New Superman Villain Rogol Zaar is an Anti-Imperialist (Man Of Steel #1 Spoilers)

New Superman Villain Rogol Zaar is an Anti-Imperialist (Man Of Steel #1 Spoilers)

Posted by May 8, 2018 Comment

There’s a trope known as ‘The Villain Has A Point’. Classic comic book-related examples include Magneto, Ozymandias and in the recent Black Panther movie, Killmonger. They’re not just wanting to take over the world, they have a very specific and altruistic intent, it’s just that they take it past current social acceptability, often with mass murder and genocide. But somewhere, often hidden within, they have a point.

And so it is with the new villain that Brian Bendis and Jim Lee have created for Bendis’ new run on Superman.

We have seen that Rogol Zaar wants to kill Superman and Supergirl.

We have seen that he claims to be killing Kryptonians – and that he is responsible for the destruction of Krypton. It all sounds a bit Vogon.

But was the purpose an interstellar bypass? It was not…

Bleeding Cool has been led to understand that his issue with Krypton and Kryptonians is down to their expansion as a species. Of using up their own resources and trying to exploit those of other planets, other species. And of pillaging planets, forcing them to turn on each other. Here, in Man Of Steel #1, we see him pleading his case to the other galactic powers. And his only solution is to, um, kill them all. To cleanse the galaxy.

That’s always the bit where the Villain-With-A-Point goes too far. Of course, in this case, the Villain has an Actual Point. On the end of his spear…

Man Of Steel #1 by Brian Bendis, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Alex Sinclair is published on May 30th. Expect a surprise two-page epilogue by Jason Fabok on the end…

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Joe Prado (CA) Miguelanxo Prado (A/CA) Ivan Reis
A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis! In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $3.99

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated May 8, 2018 7:47 am )

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