Superman: Son of Kal-El #3

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 29, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 55
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Jonathan Kent hasn’t been Superman for long, but he’s upset some powerful people with his heroism. And the underground news source known as the Truth is helping Jon open his eyes to evils in the world that could be more powerful than the new Man of Steel. Continuing the brand-new saga of Superman from Tom Taylor, the writer of Nightwing, and John Timms, artist on Future State: Superman of Metropolis.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 28, 2021

    I'm still not 100% sold on the basic premise of this series, but I have to admit that Tom Taylor is building a fantastic series from it. Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 is yet another example of why Tom Taylor is the perfect writer for the adventures of Jonathan Kent as Superman. And John Timms' gorgeous artwork beautifully realizes Taylor's story. This is quickly becoming one of DC's best titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Oct 16, 2021

    Superman Son of Kal-El is one of the best Superman books in ages. Jonathan Kent is an incredible new Superman for a whole new generation, while bringing the character back to his 1930s social justice roots. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Sep 29, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 is absolutely everything that a Superman comic should be even if the Superman at the center of it isn't Clark Kent/Kal-El. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 1, 2021

    Tom Taylor writes a great script here. It is smart and has some great dialogue. The art by John Timms is very good as well. I have to say that they are doing a great job on this and I am loving where it is going. This is some great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 21, 2021

    DC Comics' Superman: Son of Kal-El is plain good comics. It blends the utter truths of what makes Superman great with good art, multiple scenes that connect well with the character, and visual storytelling that's pleasing. There's a lot to enjoy here making for a highly satisfying read. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Sep 28, 2021

    There's a lot of action packed into these twenty-four pages. It would be a shame if you skipped it and missed out. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Sep 28, 2021

    SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #3 is another example of what's working at DC COMICS right now. It's almost as if Taylor fuses the past, present, and future masterfully while still keep the core of what makes SUPERMAN the true heart and soul of DC COMICS. Moreover, Timms helps ground SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL giving it the classic feel that's strong, confident, and pure to the character's concepts and roots. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 28, 2021

    Son of Kal-El really gets going next issue without the “crutch” of Superman. Taylor has set the book up well and it will be interesting to see how the title progresses going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 28, 2021

    It's another excellent issue that has packed a lot of story into only three installments so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 2, 2021

    Everything works this issue, from the great father/son scenes, to Jon really becoming his own kind of hero to the exciting cliffhanger ending. This issue raised this series to a new notch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Sep 29, 2021

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3 does a great job of showing the super and the man, even if the man isnt exactly a man yet. The book goes a long way in showing that Jon is ready to be Superman and that hes learned his lessons well from his father. It also does a great job of capturing his side, that is still just a young kid. Taylor and Timms both are doing a great job with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 6, 2021

    I still think the politics are a little too pat. Taylor makes it all seem so easy. There are follow-up questions or uglier aspects to everything that we aren't seeing in this 4 color world. I can more easily believe in aliens absorbing yellow sun rays than politics being so black and white. But all that said, this was a very good, very entertaining issue. The scenes with Jon and Clark, either saving people or just talking, were fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Sep 21, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #3is a dynamic and fast-paced issue that gives readers a day in the life of Jonathan Kent. Taylor further develops the new Superman who learns more about why he wants to be a hero, especially in relation to his famous father. Even though there's a lot going on in one issue, readers will still be enthralled by Jon's overall journey and what will come later. The art and colors by Timms and Eltaeb keep the readers beautifully immersed in this heroic world, while Sharpes' letters keep the pace of the issue moving along swimmingly. The journey is just getting started, and I'm excited to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Oct 10, 2021

    That's not to say there's not a lot of great elements to this work, but the challenges listed herein prevent this from flying that high into the sky. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 27, 2021

    While I wish the pacing to Superman's farewell felt better, I dig the direction that this book is going and am really into Jon's interaction with not only the people, but his new friend as well and can't wait until he comes face to face with his new villain that seems to have upped the ante out of nowhere this issue. The art is great, the heart is there, but you will be saying goodbye to Superman in both this issue and Action Comics this week and that's kind of strange. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hex Sep 28, 2021

    "Superman was a refugee." This is what people who are rating this series low are missing. Superman doesn't just stand for America. He stands for all people with hope. Hope of living in a country that surrounds them, adopts and accepts them as easily and happily as they did an illegal alien that looks like an unassuming white man. This series is political and I can't pretend that it isn't nor can I pretend that Taylor isn't heavy handed in his messages. They aren't metaphors, they are straight depictions of modern day situations from one side. That won't gel with everyone and I understand that but the messages in these books are so important and I believe that is the reason they are being made. If the world won't listen to the people, maybe more

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  • 10
    Rachit Mittal Sep 28, 2021

    This is good.
    Art and Story telling is quite good.
    Politics is there but character development happened with it. I liked that Jon sided with refugees. I believe Refugees should be given shelter with all basic needs.
    Politics is not upto throat but it is very well written.
    Most of time I don't prefer politics and Comics because Politics is an absurd divisive topic which only spark controversies. I don't like controversial topic.
    But if it is involved then it should be in a way that it feels like this, good story telling with efforts.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Sep 28, 2021

    I personally liked this. yeah there's politics in the story but it serves a purpose because it serves as character growth and plot development. For me its not ham-fisted unlike other cringey Marvel and DC issues.

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  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Sep 28, 2021

    There's definitely character development alongside the political landscape, even if the police acting by the seat of their pants feels a little ham-fisted. But seeing Jon with family and friends on a journey in trying to make the world a better place feels okay, especially with how Lois feels like the most important part instead of Clark. Not to mention the inclusion of Bendix's insane absurd plans is entertaining. Forcibly mutating a girl into a heavyweight will certainly do that to make him villainous.

    It wasn't until actually researching his past from Wildstorm and Midnighter that I find why he's an antagonist in this run; he's an ideological foil to Jon in trying to make the world a better place. But Bendix has long given up more

  • 1.5
    Merlyn Sep 28, 2021

    I really hope Tom Taylor gets some money from NGOs after this blatant piece of propaganda on their behalf, I really do. You know, the people who are paid to put refugees in danger on "rescue boats". There's this scene where Taylor explains how "no one puts their children in danger unless it's more dangerous to stay behind." That, my friends, is a big and very fat LIE. Yes, there are people who are running from dangerous regimes, like what's happening right now in Afghanistan. We should try to help those people escape from that hell, with the big mention that they should also put in the effort to try to integrate and not try to change the place they've come into to their liking. BUT there are a lot of economic migrants who literally are comi more

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  • 3.5
    cumgurglinrhino Sep 28, 2021

    This honestly is my least favorite Superman book on the shelf, which is a shame because I usually love Taylor, but man this series is so damn soulless. Nothing has been done in 3 issues to make Jon any different from Clark, as he does exactly what Clark would do, and no reason or motive is given on why he wants to help so much. He has been given 0 new personality traits, hobbies, or literally anything to make him stand out from Clark.

    Also, let's talk social issues that leave ALOT to be desired. This comic is clearly political and heavy handed, which I don't really have a problem with as long as it's well written, but this is just not and it is seriously distracting here. The refugee crisis is an important issue and there is a l more

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  • 4.5
    egonnn244 Sep 29, 2021

    "Superman is gone"

    I could end the review right here because that sentence above sums everything up perfectly.

    The Man of Steel has left the Earth. The Man of Tomorrow is gone. In his place, we are left with an entitled brat who thinks he knows best and constantly looks for new ways to show he's the virtuous one.

    Great. Awesome.

    This time, instead of being a superhero and, I don't know, doing something heroic, he joins a protest (I am not kidding, I wish I was) and pulls the stunt of getting himself arrested like many narcissistic and annoying activists before him. Why? Just, why?

    Why heroes can't just be heroic, save people, fight aliens, robots, and evil geniuses? Why do they have to more

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  • 1.0
    DoorMan Sep 29, 2021

    Taylor just could not resist. He had to insert his cringy propaganda again. Jon should be in jail for much longer than 45 minutes for helping smuggle a boat load of people into the country illegally. " No one sends their child on a perilous voyage unless its more dangerous to stay behind", Bull. Even assuming that is true, which it is not, there is a legal process to enter as a refugee, including: (1) Contacting a USRP and USCIS office, (2) Filling out a form I-590, form G-325C among others, arranging for a financial sponsor among other requirements. You dont just get to bypass the law and barge in illegally, then proceed to play the victim card when people have issues with you breaking the law. The point of my rant is that Tom Taylor is a more

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  • 1.0
    Hydro-Man Sep 29, 2021

    The thing I love most about this site is how fair the user reviews are and how the mods, for the most part, do not interfere.

    Critic review: shoot your load over whatever social issue is being promoted

    User review: review a comic on the basis of its actual content

    If the critic review is high and the user review is low, you know all you need to know.

  • 7.5
    Mout Sep 28, 2021

    Solid issue with a great cliffhanger

  • 7.5

    LOL of course the guy (and his alts) who blocks people for saying "molesting children is wrong" is triggered.

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  • 9.5
    Dave Sep 28, 2021

    I would give it a 10, but any book where Jon is not ten , I can not.

    If I can give this book a fair chance , as President of theJonshouldbe 10 club, if I can like this book anyone can

  • 5.0
    Valiant Son Oct 11, 2021

    The collapse of Infantino Tower is an obvious metaphor for the shaping of a 'New Order' in DC Comics. Carmine Infantino is synonymous with the history of DC, as an artist, editor and publisher. The metaphor is both obvious, and laboured, with (real) Superman identified as trying to prop up the old system, "My dad is stopping it from toppling, but he can't stop it from collapsing in on itself." (Real) Superman is wrong about trying to keep the old tower from falling: Tom Taylor has already told us in previous issues that Superman has failed.

    "Soon my dad - my hero - disappears from history." What an interesting choice of phrase. Superman will disappear from history, not Superman will no longer feature in history. Stalin was keen o more

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  • 10
    BigCliff Sep 29, 2021

    Jon Kent is now the only superman on earth & damn!!!!! This journey is about to be insane.

  • 10
    cincyfan Sep 29, 2021

    This book has been tremendous! The writing and artwork are consistently fantastic. The whole superman was a refugee was an amazing line that rings true and is a great thinking point. The cliffhanger at the end was awesome as well. Bring on the next issue this is a must read!!!

  • 10
    allenquanobi Sep 30, 2021

    Why are people so scared of a little politics in their fiction? Is it maybe because they don't agree with it? I hate the excuse or criticism that politics don't belong in comics. Writers have been putting political messages in comics ever since they were created. I hate the fact that people are getting mad at the Jon refugee moment/quote. It literally what Superman is, an alien who adopts America as his home country (also illegally, must be hard for the naysayers to admit that he has more in common with immigrants than themselves). I love that Taylor is not backing down at all from any of the internet naysayers about his messages. Superman is a symbol and beacon for hope and unity. Taylor is writing this series beautifully, and I ho more

  • 10
    Psycamorean Oct 9, 2021

    Lots of stupid people using this series as a way to out themselves. You might wonder why they still read the book, if they hate it so much. Well, it's a lot easier to read this book when you read it for free online. Which many of these people do. I know this because they use the same pseudonyms on those websites. Just google their usernames, and their insipid comments will pop up. This is a really well-written issue, that's only controversial because it involves politics, and people who disagree foam at the mouth to misinterpret and wax poetic about what they just watched on Newsmax and Fox.

  • 10
    deen Oct 11, 2021

    This is good comics.

    From that absolutely gorgeous cover, to the beautiful interiors, the excellent script, and the building of a new Superman mythos with a truly 21st century flair, I find Jonathan Kent's future in great hands after the questionable writing and editorial decisions of the past.

  • 9.5
    DaloneDuarte Sep 28, 2021

    Another incredible issue, proving that Jon Kent is the Superman that the new times need - not just throwing punches, but trying to make significant social changes. I don't like the art very much, but it's not all bad.

  • 9.0
    Gavan Sep 28, 2021

    One of the most emotional moments between Jon and Clark so far. Love it.

  • 7.0
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    Better the next issue step the pedal, cause aside weak Jon characterization, politic stuff and that lazy Nakamura kid, this book is boring as h*ll...

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