Super Sons 1 (2017)

Super Sons 1 (2017)

Pros

  • Great story, great art
  • Beautiful, eye-popping color
  • Look for great things from this series

“It’s time for Robin and Superboy to take a stand!”

After months of anticipation, Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent join forces to become…the Super Sons! Peter J. Tomasi handles the writing duties, while artist Jorge Jimenez lays down the drop-dead gorgeous pencils in a spectacular first issue. Oh, and a big shoutout to colorist Alejandro Sanchez, whose work makes this book absolutely pop off the pages.

It’s a great first issue; fast-moving and funny, exciting and poignant. It’s pretty much exactly what we’ve all come to expect from Peter Tomasi, who has defined these characters for the Rebirth era. And here he adds to that canon and lays the foundation for a wonderful new series. From issue one, it’s clear that this book will be just as much about what goes on at home, in civilian clothes and lives, as it will be about crime-fighting and swashbuckling adventure.

And that’s great, because Super Sons has the ability to appeal to a wide readership–including (*GASP*) to actual kids! These two lead very different lives, but at the heart of it all, we have these two kids. With Damian–the ultimate fighting machine, trained to kill from birth, the perfect soldier, all that–it’s really all about his relationship with Batman, his dad. Damian just wants to be accepted, and, yeah, loved by his father. As we all know, Batman isn’t exactly the easiest person to get close to. But he’s also got the largest extended family in all of comics. For Batman, it’s sometimes tough to accept what his son grew up around, but he’s made it one of his life’s missions to make sure that Damian fights on the side of the angels from now on.

For Jon, it’s a different environment, for sure. Growing up in Hamilton County, on a farm, raised by freaking Superman and Lois? Sure, he’s got great parents and he lives in a nurturing environment, but he also has the impossible task of living up to the examples set by his mom and dad. I mean, his dad’s Superman. No pressure, though.

So even though they spend their nights taking down bad guys, both Damian and Jon deal with very real-world kid stuff, and it looks as though Tomasi will be exploring this over the course of his run on the series.

This first issue does a great job introducing readers to the relationship shared by Damian and Jon–Damian is the alpha (or, at least, he thinks he is), and even though he is, at heart, good-natured, Jon shows signs that Damian gets under his skin. Damian has spent considerable time spying on Jon–going so far as to dress like his teachers and bus driver to collect info about him. Even so, Jon and Damian have a brotherly relationship, for sure, and it’ll be one where each learns from the other as the series moves on.

There are two big plots developing in the first issue–the first is a tease of a future Big Bad who can seemingly control people’s thoughts (ala Marvel’s Purple Man), and the second revolves around Lex Luthor who, at issue’s end, catches Superboy and Robin as they scale his building, looking to break in and further Damian’s investigation into apparent hacking into LexCorp’s systems.

We end on a cliffhanger, and it’s a good one. But it’s also a bit disappointing, mostly because the issue flew by and I wanted more. So, yes, this book is an early highlight of 2017, and I daresay it’ll become one of the highlights of the entire Rebirth relaunch.

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