Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 Review

Truth, Justice, and a Better World

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

It's time for Jon Kent to take over the Superman title and become his own man. What kind of man will that be? Well, it looks like we're going to be looking at that with this opening issue..... Even though I wish we were looking into how emotionally and mentally damaged Jon would be after spending seven years chained up in a volcano with only a weepy Ultraman to keep him company. I guess I'll never get my wish though and DC Comics doesn't want to deal with the ramifications of aging Jon up but what we'll get instead is a boy who's becoming a man and trying to find his path in life. Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman: Son of Kal-El holds in store for us as a series. Let's check it out.

For our first issue of Jon Kent's foray into being Superman, we see a lot of things that will set up the series and what it means to be a son of Superman when you really just want to stand out on your own, while still supporting the family beliefs of Truth, Justice and a Better World but who does Jon go to for wisdom since we see in here that he goes to Damian Wayne for advice, since as Damian puts it, he's Jon's only friend who isn't a part of his family, which is a sad state of affairs, but since Damian is currently out of the Bat-Family since he believes that Batman doesn't do the job right, to where Damian imprisoned villains in a dungeon and even killed Brother Blood, I don't know if getting advice about figuring out your role in life is something you want to do with the former Robin.  

For this first issue ultimately though, we're setting a tone of getting you to know Jon Kent through his birth after the time-altering "Superman Reborn" story, the idea that Batman believes he'll be stronger than his father one day, letting us know Jon won't blinding allow the government to do what they want and that Damian and he are friends and while some of these are nice wow moments if you've been following Jon since he was brought into this continuity, a lot of this isn't new information.

All in all, the art in his issue is amazing and I like the feel of this book overall but feel that it doesn't do a lot for people who have followed Jon Kent for a long time. It's essentially his greatest hits while he tries to figure out his place in the world and while I can't wait to find out what that place is, the way we're getting there since we've dealt with this for a while before this book makes this kind of a boring read. The tone though is great and the book looks great and there are enough fan service moments to keep people happy throughout, I just hope that the book can move beyond that soon because I need more from Jon Kent especially for how weird his story has been since he was aged up.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm a fan of Tom Taylor and John Timms and love what they bring to comics but this issue just felt like recap for people who aren't familiar with the Jon Kent character and didn't do much for me overall. That being said though, the tone is nice and the art is great and I'm willing to give this issue the benefit of the doubt overall because every comic is someone's first comic and you need to spend some time introducing your main character in the first issue but I hope it gets deeper than the surface level stuff that we get here throughout.


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