You think Superman can fly through a living being’s brain? (Superman: Son of Kal El #8 Comic Review)
Superman: Son of Kal El #8
Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Cian Tormey
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Color: Federico Blee
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Superman continues his fight against the Gamorran government, and their team of super powered heroes. A giant kaiju-esque creature came up from the ocean and started to attack Metropolis. Jonathan’s Kent’s philosophy led him to try and help and understand the creature, while the Gamorra corps went straight for the kill. There was also some promise of Aqualad (Jackson Hyde) getting involved and teaming up with Superman to protect the creature. This issue concludes this short storyline.
This short arc gets a quick wrap up, but sows the seeds for further, and larger, conflicts. Gamorra Corps tries to kill the creature but Superman and Aqualad are able to gain the upper hand. The main conflict arises from the destruction caused to Metropolis and Superman’s internal struggle with saving lives and minimizing damage, when it is near impossible to do both here. There is also a new twist on the Gamorra corps, revealed at the end of this book, that leaves the reader with a clear vision of what is coming next.
This book is really quick and fast, and the action is resolved rather quickly. There is no real “threat” here but that is not the story Tom Taylor is trying to tell. This is all about Superman’s philosophy and what makes him a hero that is worth idolizing. The Gamorra Corps even comments that Jonathan could have ended the fight by flying through the creatures brain, and therefore ending any possible damage to Metropolis immediately. Aqualad’s response, that Taylor scripts is perfect, “You think Superman can fly through a living being’s brain? I think you missed the point of Superman.” Of course Superman could end every fight in seconds, but if he exerted his power that way he would no longer be a savior, he would be a despot. The Gamorra Corps seems to be the foil to this argument (and coincidentally are controlled by an actual despot). They feel they should come in and immediately neutralize any threat, even if it means killing something. Many people think Superman is “boring” because of his power, but Tom Taylor understand he is interesting and has longevity because of how he wields it. This is a single issue that stands as an example of what makes Superman so special (regardless if it is Jonathan Kent or Clark Kent). I am so happy we have a writer that is interested in giving Superman exciting conflicts every issue along with exploring what makes the character so compelling thematically. This continues to be the best Superman has been in a long time.
Cian Tormey is still on art duties here and there is nothing much to add from the last issue. He clearly is having fun drawing the kaiju, and the action is always dynamic and fun to follow. Federico Blee’s colors are bright and vibrant and really captures the blue tones that a battle at sea needs. This book is as bright and fun as Superman should be. It stands in contrast to the way Action Comics currently looks (purposefully) and therefore creates two unique and fun titles to hold and admire.
Summary Jonathan Kent is a shining example of what Superman is. Even though the character is different the spirit and themes of Superman live on in this title. This issue in particular outlines exactly what makes him such an important symbol of hope.