Superman: Son of Kal-El #2

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 25, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 56
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Jonathan Kent now dons his father’s cape, but can he be Superman and still have a normal life? It’s tough in this modern world. Danger is everywhere. The new Superman learns this the hard way on his first day of college, and a deadly attack forces Jon to step from the shadows and into the spotlight-where his identity is exposed to the Truth, an activist news machine ready to upset everything. But first, the son still has some things to learn from his father-and a few cool toys to inherit. Ask yourself, what would you do with your very own Fortress of Solitude? This all-new chapter in the legacy of Man of Steel has only just begun to revea more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Jan 1, 1970

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #2is a fantastic comic that dives deeper into Jon Kent and what drives him. Taylor does a wonderful job at getting readers to relate to this son of Superman, even when he seems so godly above us, literally and figuratively. The art by Timms and Eltaeb is immersive and stunning, with great lettering by Sharpe as well. This issue makes it clear that Jon Kent's path is distinct from his father's, even though it's still inspired by it. I can't wait to see where his journey goes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 24, 2021

    With Superman: Son of Kal-El #2, Tom Taylor continues to build on last issue's promising start. While I have some issues with the original premise of an adult Superman, I cannot deny that Taylor is providing a fantastic story. And Taylor's story is wonderfully realized in John Timm's gorgeous artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2021

    Taylor wraps things up with a subtle introduction to this first arc's big villain and it's telling that he's not located in Metropolis. Jonathan Kent is going to be a Superman without borders and it's going to be very interesting seeing the scope of his reach. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Aug 25, 2021

    Beautiful, generous art and a timely, important story combine to form a book that you all really should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Aug 25, 2021

    In Superman: Son of Kal-El #2, Tom Taylor really is pushing the idea of Superman into modern territory with Jon Kent in a way that feels of the moment and genuine while never losing the wonder that goes along with a hero of that magnitude of power. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 24, 2021

    This is the most human Superman book we've had in years"it just happens to not star the Superman we know. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Ryan Perry Aug 24, 2021

    This world is growing, becoming more complicated, and becoming more in need of Superman. Taylor and Timms' Superman: Son of Kal-El is the absolute answer to that, both in universe and in real life. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 25, 2021

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #2 builds on the premise of the last issue. Taylor gives Jon some new stuff in this issue, including a new friend and enemy. Timms doesnt get as much to draw in this issue, but it does look terrific, so thats all that matters. This series is shaking out pretty well so far, and this issue keeps that up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 29, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #2 is a strong follow-up to the debut issue by Tom Taylor and John Timms. The story dives further into the current mentality of Jon Kent and how it is different from his father. This made the passing of the torch moment have even greater impact during Clark Kent's appearance in this issue. It all builds greater interest for this series as we quickly move into the first big story arc of this series by the end of Superman: Son of Kal-El #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 28, 2021

    Nothing in this series so far has lit a fire under me to keep reading, but everything is set up and handled nicely to make for a solid series debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 24, 2021

    Jon Kent is watching conspiracy theory/the real truth internet videos and I think the world should be fearful of this...... but beyond my own paranoia of a naive Superman being taken advantage of, this is another interesting issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El where Jon Kent continues to try and find himself as most kids his age do. Not to mention this issue sets up an interesting new enemy and has great art throughout. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Aug 27, 2021

    A highly ambitious issue fails to live up to what its trying to do. The case isn't put into making sure that the issues and problems brought up here have the proper care and thought are given to truly serious social ills. There's promise here but with another issue like this, it would be very easily get squandered. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 31, 2021

    It is hard to deal with a real world problem like this in a 22 page comic book. Then the student that asked Jon to join the media department reveals himself to be the voice of The Truth.Now the comic book reader in me says 'it is a little suspicious that the reporter happens to be next to Jon, on the very campus Jon is going to, right when the student opens fire'. Did he know the student was going to do that AND know Jon was going to be there and decide to use that to his advantage? Or was it just coincidence?I doubt Taylor can make the socially conscious purveyor of truth be a villain. But it seems weird. Will Jon now work for this guy? Respond to the things The Truth is reporting? Go on assignment? Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Merlyn Aug 24, 2021

    Really, bullets with "thoughts and prayers"? I mean, I know it's Tom Taylor, stupidity is par for the course but come on, can it get more cringey? Nothing here seems all right, the way Jon scolds Clark, the way Clark accepts said scolding, the way Jon drops the refugees and he decides he's above all of it. The sanctimony of it, the complaining about "sTuPiD bOrDeRs", all of it it's just Tom Taylor's cringeness times ten. Though I'm sure it'll get a lot of big ratings, if anything Taylor sure knows what his audience wants from him.

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  • 10
    allenquanobi Aug 24, 2021

    People will have issues with the politics of this, but for me, I love it. It's clear what Tom Taylor wants Superman to be and what he should do. It's inspiring, and really brings a lot of character and depth to a comic book character that is a legacy character. It helps to separate him from Clark, showing his thinking and his ideals. The art is also so good. I really don't know what else to say; this series should be one of the great series for a Superman character.

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  • 4.0
    Valiant Son Aug 26, 2021

    So Earth isn't Clark Kent's planet because he wasn't born there? What an amazingly racist comment. Taylor displays his asinine view of the world by effectively arguing that somewhere is only your home if you were born there. Wow, that is so incredibly racist. Does Taylor actually believe that someone can only be American if they are born in the USA (I am from the UK)? That's the kind of xenophobic nonsense spouted by the kind of groups that Taylor claims to abhor. I don't think he actually holds this position, but he is too limited in his thinking to have actually worked through the logical consequences of what he has written.

    Apparently, Superman, hasn't, "step[ped] up" to deal with the problems of the world. There are 80 years more

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  • 10
    Batman Jones Aug 25, 2021

    I didn’t want this series. Before it there wasn’t anything about Jon Kent that I enjoyed, including Super Sons which was too saccharin-sweet for my tastes. Those series’ though were inoffensive. The Bendis run made me actively avoid the character with the purposeless Oz/Jor-El/age up/everything (you suck, Bendis).

    I never hated Jon, I was just nonplussed by him. I didn’t understand why he existed or who ever thought it was a good idea to make him more than a cutesy plaything for Tomasi. He seemed a total cypher to me.

    So I wasn’t even going to give this book a chance. I was a little irritated that it even existed. Boy, have Taylor and Timms proven me wrong.

    I’m reminded once again that it is cre more

  • 9.5
    Dave Aug 24, 2021

    Another great issue, as one of the Jon should be 10 crowd I want to hate it but… ( it looses .5 points because Jon is not 10)

  • 3.0
    ds Aug 25, 2021

    Superman saying ''part of me feels it not my place'' about the world was the most out of character words.

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  • 1.0
    DoorMan Aug 25, 2021

    Next issue: Jon becomes a fat lesbian with purple hair and joins Antifa.

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  • 9.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Aug 24, 2021

    Um Superman passando por cima do "devido processo legal" para ajudar as pessoas, isso me lembra Nightwing 30, do Dixon, e eu amo aquela edição.

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  • 5.0
    egon244 Aug 29, 2021

    "Stupid borders"

    Superman is not doing enough.

    Sigh.

    Superman is the greatest superhero in fiction. Period. And his best "power" is the fact that he knows he is not a god, that despite his awesome power he has no right to impose his will on others (something Jon seems keen on doing). The notion that he is not doing enough is at best: dumb. At worst: it's disrespecting the character, over 80 years of his history and the people who followed that history.

    There are some redeeming qualities though. The book has good art, with vibrant colors. The page where Jon lunges on the gunman is a good one. And the story of Jon facing some dictator, despite having some conveniences (the streamer conveniently bein more

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  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Aug 25, 2021

    WTF? When I heard in a criticism that this series was not good at all, I thought they were exaggerating, but ... without comments, this is really arrgh.

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    Contessa Sep 3, 2021

    Great, Greta Thunberg is a major comic book character now

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Aug 25, 2021

    Great issue.

    You can tell by how its upsetting folks who don't understand Superman or what he stands for.

    Very simple and straightforward issue with some excellent character moments. Im surprised how much I dig Jon in this. Hell be a solid Superman if he keeps this up.

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  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Aug 24, 2021

    Buena narrativa de Tom. Y buena creación de personaje, personalidad e ideales en Jon.

    Spoiler: Genial ver que hayan dos Superman y no hacer desaparecer al original.

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    fearUhavemeisenough Aug 29, 2021

    A writing without meaning or knowledge of anything, setback after setback.

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    Fracadactyl Aug 24, 2021

    I can feel that Jon feels utterly lost and confused. He was ready to start a new chapter of his life but it seems the world won't let him. When support systems crumble away, especially when so much was put into it, it's easy to feel directionless. It's why when Jon let out his frustrations, it feels like he blamed his father a bit for how his symbol wasn't enough to prevent a disaster like the school shooting attempt that forced him to reveal his secret identity.

    But Superman believes in Jon's potential to make change. Only thing is, Jon wants to be unique from Clark. He couldn't make it as a normal person, so now he tries to be an active Superman that tackles issues too politically divisive. But when he's able to save refugees f more

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Aug 28, 2021

    This was a really well done issue, if you don't have ridiculous takeaways about what this comic is trying to say. This comic isn't saying that Superman isn't a citizen of Earth, it's saying that because he's not from Earth, his being a leader would be incredibly contentious, because of the sort of people that are, in fact, xenophobic. He wouldn't be a leader that could galvanize people together. Jon, however, is half human. That contention would presumably be lessened by that. I don't think this is a hard comic to read, but I am really impressed by the ability users have to misinterpret what's being written. "Might makes right" is only the takeaway here if you are brainwashed by the recurring guests of right wing watch.

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  • 2.0
    TheKize Sep 3, 2021

    Even if you agree with Tom Taylor's politics (and I tend to be sympathetic to much of what he's saying here), it's hard to imagine thinking this is a well written story. Taylor's metatextual commentary on gun violence is clear, but it has his characters saying and doing things that make no sense within the context of the fictional story. I am completely disappointed with this series.

  • 10
    cincyfan Aug 25, 2021

    Everything about the first two issues of this series is phenomenal! The story is incredible this is a superman that is more relatable and modern. This creative team is doing an unbelievable job!!

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Aug 27, 2021

    Another great Taylor book, another week of incels like Merlyn inserting their shitty personal politics into a review in order to poorly regurgitate some right wing talking point he heard on Fox News. Taylor’s take on Jon is wonderful I thought his conversation with Clark was basically perfect. As a writer Taylor really just gets these legacy heroes. His stuff at DC right now is the single best part of the main line.

  • 8.5
    Mout Aug 24, 2021

    I didn't expect Bendix to come back at all. It's been a while since I read StormWatch, but wasn't he responsible for a massacre in Gamorra or something?

  • 5.0
    Raging Rainbow Sep 1, 2021

    Reviewing the second issue of the new Superman series that sees Jon Kent taking on for his father. I've heard this talked about a lot, especially because Ethan Van Sciver made the speculation that Jon Kent would be made queer, and we've seemingly had that confirmed.

    https://youtu.be/1wT6EVAUSUY

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Sep 13, 2021

    Ugh, just when you think the series can't be any worse, it finds a way. Where do they find these out of touch with reality writers?

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    PeteRick Sep 13, 2021

    This is just a dump stupid idea to say the least, Jon is not ready to take the mantle, these writers are so eager to get rid of Clark and replace him, it's all about the sales, the storyline doesn't mater, cause they don't give a shit about you stupid motherf$*#€% who keep defending this kind of crap, I sincerely hope the sales drop, so they can go back to actually carrying about what fans want, but in order for that to happen these half wits need to stop purchasing these books! It's a crap and as long as they go in that direction, the whole DC will stink

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