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Superman: Son of Kal-El #13

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

It’s the dramatic DCU debut of Dreamer!

When every hero on Earth is threatened by Henry Bendix’s machinations, it’s a race against time for Dreamer to warn Superman before it happens!

But will this mysterious new ally’s premonition become a nightmare for Jonathan Kent?

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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100


    If you haven’t given Superman: Son of Kal-El a try yet, this is a great issue to start with. And it goes without saying that you should pick this issue up if you’re a Dreamer fan who wants to see more of the character now that Supergirl has come to a close. Hopefully we’ll see more from Nicole Maines and Nia Nul in the future outside of the realm of dreams.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    One of the nicest surprises of the lead-up to DC Pride Month was the company’s decision to bring in Nicole Maines—the actress of Dreamer on the CW’s Supergirl—to steer the character’s direction going forward and introduce the first major trans superhero into the DCU. An OGN is coming, but it all starts here with Maines co-writing an issue of Tom Taylor’s groundbreaking book. Jay Nakamura’s identity has been revealed to the world, he’s forced to go into hiding, and with the safe house sort of off-limits due to Batman’s mistrust, there’s only one place secure enough—the Fortress of Solitude. It’s one of the most secure buildings in the world, and no one should be able to get in without being a Kryptonian—except when they open the door, Dreamer is already there. They’ve never met her before, but she’s been expecting them—and she has what might be a game-changing bit of news.

    Dreamer’s power is pre-cognition, and she reveals a truly horrifying future—a sneak-attack by Henry Bendix in Gotham that lures all the heroes out of hiding—just in time to ambush them with a poison gas attack that fuses two of the DCU’s deadliest toxins. It’s another disturbing “Bad future” in the vein of DCeased, but without the relief of it being an alternate universe. It raises the stakes nicely, with Jay and Jon both knowing that there’s a ticking clock on the fight against the Gamorrean madman. It’s a strong issue of the parent title, but it also does a great job of introducing us to this new version of Dreamer. The fact that she’s trans is never really brought up in this issue, which is smart—it wouldn’t fit in, and there will be plenty of time to explore the character’s motivations and backstories down the line. What we do get this time is a strong introduction to her role as a hero—and she’s definitely a character I’m excited to follow anywhere.

  • 95

    Comic Watch

    Nicole Maines and Tom Taylor worked together to tell a fun, frenetic tale of time travel, politics, and potential apocalypses. Nia Nal is a great new character, with an interesting power-set and a well-defined personality. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her already.


    Clayton Henry is an astonishing artist, one who is perfectly suited for this medium. He lavishes care on every aspect of storytelling, without ever wasting a line or cluttering a scene. Marcello Maiolo and Matt Herms contribute lush colors and a visceral sense of shadow and depth. Dave Sharpe’s letters are unobtrusive, but they bolster the immersive effect of the storytelling. Without his contributions, the tale would be much less impactful.

    This story was wonderful to read, from the first page to the very last. These artists work together brilliantly, producing a work of equal parts adventure, excitement, and heart.

  • 90

    Superman Homepage

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #13 is the best issue of this book so far. Maines and Taylor bring Dreamer into the DC Universe proper, and her role in this issue is wonderful. Henry, Maiolo, and Herms are a fantastic art team, really bringing the script to life. This issue is so much fun.

  • 80


    The much anticipated Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 is out today and it features the introduction of Dreamer to the DCU. Co-written by Nicole Maines and Tom Taylor (read more on their collaboration), the issue also continues to progress Jon and Jay’s fight against government leader Bendix. He’s basically Lex Luthor, but far more unpredictable.


    Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 has a good introduction of Dreamer that works with the ongoing threat of Bendix. As Superman and Jay begin to assess how they defeat Bendis, Dreamer’s inclusion ends up feeling like a team is gaining strength and there’s more yet to come. Plus, it’ll make you want more Dreamer comics!

  • 80

    Dreamer enters the DC Universe in Superman: Son of Kal-El and her arrival may just change everything. One of the things that this title in general does exceptionally well is how each issue really does build on the one before and that’s no exception here as we pick up from the cliffhanger of Jay’s identity reveal. But what also works exceptionally well here is that we get the introduction of a relatively high profile character from a completely different medium—in this case, the Supergirl television series—but in a way that doesn’t derail the comic’s story. If anything, the stakes just got higher in a very weird and brutal way. Tom Taylor—along with Nicole Maines—manage to pull of a good balance of both excitement for Dreamer’s introduction and quick integration into the story while never losing sight of just how bad things are about to get. Clayton Henry’s art here is perhaps not as polished as I might personally prefer for this issue, but it’s still very solid with a net result of an issue that is exciting and scary bot in terms of story and visuals.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Superman Son Of Kal-El #13 came out this week, the debut of the Supergirl TV show character Dreamer into the comic DCU. Outside of that event, the issue seemed to push the Gamorra storyline closer to the finish line even if very little actually happened in this issue.

    Tom Taylor teamed up with Dreamer actress Nicole Maines to write the story. We get a fair bit of information on Dreamer to catch up those who didn’t watch the Supergirl show (and shame on you if you didn’t). As in the show, she is going to have almost too big a power set. But maybe that will be controlled a bit more here. I do like that she seems a bit of a novice here. She isn’t the more accomplished Dreamer from the show. She’s a newbie. That should be fun to explore.

    Using her powers, we get to see the threat that President Bendix is preparing as the Gamorran Rising is just about to crest. As you’ll see, Bendix seems to be more organized in the future, unlike the odd random attacks he has done in the past.

    Clayton Henry is on art and does a very good job here. Much of the issue is people talking but the expressive work and body language helps tell the story more than the words. And the action we do get is brutal.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 59

    Weird Science DC Comics

    While I do enjoy seeing Dreamer added to the mix of Superman: Son of Kal-El and having their introduction into the DC Universe, there’s little to this story overall beyond an over-the-top dream that comes off really exaggerated about what could happen and ultimately makes Henry Bendix the scariest villain in the world, without actually having to do anything to really show us over the past year. It’s a bit disappointing overall, but at least Dreamer came off cool and the art was great, I just wish the story was either of those two things though.

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