Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 Review


Written by: Tom TaylorArt by: Clayton Henry
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 2, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 finds Jon Kent learning what it means to have an Earth devoid of conflict and the price that must be paid to achieve it.
Is It Good?

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 is okay. Not great, not terrible, but okay. Honestly, there's not much more to say because not much happens in this issue.

When last we left Jon Kent, Injustice Superman arrived to snap Ultraman's neck. Now, Jon wakes up after passing out from his electric blue overload, eager to explore the world Injustice built. Jon gets Injustice Superman's side of how and why he watches over the world the way he does, and Jon decides to explore Injustice Superman's world for himself, eventually running into an aged-up, powered-up Damian Wayne.

The positive aspect of this issue is the novelty of exploring Injustice Superman's world with a newer, older, angrier Damian Wayne as the novelty cherry on the novelty sundae. Also, Injustice Superman repeats the talk Jon had with his biological father about doing more, and Jon sees what happens when Superman decides to take control. You get the impression Jon is about to learn his father just might know more about being a hero than Jon does.

What's not so great? If there's a plot, it's nowhere to be found. This mini-series was touted as the opportunity for Jon to confront Ultraman, so with Utlraman's throwaway death in the previous issue, Jon doesn't appear to have a purpose or anything to do. A mini-series shouldn't be lacking direction after three issues of a six-issue arc.

Still, the art's great. Clayton Henry and Jordie Bellaire deliver fantastic set pieces and strong facial acting. True to Taylor's bizarre edict for Jon Kent, he doesn't throw a single punch or do anything remotely challenging in this issue, but the art team makes the conversations dramatic enough to be interesting.

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 #3 marks the midway point of Taylor's final story for Jon Kent, and the plot is nowhere to be seen. Jon spends the issue listening, learning, and taking in the sights of the Injustice world, but at best, this issue is mostly conversations with great art.


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