Superman has been a beacon of hope throughout the DC Universe, protecting the innocent and ending injustice. “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow” has been the motto of Kal-El throughout his life, which he now passes down to his son, Jon Kent. As the modern age’s Superman, Jon doesn’t shy away from tackling socio-political issues that others may be too hesitant to tackle. However, his acts of compassion paint him as a target when he saves a boat full of asylum seekers from the clutches of the tyrant president of Gamorra, Henry Bendix. Spearheaded by the creative team of writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms, Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 brings a rollercoaster of emotions and takes Jon Kent on a new journey to explore his identity.
Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 opens with Jon Kent hovering in the sky over the nation of Gamorra after being blasted with concentrated beams of solar energy that have overloaded his powers. Earlier, President Bendix made an assassination attempt on the lives of Jon’s family and friends. An enraged Jon Kent confronts Bendix only to become trapped. His heightened senses have now removed the cap on his hearing range. He can sense distress in every part of the world. Without a moment’s hesitation, Jon gets to work. He travels from place to place, saving lives. However, with each exertion of his superpowers, Jon starts to lose strength, and it seriously affects his rescue efforts.
Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 is a character-driven story focusing on the trials and tribulations of Jon Kent, the new Superman on the block. Writer Tom Taylor does a fantastic job of breathing fresh life into Superman lore. Just like his father before him, Jon is extremely compassionate and tries to solve issues in revolutionary ways with the use of minimal force. He may be young but his heart is in the right place. Taylor writes a tightly knit narrative while keeping the action flowing at a lively pace. As the story progresses, Jon understands that not every problem can be overcome by battling alone, and there are times when you need the right person by your side.
Artist John Timms is a longtime collaborator with DC Comics well known for his contributions in the post-Rebirth era Harley Quinn and Young Justice runs. His stylized art brings animated energy into the central characters, posing them in dynamic shots and placing them at the center stage of the book’s events. Timms’ clear line and wide shots make Jon’s Superman a larger-than-life character, brimming with youthful zest. Hi-Fi accentuates the comic book with a bright and vivid palette of colors. From the calamitic torrential floods in Luxembourg to the softly lit forests of Zambesi, Hi-Fi’s colors liven up the issue.
Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 moves at an exhilarating pace — just like the new Man of Steel. The issue serves as a solid climax for the story told so far, demonstrating how far Superman will push himself to help this world and its citizens. Taylor writes a thrilling story with a lot of heart. As Jon gets into trouble and seemingly exhausts himself, he receives a helping hand from the young, aspiring journalist Jay Nakamura, drawing parallels to how his father and mother began their relationship. Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 is an action-packed issue recommended reading for all Superman fans.
from Ultimate Comic Blog