Review: The Shadow Threat (House of El #1) by Claudia Gray


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Shadow Threat
Writer: Claudia Gray
Illustrator: Eric Zawadzki
Series: House of El
Genre: Superhero/Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Graphic Novel
Length: 194 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Superman


Zahn is one of Krypton’s elites: wealthy, privileged, a future leader. Sera is one of Krypton’s soldiers: strong, dedicated, fearless. Their rule – bound society has ordained that their paths should never cross.

But groundquakes are shaking the planet’s surface. Rebellious uprisings are shaking the populace. Krypton’s top scientists — Jor-El and Lara — conduct a secret experiment that is meant to reform their planet from the cellular level up. Zahn and Sera must join forces to investigate the hidden dangers truly threatening Krypton. In the process, they form a bond that will endure past the end of the world.


Superman is not my favorite hero, but I was interested in this prequel to Clark Kent’s story on Earth. This series provides a background about Kryptonian society and the unrest leading up to the planet’s demise.

I really liked the two main characters, Zahn and Sera. They come from very different backgrounds, but they are both dedicated to uncovering the truth and doing whatever it takes to save their planet.

This installment ends on a major cliffhanger, and there is so much to be explored in volume 2!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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