COMICS I READ LAST WEEK
Tom Taylor does it again.
He doesn’t do it alone. John Timms’ terrific pencils jump off the page with the energy and enthusiasm a first issue deserves. One of Timms’ many gifts is that his young people look like young people and his Jon Kent and Damian Wayne are simply wonderful to look at here. His style is crisp and clear and a great match for this Superman. He is perfectly suited for this book and I hope his run is a long one.
Taylor’s take on Superman, both the Jon Kent and Clark Kent flavors, is wonderful, harkening back to the roots of all that makes Superman special while reaching forward to chart a new course with, yes, a new character – some in the press upset about Taylor’s updating of the “truth and justice” catch phrase have missed that fact. This Superman is grounded, full of heart and optimism and opportunity for growth.
When Brian Michael Bendis aged Jon Kent during his Super-run, I was concerned that something would be lost in the approach. Specifically, I was worried about the “Super Sons” aspect of the character and his relationship with Damian Wayne. By putting this friendship at the center of this issue, Taylor highlights this powerful friendship, a different one than the fathers of these characters have forged, but a central one to them both.
Superman: Son of Kal-El is a great book and a promising installment in what will likely be an amazing era of Super titles.
I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” which is the best, quick description of what comics are.
This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.