Son of Superman Hardcover – 1 Feb 2000
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this at my son's request. He gives it a four and a half and enjoyed the book!Published 10 months ago by pepper
I read a library copy of the paperback.
This is an `Elseworlds' story of the Son of Superman discovering his legacy, his father and the truth of the universe around him. Read more