The six-issue run of Tom Taylor’s Jon Kent series is a thrilling adventure that exemplifies the comic book genre’s finest qualities. Taylor’s storytelling is a masterclass in balancing character development with action-packed sequences that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

In this arc, Jon Kent embarks on a mission to the Multiverse to track down Ultraman, the cruel and sadistic chairman of the Crime Syndicate who had kidnapped and tortured him years ago. Ultraman’s reign of terror across the multiverse has resulted in the death of every Kal-el he can find, making him a formidable adversary to take on.

Taylor’s characterization of Jon Kent is one of the standout features of the series. Despite his invincibility, Jon is not immune to the emotional toll of being a superhero, and his scars run deep. Taylor expertly highlights this aspect of the character in the emotional farewells Jon shares with Jay and Lois before departing on his mission.

The action sequences are expertly choreographed, with Ultraman’s brutality on full display. He may not be the most intelligent of the evil Supermen, but his brute strength and sadistic tendencies make him a force to be reckoned with. Jon’s newfound powers, coupled with their limitations, provide a refreshing twist to the battle between the two old enemies.

But it’s not just Ultraman that Jon has to contend with. The Injustice Superman’s unexpected entrance sets up a surprising turn of events that showcases Taylor’s desire to add more nuance to the universe beyond being just another fight comic.

Overall, Tom Taylor’s Jon Kent series is a must-read for fans of the genre. The emotional depth of the characters, expertly crafted action sequences, and unexpected plot twists make for an enjoyable and memorable reading experience.


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