YMMV / The Last Son

  • Anti-Climax Boss: After the Gibborim were summoned to Earth in the "Lost and Find" storyline, seconds later they are held at gunpoint by Phantom Zone-based weapons (that had previously nearly wiped them out in the past during their war against Krypton) and Superman gives them the choice of returning to where they came from or fighting a no-win scenario. They immediately chose the former without hesitation.
  • Character Shilling: For both Clark and Allison, throughout the first three books in particular. Clark was, to some degree, understandable, being Superman. Allison, on the other hand, became The Scrappy, though she may have been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by the events of Book 3. The jury is still out.
  • Crossover Ship: J'onn J'onzz and Mystique.
  • Growing the Beard: While good to start with, the series has grown from a simple X-Men Evolution/Superman crossover with a flair for background detail in which everyone was essentially a cheerleader for Superman's awesomeness into a complex, tightly woven and cleverly plotted story in which characters are more balanced, Character Development is well handled and everyone gets at least one Moment of Awesome.
  • Mary Suetopia: Krypton is arguably this, being a ridiculously advanced society whom even Asgard mourned when they went extinct, and even decades after their deaths, even the merest scrap of Kryptonian technology is bitterly fought over by the rest of the galaxy. While Krypton was definetly very advanced in the comics, it was never portrayed nearly this positively.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Arcade. Kidnapping his classmates: bad. Teaming up with the Joker: really bad. Murder of his parents: Moral Event Horizon.
    • The Dheronians crossed it when they used Apokoliptian technology to destroy Krypton.
    • Cadmus and HYDRA as a whole crossed it when they, on nonconsecutive occasions, kidnapped Power Girl and tried to force her, via torture, to give them access to Kryptonian technology.
    • Cameron Hodge's Establishing Character Moment is shooting a Mutant flight attendant For the Evulz.
  • Narm / Narm Charm: yo-yo's back and forth between these, with the slightly cartoony and over the top narration and the generally cheesy nature of some of the dialogue, particularly in the earlier stories.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Alison Blaire, more or less. Having previously been an annoying Mary Sue, her discovery of some of her Dark and Troubled Past her mother was Madame Hydra, who seduced Alison's father simply to get at his dna, worked with Mister Sinister to ensure that the baby had the necessary powers and appearance, aborting over half a dozen pregnancies in the process. She even faked a career in music to get Alison to go down that path. In essence, everything about Alison was a lie which led to a thoroughly effective Break the Cutie, and deal with it herself in a thoroughly realistic and awesome way did a lot to endear her to fans.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The relationship between Superman and Power Girl.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Robert Kelly and Nick Fury had their reservations about Superman and later General Zod, which the latter came out true in the end when he is at command of Sentrius.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The common criticism is that most Marvel characters are seemingly underpowered in comparison to the DC characters, namely Zod.
    • The author admits that he has been doing this with Marvel in general, and is working to change it. Whether he actually will is too soon to tell.
  • What an Idiot: Duncan stupidly punched Superman in the face when it was clear his attempts at racist bullying weren't working...and broke his hand in the process while Superman was completely unfazed.
    • Cadmus fiddles with a piece of Kryptonian technology despite not knowing anything about it, and end up nearly dragging the Earth into a black hole while also causing the release of General Zod.
      • Though it was Mary Storm who was responsible for tampering it.
    • The Friends of Humanity in general fall into this trope due to several factors, including countless examples of Bullying a Dragon, having no members within their ranks who can match the heavy-hitters of the Justice League in a fight, severely overestimating humanity's opinion of them, having comparatively primitive weaponry, and being overall dumbasses in general. Really, it's a wonder how they lasted as long as they did when, compared to the Big Bads of the series, they're nothing but a joke.
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