Kal-Els across the Multiverse are being murdered…and the culprit is the man who stole Jon Kent’s childhood! The debut issue set things up with Jon being recruited by Earth-2’s Val-Zod and a new take on Red Tornado. The trio are set to stop Ultraman’s killing spree. Adventures Of Superman: Jon Kent #2 really picks things up and delivers a confrontation that’s surprising in where it goes.
Written by Tom Taylor, my problem with the debut issue is it took a bit to get things going. While it generally was good otherwise, getting to the point was the entire comic. Adventures Of Superman: Jon Kent #2 changes that up, a lot by not only delivering a confrontation with Ultraman but also something Taylor, and the cover, have told us is coming.
Adventures Of Superman: Jon Kent #2 is full of surprises in that way. In the lead up to the series, Taylor admitted it would have Jon meeting the “Injustice” Superman, so having the debut conflict dealing with Ultraman was a bit confusing, though intriguing how one would lead to the other. The second issue answers all of those things and feels like the true beginning of this miniseries, one that kicks off with a bit of a shocker.
The art by Clayton Henry continues to be interesting. It has a tough task of balancing the more cheerful style of the current Superman comics while also dealing with trauma and a world that’s a bit gloomy. Henry is able to juggle all of that and some of that’s helped with Jordie Bellaire‘s colors. Part of the fun are the visuals which keep things on the slight side of bright which will absolutely throw off readers concerning where Jon ends up at the end of the comic. There’s also a lot of dialogue at times that Wes Abbott does a great job of packing into panels without overwhelming things. There’s a lot of emotion, and lack of it, through Abbott’s lettering alone.
Where the series goes after Adventures Of Superman: Jon Kent #2 will be intriguing. It hints at a lot, not just Jon’s dealing with “Injustice” Superman but also powers he can’t really control. There’s also questions that remain about Ultraman, Val-Zod, and so much more. While the debut dragged a bit, the second issue is a solid ride.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Clayton Henry
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy
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