This Just Happened: Superman Watches The Destruction of Krypton
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 9:00am
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read ACTION COMICS #14 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoiler alerts ahead!).
A few weeks back, we teased that ACTION COMICS #14 would feature a game-changing back-up story. Well if you picked up the issue when it hit stores this past Wednesday, you now know exactly what we were talking about!
From the creative team of writer Sholly Fisch and artists Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, “Star Light, Star Bright…” changes the history of Superman forever. Fans finally found out why Superman was making regular trips to a particular planetarium located in New York City: to locate his home planet of Krypton. And helping him? Real-life world-renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
In “Star Light, Star Bright…” Superman visits the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium to see Dr. Tyson. In a room full of his colleagues, Tyson focuses telescopes from all over the world on the Corvus constellation. One particular star in this constellation, LHS 2520, holds special meaning for Superman. This star is Krypton’s red sun, Rao.
The data from all of the telescopes are integrated and assembled by Superman to create images of Rao and Krypton. The images of Krypton’s tragic death have just reached the Earth, twenty-seven years after the event. Surrounded by astrophysicists, Superman witnesses the destruction of his home planet. In other words, Krypton was located on its final day of existence.
"This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our Super Hero a place in the universe,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in a press release earlier this week. "Having Neil deGrasse Tyson in the book was one thing, but by applying real world science to this story he has forever changed Superman’s place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night’s sky and say – ‘that’s where Superman was born’."
Below, take a look at a page from “Star Light, Star Bright …” as Krypton is located and the Man of Steel witnesses its destruction. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of ACTION COMICS #14, in stores now!