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Superman: Son of Kal-El Annual: 2021

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Clayton Henry, Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 8, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 46
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Jon Kent’s first days as Earth’s new Superman have been a trial by fire. His actions have already put those he loves in harm’s way. He has stood strong in the path of constant attacks, but the immovable object is about to meet an unstoppable force. Lex Luthor-the man, the myth, the menace-returns to Metropolis.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 31, 2021

    Tom Taylor has done a brilliant job of establishing the adversarial relationship between Lex Luthor and the new Superman. The Son of Kal-El 2021 makes it clear that Jon has an interesting challenge ahead of him as he butts heads with his father's arch-foe. I look forward to seeing how both Jon and Lex tackle the challenge that each poses for the other. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 7, 2021

    As usual, miss Taylors taken on Superman if youre averse to quality storytelling. This was another fantastic issue featuring the new Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 8, 2021

    This is an exquisite issue and an absolute essential chapter in Jon Kent's story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 7, 2021

    It might be tempting to say not too much happens in this issue, because it's well over halfway through the issue before Jon and Luthor even meet. But the buildup to that meeting is fantastic. And once they do, it's clear that this isn't going to be the same-old, same-old. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 7, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual is a good one-shot, building on Jon's experience as Earth's new Superman while building towards something intriguing with Lex Luthor. It's a great example of how Taylor is one of the best at crafting genuine character interactions no matter who is in the room. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 10, 2021

    But also, maybe instead of teaming up, Lex can just do good. Basically, Jon asked Lex to solve the climate control issue. Hmmm ... That contrast between Clark and Jon in facing off against Lex was really the juice for me. I'd like to see more of this sort of 'how is this Superman different from the old one' story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 7, 2021

    This Superman: Son of Kal-El Annual not only looks great, but it brings Lex Luthor back to the forefront and leaves you wondering what road he's going to take with our new Superman and that prospect alone makes me interested right off the bat, not to mention our continued look at what kind of Superman wants to be, while also giving us some fun stuff with the Fortress of Solitude. Yeah, I would have liked Lex working a little harder to be accepted by humanity again, but I like what we got here still. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Swara Ahmed Dec 7, 2021

    Superman: Son of Kal-El Annual #1 is an intriguing issue that sets the stage for the new Superman's rivalry with Lex Luthor, juggling some important systemic questions in its storytelling. Taylor continues to explore very interesting ideas with Jon Kent through his fantastic writing. The art and colors by Pugh, Henry, Fajardo, and Buccellato, are epic enough to be the grand setting for this new adventure with Jon. The letters by Sharpe are the cherry on top to make this an overall engagingly exciting and deep read. Read Full Review

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    Mail2g Jun 9, 2022

    The Lex story was interesting.

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    deen Dec 15, 2021

    An absolutely excellent issue. Jon continues to show how different he is from his dad, due to the tenacious influence of his mother. This is also some of the best Luthor writing I've read in a long time. The artwork is also amazing, I lov d that cover ever since I saw it solicited and am glad it's in my hands now. Seeing Superman with his feet up on Lex's desk is a perfect image to summarize how different his approach is to Lex than his dad's.

    This continues to be a don't-miss run and has all the makings of a classic. Don't pay attention to sad, pathetic losers on the internet who grouse at this kind of story, all because they chose to forego joy and empathy in their lives. Those louses are not worth our time.

  • 9.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 25, 2022

    Okay real talk, this obsession with men being "feminized" is probably the most obvious sign that someone wants to suck a dick. I'm an expert, you can trust me. As a half gay, this is just science. But seriously, it's part of larger antisemitic conspiracy pushed by such lovely people as Jordan B. Peterson and/or the last 5 conservatives caught raping children. ANYWAY, this is a fun book.

  • 9.5
    UxasIs Dec 11, 2021

    Great, fun, interesting issue, probably my favourite so far

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    Dave Dec 5, 2021

    Enjoyable issue, but no 10s til Jon is!!

    I was thinking which group is less likely to be fair to this book:

    A-homophobes and such
    B- the Jon should be 10 crowd

    Ones a bunch of bigots the other just wants good comics and Supersons back

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  • 9.0
    Puzzlebox Oct 12, 2022

    Funny Annual

  • 9.0
    SurvivorLiv Jan 14, 2022

    This story is amazing and, through both Clark and Jon content, shows the reader that Tom Taylor deeply understands Superman as a character. I have grown tired of edgy and cynical takes on the Man of Steel so seeing a writer so proudly write about the Man of Tomorrow is so important. I have been loving this book and this annual just continued that trend. Lex Luthor plays off of both Superman's very well. His underestimated of Jon Kent plays well and works as a good way to end the book. I am excited to hopefully see Lex and Jon interact more in the future.

  • 9.0
    DaloneDuarte Dec 7, 2021

    Taylor is creating Jon's own mythology, what is great, and a holographic dad and Lex Luthor couldn't be outside, of course.

    I liked how Taylor prevented any complaint about Jon not using his powers to solve climate changing in this issue by just simply showing that is everyone's problem and Superman isn't a nanny. Other thing: the chess play was far more interesting than the fight itself.

    I liked the art, but Jon's hair was ugly as s**it. And Batman was terrible in this issue.

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  • 8.0
    Jawsh Dec 17, 2021

    Crazy kids

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    Onomatopoeia Dec 8, 2021

    The rage this brews in lonely straight white guys is hilarious.

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  • 8.0
    Stormwrath Dec 7, 2021

    Another great issue, really enjoyed the writing and the chess game, art was ok, but after Death Metal wasn't luthor a part of totality? Did I miss something?

  • 7.0
    BigCliff Dec 14, 2021

    Superman told Lex to "take this L" this series is a hoot.

  • 7.0
    DiegoLDUganda Dec 7, 2021

    The writting at the first half of the book was just terrible. Superman and Batman looked kinda OOC. Also, no references of Luthor being the servant of Perpetua or the Totality? Like... Don't get me wrong, I hate everything related to Death Metal, but jezz, not even The Totality, it was a great concept.
    Still, I loved the interactions of Luthor and Jon.
    But pls, change Jon's hairstyle. The art is amazing but reveals how bad looks that hair.

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  • 6.5
    Valiant Son Dec 11, 2021

    I've been very critical of this comic previously, and while this is not the best thing ever, it is a perfectly competent comic. The story makes sense, and Jonathan Kent's authoritarianism is actually used intelligently.

  • 4.0
    Merlyn Dec 7, 2021

    We continue the feminization of Jon Kent who this time comes up with a classic lesbian haircut, we're probably on the path of him coming out as gender neutral (the bi thing is clearly not enough for progressives) because, to quote Tom Taylor, "We don't need yet another straight white savior", we all know how disgusting those people are. And of course we get another rant about climate change because Taylor is just obsessed with that to the point that he sees nothing else in front of him, green propaganda has eaten his brain at this point.

    But by far my greatest issue with this is the rewriting of Superman's history just so Taylor can push his Mary Sue character to the front. Why does he act like Superman never tried reasoning with more

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  • 1.0
    S.J Mar 15, 2022

    Lex Luthor is underrated.

  • 1.0
    Zazikarion Dec 13, 2021

    This was so bad, Tom Taylor can’t write Lex Luthor at all. Apparently Superman was always antagonistic to Lex (Which isn’t the case, it’s usually the opposite), which makes no sense.

  • 1.0
    RedKryptoSuperman Dec 7, 2021

    Hopefully there won't be an Annual #2 next year. Save your money kids!

  • 1.0
    Robin Dec 7, 2021

    I liked the new superman because of the way the writer was picking up stories, but now climate change and Lex Luthor arc feels much like a "been there done that" senerio where the villain is trying to befriend the hero's protégée.

    And apparently they don't even care how Jon's characters was, What in the Actually FUCK is this chess master bullshit. Where the fuck is his innocence and caring for everyone. He literally acts like a typical hero, he has special powers is sassy, smart, sarcastic, nice to animals, cares about the earth, and lastly does NOT act like the character he was.

    I want to give this issue more points but its Jon's book and Jon doesn't even act like the Jon he acts like the mix of Superman and Louis a more

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