Comic Book Reviews (Week November 17, 2021): SWORD Issue 10, Clear Issue 2 & More!

Superman Son of Kal-El issue 5 review
Superman: Son of Kal-El Issue 5 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome to my comic book review round-up for the week of November 17, 2021. I will be talking about Superman: Son of Kal-El issue 5, SWORD issue 10, Clear issue 2, and more!

It finally happened! In writer Tom Taylor’s Superman: Son of Kal-El issue 5 we got to see Jon and Jay share their first kiss. The current issue got a lot of backlash online when the promotional material talked about the two young characters sharing such a tender moment. In my opinion, Jon falling for Jay made sense. Jay’s definitely ready to support Jon when needed. Also, I like how Jay’s got superpowers of his own so he doesn’t serve as an immediate liability for Jon if someone does decide to kidnap him.

The current issue had our young Superman realize that he can’t help others if he doesn’t take care of himself first. I think that’s an important lesson for every hero, regardless of their age, to learn. The other lesson was that saving every single being just isn’t possible.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up!

SWORD Issue 10 review
SWORD Issue 10 (Image: Marvel Comics)

SWORD Issue 10

Even though I knew that Wiz-Kid wasn’t going to betray the mutants, I have to say writer Al Ewing still managed to make me slightly doubt Wiz-Kid’s motives in SWORD issue 10. Wiz-Kid’s definitely an interesting character. I’m looking forward to seeing what he will do next once SWORD comes to an end.

With Krakoa having the ability to resurrect mutants with certain modifications, I think Ewing did a good job of explaining why Wiz-Kid didn’t want to go through the process (unless completely necessary) to wake up in a new body.

As for the action side of things, I’m ready to see Storm wreck havoc on the incoming reinforcements in the next issue. I liked how she was able to sense something bad was coming towards Arakko. I’m all narratives showcasing Storm’s connection to the planet she’s on and how such a connection allows her to sense certain disturbances. Fingers crossed, Ewing makes Storm tap into her Godhead.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up!

Power Rangers issue 13 review
Power Rangers Issue 13 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Power Rangers Issue 13

From writer Ryan Parrott, Power Rangers issue 13 was an action-packed installment of ‘The Eltarian War’ arc. It was awesome to see the Omega Rangers team up with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to face Zartus’ army on Earth. However, it was clear that things were going to get worse for our heroes before they got better.

With the Rangers needing to collaborate with long-time villains due to the dire circumstances, I can’t wait to see the Rangers come up with an effective counterattack. Also, are Bulk and Skull okay?

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Mamo issue 5 review
Mamo Issue 5 (Image: BOOM! Box)

Mamo Issue 5

Mamo by writer Sas Milledge is no doubt one of the best series released this year. Issue 5 had everything conclude in a satisfying manner while opening a new door for Jo and Orla. I have enjoyed reading about the magic system in this series and want to know more.

The theme involving the connections you share with your homeland, family, and friends (even if some of them are problematic connections) was handled well. I hope we get to see Jo and Orla, now having openly displayed their romantic feelings for each other, return for another adventure in this intriguing fictional world.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Clear issue 2 review
Clear Issue 2 (Image: comiXology Originals)

Clear Issue 2

I was provided with a free digital copy of Clear issue 2 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

From writer Scott Snyder, with art and colors by Francis Manapul, Clear issue 2 gave us a lot of worldbuilding along with a deeper look at Sam’s personal life and feelings. I’m still not a fan of Sam’s ex-wife Kendra being killed off to give him a new mystery to figure out (connected to the work Kendra was doing).

However, I’m interested in the fictional world the creative team has introduced. The concept of human beings changing their reality through the use of “veils” and how it impacts society as a whole is something I want to see more of.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Don’t forget to read Jessica’s review of Nightwing Issue 86.

Which comic books did you read this week?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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