Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 Review

Being Superman

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Federico Blee, Matt Herms, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10, 2022

The Rising is coming..... or is happening... I'm not quite sure, but what I do know is that President Bendix is creating an army of Post-Humans that he calls his Gamorra Corps and plans on selling his super-powered puppets to the highest bidders, but before any of that can really happen he has to knock our new Superman down a peg.... or knock him down completely and in doing so, we saw Jon framed for the murder of a Gamorra Corps member and if things couldn't look worse for Jon, Batman informed him at the end of the last issue that he couldn't trust his boyfriend, Jay Nakamura. Let's jump into this issue and see how our new Man of Steel handles all the problems on his plate. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El we see our young Superman trying to get to the bottom of Batman's information that Jon can't trust Jay Nakamura and in this pursuit of the truth we see a lot of love and brilliant interactions between characters you never get to see interact. I don't like giving big spoilers in these reviews but I have to tell you, the bit of this issue that stole the show for me is Pa Kent and Batman discussing what Jon needs to do and whether or not he's too trusting, too naive and if he can be manipulated and I'm telling you, this talk these two have are amazing because while both have their own opinions about Jon and what he should do, I found myself agreeing with both, not to mention the idea that Alfred and the Kents used to talk regularly..... I love this.

Beyond my unexpected love for Bruce and Pa Kent, we find out the Truth about Jay Nakamura..... for now... and we continue the idea of the Rising and Bendix using his Gamorra Corps to ruin the reputation of Superman. Thankfully, Jon has learned from his previous encounters with Bendix and shows why he's more than just the new Superman.... he's a Superman we can all get behind.  

All in all, the art is amazing in this issue and I love the individual interactions of the characters that show up in this book. Jon and Batman, Batman and Pa Kent, Nightwing and Jon, and even Wally, Atom, and Jon. It's a superhero cornucopia and I'm here for it and it's something that I didn't expect to get in such abundance. Jon's quest to fill his father's shoes continues to be something I'm interested in, not to mention Lex's connection to Bendix and what that will mean going forward. My biggest problem with this issue is the nudge, nudge, wink, winks to Taylor's previous Suicide Squad run and really forcing the Revolutionaries into this book when they feel out of place for who they're supposed to be and how they're described in this book. Beyond that though, we get a solid issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El.

Bits and Pieces:

While recently I've felt like this series has been running in place, since I'm still waiting for The Rising to happen, what we get here in place of a lot of progression is a ton of heart and a ton of characters just being their best selves and I'm all here for that. We get great art throughout and an issue that tackles a lot of problems while showing some character interactions that I didn't know that I needed.


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