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Son of Superman Hardcover – 1 Feb 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Dc Comics; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895951
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,218,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ever-intriguing idea of Superman having a child is a perfect tale for the perennially popular Elseworlds series--and especially pertinent now that Clark Kent and Lois Lane are married. Son of Superman is an enjoyable, if slightly unambitious read, happy to mingle its teen soap-opera angle with some familiar elements (the government-sanctioned JLA, Superman-devoted terrorist factions) done better elsewhere. That said, Howard Chaykin's story is well paced, making the most of what is a tricky subject to pull off with full satisfaction. Jon Kent is an average teen in a Metropolis where Superman has been missing for 15 years and Lex Luthor is a national hero. When a solar flare activates Jon's latent powers, he must face his incredible legacy, but not before he is reunited with his father. While some may be put off by Chaykin's lacklustre portrayal of Superman, there is an enjoyable interplay between father and son, with Jon having to learn his new role of superhero, while reintroducing "Dad" to a strange new world. Additionally, there is a satisfying undertone of the danger of having a Superman who operates with free will, against political dogma. Williams' art may lack the "thrust" of someone like Dan Jurgens or Stuart Immonen, but translates Chaykin's work effectively nonetheless. A fair, if slightly disjointed peek into the family album. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
"Son of Superman" is set 17 years after the disappearance of Superman. It is insinuated that the disappearance takes place not long from now. The world has moved on since then: the JLA still exists, but is a joint venture between government and big business. Flash and Green Lantern collect hefty paychecks, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are respected royal ambassadors, Martian Manhunter is the government liaison, and Batman is almost a corporate logo for Wayne Industries. Lexcorp, the largest company in the world, and its highly regarded owner Lex Luthor regularly do business with Wayne, Atlantis and Themyscyra. This world is high tech but still recognizable. Big business is the theme of the day and even Clark Kent's widow, Lois Lane, is on the action.
Lois is still a writer, only she's traded Metropolis for Beverly Hills, seeking Oscars instead of Pulitzers. She's in demand, making deals, and raising her son, Jon Kent. Jon is your average high school kid, going to school and trying to get a date. He also tries to steer clear of the Supermen, terrorists bent on bringing down the government. Strangely enough, these terrorists are led by Lana Lang and her husband Pete Wilson. They believe Superman is being held captive by the government. They may be right. Could he possibly be hidden in an underground desert complex Luthor keeps constant tabs on? And who is the mysterious entity funding the Supermen's activities? Finally, why can Jon Kent now leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Writer Howard Chaykin plots this all masterfully, without much of his trademark social sarcasm and the formula fits here. With an assist from David Tischman, they craft a story that is not dark, grim, or gritty.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an Elseworlds story of Superman - set in an `alternate' universe to the regular comic book one. This appears to be a world in which the `bad guys' have won, and is run by big business / greedy capitalists - the America that scripter Howard Chaykin likes to write about. Superman went missing many years ago, and is presumed dead; the justice League is a federal organisation; Pete Ross and Lana Lang are terrorists; Lois Lane writes Hollywood blockbusters, and her son Jon is an ordinary teenager - until that big solar flare hits... Soon Jon is contacted by Pete and Lana who want to recruit him to break into a secret government facility holding a big secret - which I'm sure we can all guess - the Justice League want to recruit him to help with their brand image; and he just wants to go on a date with his high-school classmate. Anyway, finding the contents of the government facility is only half the story; which JLA member is actually financing the terrorists? (No, not him.) Which JLA member is actually a government agent who is also running the secret facility? How come the government don't know about this secret government facility? And just how did Lex Luthor get super-powers?

This is an excellent `what if' story that could actually fit into normal continuity. It also has, surprisingly for many `what if' stories, mainly happy endings.
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Superman is missing, presumed dead. The JLA are all goverment funded and corrupted by the power. Lana and Pete are terrorists and Jon Kent, Lois Lane's son, can now leap tall buildings in a single bound even though he can't seem to keep a date. What else could go wrong?
This is a pretty good Elseworlds tale from seeing Jon's comical reaction to finding out about Lois' complictated explanation about her relationship with his dad, to the consumate ease Luthor explains what's been going on.
I especially liked the way Jon argues with Supes, making him look exceedingly stale in the new world he's come into.
Look out for the human reaction to emerging superpowers and a few shocking betrayls from close friends.
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