Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Ivan Reis & Brandon Peterson
Inks: Oclair Albert & Joe Prado
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Josh Reed
Jon Kent went to explore space with his grandfather Jor-El and he’s returned older and has a story to tell. He continues to tell Clark and Lois (much to their shock) about his time marooned on Earth 3. He spent the last issue tortured by Ultraman and now he’s spending some quality time with Superwoman. This issue explains how he finds his way home and dives deeper into what Jor-El has been up to. Bendis finds a very clever way to explain how Jon is now older. I was satisfied with the explanation and it answers some other questions I had. What I really love about this book is that at its heart it’s about family. Seeing Lois and Clark try to put on a brave face while their son describes his truly horrifying experience in space is a sight to see. Bendis tells a lot of story in this issue, but also finds time for some nice family moments. The last few pages of this issue provide a glimpse on how large the scale of this story truly is. If you look closely you’ll see ties to his other titles and references to greater DC universe.
What I really appreciated about the art in this issue is how much emotion Reis and Peterson were able to show through the faces of the Kent family. There are some very cool action sequences that look phenomenal as well. I wish I could say more but I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that for the second week in a row Bendis has referenced my home state of Wisconsin. I appreciate that.