Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #6 Review

Kidnappings And Heart Stealing

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: John Timms, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 4, 2022

Let's get back to Superman: Son of Kal-El, but where I was hoping on picking up after where we left off in the Annual, we're continuing this series proper, where Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura will try to get to the bottom of what Henry Bendix is up to and how the duo can take down the Island Nation of Gamorra, where Bendix is making Post-Humans and now threatening our new Superman. Let's jump into this Lex Luthor-less issue and see what Jon's next step is. Let's check it out.

In this issue of Superman: Son of Kal El, we see Jon and Jay sneaking into Star Labs to try and get some information about how the Post-Human that Clark and Jon had previously rescued and handed off to Star Labs for help had been taken out of the facility and then used as a weapon against the Kent Farm. With this plan we see that everyone loves the Superman Family because Batman is on the case, Lois is taking things personally and even Robin joins the fun to help his best friend and this dynamic is a great part of the issue and one I hope we could more of in the future. With the evidence collected though, we're only beginning Jon's fight to find out who's behind hurting these kids and attacking his family because beyond Henry Bendix, there's a long line of people who would have put this into action.

While we have our detective angle to this issue we also need our Superman being Superman angle in this issue as well when we discover that Gamorra isn't just using its own people to experiment on and make superpowered beings, no, they're taking kids from all over and it's up to Superman to stop this from happening but with this act he might have just started a war with Bendix that he might not be able to overcome from what we see at the end of the issue.

All in all, the art continues to be amazing in this issue and the feels for Jon and the people who love him are here, not to mention some nice moments to progress Jon and Jay's relationship but with some character development for Jay this issue it seems like Tom Taylor is just using story elements that he used in his Suicide Squad run for The Aerie and now just using them for Jay and it feels like a very strange choice overall. Also, things seem to happen really quickly and conveniently in this issue and where Superman should have some kind of problem in facing a Post-Human, he just overcomes it and moves on. That being said though there are some fun story beats and some great character moments.

Bits and Pieces:

In a story that gives us great art and some great character moments in showing how much people love Jon, we have a strange thing going on here where Jay Nakamura seems to just be the new The Aerie for how he's presented with his backstory here and while it may play out satisfyingly later, here it just feels strange, not to mention that while things seem to be ramping up, Jon feels like he's barely concerned. A mixed bag for me but definitely has a feel that I hope continues going forward with the characters involved. 


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