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Superman: Son of Kal-El #11

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Jonathan Kent has faced many challenges in his life as both Superman and a Super Son, but what will the first son of the Last Son of Krypton do in the face of… metahuman bombs? Jon faces a deadly decision and Lex Luthor’s alliance with President Bendix deepens in this penultimate chapter of The Rising Saga!

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26 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #11 continues this books run of excellence. Taylor builds a great little story in this one. Its very well-paced, ramping up as the book goes on. The art team does an amazing job supplying some of the best art this book has seen so far. Once again, this team drops another impressive story on readers.
  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I hope the conversation between Jay and Jon picks up. Maybe Jon feels he has to break up with Jay, that their politics and the lengths they will go are too different. Maybe Jon will inspire Jay and the Revolutionaries. As long as this is addressed, I'll be happy. But that hope doesn't diminish how much I liked this. Great issue.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Tom Taylor is obviously one of the hottest writers at DC right now, but I don’t think any book of his is quite on the level of this groundbreaking reinvention of the Superman mythology. It’s amazing how he can get just as much drama and passion out of simple conversations as he can out of pitched action. This issue follows up on the cliffhanger last issue as Batman seemed ready to expose Jay Nakamura’s secrets. Needless to say, Jon doesn’t react well and Batman doesn’t exactly help the situation. While Jon seeks Jay out for answers—and gets them, in a dramatic segment that ties together this run with the previous Suicide Squad run—Batman winds up having his own key conversation with Jonathan Kent as the man who raised Superman weighs in. Some of the character beats, like the secret friendship between Jonathan and Alfred over the years, are among the best quiet moments in this book so far. But when the story turns on the afterburners, it’s thrilling and terrifying. Jon’s conversation with Jay brings to light just how twisted Bendix’s backup plans for maintaining control of his assets are, and that reveals that a dangerous threat may have been under the League’s nose this whole time. This leads to a race against time, a microscopic surgery—which is an oddly specific plot point that’s shown up twice in a month—and a great demonstration of Jon’s commitment as a hero. The villain team of Bendix and Luthor continues to be terrifying, but this issue also indicates which of them is about to become the much bigger threat. While the action is great, this wouldn’t work nearly as well if it didn’t have us invested in Jon, Jay, and the rest of the cast. The presence of the Revolutionaries this issue is a pleasant surprise, as Taylor continues to build one of the best bodies of work in the DCU at the moment.
  • 95

    Comic Watch

    One of the best things about reading a Tom Taylor book is the knowledge that the hefty amount of heart packed into the pages will be balanced with a measure of excellent psychology and just a soupcon of the old ultraviolence. In this instance, readers are presented with a fine analysis of Batman (and his blind spots), a discussion of relationship etiquette, and the requisite race against the clock required to disarm a bomb that was planted in some guy’s head. (...) Taylor is a brilliant writer, and his work shines brighter for being couched in such incredible art. Cian Tormey can render anything well — from the gleam of a tear to the bloody patina of a scorched cat’s skull. There isn’t anything that he can’t draw, no emotion that he can’t help you feel. This book is beautiful, brutal, and carefully plotted. It’s everything a superhero book should be.
  • 90


    After the beautiful and meaningful chapter of Superman: Son of Kal-El #10, DC Comics kicks off an important chapter today with Superman: Son of Kal-El #11. It’s a huge relief to Jon that his mother Lois is okay with him being queer, but after Batman forced him to relocate and not trust his boyfriend Jay. All that, and Jay’s arch-nemesis is teaming up with Lex Luthor, Jon’s father’s arch-nemesis! (...) Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 has it all. It’s got action, plot development, and character work in multiple areas hanging it all on a personal relationship crisis for Jon Kent. If that’s not good superhero comics, I don’t know what is.
  • 90

    Superman: Son of Kal-El is very easily one of the best books DC has right now and this week's issue is just another example of not just that but of Tom Taylor's mastery of this story and it's young heroic lead. I won't call the issue perfect—there are aspects to this issue that aren't quite there, namely a bit of pacing in the final pages, and a bit of what feels like lack of substance with the villains. But everything else is just masterful. We get further into who Jon Kent really is and the person and hero he is at his core. We get a really well-done Midwestern-style own of Batman. We get plenty of action. There's intrigue and significant plot development. The art and colors of the issue complement things brilliantly and even though this is a Superman story, there's just the right amount of teamwork, too. It's so good. It's just so very good, from cover to cover.
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Son of Kal-El is at its best when it's focused on Jon learning the ropes of being a hero and actively seeking out assistance/establishing relationships in the superhero community. This was another example of why this title is one to keep an eye on through 2022.
  • 90

    Superman Homepage

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    While recently I've felt like this series has been running in place, since I'm still waiting for The Rising to happen, what we get here in place of a lot of progression is a ton of heart and a ton of characters just being their best selves and I'm all here for that. We get great art throughout and an issue that tackles a lot of problems while showing some character interactions that I didn't know that I needed.
  • 80


    Man, I just don’t have too much to say about this otherwise enjoyable issue. I like the conflict that Jay might be trouble, though it’s swept under the rug pretty quickly. I like Pa Kent and Batman having a chat. Though I also don’t like how it all works to relieve Jon and Jay of some juicy drama. I would think one of the appeals of Jon Kent as Superman is that he’s not as noble and perfect as his father. I rather liked the idea of his love interest having some secret dark side that Jon would then have to contend with. But nah. Jay explains it very easily, it’s very understandable, and Pa Kent smooths everything over with Batman with some folksy wisdom. Give me some quality drama! Beyond that, the rest of the comic is really fun. I loved Superman realizing that fire guy might be trouble, and then him working with Flash and Atom to try and solve the issue. I love it when appropriate superheroes can just pop up to help with a problem, and that’s exactly what happens with the Atom. And then Superman solves the matter with his smarts and skill, exactly how it should be. And the danger grows from there. It’s all generally good stuff. Good, quality issue features a lot of great superhero stuff and a lot of great personal, human stuff. Though part of me is a little disappointed that Jon Kent is being treated with kid gloves. I wouldn’t mind more personal conflict and drama.
  • 80

    Bleeding Cool

    This is an enjoyable, personable work that delivers effective character moments (you may have seen the Batman/Pa Kent bit floating around the social media circles). While the genre tropes may demand certain outcomes, the ride getting there is enormously enjoyable.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 79

    Multiversity Comics

    Tom Taylor intentionally narrows the scope of his plot at the beginning of ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11. This specialized approach allows Taylor and artist Cian Tormey to focus on the characterization of this younger Superman hero. Taylor wears his heart on his sleeve in the script for ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11. Taylor’s script shows an empathic Jon Kent giving the human perspective that Batman is sorely out of touch with. In the second half of the issue, Taylor changes gears to focus on the impending threats to Metropolis. Artist Cian Tormey continues the futuristic approach that other illustrators like John Timms have been contributing to this story. Tormey contributes a nimble line that captures lots of emotion. Getting a more animated set of illustrations is perfect for a book like ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11 that doesn’t need DC’s traditional house style. Tormey is even able to get Batman to emote in a believable way here. My favorite detail that Tormey adds to this issue is making sure that each character is emoting no matter what scene they are in. Tormey does not capture all the details in the second half of the issue. Henry Bendix and Lex Luthor are even difficult to distinguish in some panels. In the second half of the series, Taylor continues to bring the plot of ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11 into more prominence. There are small developments here with villains like Lex Luthor that have me really intrigued in the next couple of issues. Taylor has notably taken a long time getting to a big battle between Henry Bendix and Jon Kent. Taylor’s revelations with Jay Nakamura will make close readers incredibly happy. ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11 is a solid comic book bursting with new ideas for new and old readers. ”Superman: Son of Kal-El” #11 balances plotting and characterization with the utmost care.

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