Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #10 Review

Finding The Truth

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Federico Blee, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 12, 2022

While we had some fun with Nightwing visiting Jon Kent and mentoring him a bit to get our young hero past his grief and pain at what's been going on in his life...... what with Henry Bendix doing all he can to make our new Man of Steel look like a murderer, it's time for Jon to get back to his life and try and clear his name while continuing to be a Man of Tomorrow. Let's jump into this issue and see what Jon Kent will do now that he realizes that Lex Luthor is a part of The Rising. Let's check it out.

While I've been enjoying Superman: Son of Kal El, for the most part, I can't say that it's really done much to blow me away month in and month out. It's just been a steady flow of things that you'd expect and want to see Superman do while The Rising story continues to build up and this issue is just like that. Maybe the meandering quality of this book is a detriment because even though this was an okay issue, it always feels like we're just doing the same things over and over again, and running in place is getting a little tiring. The Rising hasn't happened yet, or it has..... not quite sure exactly what Bendix's Rising plan is yet but first, we have to continue to defame Superman by telling the people that he's a murderer due to the previous issue, while giving us Superman save some people to try and keep his reputation up.

Sadly, the best part of this book is the end where we have to have Lois and Jon move to a Justice League safe house because of the danger of Bendix and Luthor because this element leads to a big reveal by Batman that will hopefully change the face of this book but might sadly continue Jon's trait of being a sad sack at every turn. I just wish that our Lois Lane feature in this book felt as strong as the end of the book because I love that Lois is getting some panel time but her depiction in this feels really strange to me in that she's bluffing Luthor in a way that feels out of character and just downright odd.

All in all, I continue to love the art and colors in this book. Everything looks amazing and vibrant and I look forward to seeing the way this book looks every month. I just wish it felt like the story was doing more than padding itself out with Jon's development and The Rising because we're almost a year into this book and it doesn't really feel like we've done anything but introduce Jay Nakamura and his Truth organization..... which is essentially just giving him the same backstory as The Aerie and introducing characters from Taylor's Suicide Squad run...... which mostly just sees them standing around on a boat. Love the end of this book though and seeing Jon continuing to be Superman despite all the criticism that he's receiving from people believing the lies of Luthor and Bendix is great but I always feel like I need more from each issue.

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Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El continues to be enjoyable for the most part but beyond a few bits in this book it doesn't really feel like we're doing anything new here and this title is just meandering around, waiting for something to happen and I'm not sure what that something is since The Rising aspect to this story still feels like it's a bit of a mystery to what it actually is. This issue looks great though and it feels like every other issue we've gotten previous, but I will say that I'm intrigued by its ending.


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