Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 Review

This Looks Like A Job For... The Gamorra Corps!

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Raul Fernandez, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

Jon Kent is going to have his hands full if the end of the last issue is any indication of things to come because while it looked previously like Henry Bendix, the President of the Island Nation of Gamorra, had just started tinkering with giving people powers, we saw that he has an entire army of Post-Human kids ready to go at his command and quite possibly....... Jon has pissed him off enough to unleash his dogs of war. Let's jump into this issue and see if Jon can continue to hold his own not only against this Presidential pest and anything else that's thrown his way. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El we continue to explore Jay Nakamura a bit in that we see where his "Truth" operation is located and the idea that the Revolutionaries from Taylor's Suicide Squad all seem to be doing something with Jay because where we saw Wink and The Aerie previously, this issue we get Chaos Kitten and Thylacine, but like the previous cameos, these two don't really have much to offer this issue and we end up spending our time in dealing with odd things to set up what's to come in the world of Superman.

Everything comes to a head because we have a Kaiju coming to Metropolis that will setup Bendix's Post-Human Gamorra Corps to make the Island Nation look like saviors to the rest of the world, which Luthor seems to be involved with, but this will also allow us to see Jon being worried more about actual threats to the world than simple villains and breaking the law because the whole background of this Kaiju waking up and coming to the city is because of how humanity is damaging the oceans. It's a little preachy, but it doesn't last all that long before the more comic-adventure angle comes back into focus so it's not too bad overall and does a fine job in showing us the kind of Superman that Jon wants to be....... Not to mention, it gives us Jackson Hyde, the Aqualad as a cameo and I'm all about that.

All in all, the art wasn't as strong as it normally is, but mostly that's just because I've grown to really look forward to John Timms art in this book but even with him away, this book looks good and the story of Gamorra making their move to change their PR in a strategist kind of way is intriguing and I look forward to see not only how Jon will bring them down or possibly work with them but also to see Lex Luthor's complete involvement with Henry Bendix...... especially since I kind of want Lex to be a strange mentor to Jon. Yeah, there's a lot to like about this book, but the after school special aspect to the book and the way it's presented kind of gets cringy, not to mention Taylor just throwing in his Revolutionary characters here and there throughout the series just kind of feels like filler and a bit forced at times since they never really seem to be doing anything.

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Bits and Pieces:

While Aqualad and some of the Revolutionaries make cameos in this issue, which seems like it should be fun, they really don't have much to do, but I was at least thankful to see the next step in Bendix's plan in dealing with his Post-Human army. Yeah, this issue is a bit of a mixed bag in how it's told but I still really enjoy seeing Jon deciding what kind of Superman he will be while getting the bad guys lined up so our hero can eventually knock them down. The art is decent this issue but I find myself still wanting more out of this book when I finish each issue.


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