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Superman: Son of Kal-El #14

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Henry Bendix has threatened and manipulated and killed without consequence. Now, after a shocking coordinated attack on Earth’s heroes, it’s time for Superman, Jay, and the Revolutionaries to strike back.

But first, Jay Nakamura must embrace his powers and become the hero Jon knows he can be.

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 95


    Superman is slowly building up a team – or maybe it’s the other way around, and a team is slowly folding Superman into it. Tom Taylor and Nicole Maines introduced Dreamer into the DCU in the last issue, and now she’s joining Superman and Jay with the Revolutionaries to bring the fight to Bendix. Who is Bendix? Why, only the president of a nation that turns innocent people into mind-controlled monsters for his gain!


    Superman: Son of Kal-El #14 is an excellently plotted, fast-paced comic with many great character moments. So often these days comics stretch out their story, but Taylor and Tormey prove Superman: Son of Kal-El is addictive page-turning storytelling.

  • 93

    Comic Watch

    This issue was all about the preparation: Jon assembles a rag-tag team of teens whose wide-array of superpowers dramatically improve their chances of dismantling the tyrant’s machines. Or rather, they would improve Superman’s chances of success if they could just stop squabbling for five minutes.

    The premise of this story is a trope (one as old and worn as an old silk hat) but there’s a bit of magic in it. The clashing characters, joined by a singular goal, greatly contribute to the entertainment factor. I especially love Osita’s take no prisoners attitude — and giant, extremely competent muscle-ladies are perishingly rare in comics. There were also lots of fun little moments peppered in about the plot, such as Jay intentionally misinterpreting Jon’s ring presentation and Robin’s entrance, springing out of the shadows — on a freaking submarine— was both hilarious and totally appropriate for his character.

    I have to say that the queer representation in this book is incredibly refreshing. Seeing Wink and their partner The Aerie team up with Jon and Jay really made my day. Tom Taylor was operating on his high gear setting on this book, and I loved every second of it.

    Cian Tormey’s line work was as expressive as ever: the scenes he rendered were tender, hilarious, and action packed. Federico Blee’s color work added stunning depth and nuance to already beautiful work. Every time I see their names on a book I get excited about reading it.

    This was a fun, fraught, beautifully rendered story peppered with memorable characters and fueled by a high-octane plot. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Tom Taylor is pulling elements from many of his assorted properties together here, including the fan-favorite Revolutionaries from his short Suicide Squad run. After Lois Lane exposes Henry Bendix’s plan to export mind-controlled superhumans across the world, Bendix girds for war and puts Gamorra under a giant force field. Jon, Jay, and Dreamer gather the Revolutionaries to pitch their plan to invade the country and liberate the meta-prisoners, but the Revolutionaries have a major problem with Jon’s no-killing policy. It seems like the alliance is going to fall apart—until a surprise guest-appearance by Damian Wayne helps to bridge the gap. Taylor has never written Damian as a lead-character, but he basically perfectly gets the dynamic of the older Super-Sons. And it’s great to see the two reunite again after last issue’s dark flash forward that saw Damian meet a terrible fate during the Gamorran invasion.

    This segment is intriguing, but the issue really picks up in the last half as Jay and Jon head to the fortress to plan the assault. Jon gives Jay a suit and flight ring as the intangible young meta officially steps into the role of a superhero for the first time. The infiltration of Gamorra is an interesting action segment as Jon’s powers are essentially useless—a full-on assault would just make him a target, while Jay’s intangibility makes him perfect for infiltrating and trying to find allies trapped within the country. This comic has always had a great handle on the difference between a country’s leadership and its citizens, and it seems like the tide is turning—but Bendix has one last disturbing surprise up his sleeve. This entire series has been top-notch, but it feels like we’re finally reaching the conclusion of this big arc. We’ve got a great villain, great supporting cast, and a truly evil villain, making this the perfect second half of this Superman renaissance we’re in right now.

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman Son of Kal-El #14 is a great penultimate chapter to the battle against Henry Bendix, with the Revolutionaries joining the fray and some great moments with Superman and Jay. Bendix is a great villain and it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the final showdown with him.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #14 is a well-paced, action-packed chapter. Taylor, Tormey, and Blee are at the top of their game in this one, and itll be great to see where the book goes next with this story.

  • 80

    There is a lot of good stuff going on in Superman: Son of Kal-El #14 and it should be no surprise because it all builds upon story elements that Tom Taylor has been laying from the start. In a sense, that’s what makes the start of this big showdown with Henry Bendix so strong in that it feels earned. Literally everything that has come before has been building to this. It’s a rare case where the pacing and plotting finally pays off and it’s really nicely done. Cian Tormey’s art is pretty nice here, too, though I didn’t exactly love the design of the transformed Prisoner One. The only real miss here is that the issue itself is a little slow to start cooking, but if you balance that with how the slower burn lets us center with the more emotional aspects of the piece, it balances out. Strong issue over all and a great lead in to the last stand.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Over the past year of comics, “Superman: Son of Kal-El” #14 has built up a vast sense of continuity and plotting. Taylor has carried a focus on the villains like Henry Bendix and is devoted to pushing Jonathan Kent’s life forward. There are so many different elements of this series to enjoy. If you are a longtime reader, there’s a fascinating sense of connective tissue here. If you are looking for the next generation of the DC Universe, this is the place to be. Taylor and Tormey use the pages of “Superman: Son of Kal-El” #14 to head towards a crescendo and massive battle with Bendix. The Revolutionaries are incredibly strong characters that continue to develop a sense of personality as the series develops as well. I’m already counting down the days until the next issue of this subversive series.

    “Superman: Son of Kal-El” #14 utilizes nearly every plot point of the series to head into a thrilling battle.

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The final battle against Bendix has begun. It’s just too bad that it’s going to have to wait again and all the exciting parts of this book were relegated to the end of the issue. The art continues to be great and there are some sweet moments between our hero and his friends and I just hope that with the over a year build-up of The Rising that it just doesn’t fizzle out to simply get us an ending so we can move on to something new.

  • 60

    Superman Homepage

  • 30

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Writer Tom Taylor is trying to make this book into a social justice take on Superman. And that is fine if the story is up to snuff. But as I have said before, he seems to drop the fallout of some of the actions that are happening from that angle, never showing us what ramifications there can be. In this issue, Superman invades another country. And while Gamorra may be enslaving people, they are still a nation. Invasion never seems to be the right answer these days with sanctions being a more palatable response. But not here. To think that a hero called Superman is leading an incursion into a nation seems insane but we are there. What will every other country in the world think when they see a hero based in America taking down their government? But I doubt we will see that. It would ruin the ‘feel good’ part of this.

    But almost worse than that is Taylor making Superman a guest star in his own book. It is clear that Taylor really wants to write a book about Jay Nakamura and the Revolutionaries (the group he introduced in Suicide Squad). So they get all the action and the best lines. Taylor jokes on line how he is confused with Tom King. Here it rings true. Jay is to Superman Son of Kal-El as Ruthye is to Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow.

    It is a shame because artist Cian Tormey is doing solid work here. This is a mix of action and tense dialogue scenes. But he isn’t given much Superman to work with here.

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