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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 Mar 12, 2022
2.0

The first thing to say is that I hate having to read a completely different title to get the first (or any other) part of a story. It is a disease that has long afflicted comics. It's even more of a problem when that other title is as bad as Nightwing #89.

This issue is as dull as the previous one. I think this might be the comic that finally persuaded me to give up on modern DC. I'll j more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #9

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Mar 9, 2022

Superman/Nightwing crossover part 2 of 2! Nightwing promised Clark Kent that while he's off-planet, Nightwing would look after Clark's son, Jon, as he tries to fill his father's shoes as Superman. But with someone out there murdering superpowered people, is Nightwing in over his head? Read Nightwing #89 (in stores 2/15/22) for part 1 of this crosso...

Valiant Son reviewed Nightwing #89 Mar 12, 2022
3.0

The dialogue between Clark and Bruce in the opening pages is dreadful. Taylor has demonstrated this trait towards trite and glib dialogue before; clearly he think it is sharp, witty and deep, but it isn't: it's just tedious.

And tedious is the perfect word to describe this comic as a whole. We get very little happening alongside smatterings of sub-CW dialogue, where every character over more

Nightwing #89

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Feb 16, 2022

Superman/Nightwing crossover! Years ago,when Robin took his first uncertain steps away from Batman as his own hero, Superman stepped in and offered Dick Grayson crucial advice, support, and a name: Nightwing. Now it's time for Nightwing to return the favor.

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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #8 Feb 24, 2022
2.0

BORING!

Aside from the perennial problem of modern comics taking an issue to tell three pages of story, the story itself just isn't very interesting.

Dull. Dull. Dull.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #8

By: Tom Taylor, Cian Tormey
Released: Feb 9, 2022

Henry Bendix's plans for ultimate control threaten every superhero on Earth. And, in trying to stand against the dictator of Gamorra, Superman makes himself a target of business and world leaders. He is seen by too many as a force that must be stopped. How much can even a Man of Steel stand against before he bends?

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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 Jan 22, 2022
4.0

Originally I just gave this issue a rating and left my review at that, because I just didn't have the energy to bother commenting, and that pretty well sums up how I feel about it; this is not an objectively bad comic, but it isn't a good one either. The environmental allegory at the heart is laboured and painfully obvious, while the more potentially interesting story about Bendix and his connecti more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #7

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Jan 19, 2022

Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted.

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egonnn244 reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 Nov 25, 2021
5.5

"It's not you, it's an armed robbery"

Yeah, there's like zero chemistry between these two. Zero. Nada. Zilch. But at least we know who's going to be headlining the next year's pride anthology.

With that out of the way.

Five issues! It took Jon five issues to finally act like a bloody superhero. About damn time. Saving people from drowning, kidnapping; finding lost more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Nov 17, 2021

Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?

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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #6 Jan 13, 2022
6.0

There is a vaguely interesting story here. When Bendix first appeared in #2, I noted in my review that there was a half-way decent set up for an interesting story, and this issue moves us fractionally further on in that story. It is vaguely interesting, but the pace is deathly slow. To some extent this isn't entirely Taylor's fault, being more a problem with industry-wide comic writing. Like the m more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #6

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Jan 5, 2022

Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted!

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6.5

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.

Superman: Son of Kal-El Annual: 2021

By: Tom Taylor, Clayton Henry
Released: Dec 8, 2021

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.

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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 Nov 16, 2021
5.0

The artwork is better than last issue, as is the colouring. The script is better too. Nothing really happens, though. In this instance, Taylor's script is the victim of the current trend for incredibly decompressed story-telling.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Nov 17, 2021

Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?

Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 Oct 25, 2021
2.0

This is bad. This is really, really bad. The story is almost non-existent; the dialogue cringey; the line-work poor. Honestly, the colouring isn't great, but it's the least of the problems with this issue.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #4

By: Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Released: Oct 20, 2021

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.

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Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 Oct 11, 2021
5.0

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." (Re more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #3

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Sep 29, 2021

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 ...

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Merlyn - Oct 15, 2021

Great review, I'd just like to point out that my problem here wasn't with Jonathan saving the refugees, just with the messages Taylor was trying to put forward regarding immigration. He makes it look like it's very black and white and it really isn't. As you said, there's the problem of the asylum claiming, of the fact that no country can receive everyone who wants to be there but most of all the claim that Taylor pushed forward that only desperate people are seeking to go to other countries.

Merlyn - Oct 15, 2021

That's just blatantly false, there are economic migrants who go to other countries just to get better paid jobs and not because they're in any real life-threatening danger in their countries, and those people are taking advantage of asylum laws. That doesn't seem very fair to me. That was my main point.

Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 Aug 26, 2021
5.0

"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 more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #1

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Jul 28, 2021

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...

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Valiant Son - Aug 28, 2021

I'm not engaging with you any further because not only do you ignore anything that doesn't fit with your narrative, but also you try to assert what I think without knowing anything about me, and most importantly, you suck the joy out of life. Go away, you irritating child. I'm sure that you will reply because you are clearly the kind of egotistical who just has to have the last word.

Amazing Psycamorean - Aug 28, 2021

I explicitly engaged with what you said, and my assertions about your beliefs were based entirely in what you said in your review and your comments afterwards. I know you don't want me to do this, but I could explain each of my assertions one by one and connect them with your exact words. I don't have to insult you or pull my credentials to validate and bolster my argument. A refusal of engagement shows you can't defend your argument. How embarrassing.

Valiant Son reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #2 Aug 26, 2021
4.0

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 more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #2

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Aug 25, 2021

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...

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SenpaifenixJäger - Aug 27, 2021

Thanks for saying it, there is too much hypocrisy in this book and, as you say, xenophobia. I feel that in a need to make their comic book heroes look good, more now with all the terrible situation in Afghanistan they hang up this little act when they have left a lot of Cubans to drown. I'm not saying that a country has to take all responsibility for the citizens of other countries if it is not in their hands. The issue of refugees and the undocumented is very complicated.

SenpaifenixJäger - Aug 27, 2021

Now we are talking that Clark is a citizen raised, nationalized and educated in the USA and it is not his land? !!! Sounds like an ungrateful bastard, to me.

Valiant Son reviewed Revival Vol. 2 Deluxe Aug 17, 2021
7.0

Good, but the scripting issues I noted from the previous volume remain. Some things are not explained either visually or in the text, which leaves you with a sense of disorientation.

Revival Vol. 2 Deluxe

By: Tim Seeley, Mike Norton

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to find the murderer of her undead sister and maintain order in a town separated by ideological differences. When Dana is called to assist the FBI in New York City, she’ll see how big the mystery is, and how dangerous the world can be. Collec...

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Valiant Son reviewed Revival Vol. 1 Deluxe Aug 17, 2021
7.5

The story is interesting and the art strong. It does suffer a little, however, from some odd scripting, which causes confusion.

Revival Vol. 1 Deluxe

By: Tim Seeley, Mike Norton

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyo...

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Valiant Son rated Wonder Girl #2 Aug 17, 2021
7.0

Wonder Girl #2

By: Joelle Jones
Released: Jul 7, 2021

After receiving a sacred gift from the gods of Brazil, our hero seems destined for great things. Little does she know, another pantheon has been watching her as well. Hera, queen of the Greek gods, has chosen Yara to become her latest champion. But what need does the goddess have for a warrior of her own? Find out in this stirring second issue!

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Valiant Son reviewed Wonder Girl #1 Jul 25, 2021
7.5

A noticeable improvement on the Future State Wonder Woman story. Yara Flor starts to show more of a personality, and although the pacing was a bit off, there actually seemed to be a story for this one worthy of a single issue (whereas Future State didn't even warrant a full issue, let alone two). Of course, the art looks great.

Wonder Girl #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: May 19, 2021

The story of Yara Flor starts here!
Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life-and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and wit...

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6.5

The second issue looks great still, but just confirms that there was only enough story an 8 page backup strip.

Future State: Wonder Woman #2

By: Joelle Jones
Released: Feb 3, 2021

Emerging from the Amazon rain forest, the new Wonder Woman must battle her way through hell! Witness Yara Flor at the height of her power as she takes on the king of the underworld, Hades himself! Betrayed by a close ally, Yara’s back is against the wall as she is forced to battle legions of demons for survival and to liberate her Themysciran sis...

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6.5

Fine. Joëlle Jones artwork shines, while her writing is simply present. The comic looks great, but the story is barely there. Yet again, I wish for the days before "de-compressed story-telling".

Future State: Wonder Woman #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: Jan 6, 2021

Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest lies a hero of mythic legend...Wonder Woman! But in the absence of Diana, Yara Flor has risen out of obscurity to protect Man’s World from the magic that lies within it. Along with her trusty steed, she journeys to the Underworld to rescue one of her Themysciran sisters from the grasp of Hades. Will she ...

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Valiant Son rated Destiny, NY #4 Jul 25, 2021
8.5

Destiny, NY #4

By: Pat Shand, Manuel Preitano
Released: Jun 16, 2021

It's the over-sized finale to the first arc of DESTINY, NY, the ongoing series that asks what happens after a prophecy is completed.
As Gia faces the truth about her destiny, Logan makes a choice that will change the course of her life.
Also, Lilith faces off with her sister and the crime empire that she could have inherited.
Everyth...

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Valiant Son rated Destiny, NY #3 Jul 25, 2021
8.5

Destiny, NY #3

By: Pat Shand, Manuel Preitano
Released: May 26, 2021

As Gia's execution order processes, she prepares for a date with Logan... who is also secretly seeing Lilith, the woman Gia is destined to kill. Meanwhile, a frustrated Augusten tries to get some action at home, but finds his husband in a less-than-ideal situation.

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Valiant Son rated Destiny, NY #2 Jul 25, 2021
8.5

Destiny, NY #2

By: Pat Shand, Manuel Preitano
Released: Apr 28, 2021

After meeting the mysterious Lilith, former prophecy girl Logan McBride's life is thrown into turmoil when her ex (and now, rising MMA star and former prophecy girl herself) Bailey comes back into town.  
Also, Gia is hanging out with Lilith... you know, the woman she's destined to kill.  
Basically, everything is going ...

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Valiant Son reviewed Barbaric #1 Jul 18, 2021
5.0

Swearing is big and clever!

Oh dear. This has some nice art, and the colour work is good too, but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. I have no moral objection to swearing, but it is superfluous in the dialogue here. In fact, the dialogue is pretty atrocious even without all the profanity.

There is possibly a story worth reading, but on the basis of this issue, it seems t more

Barbaric #1

By: Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden
Released: Jun 30, 2021

Owen the Barbarian has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches.
Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-...

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7.5

A fun and entertaining comic, with some really nice art. My main criticism is that the story is wrapped up a bit too quickly: the pacing isn't quite right. Really, this could have done with being a double sized issue as there was perhaps too much time spent on reintroducing the characters (good as this was) for the main story to have room to breathe. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this, and I'm def more

Stargirl Spring Break Special #1

By: Geoff Johns, Fred Hembeck
Released: May 26, 2021

Legendary comics writer Geoff Johns returns to his breakthrough hero, Stargirl, in this special one-shot illustrated by Todd Nauck!
Courtney Whitmore’s spring break plans aren’t like your average high schooler’s. Instead of hanging out with friends, she’s heading out on an adventure with her stepfather, Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E...

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Valiant Son reviewed Destiny, NY #1 Jun 28, 2021
8.0

A refreshing slice of life comic, with hints of a mystery underneath. The supernatural Harry Potteresque aspect is the least satisfactory, although it doesn't undermine the story, and the main characters are given plenty of life. Looking forward to reading #2.

Destiny, NY #1

By: Pat Shand, Manuel Preitano
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Logan grew up in a boarding school for children with magical prophecies, but she fulfilled her destiny so young that she's now having a midlife crisis despite being in her 20s. When she falls for the estranged daughter of a mystical crime family, Logan's new love puts the entire school in jeopardy.  
A grounded story about the magic ...

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7.0

A promising start. Not the best script from Zdarsky, but it is way better than the art. Wow, the art is bad.

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry
Released: Apr 14, 2021

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgo...

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Valiant Son reviewed Batman: The Detective #1 Apr 14, 2021
2.0

Not for me. I really don't care.

It might have been more appealing if there had been a story.

Batman: The Detective #1

By: Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert
Released: Apr 14, 2021

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he la...

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Valiant Son reviewed Geiger #1 Apr 14, 2021
6.0

Gary Frank's art is great (as always), and Johns' script is competent. This issue fails, however, in making me care; there is nothing here to make me want to read any more. I'll give it another issue, because Johns and Frank have a pedigree that shouldn't be dismissed lightly.

Nit-picks:

1. How are the dogs able to survive in the open? Have they undergone a mutation too? Seem more

Geiger #1

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Apr 7, 2021

Industry heavyweights GEOFF JOHNS (Superman, Green Lantern, Batman: Three Jokers) and GARY FRANK (Superman, Supergirl, The Incredible Hulk) of DC's DOOMSDAY CLOCK reteam for what will be one of the most anticipated new series of 2021 in the forthcoming GEIGER. This mind blowing new series will take local comic shops by storm in April from Image Com...

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Valiant Son reviewed Nubia: Real One OGN Feb 26, 2021
1.0

A stupid, illogical plot sits alongside poorly realised characters and abysmal art.

That the message in the book is deeply divisive, and comes from a bigoted place, only worsens what is already unfit for publication.

Truly execrable.

Nubia: Real One OGN

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Released: Feb 24, 2021

Nubia has always been a little bit...different. As a baby she showcased Amazon-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor's cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she's no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, they wouldn't want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she's reminded ...

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Valiant Son reviewed Star Trek: Year Five #16 Feb 19, 2021
4.5

A dull plot with characters acting out of character once again. This time it is Harry Mudd's turn to be nothing like the roguish petty criminal and con-man that he was in the original series. He isn't even drawn in the same likeness, but rather in the likeness of the actor who played him in the ill-considered Star Trek Discovery "Short Trek" episode. (FWIW I don't hate Discovery, but it is a very more

Star Trek: Year Five #16

By: Jody Houser, Silvia Califano
Released: Nov 11, 2020

Election season is in full swing across the Federation, and even though it seems ridiculous, Harry Mudd is rising to the top of the polls! The crew of the Enterprise suspects that there's more to Mudd's game than just wanting to do his civic duty, and their investigation will uncover a rot that threatens the entire Federation from the inside. The f...

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Valiant Son reviewed Radiant Black #1 Feb 14, 2021
5.0

A disappointing, uninspired, and derivative first issue.

There was nothing new in this comic. This has been done hundreds of times before. I appreciate that this was just the origin story, but it wasn't a particularly good or interesting one, and there really was nothing to make me care about reading more.

This isn't a bad comic, but neither is it a good one. The writing is more

Radiant Black #1

By: Kyle Higgins, Marcello Costa
Released: Feb 10, 2021

For fans of INVINCIBLE and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes a brand-new ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer KYLE HIGGINS (Ultraman, C.O.W.L.) and artist MARCELO COSTA that reinvents superheroes for a new generation!

Nathan Burnett has just turned thirty, and things aren't great: He's working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card de...

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