Superman: Son of Kal-El #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 28, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 63
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Jonathan Kent has experienced a lot in his young life. He’s traveled the galaxies with his Kryptonian grandfather and lived in the future with the Legion of Super-Heroes, who were intent on training him for the day his father, Clark Kent, could no longer be Superman. There is a hole in the Legion’s history that prevents Jon from knowing exactly when that will happen, but all signs point to it being very soon. It’s time for the son to wear the cape of his father and bear the symbol of hope that has told the world who Superman really is. Join writer Tom Taylor (Nightwing, DCeased) and artist John Timms (Infinite Frontier) as they usher in more

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jul 28, 2021

    Taylor has crafted a heartfelt and human story in this debut and it's truly something to behold. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jul 31, 2021

    Superman is all new, but the core ideas that make Superman a "Super" man remain. This comic is full of hope for a new and better world. This is a very promising start to an all new Superman title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 27, 2021

    In this current landscape, maybe a Superman that asks questions of the modern world with a fresh approach isnt a bad idea. Taylor and Timms get this new take on Superman off on a high note where the sky wont even be the limit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 27, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El is everything a Superman story should be, even if it is about an entirely different Superman. The script introduces Jonathan Kent perfectly and the artwork impresses throughout. Even if you're not a fan of the Man of Steel, you would do well to check this book out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 27, 2021

    Despite my misgivings about Jon's age, Taylor has proven that Bendis didn't ruin Jon Kent as a character. Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 is a fantastic start to both the series and to Jon's career as the Superman of the 21st Century. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 28, 2021

    Superman Son Of Kal-El #1 will make a believer out of anyone who doesn't think Jon is ready to be Superman. Taylor looks to be telling a different kind of Superman story with a different Superman, and if he can nail it as well as he did this first issue, this book will be incredible. Timms is the perfect artistic partner for him on this one. Where this book goes, only they know, but one thing's sure- it will be amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 28, 2021

    Overall this is a strong start to what could be an excellent series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Ryan Perry Jul 27, 2021

    This series feels akin to Taylor's Nightwing in that it could just be banger after banger each month. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jul 27, 2021

    This is a strong start to a complex, interesting story. The art is fantastic, and the banter is top notch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 27, 2021

    One of the most controversial decisions of the last few years at DC has been aging up Jon Kent from a sweet ten-year-old to a powerful 17-year-old with a lot of deep-space trauma. I was skeptical"but this new run by Tom Taylor and John Timms may just prove it a winning decision. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Jul 27, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #1is a great introduction for readers to Jon Kent in his new ongoing series. Taylor does a fantastic job at setting up this new storyline and the themes involved, making a Superman who is very keenly aware of the most pressing issues we have today. Jon continues the legacy of his parents but still aims to strike out on his own, making him a very relatable character even as he has Kryptonian strength. I'm very much looking forward to where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Jul 28, 2021

    This is everything you could ask of a Superman title. If you’re already a fan of Jon or have yet to be introduced to him, definitely pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 27, 2021

    Jon Kent is already proving himself worthy of the Superman title in a quick, character-driven opening issue that is great for both new and old readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 27, 2021

    Readers discover what Taylor's true mission is with this series after only one issue. SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #1 is meant as the book to take young, adolescent Jon Kent and transition him to adulthood, as well as the future SUPERMAN. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 27, 2021

    Superman - Son of Kal-El #1 us an interesting mix of legacy and evolution to create a new trajectory for Superman that speaks to the challenges we face in the year 2021. Part Clark and part Lois, this book is all about Jon, and Im excited to see where that goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jul 28, 2021

    Superman Son of Kal-El is an easy entry point for readers interested in a new twist on the classic superhero. Tom Taylor's DC legacy may provide longtime readers hints or red herrings as to the direction of the series. Either way, readers are given a Superman determined not just to fight the problems of the world, but to be a solution. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jul 28, 2021

    Jon Kent begins his solo adventures with a exploration of what it means to be Superman. It's the sort of story that Jon needs, and a fantastic example of what a Superman storyshould be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 30, 2021

    Final Verdict: 8.0 – A well-written, entertaining start that is filled with strong characterization and some very clever moments. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 29, 2021

    Tom Taylor and John Timms kick off Jon Kent's era as the new Man of Steel with a strong start in Superman: Son of Kal-El #1. The entire issue gets over how important Jon Kent is to the DC Universe and why he can potentially be a better Superman than his father. By the end you are left looking forward to what Jon's era as Superman will be moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 3, 2021

    It's one issue and I still trust the creators. Because all I want is a comic book with good stories. Fingers crossed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 27, 2021

    I'm a fan of Tom Taylor and John Timms and love what they bring to comics but this issue just felt like recap for people who aren't familiar with the Jon Kent character and didn't do much for me overall. That being said though, the tone is nice and the art is great and I'm willing to give this issue the benefit of the doubt overall because every comic is someone's first comic and you need to spend some time introducing your main character in the first issue but I hope it gets deeper than the surface level stuff that we get here throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Jul 27, 2021

    Hey so, Merlyn's review is stupid, and here's why:

    First he complains about Jon Kent not using the classic Superman phrase. Even though it shouldn't bother a human being as much as it bothers him, there's a good reason beyond just L E F T I S M. Jon Kent is trying to be a different Superman, one focused on creating a better future, hence the new phrasing. Second, he complains about the complaints about climate change. He points out that the Californian fires are not being caused by climate change, which I guess is a step beyond outright climate change denialism. But he's technically right. These fires are usually caused by people lighting something they shouldn't be lighting. The reason the wildfires break out like they do, howev more

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  • 1.5
    Merlyn Jul 27, 2021

    If there was no name on the cover I still would have known who wrote this. All the cliches are there, there is not an original bone in Tom Taylor's body. The refuse to use the classic catchphrase "Truth, Justice and the American Way" because in his leftist mind America sucks, the tireless complaining about climate change (that's not why those fires are happening in California btw, you have to be very stupid to believe that), inequality and demagogues (by demagogues he means the politicians he doesn't like even though he's a Green and the Greens are the kings of demagogy). Also, this is fan-fic, Jonathan wasn't born like this, wasn't he born in another universe? I like Jonathan but as long as he is going to be a speaking-tube for Taylor's st more

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  • 9.5
    Dave Jul 26, 2021

    This book is probally the best older Jon has been written to date amazing what a competent writer who is not a has been hack can do.
    Jon should still be ten , but if I can get over that and judge the book on its own merits, and ignore the baggage that previous writers have put ont character this book works.
    Taylor used what was happened in Damian’s book to add to the story unlike other writers who are so full of themselves egomaniacs they can’t be bothered.

    I would give this a ten but until Jon is ten all books with him loose .5 points

  • 10
    allenquanobi Jul 27, 2021

    I really hope this book succeeds financially and hits the numbers. I want this ongoing to go forever. This is the best Jon has been written since Super Sons, and it's a perfect introduction to a new Superman for a new generation. It's like Tom Taylor listened to what the fans wanted and also catered to new Superman fans in order to show what Superman should be. It's literally everything I want in a Superman book. The art is also beautiful from John Timms. This is a 10, and if the rest of the series can keep this up, it'll be one of the greats.

  • 8.0
    Fmernamz0 Jul 27, 2021

    wow, what a fantastic start

  • 9.5
    mynameisraj Jul 27, 2021

    This is the best Jon has been written since Super Sons, Taylor is just hitting it out of the park here.

    Timms kills it but theee is one panel where Jon’s hand looks like a mitten.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Aug 1, 2021

    Headed to a $1 near you soon. Tom Taylor is a horrible writer.

  • 10
    cincyfan Jul 28, 2021

    That was fantastic!! I thought I'd check this out because what I had read about it sounded really cool also that is an amazing cover. After reading it I am blown away! I loved every page bring on issue two I'm definitely in on this gem of a book!

  • 9.0
    Crimson Knight Jul 27, 2021

    This is an amazing start! This is Tom Taylor turning Jon kent into the Superman of a more complicated world. Truth,Justice and a better tomorrow.

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Jul 27, 2021

    A really strong debut issue for Johnathan Kent. He's not trying to replace clark Kent and treating his dad like trash. He's trying to be his own character and how even with all of his power, Jonathan Kent can't punch climate change, erosion of free press, an social inequality.

  • 8.5
    TJMB3891 Jul 29, 2021

    Very strong start. I wanted to give it a 9, 9.5 but there was a lot of recap. Now I understand, this is a new jumping on point and people who aren't too familiar with Jonathan needed this information and it was done very well. Someone else who reviewed it on here said it was the "best older Jon has been written" and I would definitely have to agree with that because...I mean, ya know...Bendis is a total hack. John Timms' art was fantastic and Gabe Eltaeb's colors were beautiful. Maybe the best color job I've ever seen him do. The pages where he's in the middle of the wildfire just looked gorgeous.

    Tom Taylor knows how to write fun stories with a lot of heart and if you're going to write a Superman story that's pretty much the rec more

  • 7.5
    DoorMan Jul 28, 2021

    Would have scored higher had it not been for the slight push of, I would assume, Taylor's personal politics. Still excited for the series though.

  • 5.0
    TheKize Jul 29, 2021

    I'm not as impressed as many folks seem. I thought there was a lot of telling versus showing regarding Jon's potential to surpass his father as Superman. It's not clear to me why this series is starting now, or what it's actually about. I get that eventually we are to expect that Clark Kent will no longer be on Earth, but right now he's still doing his normal thing, not having left for Warworld yet.

  • 10
    BigCliff Jul 31, 2021

    Tom Taylor is about to become my favorite writer with DC because from Dceased, nightwing & now this, he writes the kind of stories I'm truly interested in. I love the way this story starts. Seeing the synergy between the league & how they're all dedicated to the birth of John is tremendous. We see they're a well oiled machine at this point & they're truly a family. We also set up John's conflict & journey. He's dealing with what It means to come from a legacy, what that legacy/symbol means to you, what do you do when you literally have the power to change the world & more. The moment he treats the forest fire guy with compassion we know that his heart is in the right place & that his heroism comes from a place of love, wanting to help & mak more

  • 9.5
    Gavan Jul 27, 2021

    Overall a fantastic issue that sets up for a great story to begin this series with. The only reason I give this a 9.5 instead of a 10 is because of Robin looking roughly the same age and height along with similar maturity level as Jon when Jon is 17 and Damian (who’s a bit of a hothead no matter his age) is 14

  • 9.0
    deen Jul 29, 2021

    I'd say I'm hooked. At least for a while. Tom Taylor has yet to disappoint me, as his is a style that at least consistently entertains me. I just dock a single point for the art, as it was a little awkward in moments, where faces don't quite come together. Overall the art does move fairly well, and gives us a cool, sleek new Superman in Jon. I'll be cautiously optimistic that this series can prove to be something special.

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Jul 27, 2021

    For the parts that annoy me, why does Damian look closer to Jon in height and age when Jon is basically an adult while Damian isn't even 16? I read the Robin books recently and this is going to be annoying.

    But I like just about everything else, for Jon to truly be "Super" he has to find himself a foothold first. Naturally, that includes his newer origin that retroactively fits him into DC's continuity. It's also why he's questioning the role of such a Superman. Instead of just trying to replace his father and be constantly compared to him, Jon wants to do things his father couldn't do. Best of all that's based on character and taking inspiration from people around him like Lois.

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  • 8.5
    Rohan Jul 27, 2021

    Amazing start for the book, the decision of aging Jon up is still the worst. I am still not at all on board as the Jon character is NOT interesting at all since the age up. There is nothing to set him apart from his father 'Clark', and him being around young Damian makes it work as his is supposed to be the childish one out the two super-sons. In general I am looking forward to what the writer is going to do with the story, not the character at all.

    The issue is getting a 8.5 just because it is setting up some interesting storylines for the near future but character wise I would give this issue a 3

  • 8.5
    BronzeAgeHuman Jul 30, 2021

    My pull list hasn't had a Superman book on it since the original Doomsday arc, but there's issue #2 now...

    The direction here is different and interesting, without being disrespectful of the character's history and symbolism. I can't help but wonder where it's going to go, given some of the.. let's say historical challenges to the goals these characters have set. I'm warning myself that there is a lot of room for this to go wrong, to get preachy or awkward, etc., but for now, I'm intrigued by the setup, I'm loving the tone, and I'll be back next issue. I really liked it.

  • 8.0
    KFuqua Jul 30, 2021

    This was an enjoyable book with decent art. I'm not a big Tom Taylor fan, but I thought this was okay. I do hate the whole aging up thing, but if I ignore that, it was good.

  • 7.0
    Jmowarp Jul 27, 2021

    Didn’t expect to care for this book, but was pleasantly surprised. Figured I’d at least give the series a chance because anything written by Tom Taylor is can’t miss right now. The man is firing on all cylinders, and this book was no exception. Can’t wait for more!

  • 5.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jul 27, 2021

    This feels like fanfiction. Ironic to read Taylor's in-continuity stuff knowing how depressing DCEASED & INJUSTICE are.

  • 5.0
    Valiant Son Aug 26, 2021

    "Your son could be the greatest hero this world has ever seen." Why? What is it about the birth of a half-Kryptonian, half-human child, that could possibly lead Wonder Woman to make such an astonishing statement? Batman then goes on to tell us that, "His unique physiology. Kryptonian and human. He could be... more than Clark." Why? His unique physiology would much more likely make him weaker than Clark, given the way that Clark's powers work. What utter nonsense. This is sadly another example of writers telling us that character x is incredibly powerful or heroic, without actually showing us. This lazy, stupid and sloppy writing is becoming all too common.

    "You're powerful enough to be the cure." So said every authoritarian and t more

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  • 5.0
    RA Aug 27, 2021

    Many things are working in this first issue. Jon's compassion and understanding of humanity is similar to Clark's. We see this displayed in small ways throughout the issue and it shows both new readers and longtime fans how Jon is trying to wear the cape. We also see a dialogue between Damian and Jon that reminds avid readers of their friendship and introduces new readers to their bond. The art from John Timms is poignant and telling!

    However, Tom Taylor tries too hard to force the reader to understand specifically what types of issues Jon faces and tries to make this a distinction between he and his father. I found this distasteful. While different generations deal with different issues, The Superman Storyline has always been "m more

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