I love every single part of you (Superman: Son of Kal El #10 comic review)

I love every single part of you (Superman: Son of Kal El #10 comic review)Score 80%Score 80%

Superman: Son of Kal El #10

Writer: Tom Taylor

Pencils: Cian Tormey

Color: Federico Blee

Letters: Dave Sharpe

Superman has been framed for murder. The Gamorra Corps has bombs implanted in their heads (much like the Sucide Squad) and Jonathan Kent was caught on film nearby while one was going off. To the general public, the video footage looks like Superman killed someone. This is all part of a general conspiracy between Lex Luthor and President Bendix. They want to make Gamorra into a faux-peace force, with the governmentally controlled and created Gamorra Corps. This issue deals with the fallout of Superman’s apparent crime and how Lex Luthor uses it as a piece of propaganda.

This issue seems to be a stop gap. It is essentially a “one shot” that reminds readers what came before (as it was dealt with in a mini-crossover with Nightwing) and how the status quo has changed. Lex Luthor is holding a press conference smearing Superman, claiming that Jonathan Kent is not fit to fulfill his father’s role. He pushes the narrative that Superman is now a known murderer, and tries to stoke fear in the general public against Jonathan. While this is happening Jonathan is attempting to rescue people that now fear him. A majority of the comic is playing off these two elements, showing how well Lex’s propaganda is working and how Superman stands up for truth in the face of adversity. However, the comic ends with Lois Lane being the real hero (in a number of ways) and then setting everything up for the next adventure.

Tim’s Thoughts
Tom Taylor delivers another great Superman comic. However, I think this issue stands a little bit below what came before. It reads like a book that would be great for new readers to catch up on the title, but for someone following the series it is a bit redundant. Nothing is really bad here, Jonathan’s characterization still shows he deserves to be Superman. But Taylor has sold this already in the last nine issues. It is nice to see Superman standing up and continuing his fight, even when people are scared of him, but there are no surprises here. The real strength in this issue is actually Lois Lane. She stands up against Lex Luthor, and is the real hero of this story. Sure Superman saves people with his physical strength, but his mom is able to take down one of the most intelligent villains at a press conference. Lois also learns about her son’s new romantic interest and her reaction is well scripted by Taylor. Far better than the Republican Lois Lane they were trying to push in the early 2000s (this is real and was in the horrible DC Universe Decisions comic). Thankfully, Taylor does end the book with a promise of things to come. Overall, a good comic but not the must read previous issues have been. Tom Taylor set the bar high against himself.
Cian Tormey (art) and Federico Blee (colors) create a visually appealing book here. This whole series has been colorful and full of bright hopeful images, and this team carries that forward. There are some scenes that really exemplify the themes of the book, and the one page splash with Lois and Jonathan is a great piece of art. The oppressive nature Superman faces and his unwillingness to bend is shown through the art that is as bright and hopeful as the heroes in this book. 

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Summary The Superman title takes a break between arcs to fill new readers in and set up the next adventure. Overall a good comic, but not the essential reading previous issues have been.


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