|Reviews for The Last Son, Book Four: Destinies|
| Lord Destroyer chapter 7 . 3/8
Man, what is with Clark and getting kidnapped? I know this is only the second time this has happened, but after the first time, you would think they make sure there is no repeat peformance. He needs to be Lo-Jacked just in case it happens once more.
Yeesh, politicians, can't run the world with them, can't run the world without them, and can never truly satisfy any of them. At least Ali managed to shut them up proper, especially about the Fortress.
Whoa...Dorkseid scares not only Lobo, but the Devil himself as well? That is one nasty dude. And the fact the his planet's name, that is sure to raise more than few eyebrows. I'm pretty sure that the connection between Dorkseid and Applesauce is that Dorkseid gave Apples his tech.
Poor Ali, first witnessing Lobo doing the nasty with Maxi, then having to put up with Lobo. And Maxi still wants Clark. That wench needs learn a lesson or two, courtesy of Ali.
-Sigh- Never mind Clark's being kidnapped issue, what's with him and his mind getting messed around with. True, this again is the second time, but you think he would've better defenses by now.
Holy...you aren't...wait, you are, aren't you? You're bringing in the symboite and Venom into this, aren't you. Dark infection, Spidey facing his inner demons, and villain-in-training with revenge issues agaisnt Spidey, those are all the signs of Venom.
| shugokage chapter 7 . 3/8
Wow amazing chapter and rescue of Clark!
| Agent Reptile chapter 7 . 3/7
Excellent update and I look forward to the next one. Thank you so much for bringing back Hal and going to have the symbiote in your next chapter.
| Miriam1 chapter 7 . 3/3
Wow. This was probably the most vulnerable we have ever seen Clark. He was tortured and he pled for mercy that would never come. He was tortured physically, mentally, emotionally. .. I cried for him.
The idea that Scott Free (lovely pun, by the way) is actually Darkseid's son was a fun little twist. He and his girlfriend, who was born. .. you certainly went to town with puns and bizarre spellings here.
The little girl who betrayed them was a surprise. But the cooperation of the extra-system terrestrial pulled everything together. Lobo was as fun as he is annoying. However, he is useful.
I had not forgotten Power Girl's showdown with the council. After all Superman has done to help the people of Earth, the greedy, grasping council members were set to leave Superman stranded, but tried to con Power Girl into giving up the Fortress's secrets. It was a fantastic scene.
Nicely done, and I'm looking to your next installment.
| Circus Child chapter 7 . 2/16
Hey, sorry it took a while to review. Ya know, that work grind.
That was an amazing chapter to read. You have done it again. I was captivated by it the whole way and I literally was on the edge of my big blue chair. My palms were sweating as the chapter went by. This was truly an incredible journey with the stakes as high they’ve ever been considering our heroes were on offense and having to go to the most hostile and dangerous place in the Universe and their enemies were trying to obtain information that would give them absolute dominion over the universe and nothing could be done to stop them if they get that information.
The scale of conflict in this chapter was huge. Going from a small and contained incident against a fringe group of a society on Earth in one state in the USA in the previous chapter to traveling all over the known cosmos to gain Intel from Lobo and navigating through death traps through several solar systems and getting into battle orbit side against an entire society that’s capable of destroying any other throughout the universe in the next chapter. That’s quite the differential in scale of conflict you’re taking this series in and I love it.
This chapter was basically Star Wars and Star Trek using Marvel and DC Comics characters. The events in this chapter are definitely similar to what the USS Enterprise or the Jedi usually face when they are in a very extreme situation. You did an excellent job transitioning comic book characters to that kind of setting. Nothing felt awkward or out of place at all.
I have to tip my hat and give high praise to you for how you fully and masterfully fleshed Darkseid out for the first time in your series. The man is pure evil, psychotic and holds no regard for life at all except when it could serve a beneficial purpose for him and him only. I have a feeling that when Book Four is completed, your version and interpretation of Darkseid will stand as the very best one I’ve ever seen. I think the same for your version of General Zod too. You really have an incredible talent for portraying how evil comic book villains can be, it’s like it flows naturally for you in your mind.
I was pleased and very much enjoyed how Alison took command of the mission and used the Ardor to its full strengths. I feel like she’s coming into her own as a Kryptonian or more specifically, a Woman of Krypton. Glad to see they finally took the superdreadnoughts out for a spin and they did not disappoint. Slight quirk here, I would’ve used the Wrath of Krypton instead of the Perseverance as that name sounds much cooler to me. Correct me if I’m wrong but since you had Sentrius commission them as Warship Captains, does that mean that Power Girl and Supergirl has no authority over Sentrius and the full functions over her station-self? Do you intend to keep it that way or have Commander El promote them to something like LT. Station-Commanders once he gets back to active duty? But anyway, that was a nice little scene with the commissioning and very humbling for them both as they were both handed authority and command over the greatest marvels second only to Sentrius itself, their people, their fellow Kryptonians has ever crafted.
I couldn’t help but notice how Sentrius basically acted like a female Batman with her actions, dialogue and tone of words and she takes some crazy risks with infiltrating the central station. She’s also obsessed with analyzing data like Batman is as well. She’s fearless, analytical and quick striking, all of which are qualities Batman also possesses.
The scene with Lobo and Maxima was hilarious and I really enjoyed it. Honestly you write Lobo so well that I always imagine that is exactly how he acts and talks. He’s a fun character and very enjoyable to read when you want to be amused with some of the offensive stuff he says and how crass he can be. His style of speaking is very to the point and abrasive. I enjoy it in reasonable doses. Also, it’s not surprising that Lobo would find a way to set himself up nicely with this deal he was forced to go through with Sentrius, Power Girl and Supergirl. He screwed them over and saved them. Only people like him can do that. They’re smooth that way.
I liked the scene with Lar Gand and Kara. I’m glad my “encouragement” provided a good background for you to base your version of Lar on. The tweaks you made to it are pretty good. I can’t wait to see this relationship grow; Lar and Kara will be a great couple similar to Kal and Alia. I hope there will be a chapter devoted to Lar’s origins on Daxam and maybe a visit to Daxam as well.
One thing that you absolutely need to do is a conflict between Darkseid and Apocalypse. I have longed to see a worthy and incredible drama, conflict and fight between those two and you just may be the guy who can finally give us that. This series is about good guys vs bad guys but just for once, I want a bad guy vs bad guy debacle. I can’t wait to see the reaction and fight between the both of them when they finally meet. I’m not sure if one planet is big enough to hold both of their egos.
The week Superman was forced to live through on Apokolips is and will be unquestionably the worst experience that he has ever lived through. He was tortured to oblivion and his mind raped and tricked into doing things that he hated with every fiber of his core and he was subjected to the horror of the illusion that he was enjoying it. That episode with him taking on the Avengers and X-Men really broke him and his psyche. It broke him enough to give permission to Mr. Miracle to kill him, but even in that one moment, he was still thinking of the rest of the universe and wanting to save them by preventing Darkseid from acquiring sensitive and deadly Intel. He’s still Superman even when he’s completely powerless.
It was a surprise to see Sentrius declare her commanding officer unfit for duty. That’s one thing she’s also like Batman too. She’s no doubt sees the bigger picture here and cannot take the huge chance of allowing a yellow sun powered Kryptonian to be mentally disturbed on Earth and risk something happening to himself and/or others around him. I think she recognizes that is exactly what she did with General Zod and will not allow herself to make that same mistake again with Commander El.
In essence, she is saving the Justice League and X-Men from a nightmare and preventing metahuman public affairs/relations being set back. I have no doubt that Batman will be one of the few that truly understand this and appreciate this. He probably realized this instantly the moment Sentrius said no when Alison said it was time to take Kal home. I’m also interested in what the reactions will be from the UN and other gov’t leaders like Nick Fury and then Cadmus and Robert Kelly at the news that Sentrius refuses to allow Superman to leave her station-self. That should drive home the point that she’s an intelligent sentient being and not just a mindless superweapon.
For what Kal just went through, it’s going to be a long and painful recovery so I guess this means that the Sentrius Battlestation will be his home for the time being until he makes a full recovery. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alison stays aboard as well because a woman of character like her will always refuse to leave the man she loves behind especially when he’s in the shape he’s in. If that was my wife/GF and she was in the shape Kal is in, I would stay by her side as much she needs me to. Maybe you can squeeze in a scene with Alison bringing Ma Kent to Sentrius to see Clark, nothing like a little quality mother/son time. I can also see scenes taking place with Martian Manhunter and Professor Xavier for some more intense therapy.
All in all, this was an excellent chapter and par for the course from you. Like always, this was well worth the wait if this is the quality of a story we’re getting. Each chapter is like a movie unto itself. I’m glad to hear that you’re getting back on a monthly schedule but I honestly don’t mind waiting another three months for another chapter like this. Take your time man. BTW, I will be sending you a PM soon with some suggestions for the future to consider. Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon man.
| Cate chapter 1 . 2/14
If your gonna start introducing the Legion of Superheroes could you do something with Kell-El? Speaking of clones when are we meeting Conner? Or Chris?
| Finmonster chapter 7 . 2/14
Nice chapter! Was really intense and I liked seeing your version of so many of the Fourth World characters. Liked getting to see your take on Lar Grand and Cosmic Boy as well, and it looks like you're setting Lar up with Supergirl. Interesting choice! Also, from that quick throwaway line it sounds like the Fantastic Four have met the Eternals, curios to see how that will affect things in the future. Also, always nice to see Lobo show up. Keep up the good work! Interested in seeing the Venom symbiote next chapter!
| LycoX chapter 7 . 2/13
By Crikey's Thunder! No need for an apology, the wait was worth it. To be honest, when you began introducing Darkseid I was worried you were going to take a page from the old 90's cartoon where Darkseid brainwashed him and practically ruined his rep amongst the folks of Earth for a good while. Heck the mind games that kept happening in this chapter had me thinking that too! But after reading this, I'm glad to say I don't have that worry anymore. Cause if something like that happened now, it would likely be a lot worse then what happened in the old 90's cartoon.
The scene with Lobo and Maxima was hilarious, poor Ali's gonna need some kind of brain bleach and Clark making it up to her to avoid any serious therapy sessions! I'm rather curious about this Suli woman, so I get the feeling I'm gonna be doing a little research into that soon.
Sentrius pulling Clark off duty after what he went through is a smart thing to do. Since he would be liable to do something he probably shouldn't until he's better. Excellent work once again good sir, and I look forward to seeing what you bring to us with the next chapter!
| syed chapter 7 . 2/12
I wonder if we will see juggernaught and the other exemplars? I always wondered if they, or their special items, could be used to power a power ring central battery?
Will we see the other lantern corps? THere are the seven colored ones, the white and black.
Can kryptonian tech be used to create tech similar to the lantern rings, powered by similar entities as the emotional spectrum?
Will we find that the city of Kandor still exists out there? Either shrunken or hidden in the phantom zone?
Will the presence of Darksied cause Kal to recreate the powersuit his father designed? The one Zod was after.
A mother box upgrades tech, imagine it.
| Cyrannus chapter 7 . 2/6
Excellent most excellent indeed...
| Rhaza3517 chapter 7 . 2/7
Powerful, Poignant, Compelling, and utterly incredible, my friend. Taking Supes to the lowest of the low points in his life, learning who killed his people, and finding out that he holds a part of the key to Darkseid's endgame, not to mention being tortured by Desaad (ouch!)... as I have said before, I doff my hat to you, good sir.
| CMR Rosa chapter 7 . 2/7
Great chapter, it going to be a long recovering ahead for Superman, maybe Doc Samson who is said to be one of the most renowned psychiatrists on Earth could help in his recovery?
| Quathis chapter 7 . 2/5
Well, dang, that was intense. That beginning really set the tone and while there were some lighter moments, this was a pretty dark chapter. Especially with a mentally unstable Superman on the DL. Wonder how long it'll take him to recover. Fantastic read! Until next time.
| darksnider666 chapter 7 . 2/5
Once again a fantastic chapter, you really captured Darkseid and his minions personalities flawlessly. And Mr. Miracle? Awesome, simply awesome. Can't wait for the next chapter...I'm thinking it might be a bit "venomous"
| Guardian of Azarath chapter 7 . 2/5
Ah, I was wondering the other day when this story was going to get updated again. And it's well worth the wait.
And we finally get so see Apokolips and Darkseid in all their evil glory. I was a little bit confused at the beginning until i realized that Scott is 'Mr Miracle', and i'm glad to see Barda, though i didn't really know their characters all that well from JLU, since they were almost never used, and as i think i've said before, i'm not a comic buff :P I hope those two join the League soon.
Though i did like the hallucination scenes, especially the one on the Helicarrier, they showed just how ill-equipped and utterly screwed Earth would be if Darkseid had gotten hold of Kal before he reached Earth. I liked his strategy regarding Thor, heh, just toss 'im in the zone, no fuss. Those are what made this chapter the perfect psychological thriller. And Kal's freak-out at the end was very well written, it showed just what kind of a frigile state his mind is in.
And i like how you had that mental image of Allison constantly snapping him out of the hallucinations, that proves just how strongly connected they are.
And on the subject of Ali, heh, I just loved her reaction when she walked in on Lobo and Maxima, I'd have that reaction myself, and Ali threatening to neuter Lobo if he refused to help, classic. :) And she finally gets to command one of the Super Dreadnoughts, i've been waiting for that since they were introduced, and now she's had a taste of the Captain's Chair, I'm hoping that she gets more opportunities down the line. Captaincy agrees with her, and Kara, I think.
And a nice touch on her pointing out the fashion disaster that is his uniform, and that she alluded to redesigning it for him, to match his MoS one. (that's something she can do for him for when he's eventually back on his feet :)) And the scene with her and Kal talking at the beginning was really touching.
Heh, you gotta love Lobo, yes, Hal said it best: He'll screw you over and save your life at the same time, and his reaction when he realized what they wanted of him? Priceless!
Ugh...Dasaad! I hope someone shoves a Nova Javelin down his throat first chance they get, that bastard needs to suffer, and so does the whore Grace.
So, Darkseid now knows that Apocolypse has been fooling around with his tech (or at least, he knows that someone has) I'm hoping those two come to blows, i'd love to watch that upstart Nur getting his ass kicked by the Shadow Lord.
So the preview alludes to Venom making his debut next chapter, and considering the name of the next chapter, i'm going to hazard a guess and say Peter is the one the Symbiote latches onto, though i'm hoping it'll be Harry Ozborne, I think he'd make a better Venom than Eddie Brock.