Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2 Review


Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Clayton Henry
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: April 4, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2 finds Jon Kent embarking on his quest through the multiverse to find and stop Ultraman, his childhood tormentor.
Is It Good?

Well, that didn't take long. Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2 delivers on the promise on the cover and the solicit by bringing Jon Kent and Ultraman together for a final showdown. The showdown happens, it is final, and I suspect the particulars will be a topic of conversation.

When last we left Jon Kent and his friends/family, they received a visit from Val-Zod and Lois Lane/Red Tornado asking Jon to accompany them to stop Ultraman from killing all the Clark Kents across the multiverse. No explanation was given as to why Ultraman was killing all the Clark Kents or why Val-Zod specifically requested Jon's help when the Super-family is already populated with multiple Kryptonians with battle experience, but here we are.

Now, Jon accompanies Val-Zod and Red Tornado (with the help of a multiverse detector) to Ultraman's next jump point for a head-on confrontation.

Is Jon's conflict with Ultraman well and truly over? Yep, or as over as possible in a multiverse with the potential for more than one Ultraman.

Contrary to Tom Taylor's weird comments about intentionally not letting Jon punch anyone, does Jon Kent punch someone? Yep, and it's a doozy. The power of the Electric Blue Superman begins to emerge, and it looks pretty cool.

Wait, are you saying Jon crosses the unforgivable line? No, I'm not saying that. I'm also not not saying that. You'll have to read it for yourself to find out.

Is the showdown satisfying? Mostly, yes, except for the ending. A twist happens that readers will either love or hate. The twist is a cheap shortcut that robs Jon (once again) of character growth. Other readers may receive the twist as a genius move. You'll have to make up your own mind on this one.

Regarding the writing, it's fine for what it is. The lack of setup is a lingering down point, but there is some strong dialog (mostly from Lois), and the action is exciting. Therefore, more kudos are due to Clayton Henry and Jordie Bellaire than anyone else for the positive aspects of this comic.

This is a great-looking book, even if the ending may generate some controversy.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2 definitively (or as definitively as it can in comics) ends the conflict between Jon Kent and Ultraman with a one-on-one fight across the multiverse. Henry and Bellaire's art sings, and the emergence of Jon's new (old?) Electric Blue Superman powers look great. However, the fight's ending will either be loved or hated.


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