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Superman: Son of Kal-El #18

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.


With the landmark Action Comics #1050 just around the corner, prepare for the ultimate battle between Superman and Lex Luthor as Clark and Jon continue their intensive training.

But will it be enough to overcome the mysterious new villain calling himself Red Sin?

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27 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    This was another brilliant, thoughtful installment of the Job Kent story, told with exquisite characterisation and phenomenal art. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Taylor has built a fantastic foundation here for future stories for Jon Kent and his supporting cast, and I hope he gets to keep telling them.
  • 85


    If you're looking for wholesome superhero comics, Superman: Son of Kal-El is the best to do it. Not only that, it's well written and paced, keeping your attention up and delivering a unique superhero experience.
  • 80

    The end of Tom Taylor's Superman: Son of Kal-El series in a sense ends things much like where they began, with a good balance of strong characterization and an interesting story that digs into not just who Jon Kent is, but what it means to be Superman as well. What this issue does best is that it ties up some loose ends—rebuilding the Kent house, fleshing out the new villain Red Sin—before laying the groundwork for Jon's next chapter (an up coming miniseries that will continue Jon's solo adventures now that his father is back home.) It's a strong issue in terms of structure and how it sets things up, though it's not entirely perfect in that the cleanup does feel a bit rushed at times. Still, the book has this overall sense of the good of Superman—both the father and the son—and really, there's not much. more you can ask for.
  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman: Son Of Kal-El #18 is a pretty good last issue for this book. It leads into the next phase of Jon’s life well. Taylor has created a fantastic series so far, and it will be interesting to see where he takes Jon next. Tormey, Coleman, Hanna, and Fajardo Jr. have all done nice work, and Sharpe’s letters are the icing on the cake. This issue closes out this book in great fashion.
  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    Some really nice moments, such as Diana and Martha bonding, and Clark imparting knowledge, but the main plot with Red Sin just felt a little flat. After such an amazing run, this issue introduced more plot elements. Ordinarily I'd be hyped but this was a final issue and it just felt like the middle chapter of a book. You may feel differently, but what if you didn't want to follow the title to the relaunch and just wanted to read this title from start to finish? Maybe if this storyline had another two issues to flesh out the villain and did't involve a crossover I'd feel differently. It was still a great read but I just felt it would have been nicer for the book to go out with a bang.
  • 70

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I read a lot of 'special' issues growing up where topics like racism, drug abuse, mental health, and child abuse happened. I read comics where the allegory for racism and homophobia were evident but it was allegory not story. As I have said before, creators need to walk a fine line when inserting a true real life issue into a world with super-powered aliens. I don't know if this title succeeded. When Taylor concentrates on the character and not the issue, he shines. I have liked his work elsewhere. But this book has seemed heavy-handed. It is why a simple message like Jon talking to Clark here was so appreciated.

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About the Author: Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an Australian comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter. A New York Times bestselling author, his work includes DC Comics series Injustice, DCeased, i, Superman, Suicide Squad and Marvel series All-New Wolverine, X-Men Red, Superior Iron Man and Star Wars comics. Taylor is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the animated series The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.


Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia. Taylor has written X-Men: Red, All-New Wolverine and Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda for Marvel comics, along with Justice League/Power Rangers and Injustice 2 for DC Comics. He has also written Batman/Superman, Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Superior Iron Man.

Taylor is the creator, with James Brouwer, of the all-ages adventure graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons and its sequel The Vanishing Island published by Gestalt Publishing and Boom Studios. The Deep was optioned by Technicolor. 52 episodes have screened of the CG animated series, so far, across three seasons, with Taylor serving as co-creator/head writer.

In 2012, The Deep: Here Be Dragons won the Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel, Australia’s premier speculative fiction literary award. The sequel, The Vanishing Island, won the award again in 2014.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom’s works have been produced across four continents. His plays have won a number of awards and accolades including winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Writing’ in Short and Sweet – The world’s largest short play festival.

His plays have been produced at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Taylor is well known for his many Star Wars comics and graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. These include, Star Wars: Blood Ties with artist Chris Scalf, and Star Wars: Invasion, with illustrator Colin Wilson. April 2012 saw the start of Taylor and Scalf’s new Blood Ties series provocatively titled Boba Fett is Dead as reported by CNN. Taylor is also the writer of the Darth Maul: Death Sentence miniseries, which is set immediately after the end of the fourth Clone Wars television series.

Star Wars: Blood Ties won the 2012 ‘Stan Lee Excelsior Award’ as voted for by thousands of school students across the UK.

Taylor wrote the graphic novella, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes which shows a never before seen story of Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. Taylor also penned Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader. Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Vice President, says Tom Taylor has taken to writing comics faster than anyone he’s ever seen.

Taylor also wrote The Authority, published under the Wildstorm imprint, starting with issue #22 in May 2010 until the end of the Wildstorm imprint. He also wrote The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps war storyline in the pages of DC Universe Online: Legends, a Batman story with artist Nicola Scott and Rose and Thorn with artist Neil Googe.

Taylor’s award-winning play The Example has also been adapted into a comic book with illustration by Colin Wilson through Gestalt Publishing.

In October 2021, on National Coming Out Day, Taylor announced that the character Jon Kent, the son of Superman in the comic book series Superman: Son of Kal-El will be bisexual.

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