One could argue only Jon is super in this duo of Super Sons, but they probably haven’t seen Damian take down a 300-pound baddy! We review the third issue as the kids take on their parents with fists, but is it good?
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Publisher: DC Comics
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Why does this book matter?
Peter J. Tomasi is writing a fun series that should bring a smile to anyone’s face. Meanwhile, he’s developing a new relationship you can’t say you’ve seen anywhere else. It’s not every day two of the biggest heroes in comics have kids AND they team up!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Jorge Jimenez draws a fantastic issue with panels that’ll make your jaw drop. He draws this duo with a lot of energy and at times their youngness is endearing. Jimenez also has a knack for finding the perfect angle to help ramp up the drama. A low angle on Superman and Batman grabbing Robin and Jon helps accentuate the danger they’re in, or a fantastic panel directly on Robin slicing a robot helps convey his speed and accuracy. A fantastic layout midway through the book has 10 panels consisting of equally sized rectangles, which efficiently shows quick shifts of the robots changing. In a single page you get a creepy factor, but also an efficient way of seeing a new threat emerge. Great stuff.
Woohoo, go Rhode Island!
Tomasi writes a solid issue from beginning to end too. This creative duo is really on point and it’s best noticed via the great pacing and fun plot. These two young heroes are at times at odds with each other, but they also want to beat the bad guys too. Tomasi introduces a female kid character who ends up being a character they can save, but a whopper of a twist occurs that befuddles our heroes. It ties well into a first-page flashback (to Rhode Island, New England represent!) and the truth behind the threat that’s after them. Customary of the final level in a video game, our heroes must fight themselves (in robot form) and it gives the fighting a little more purpose.
Damn those kids!
It can’t be perfect can it?
Customary of serial comics, it’s a bit befuddling why the characters don’t call on their plethora of super friends to help them out. It’s nice to see Tomasi reference the Teen Titans, though it makes you wonder why they need to fight at all given their resources. Aside from this trope we’ve seen a thousand times before, I found the character work of the heroes a bit less than one might think. Their dynamic is touched upon–through fighting–but ultimately the characters are fighting to make this comic fun and not deeply meaningful.
Is It Good?
A fun, action orientated bubble gum sort of read with a villain that’s got a science fiction tilt. It’s telling the female character in this issue is more complex than our heroes, but it’s fun all the same.