Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman: Son of Kal-El #10

Superman: Son of Kal-El #10

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Superman: Son of Kal-El #10


Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 12, 2022
Cover date: June 2022

 

“Reputation”

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Cian Tormey
Inker: Cian Tormey
Cover: Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Covers: Simone Di Meo/Rafa Sandoval & Matt Herms

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel



The post-human members of The Truth are watching Lex Luthor’s press conference. Jay refuses to cover it on the pirate broadcast as they know it is fabricated.

Lex tries to cast doubt on Superman (Jon) using the satellite footage to show him as a killer. He highlights Jon’s actions in protests and himself in political events.

While the world begins to doubt Superman’s (Jon’s) judgement and start to fear him, Jon continues the never-ending battle. In Ireland Jon saves people from a fallen monument and the civilians begin to see him for his actions, not Lex’s words.

Dick and Barbara call Jon and tell him Luthor’s conference has taken an explosive turn.

Lois pushes her way to the front of the crowd and reveals that there was a bomb in the head of Superman’s attacker and that was what killed him, and Nightwing has given a written statement to corroborate events.

The crowd is in awe when Lois presents Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and asks Luthor to hold it in front of the world media and tell the world that this isn’t a ploy to frame Jon for murder.

Confronted with the ultimate symbol of Truth, Lex backs away, refusing to participate. This action speaks volumes and when Luthor’s Gamorra Corps bodyguards try to shut down the conference with aggression, Jon intervenes with remarkable restraint.

Later Lois reveals the lasso was just a bit of plain rope painted gold and that she knew Luthor would embarrass himself on television when cornered. In the interest of honesty, Jon takes the opportunity to come out to his mother and is stunned by her response.

Batman arrives out of the blue and tells Lois and Jon to pack their essentials as they need to immediately go into hiding in a safe house along with Jonathan and Martha. Turning the press conference back on Luthor and Bendix means they are all in danger.

Jon asks Batman why Jay cannot join them in hiding and Batman tells Jon he knows all of Jay’s secrets and that his boyfriend cannot be trusted.

To Be Continued…

5Story – 5: The scene with Lois Lane matching wits with Lex Luthor is worth it alone. Jon ignoring the bad press was wonderful to see too. The character beats with Nightwing, The Truth and Batman were short but helped advance the plot in very big ways.

Tom Taylor continues an excellent run. My downer is that Ma and Pa are always mentioned but never present. I think they could add so much to the book and to Jon’s life.


4Art – 4: There is not a great deal of action this issue so the focus is firmly rooted in the character moments. Cian Tormey’s art has a really strong emotional punch to it in the close up scenes. There is a really unique style to the art. This title has been extremely lucky in the art department.


5Cover Art – 5: What a stunning cover. This series by Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain has been breathtaking. I think of the three this is my favorite as you can really feel he is his father’s son. There is such a feeling of optimism and hope from it.


4Variant Cover Art – 4: This feels like an animation cel from an anime. It looks amazing, I love the color and motion, I feel like we’re long overdue a Superman comic or animated feature in this style! Di Meo’s art has a real rush of energy to it. Please can we have some more DC!?


4Variant Cover Art – 4: The name of the game here is superheroics. It is probably the one that has the strongest link to the interior story and I’ve always been a fan of a cover that depicts the story it represents.


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charles david haskell
April 12, 2022 10:48 am

I got a wild feeling that Jay will get his own action name/costume down the road. It would be wild if Jay/Jason Drake’s buddy would team up together down the road.