Who’s stupid enough to headbutt Superman? (Superman: Son of Kal El #9 Comic Review)

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Superman: Son of Kal El #9

Writer: Tom Taylor

Pencils: Bruno Redondo

Inks: Bruno Redondo and Wade Von Grawbadger

Color: Adriand Lucas

Letters: Wes Abbot

This issue of Superman is part 2 of a two-part crossover, with Nightwing. Tom Taylor also writes Nightwing so having the series connect is not a change in tone at all. This arc focuses on a simple murder mystery of finding out who is behind the death of Risk (a Titan), which has led the duo of Superman and Nightwing to Lex Luthor. The crossover may use this as a catalyst to get Nightwing and Superman together, but the real focus is on how Jonathan Kent fits in with the rest of the DC Universe as the new Superman. His relationship with Dick Grayson is explored here as Nightwing is brought into the fold of Superman’s larger storyline.

Crossovers are often complicated and require an intricate knowledge of each title, thankfully this is not the case here. The story says “part 2” but it is generally self-contained for the reader who only picks up one title. Everything that happened in Nightwing is quickly caught up in the first few pages. Superman and Nightwing find a group of powered individuals that are connected to Risk’s death (and they happen to be from Gamorra). The president of Gamorra can actually control these individuals, and it seems like they have more in common with The Sucidie Squad than a typical super powered team. Nightwing and Superman discover there is a link between Luther and Gamorra but the trail runs cold quick and leads to a pretty damning cliffhanger, with ramifications that will play out in this series. The other aspect of the story focuses on how Jonathan Kent really looks up to Dick Grayson. They both have a shared experience, with Jon becoming Superman and Dick taking up the cape and cowl before, with large shoes to fill. There are some really great moments that make Superman’s connection to the larger universe of heroes really meaningful.

Tim’s Thoughts
This is how you do a crossover. Don’t punish those who happen to miss parts from other series, maintain one writer across the “event,” and make it meaningful to the ongoing narrative. Tom Taylor crafted a well written and singular crossover that was fun to read. I appreciate the dynamic between Superman and Nightwing, and it is interesting seeing Superman look up to someone. Often Jonathan has been paired with Damian, and this new relationship brings a new element to the character and helps develop Superman as vulnerable. With the crossover being so short and focused there really is not too much to talk about (without spoiling the ramifications) but it is great to see that Tom Taylor continues to make fun, accessible, and meaningful Superman books.

Bruno Redondo’s art adds to the fun of the title. Adriand Lucas’ colors make everything pop with excitement and flare. It is a book that is just a blast to look at. It is all very kinetic, and exemplifies the hope that Superman represents. I have been loving the art in the series thus far, but the team here just really fit with the overall tone of this series. I would love to see more from them going forward.


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Summary A quick crossover, that highlights the relationship between Superman and Nightwing. This crossover has major ramifications going forward, but continues the trend of making this title a fun, light, and meaningful read.


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