Superman: Son of Kal-El #4

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 20, 2021 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 73
8.2Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

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Kal-El has left, and the weight of the world now rests on his son's shoulders. Powerful forces have been threatened by Jon Kent's first leaps in his father's boots. It's hard to hurt a man of steel, but his loved ones make a much easier target.Jon's world is about to come crashing down.

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

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 was another great issue of Tom Taylor's fantastic new series. Taylor has been hitting all the right notes on this title so far. Getting DC fans to accept a new Superman is a formidable task, but I trust that if anyone can do it, it would be Tom Taylor. And so far, Taylor is proving me right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 19, 2021

    This might be about to become one of the most important books in the DCU, but long before that it was already one of the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Oct 19, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #4is a stressfully compelling story as Jon Kent faces his most dire challenges yet. Taylor continues to write Jon Kent with keen empathic understanding as he gives more challenges for the young Superman, and the art and colors by Di Niculou and Eltaeb continue to immerse readers in his thrilling world. With great lettering by Sharpe to boot, it's another excellent issue in this comic series you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Oct 20, 2021

    I don't love the art in Superman: Son of Kal-El #4, but I do love the way Tom Taylor is continuing to develop this story and fully flesh out Jon Kent, both as Superman now that his father has left the world and as a man in his own right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Oct 20, 2021

    Superman deals with the fallout of the previous issue, while building his relationships with the larger cast (both old and new). Tom Taylor is carving out a very new world and status quo for Jonathan Kent, and it seems like it will be an essential read. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 19, 2021

    Daniele Di Nicuolo's art style works brilliantly with this story. The energy of the action comes across in the art and the details are amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 21, 2021

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #4 feels like Taylor's way of reassuring readers that Jon is just as good a Superman as his father. It works splendidly; he also builds up the threat of Gamorra and shows just how good Bendix is at playing this game. Di Nicuolo's art looks great and really helps the script along. This is a fun comic that makes a case for why Jon deserves to be Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Oct 22, 2021

    A stronger entry in the series so far, this shows the potential of what the series could be. We just hope it's an indication of the overall direction and not just a fluke. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 23, 2021

    A lot of nice character work and story set-up in this issue. I think this series is still trying to find its heart, but it is definitely well on its way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 26, 2021

    Maybe Jon will be scrutinized for this attack on a government, even an 'evil' government. Maybe Jon will wonder if he is being manipulated by Jay. Three issues ago, Jon wanted to nothing more than go to college. Now he is attacking political leaders on the other side of the world. I know that this middle-aged man is not the target audience here. But I can hope for good story-telling. And I trust that Taylor will make politics and ambitions not seem so black and white as he has so far. That said, we are 4 issues in. I'm still waiting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 19, 2021

    Some things feel really off about the progression of this issue but once we leave the Kent Farm the book feels like it gets back on track and I enjoyed seeing the further adventures of Jon figuring out what kind of Superman he's going to be and seeing who else is going to show up in his life to help him along the way. The art is great and I like a lot of elements here, I just wish the first quarter of the book didn't feel so weird and out of place at times. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 19, 2021

    Bendix is proving to be a formidable villain and a nice equivalent of Lex Luthor for Jon. It'll be interesting to see where Taylor takes this new rivalry while fleshing out Jon's backstory beyond what's already been spoiled. Read Full Review

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