Cat Grant receives a flash drive in the mail and it contains one of the biggest scoops of the century. Meanwhile, Clark is dealing with the after effects of the sun blast he received from Apollo in the last issue and it's interesting to see how it affects him physically and how he deals with it. Clark knows Diana is capable of looking after herself but the thought of her being hurt or even losing her seems to have shaken him and he's trying to deal with everything himself. Bruce tells him that if he is in a relationship then he's going to have to accept that means her problems become his and vice versa.
Diana herself is having a problem we have not seen her deal with in the new 52. A very relateable one. We can recall the time we had to buy something for a new partner and it is a big deal if you like the person a lot. If you're an Amazon adapting to our social conventions and culture, it can be a challenge as well. She knows he would not really care if she did not get him something but she wants to because she knows he grew up observing the holidays. Hessia is the wise big sister, a contrast to Bruce's big brother, and gives her some solid advice.
We switch to the North African desert where we see Zod. He is at first disorientated and violent. Eventually he manages to regain some control and we see him dealing with the abilities Kryptonians get when they come to a planet powered by a yellow sun. The JLA, lead by Diana's ex boyfriend, Steve Trevor, appears because Zod's appearance has triggered off an alert of an inter-dimensional threat. Zod and the JLA have a confrontation. Zod comes out on top. It takes Wonder Woman and Superman to intervene. Steve Trevor shows he is still bitter and smitten over Diana. Zod seems to switch moods very quickly.
Clark and Diana take Zod to the fortress. Clark settles him in a containment cell and Zod is being very civil. A sure sign to the reader he'll be up to no good. Meanwhile Diana decides to give Clark his Christmas gift.
What would have been a perfect gift ( look at Clark's face; he is so surprised and quite pleased) is then ruined.
Another solid issue. It moves the plot along and decides to bring some more trouble for our couple with their relationship revealed. As if Doomsday and Zod weren't enough. Funny how DC never did this with Lois and Superman. They always got off scott free and no writer ever challenged that secret in any meaningful way in terms of what it means to them (as people, reporters, etc) and how the world would respond to it and them. But we are getting this now in this newly budding relationship. One wonders if DC wants to thrown everything at them to break them up sooner than later or are they going to show them deal with it and cope as a couple. In a world where there is this fascination with celebrity, it is a valid and interesting take.
I give this 4.5 out of 5.