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Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 (of 6)

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The faces are familiar, but the situation is a nightmare. Jon Kent finds himself on an Earth where his friends and loved ones are at war-a place where his personal heroes fight each other for control of the world. What will he do when he discovers that this world’s version of his father, Clark Kent, is on the verge of becoming a dictator?

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
24 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C52K6D6Z

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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Tom Taylor has written this story exclusively to provide closure for one of the best alternate earth Superman stories ever written, and I am here for it. So many heroes vs. hero conflicts (as well as their real-world counterparts) could be nipped in the bud if the lead characters would only set down their fragile insecurities for a moment and communicate like adults, and it’s both heartening and hilarious to see what are possibly the most violent incarnations of these characters being forced to do that — and by a teenager, no less.

    If you haven’t read Taylor’s Injustice run, do yourself a favor and pick up the TPBs. This book is worth the price of admission solely for the privilege of revisiting that world. The fact that Taylor has crafted a robust and good-hearted story about the difficulties of coming to terms with grief and betrayal and the necessity of self-aware introspection is just the buttercream on top of the fairy cake. The psychology of these characters is phenomenally well drawn, but that’s hardly a surprise, given the source material. I especially love the focus on Damien. He is so very much himself, and his inability to forgive applies just as strongly to himself as to every other character.

    I don’t need to belabor that one of the artists who made The Boys such a lasting and vital story is incredibly well suited for producing a dark, humane take on the DC heroes. Darick Robertson’s pencils are perfect for this story. He’s capable of an incredible amount of subtlety, alongside a ravishing knack for violence, and he’s brought his A-game to this book. Jordie Bellaire has added colors that contribute to the bright, dystopian facade of the world. He’s brilliant in his own right.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Even in spite of the negatives, Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 continues to astound. The story is clearly building to something that can really define Jon’s character. For a character who skipped his earliest years of development, the Injustice setting could be a great place for Jon to uncover the truth about who Superman is. If ever someone could save this unpredictable universe, it may be a teenager with a strong moral code and a deep-seated love for his friends.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The story is great, but one of the real strengths this issue is guest artist Darick Robertson. He’s a perfect choice for an Injustice-set story, as that world shares a lot of similarities with the world Robertson helped create with Garth Ennis. His style helps to jack up the tension as we get closer to Jon having to pick a side—and likely, to make his daring escape from a world ruled by an evil Superman.

  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    This is a pretty good issue that works on exploring more of the setting and relationships that exist so Jon can understand this world more. I do understand his need to try and help and fix things here and it is part of superhero stuff in general, but at the same time, it’s like, you want to fundamentally change a world. That’s not exactly the best thing to do based on a couple of days of understanding. He does at least work at it by asking questions more than anything else and isn’t trying to start a conflict because you can see how he just wants to talk to the Superman of this world and try to change his mind. It’s a solid setup with some mild complications brought in that work well. This issue was also a lot of fun since it has Robertson and Rapmund on the artwork and they were one of my favorite pairings during the old digital-first days with the weekly books.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Writer Tom Taylor crafts a very in-character moment for Jon with his rationale for choosing his side and it’s the highlight of the issue.

    (…)

    Taylor hasn’t been able to show why Jay is such a key factor in Jon’s life unless he’s intentionally presenting him like Jon’s first relationship that doesn’t need to be meaningful?

    Clayton Henry misses this issue so Darick Robertson fills in as artist. Robertson has a unique style so his art fits in just fine with the visuals Henry has established.

    This issue lacked that sense of racing against the clock and much sense that Jon is in a rush to save this world before returning to his Earth, but it sets up what should be an interesting next issue.

  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 serves as an excellent primer that explains to Jon Kent how Injustice Earth came to be in its current state. That said, this issue is almost all exposition, the plot hasn’t quite come together, Jon Kent is barely a participant in his own min-series, and the information only holds your attention if you know nothing about the previous Injustice stories. With two issues left, it’s hard to imagine this mini will end well when it hasn’t even started.

  • 40

    ComicBook.com

    Jon Kent continues to tour the world of “Injustice” and inform readers about this very popular alternate reality in a fashion that will be repetitive for those already familiar and direct, but dull for those who may not be. There is an action sequence stuffed in the middle that serves no purpose beyond checking off a box that superheroes fought in a mandatory trope before cooler heads prevail. The entire issue functions in a series of expository dialogues that occasionally make space for Harley or Luthor to deliver a brief one-liner straight out of an MCU script. Unfortunately, the addition of artist Darick Robertson is unable to perform a face lift on this banal endeavor in plotting. While his characters are more expressive and provide a wider array of diversity in facial expressions, no artist is capable of making the hideous Injustice-Batman design look good and the violence displayed here leans away from Robertson’s strengths (as displayed in series like The Boys and, more recently, Hellblazer: Rise and Fall). “The Road to Injustice” keeps trucking along and perhaps the story will grow engaging after finally arriving at its destination next month.

  • 40

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This book didn’t grab me anywhere near as much as Dark Knights did. There is things about this issue, this series, and indeed the recent characterization of Jon that just aren’t working for me.

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    Darick Robertson is on art this issue. I’ve always liked Robertson’s art so was glad to see him on a book. This issue is pretty busy with a lot of characters walking in and out of the book. Robertson shines on the action sequences, especially with Jon’s electric powers. His style is different than usual artist Clayton Henry so I wonder how it will seem when the story is read in one lump.

    Still, overall this book isn’t one I can easily recommend. On to the particulars.

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