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Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3 Review: Great Elements

Jonathan Kent hasn't been back from the future for long, growing into the mantle of his father and terrified that continuity, er, circumstance will take Kal-El's guidance from him forever. However, he's also got a different take on what it takes to wear the shield and shows some of his approach in Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3.

Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3 Review: Great Elements
Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3 Cover. Credit: DC Comics

Tom Taylor's script does some things very well — by mirroring a play from the Supergirl show, he makes a play to manipulate public opinion in the right direction. Likewise, with the amazing depictions from John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, and Dave Sharpe deliver on action scenes suitable for huge screens. The relationship between Jonathan and his father is also endearingly depicted, and there's a wonderful moment for Lois Lane here that showcases her real value to the franchise.

The biggest problem comes with a character called Faultline, a woman of color who is used as a prop and a weapon by powers beyond her ability to understand. Her lack of agency and wafer-thin characterization is a huge deficit — at no point in this issue does she have the ability to affect her destiny. That challenge made the central conflicts of this issue problematic, sapping some of its quality therein.

That's not to say there's not a lot of great elements to this work, but the challenges listed herein prevent this from flying that high into the sky. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.

Superman: Son Of Kal-El #3
By Tom Taylor, John Timms
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 John Timms, artist on Future State: Superman of Metropolis.

Superman Son Of Kal-El #3

Superman Son Of Kal-El #3 Review: Great Elements
Review by Hannibal Tabu

The last day together for father and son is filled with action, but falls short with a problematic new player on the field.

Mike Cotton, Diego Lopez

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Hannibal TabuAbout Hannibal Tabu

Hannibal Tabu is a writer, journalist, DJ, poet and designer living in south Los Angeles with his wife and children. He's a winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, winner of the 2018-2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, his weekly comic book review column THE BUY PILE can be found on iHeartRadio's Nerd-O-Rama podcast, his reviews can be found on, and more information can be found at his website, As well, alongside artist Demar Douglas, he will answer the question, "What is False Flag?"
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