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Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 (of 6)

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ANOTHER SUPERMAN HAS FALLEN.

Across the Multiverse, Kal-Els are being murdered.

Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, believes only one man can help stop the killing-Kal-El’s son, Jon Kent!

Jon will have to step across dimensions and face the killer of the Kal- Els, the monstrous Ultraman, the man who kidnapped and tortured him for years.

And Val-Zod is not acting alone in trying to save the Supermen.

Who is the mysterious woman alongside him? And what is her shocking connection to the Super-Family?

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BTTXBBF1

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20 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    COMICON

    As well as the welcome return of Jon Kent into his own title, ‘Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent ‘#1, is also a statement of intent from Tom Taylor, Clayton Henry, Jordie Bellaire and Wes Abbott. A comic book that gives DC Comic book fans a good deal of crowd-pleasing characters and dramatic moments that grabs you by the lapels and draws you in from the very first page. A must-read book if there ever was one. If you aren’t a Jon Kent fan yet, you will be after this powerhouse of a debut issue.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Tom Taylor returns for a new Jon Kent series that sees him continuing to live up to the mantle of Superman while forging a new path of excitement. Ultraman returns with a vengeance after spending most of his time killing off various Supermen in any alternate universes so he’s setting his sights on Jon himself (He previously held Jon hostage and tortured him during that time) but he does find some salvation when he runs into Val-Zod, The Superman of “Earth-2″(and without a doubt one of the shining stars of The New 52) and an alternate Red Tornado who’s got close ties to the Clark Kent of her world (**NO SPOILERS**); Taylor has definitely bounced back from the slump he was in during this time on “Son of Kal-El” because, for the first time ever, he’s giving us the start of a superhero epic that doesn’t feel convoluted in the least but will show Jon in a new light that feels like a fresh start for both him and Taylor as this is his best work to date. Clayton Henry on art duties is by far the best choice the editor of this title made as his style is sleek yet powerful enough in order to tell a story of this magnitude. AoS: Jon Kent is the true rebirth for a character that’s been dismissed by Superman fans while at the same time, it’s a brilliant companion piece to “Injustice” and the start of a story that may or may not thrill you but will keep your attention regardless of the premise.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 99

    Comic Watch

    Taylor has penned a solid start to this latest Superman saga, opening with an issue that perfectly balances several varieties of emotional heft with a heaping portion of action and the promise of plentiful multiversal shenanigans in the future. (…) Themes of loss (of spouses, childhood, and the simple, happy innocence that life always promises and rarely delivers) are threaded through this story, but the counterweight of hope balances them. And (did I mention?) we’re being promised an adventure in a multiverse created by one of the minds responsible for the phenomenal Injustice series. This story is also going to be fun. (…) Clayton Henry’s art is, as ever, absolutely phenomenal. He packs a series’ worth of naked characters into the positioning of a hand, the shadow falling across the left half of a face, and a slight motion of an eyelid, and that’s without mentioning the incredible level of detail with which he renders backgrounds, action sequences, and plain, ordinary cosmic rubble. (…) This story is, in every sense, beautiful. It’s enticing, dark, and brimming with the twin enticements of threat and desire. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • 90

    AIPT

    With a relaunched Superman and a new status quo in Action Comics, it’s easy to see a world where Adventures of Superman gets caught in the shadow of DC’s flagships and stands tall among them. Taylor has an ambitious story laid out here with expressive-but-grounded art from Henry and Bellaire, this book is simply a must-read.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Taylor always does a fantastic job of making the DC Universe feel like a connected entity. Hero cameos always make sense and feel more vital to the story than an awkward forced interaction.

    While the cover shows him utilizing his new powers, the issue only teases Electric Jon Superman, but Taylor foreshadows that this could be how Jon can beat Ultraman.

    This was a great start to Jon’s new adventures and should appeal to fans of the younger Superman, the Earth-2 characters or those seeking a compelling Multiverse story.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    It’s easy to forget that Taylor has been writing DC books for the better part of ten years, since he only really took off into a superstar a few years ago, but for this he’s calling back to some of his earliest work. His reinvention of the JSA was seen as an improvement on the original Earth-2 run, particularly in its introduction of Val-Zod and the Red Tornado of this world—secretly a reanimated Lois Lane. The arrival of these two, thanks to their connection to Mister Terrific, makes this a stealth sequel to several books at once. This first issue is a little laid-back at times, due to setting up its plot, but it has some great emotional moments as Jon and Lois realize that the monster who took years from Jon is back—and may be threatening their family again. Of course, we know that the headline threat here is someone else entirely, and this issue did a great job of setting up the journey to Injustice.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 gets this series’ narrative off the ground with a wonderful mix of action and setup. It never fails to be interesting, even as it lays out a sizable amount of plot for the reader.

  • 86

    Zona Negativa

  • 85

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    Compelling story and solid art. Horrifying opening, but it sets the stage for the multiversal threat, plus a great cliffhanger to end on.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Taylor knows what he’s doing in this book, opening up with Ultraman. It’s good to show readers the stakes right away, and seeing Ultraman destroy a Superman is an excellent way to get readers interested. From there, it’s right to Jon, finally enjoying his life now that he has a secret identity again. Look, a lot of people still complain about Jon being aged up, but this Jon is a great character, and Taylor has done a wonderful job with him. Jon Kent could have been a cliche superhero, but Taylor has crafted him into something special, which this issue even talks about, as he doesn’t immediately attack Val-Zod. Jon was allowed to become something special, and that’s all on Taylor. (…) Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 is a pitch-perfect first issue. Taylor, Henry, Bellaire, and Abbott give readers a thrill ride that sinks its hooks into readers and dares them not to buy the next issue.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    There is an added bonus with Red Tornado being there. The Earth 2 Lois’ persona was downloaded into the robot in that series. I hope we see more interactions between our Lois and the Tornado. Some grist there. Overall this was a good hook for the series. The art is delicious. The quest is noble. I like the co-stars. And it feels like a fresh start for Jon. Here is hoping the series continues like this!

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Taylor knows what he’s doing in this book, opening up with Ultraman. It’s good to show readers the stakes right away, and seeing Ultraman destroy a Superman is an excellent way to get readers interested. From there, it’s right to Jon, finally enjoying his life now that he has a secret identity again. Look, a lot of people still complain about Jon being aged up, but this Jon is a great character, and Taylor has done a wonderful job with him. Jon Kent could have been a cliche superhero, but Taylor has crafted him into something special, which this issue even talks about, as he doesn’t immediately attack Val-Zod. Jon was allowed to become something special, and that’s all on Taylor. (…) Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 is a pitch-perfect first issue. Taylor, Henry, Bellaire, and Abbott give readers a thrill ride that sinks its hooks into readers and dares them not to buy the next issue.

  • 80

    COMICON

    he script is strong but the plot has some issues. Taylor does superhero action and soap operatics really well. Jon and Jay’s relationship is finally to a point that it feels natural. His friendship with Val is immediate but it uses superhero tropes effectively to show why these two would connect and listen to each other, rather than be at odds. The opening scene also makes Ultraman terrifying in a way he hasn’t been since JLA: Earth-2.

    It does fall down in a few places though. The dialogue is overly cutesy in more than one instance (Jon and Val talking about the fight-then-team-up trope is eye-roll worthy). The last third of the book is full of convenience and coincidence to the point the plot is doing backflips. Kal-El is coincidentally off-world. Ultraman conveniently has a weapon that weakens Kal-El’s rather than Val or Jon. It mars an otherwise good issue, especially when it would be stronger with Jon proving himself to Clark.

    Overall though, I think this is a great launch. It’s just a little too try-hard. That doesn’t prevent me from recommending it, especially for fans of the House of El.

  • 80

    COMICON

    The script is strong but the plot has some issues. Taylor does superhero action and soap operatics really well. Jon and Jay’s relationship is finally to a point that it feels natural. His friendship with Val is immediate but it uses superhero tropes effectively to show why these two would connect and listen to each other, rather than be at odds. The opening scene also makes Ultraman terrifying in a way he hasn’t been since JLA: Earth-2. (…) I think this is a great launch. It’s just a little too try-hard in places. That doesn’t prevent me from recommending it, especially for fans of the House of El.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 sets up a great “big bad” with Ultraman, has some great guest appearances by Val-Zod, Oracle and Mister Terrific, and gives us some fun glimpses into Jonathan’s personal life. I look forward to what comes next. Recommended.

  • 75

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Tom Taylor, Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 has a dual purpose. First, it needs to set up what’s to come and second, it needs to give readers a sense of where Jon is with his life. It does both of those in a nice transition that feels organic and natural. But, it drags all of that out through the comic making it a rather slow, but at the same time satisfying, start. (…) The art by Clayton Henry is solid. The comic is able to go from amazing action sequences to a conversation at a kitchen table without missing a beat. With color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Wes Abbott, the comic delivers a balance of ominous without being totally doom and gloom. Superman is being killed and yet the imagery and colors still pop. The lettering, especially at the opening, adds to the overall vibe of scenes and comics. It’s a good combo and look that delivers a comic that feels like its style fits with what we’ve seen from both Action Comics and the newly relaunched Superman. All three titles are able to do big battles and even weighty topics but still deliver a look and feel of cheer and hope.

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 is a good start. It takes a bit to get to the end’s big reveal and also the mission ahead, but it does a good job as an opening chapter. There’s a lot we know that’s coming, and that’s part of the issue. While the comic sets up Jon’s adventure, it doesn’t get us to where we want it to go, him heading to the world of “Injustice.” That’s partially why it feels a bit slow getting to the point. Overall though, it’s a first issue that’ll fit in nicely as we get to read more of the series, sadly we need to wait for that to happen.

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    Ultimately, the best thing about “Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent” #1 is what it promises. It efficiently lays the groundwork for a bigger story while effectively communicating who its heroes are. But unfortunately, as good as the setup is, it’s hard to find greatness without execution.

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent” #1 is a good issue but feels more like a promise of great things to come than a great product in its own right

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 looks great, reads great, and gives you plenty of super action for the cover price in a story that sets up Jon Kent’s long-awaited confrontation with Ultraman. Unfortunately, the setup that gets Jon involved in the fight has more plot holes than a wheel of Swiss cheese, so the setup feels more contrived than it should for a moment this big.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 is a comic that does not require reading. Fans concerned about events in the Superman family of books can be sure they know all they need from the solicit, while the story inside this issue remains cold, uninflected, and generally uninteresting. It provides capable illustrations and slight expansions for a series of story beats already summarized in fewer than 100 words. Perhaps future issues will provide a narrative to provoke interest and engage its audience, but that is entirely absent here.

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