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Superman: Son of Kal-El #15

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

This is it! The ultimate battle pitting Superman and the forces of The Truth against Bendix and his monstrous machinations has begun!

But victory will be an uphill climb for our heroes as they lay siege to Gamorra.

Plus… the smooch heard ’round the world.

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28 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    The Siege of Gammora storyline ended with a bang this week as a rag-tag group of queer teens bands together to throw a big ol’ socket wrench in the guts of an evil empire. There’s a whole lot to love about Tom Taylor’s storytelling in this issue: we get the satisfying resolution to a family struggle, we get a major DC character coming out in glorious fashion across the media of that world, we get a lesson in toxic capitalist economics, and we get to witness an apocalypse being diverted. The fact that all of this action flows naturally and without ever feeling forced is an added benefit.

    Aside from everything else, it’s clear that Tom Taylor understands (perhaps better than any other DC writer) both the evils of end-stage capitalism and Lex Luthor as a character. Capitalism turns everyone into engines of destruction, corrupting us all and controlling our free will as effectively as Bendix alters and pilots the innocent bodies that he has stolen. There are no people within capitalist systems, merely resources, which are to be used until they can be used no further and which are then either unceremoniously discarded or else parceled off as parts to feed lower levels of the machine. Even the rulers, like Bendix, who seem to be the sole beneficiaries of profit, are thrown away the second they can no longer feed the system. And the fact that Luthor not only understands this but also revels in it is what makes him one of the best possible villains for the era we are currently barely surviving.

    Cian Tormey’s line work is absolutely exquisite. His character designs are memorable, disturbing, and brilliantly thought out. Scott Hannah is a tremendous inker (a legendary figure in the field) and his contributions cannot be downplayed. Federico Blee and Matt Herms share coloring credit and their work adds a lot of life and punch to already wonderful art.

    This story is, in every way, absolutely satisfying. This is a team who deserves every opportunity to work together. And this issue provided the capstone to a project which will, I hope, have lasting effects within the DC line.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The first year of this series has really all been one arc, following Jon after Kal-El leaves earth and the young half-Kryptonian slowly adapts to the role of Superman. It’s elevated Jay Nakamura to one of the most promising new heroes at DC—and took the D-list villain Henry Bendix from the Wildstorm Universe and elevated him into a major treat. The mad dictator creating his own army of supervillains and looking to turn the world against Jon has been a compelling threat, especially once it was revealed that Jay was a Gamorran refugee and the son of the former President. Now, as Jon battles against the villain himself, Jay discovers that his mother has been turned into a mind-controlled cyborg puppet. This is a chaotic issue, with some great action and eventually Jon pulling off a feat just as impressive as his father did on Warworld over the last year.

    But as impressive as Jon is here, and as powerful as his heroic triumph and his reunion with Jay is to watch, they’re not the stars here. That goes to an unexpected figure—Lex Luthor, who has been Bendix’s biggest ally through the villain’s war of conquest. As Bendix’s army defects, his plans fall, and he slips further into madness, we see just how far he’s willing to go to ensure no one takes his country away from him—and that’s something Luthor can’t quite abide. Taylor may get what kind of villain Lex Luthor is better than any other writer out there. He’s a villain who is always working towards a bigger goal a villain for whom defeat is just a setback and often unaccounted for. And he has no patience for people who throw over the chess board the first time they lose a piece. The confrontation between the two villains is a masterpiece of tension, and the outcome is highly satisfying. This title is about to change completely as Kal-El returns from space, and I can’t wait to see Taylor’s plans for what comes next.

  • 85


    It has all led to this as Superman and the forces of The Truth are up against Bendix smack-dab in Bendix and Jay’s nation of Gamorra. Crafted by Tom Taylor and Cian Tormey, the series has been nothing short of addictive, but can it stick the climactic landing? The heroes were already getting an advantage, but in the last pages of Superman: Son of Kal-El, Bendix did the unthinkable and weaponized Superman’s lover’s mother. You don’t mess with family!


    Superman: Son of Kal-El #15 closes the door on Bendix for now, in an action-packed issue that feels like a team book. It’s a good ending because it wraps nearly everything up while giving Superman a romantic moment too.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman Son of Kal-El #15 wraps up the Henry Bendix storyline a bit too quickly and neatly. Given that Henry Bendix had a whole nation under his control, it would have been great to see this stretch out a bit longer, so we could see more of the nuances of the conflict and see more of the heroes in action. On the plus side, Jonathan Kent is as interesting as ever and a great character and his relationship with Jay gives the book a lovely dose of romance also.

  • 80

    Superman: Son of Kal-El is always good but this week’s issue #15 is the end of the Henry Bendix chapter (at least for now) and it is a conclusion that delivers on pretty much every level. We get a solid wrap on Dreamer’s participation in things, see Jon pull off a major win that cements his place as Superman, and we even get a little bit of romance as well, all while teeing up future challenges and issues not just for Jon but for the rest of the Super Fam as well – you always have to leave a little Lex Luthor on the edges. If there was to be any real “complaint” about this issue is that things wrap up a little too neatly—there are a couple of things that I question in just how easily they are pulled off—but outside of that, this is a really solid issue of an overall great comic series.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #15 ends the Gamorra plot very well. Taylor keeps up his strong character writing, and the art team does an excellent job. This ending does everything it needs to and has some wonderful moments.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman: Son of Kal-El #15 left me wishing that the threat of the Rising would have been bigger or that I would have understood what the Rising really was, this conclusion to our story came off satisfying enough, even though I wish we would have had more. The art was great though and I loved the character moments. Also, I am highly invested in some new developments that are happening with Jon in this issue.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    The Gamorra storyline wraps this issue with the final showdown with Bendix. Not Jon though. He’s more on rescue and distraction mode while Damain Wayne/Robin, Jay and even Lex Luthor actually stop Bendix. The main problem in giving Jon a love interest with superpowers is the same problem CW shows have — they start edging the title hero out of the spotlight. This is the culmination of Jon’s first big arc and instead of facing down against his Luthor, he’s just running interference and out of the way.

    Cian Tormey’s art is serviceable. Layouts and character framing is strong, but Tormey still needs to refine character expressions. Too often they’re soft and don’t fully convey the emotion of the moment. Federico Blee and Matt Herms’ color work is solid particularly in the power/laser effects.

    The Bendix/Gamorra arc largely ended with a whimper. It seems like the bigger news from the issue is that Jon and Jay share a kiss for the world to see. Where that will lead besides the expected outpouring of support from the DC Universe is a mystery, but of course since Jay is invulnerable, threatening Jon’s love interest isn’t even a viable option for a villain.

    Next issue starts the return of Kal-El event so that should make for an interesting and long-awaited reunion even if Jon’s adventures still manage to feel surprisingly small scale.

  • 50

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I have had some problems with this book no doubt. The politics are pretty obvious and often ham-fisted. The social justice scenes always make the problems look easy to solve without looking at any ramifications. And the Gamorran plot hasn’t been interesting enough to prop up the rest of the book. This really has been a book sort of treading water.

    Finally this issue, the Gamorran threat ends. Much like the political scenes feel a little too easy, the defeat of this President Bendix and the Gamorran government seems a bit too simple. I shouldn’t complain. At least this revolution didn’t take more than one issue. But I wonder if writer Tom Taylor will follow up the victory by showing any fallout. Superman led a group of known murderers into a country and overthrew the government. You can’t tell me that other governments are going to feel thrilled about that.

    Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t some good moments. There always are. Maybe just maybe Jon’s unique physiology has given him a new power.

    As for the art, Cian Tormey continues to shine here. There is a fluidity to everything here. The action flows well.

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