Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #12 Review

Make It Happen

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Scott Hanna, Raul Fernandez, Federico Blee, Matt Herms, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 14, 2022

We continue to work towards The Rising, where Henry Bendix unleashes his army of genetically modified kidnapped victims unto the world, where they'll be completely controlled by whoever buys them, effectively making superheroes a thing of the past...... while making Post Human trafficking the next big product that the world wants. We're not there yet though and Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura are doing their best to figure out Lex Luthor's connection to Henry Bendix, while also trying to figure out a way to bring Bendix down and free all the kids that he's turned into his superhuman puppets. Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman's next step is as he tries to fill his father's shoes. Let's check it out.

While I'm all about getting towards what "The Rising" actually means in this book and also Jon doing all that he can to bring down Bendix before that happens or before The Rising actually causes any harm, the way that we start this issue is a little much for me because it makes everyone involved seem really stupid. We need to get inside LexCorp to find out what Luthor and Bendix's next move is and the way that Jon and Batman decide to do this is to have Dick Grayson, the world's newest billionaire go in and have a chat with Lex about billionaire things, while Dick places a listening device in Lex's office. The thing is, Lex knows that Bruce is Batman and who Dick Grayson is, and also, Lex is one of the smartest people in the DC Universe so unless Lex is playing some kind of long game where he's allowing this ruse to go on, this issue makes everyone at the beginning of this comic look like a bunch of numbskulls.

As for the rest of the book though, things do pick up as we see Superman and Jay Nakamura confront the US Senator that we previously saw get Faultline out of STAR Labs for Henry Bendix so that he could then drop them on the Kent Family Farm. This is our action element to our story and while it does end with an interesting cliffhanger as to the future of The Truth, it's a bit weird overall with how it's depicted, and while it's fine... it's just a bit weird and ultimately this issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El left me wanting more all around.

All in all, the art in this issue is great and we do have the bonus of having Krypto jump into this issue to become a supporting pup in this series, which is great but this element like most other elements of this issue just come off really random and not all that well thought out. Krypto just shows up because...... Lex Luthor just accepts Nightwing into his office because..... Batman knowing that Lex knows about him and Dick just goes with Jon's plan because, and security just allows Jay Nakamura in to see a US Senator while wearing his weird chameleon mask because..... it's just this throughout the comic and while ultimately we get to an interesting place with this issue by the end I just wish that the journey to get there felt like it made sense the whole way through and just wasn't thrown out there hoping that no one would question why all these strange things are happening.

Bits and Pieces:

While I still like this series overall, the lack of progression is really starting to get to me, especially this issue in that it feels like everything that is done here is done in a way that isn't really thought out and makes everyone involved look pretty dumb. Yeah, the art is great throughout and we get to an interesting cliffhanger, but the majority of our story felt lacking the whole way through.


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