Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Superman: Son of Kal-El #16 Review

The Eventual Return of Kal-El

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 11, 2022

It's Part 2 of the Return of Kal-El and for our titled son character, that means that Daddy's home to pick up where he left off before Warworld and hopefully be proud of his son's job in his absence. That also means that Jon Kent Superman will have to deal with the same threat coming that we saw in Action Comics, where it looks like Lex Luthor and Metallo are going to team up to show these filthy aliens who's boss. Let's jump into this issue and see how Jon deals with the return of Superman. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El, we continue the idea of Clark Kent coming home, and what we're waiting for is the reunion of father and son and the feels that it will bring, but mostly we spend the issue seeing what Jon does each and every day as Superman, while kind of continuing the plot of what we saw in Action Comics with Lex plotting with Metallo. That's only in the periphery though, and instead of furthering that element, we instead see Jon's fears brought to the forefront of his mind by a brief encounter with the Ultra-Humanite. There's not much to see here that we don't already know from previous issues of the series, but if you want to see Jon have a montage of doing Super-things, you'll get it.

Father and son eventually do meet up in this issue but seems like the real reunion will take place elsewhere...... at least for the real catch-up conversations. The big thing to happen in this issue to set up our next story is tech that was stolen from a past experiment by Lex Luthor that will allow a new villain named Red Sin to take our newest Superman down a peg in the future.

All in all, the art continues to be great in this issue. If you're only here to see Jon Kent do Superman things, while also giving Lex Luthor a hard time, which was fun, this issue is for you but if you were looking for the father/son reunion like I was then you'll be sorely disappointed because. In contrast, the two do get together we wait until the end to get it, and it's very brief. I do appreciate the continuation of Lex and Metallo stuff going on because, hopefully, we'll get Jon dealing with that element from Action Comics as well as his father. Still, it looks like we'll get a new villain who spends his time on message boards who just happens to have a piece of Luthor tech.... and sadly, that plot is not as fun as the other..... at least to me. So yeah, a bit disappointing overall, even with some fun moments and excellent art.

Bits and Pieces:

I don't think anyone will be satisfied with the father/son reunion we get here, but we do set up a new Superman: Son of Kal-El story that hopefully will be exciting. Mostly, Jon just going through this book like it's a montage of "Superman" things leaves a lot to be desired.  


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