Wow, what an issue. You'll realize that since #1 Soule has been weaving a tapestry and all these threads he's been playing with has finally come together in a quite epic way. Nothing he has written before has been random. It just all suddenly fits. And ends with a bang and silence. Literally. And in the most bitter-sweet way.
Zod and Faora has retrieved a phantom lens from a government because they want to open the gateway to the Phantom Zone. While they do this Clark and Diana are dealing with the aftermath of their battle with the Kryptonian pair. Clark is a little concerned that his worry for Diana might affect the way he does his heroics. Even though he knows she can take care for herself, he is finding himself wanting to protect her. More than fighting the foe. Well, Clark, that's just another lesson to be learnt here. That's how it is when you are in a relationship. Diana surprisingly assures him that she does not believe being with him compromises her ability to do what she has to do as a hero. It seems she's answering her own question again from the last issues. "We are each other's shelter from the storm."
The pair then go visit Hephaestus to get help. Hephaestus gives them a little warning but Clark is not too worried. The smith is going to give them something to counter the super senses of Zod/ Faora.
Our pair are then able to sneak up undetected on Zod and Faora who are planning to let out an invading army to conquer the earth. Guess what they used? The invisible jet! And it has been updated. It seems it is what Hephaestus used as a "chariot" to travel the godly realms undetected. So another classic Wonder Woman component has been utilized by Soule in a cool way. Clark and Diana also are wearing this very organic looking armor when they face Zod and Faora. They launch into battle. And it's pretty brutal. Eventually Clark and Diana decide to use another tactic and it .has a lot to do with the armor they are wearing.
The armor apparently absorbs all the blows Clark and Diana took and then expels all the energy at once at Zod and Faora. This would seem to decide the battle but another player suddenly shows up. Egged on by another. Apollo and Strife. Apollo knows how to hold a grudge and Strife knows how to fan the flames. Apollo powers up the Kryptonians and seems he was the reason that Zod and Faora had mastered their powers so quickly. He was secretly powering them up.
This sudden surge in power means the battle swings. Zod and Faora brutally beats Superman and Wonder Woman until they can't move. Time however is of the essence and the window to the Phantom Zone will be missed. They dump the two heroes in an abandoned nuclear reactor. Thus battle takes place on an isolated island in the South Pacific by the way, so there are no humans around. The reactor is lead lined and the solar shielded. Clark cannot be healed quickly and there is radiation, so Diana will be slowly poisoned.
Clark and Diana are barely able to speak or move but they know they can't let Zod and Faora lead the alien armies onto earth. These next few pages basically is towards the end of the issue.
Diana's sword can split an atom. Clark can see atoms. This is the only way left to them to stop Zod and Faora. Then we have a significant moment in comics. Superman confesses his love for Wonder Woman. Diana knows.
Yeah that's a mushroom cloud. That's the bang I meant.
And this is the silence.
Never in my time reading comics have I ever choked up. Ever. Here I did. With what could be his last act, Clark/Kal-El wraps his indestructible cape around the woman he loves.
5 out of 5 stars.
Bravo Soule and Daniel.