR: And we’re starting to find that there are different characters and aspects of the book that we enjoy more than others. Greg’s really into Zod, and I’m more into Krypton itself.
GR: And we’ve got a character that’s going to be introduced named Tyr-Van. That was an idea that when James put him on the page, you could tell that he had been toying with him for a while, and he’s going to be really cool.
NRAMA: We’ve seen a little bit of where Superman’s mind is at the end of “New Krypton,” where he reaffirms his pledge to Pa to help as many people as he can, but what’s the real kick to get him to decide to split his time between two worlds?
JR: Well, we don’t want to give stuff away, but there are, what we believe, compelling reasons why he’s forced to become a Kryptonian – there are reasons for that that make sense.
GR: Well, to be fair, there are 100,000 compelling reasons why he feels the need to move. I can name one that’s chief among them – Zod. But now, there are 99,999 who can do pretty much what Zod can do, which is what Superman can do.
NRAMA: Are you saying that New Krypton is a planet of 100,000 Zods?
NRAMA: When Superman does get to New Krypton – Superman knows that Zod is out and free on the planet. What’s their first meeting like? Instant fisticuffs, or is Superman more attuned at that point to what Greg just said, that he has great concern and compassion for the Kryptonians?
JR: Well, there’s more to it. Through one reason or another, Zod is able to exist in Krypton, much to Kal’s chagrin…
GR: And he’s not a criminal to them – he’s the man who did everything he could to save them, but couldn’t.
NRAMA: He was their General MacArthur in a way…
GR: Right. It killed him - killed him to not be able to save them. So you’ve got Kal telling Alura, “Council – killed council!” And Alura answering back, “No, no – troops, leader – desperately trying to save us.”
JR: He’s their hero.
GR: And Alura also can counter anything Kal can say with, “Excuse me, but my husband just died. Those people scare me more than you who’ve never been to this planet can tell me about this man that you’ve never really met and only know from one side of the story.” She knew Zod, she trusts Zod. And there will be some trouble because of that.And in case you missed it:
Superman: World of New Krypton #1 (with art by Pete Woods) is due in comic shops on March 4thNewsarama Note: We originally reported the new Kryptonian chraacter's name as "Tyt-Van." That's not quite right - not to mention awkwardly unpronouncable in polite company. It's actually Tyr-Van.