Review – Superman: Son of Kal-El #14 – The War Begins

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Superman: Son of Kal-El #14 – Tom Taylor, Writer; Cian Tormey, Artist; Federico Blee, Colorist

Ray – 9/10

Ray: Tom Taylor is pulling elements from many of his assorted properties together here, including the fan-favorite Revolutionaries from his short Suicide Squad run. After Lois Lane exposes Henry Bendix’s plan to export mind-controlled superhumans across the world, Bendix girds for war and puts Gamorra under a giant force field. Jon, Jay, and Dreamer gather the Revolutionaries to pitch their plan to invade the country and liberate the meta-prisoners, but the Revolutionaries have a major problem with Jon’s no-killing policy. It seems like the alliance is going to fall apart—until a surprise guest-appearance by Damian Wayne helps to bridge the gap. Taylor has never written Damian as a lead-character, but he basically perfectly gets the dynamic of the older Super-Sons. And it’s great to see the two reunite again after last issue’s dark flash forward that saw Damian meet a terrible fate during the Gamorran invasion.

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This segment is intriguing, but the issue really picks up in the last half as Jay and Jon head to the fortress to plan the assault. Jon gives Jay a suit and flight ring as the intangible young meta officially steps into the role of a superhero for the first time. The infiltration of Gamorra is an interesting action segment as Jon’s powers are essentially useless—a full-on assault would just make him a target, while Jay’s intangibility makes him perfect for infiltrating and trying to find allies trapped within the country. This comic has always had a great handle on the difference between a country’s leadership and its citizens, and it seems like the tide is turning—but Bendix has one last disturbing surprise up his sleeve. This entire series has been top-notch, but it feels like we’re finally reaching the conclusion of this big arc. We’ve got a great villain, great supporting cast, and a truly evil villain, making this the perfect second half of this Superman renaissance we’re in right now.

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