Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6 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: August 1, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6 ends the consolation mini-series exactly as you would expect - with a hug, a speech, and a very special lesson learned.
Is It Good?

After reviewing a large swath of the main Jon Kent run, and this mini-series, the only inescapable conclusion I can draw is that Tom Taylor has no business writing Jon Kent. The world needs a Superman because there are just some problems you can't fix with a handshake and a compliment. If it was that easy, everyone would be Superman.

It's not that Jon Kent is a lousy character (putting aside the disastrous mistake of aging him up). Jon Kent needs to grow to become the Superman the world needs, and that's not possible when Taylor insists on dumbing down and softening the world(s) in inexplicable ways to meet Jon Kent, where he is in his maturity. Let's get into it.

When last we left Jon Kent on Injustice Earth, Batman, and Harley were captured and set for public execution. Now, Jon visits the Sun to absorb as much energy as possible to flip Flash's loyalties with a persuasive chat, fly Wonder Woman into deep space and steal her lasso, and use more persuasive talk on Damian Wayne (he never did explain how he was older with powers), rip Hawkgirl's wings off, and defeat his greatest challenge yet - Injustice Superman - with a hug and another persuasive speech.

Next to Earth-3, Injustice Earth is one of the most dangerous places in the multiverse, and yet, Jon Kent manages to physically overpower (without punching) or sweet talk every member of the Injustice League. Pfft. Why would anyone think dealing with Injustice Earth is hard?

Clayton Henry's art is solid, although this issue lacks details on the wide shots, and the plot gets wrapped up. However, this finale underscores why Jon Kent's main title was unceremoniously canceled. Jon Kent isn't ready to be Superman, and Tom Taylor doesn't know how to get him there.

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 #6 is a laughable ending to Jon Kent's adventure on the Injustice Earth. Rather than use the dwindling opportunity to push Jon Kent to mature into the Superman he needs to be, Taylor dumbs down the enemies, the world, and the universe to make a simple hug the answer to everyone's problems. What a waste.


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