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Son of Superman Paperback – June 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Cmc edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895968
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Darren Takayesu on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a great read, not entirely flawless but well worth the money. The art is well rendered (think Dan Jurgens and Kevin Nowlan from Superman Vs Aliens, also a great read). The story focuses on semi-rebellious Jon Kent, son of Superman who grew up not knowing who his father was thanks to Luthor's scheme. Luthor took control of the Fortress of Solitude, and engineered the capture of Superman on foreign soil, one year after Jon was born. It is now 15 years later, and the world has changed. The JLA (whose new logo has shades of facist overtones) is now akin to the first Youngblood team back in '92: a government sanctioned and paid superteam. Wonder Woman has become haughty and devious, Batman has become more human and less dark, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) is just older and less idealistic, Flash has become more arrogant, Aquaman is weary but continues, and the team leader, the Martian Manhunter, has become evil and manipulative. They collect their paychecks and save people only from 9-5. Plus, they all wear black. If you want hints of Jon Kent's personality, look no further than Terry McGuinness on Batman Beyond. Same attitude and problems. Thanks to a recent solar flare up, his latent powers, about 60% of what Superman has, have surfaced and he learns the truth from his mother, a well-ageing, movie scripting Lois Lane. After the initial set up of the story, we follow Superman and his son as they attempt to communicate and become a family again. Luthor however, has other plans...
With re-birth, betrayal, surprises and a dysfunctional super-family, you can't go wrong with this book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Todd Wylie on May 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved the concept. With his father presumed dead for the past fifteen years, a government for the haves and not the have-nots, and the Justice League of America with a rent-a-cop attitude, Superman's son awakens to his powers and his true identity.
Is his father still alive? What was behind Superman's disappearance? How will the world deal with the Son of Superman?
I liked how these questions were answered, but I left wanting more--maybe that's a good thing. However, I would have liked to have seen more detail on the changes in the world, more of the oppression that the terrorists were fighting against. I also wanted the battle at the end of the book to be a little longer.
Beyond those comments, this is a good story. It's worth buying. Like one of the other reviewers had mentioned, I would also like a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
With a story by Howard Chaykin and art by JH Williams III and a great 3-word concept, I had high hopes for the Son of Superman.

The idea is simple, years after Superman disappeared teenager Jon Kent discovers he is Superman's son and has inherited his powers. And it's a good thing too because there are terrorists running around calling themselves the Supermen, the Justice League is corrupt and Lex Luthor is running the world!

But the problem is there's far too much in this book and it really does not hang together. We learn the JLA is corrupt but never really learn how or why this happened. The terrorist Supermen begin by killing dozens of civilians but we're later told they're really the good guys. Everyone acts out of character and there's no real reason. Really the script reads like a first draft, with too many ideas and directions and not enough development.

William's art is good throughout, but this is one of his earlier works. It's not nearly up to the standards he would later set in Promethia or Batwoman.

It's not terrible but it does not live up to its potential. If you're looking for a good Elseworlds with a similar concept I'd recommend Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's Superman Secret Identity.
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After years of trying to find this locally I finaly found it on Amazon for relatively cheap. I got it rather quickly and stayed up late one night to read through the whole thing.
While the story wasn't poor, all the characters seemed either bland or rather angsty and all the twists and turns could be seen a mile away. The art is well done except for the Justice League's new costumes. Pacing is okay for the most part. Not lightning quick, but not a crawl.
Overall I'd recomend this to another Superman fan, but for others trying to get into the mythos I'd recomened something like Superman For All Seasons.
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By S. Penrose on September 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this Elseworlds tale from the early 90s we are given a glimpse at a world where Lois and Clark had a son, Jon, but Superman wasn't there to help raise him. Howard Chaykin crafts an interesting "what if" that details a possible future in which the JLA has been governamentalized and Lex Luthor is the most powerful person in the world. I enjoyed the different versions of familiar characters however many weren't given enough time to shine. Lois and Clark's individual relationships with their son and former childhood friends were intriguing. The art, done by current superstar J.H. Williams is good but not anywhere his amazing stuff now. Overall, this was a fun story that needed more pages.
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