The first story arc in Super Sons comes to an end, with more Superboy/Robin arguments than you could possibly ever want. The offspring of Batman and Superman thought they’d have it easy with Kid Amazo, but did they bite off way more than they can chew? We’ll find out in Part Four of “When I Grow Up…”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Jorge Jimenez
Publisher: DC Comics
Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:
“When I Grow Up” part four! As our young heroes struggle to break free of the deadly Kid Amazo’s control, they discover the truth behind this young villain’s power! But with an army at his command, and his sights set on total domination, the boys will need to put up the fight of their young lives to stop him! Is the key to stopping him not beating him but helping him?
Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Jorge Jimenez, Super Sons got off to a brilliant start with a fun first issue that set the tone for what was to come. All Jonathan Kent wanted was to live a quiet life like a normal kid, but Damian Wayne has other plans.
Those plans brought them face to face with Reggie, miniature version of Amazo, the android that can adapt the powers of any superhero it touches. The whole story arc requires a surprising amount of understanding of past stories about Lex Luthor’s Amazo Virus. Once it gets past that initial set-up though, the action in the story is fast-paced and just what a younger reader might want from a comic book.
The fourth issue of Super Sons keeps the action going at breakneck speed, but Tomasi isn’t afraid to put his heroes in the back seat for the sake of his story. There’s a wonderful thread running through the issues about the importance of family. Without the help of Reggie’s sister, Jon and Damian can’t stop him. Tomasi, who also co-writes Superman with Patrick Gleason, also gives the book a light sense of humor not found in many other DC books. The last page gag that calls back to the first page is hilarious.
Jimennez’s art has also been a highlight of this young series. His extremely stylized work gives Super Sons a fresh energy in the action department. He uses unique, round gutters to keep the action flowing from panel to panel and unique sense of movement to keep the fighting exciting.
I really love Super Sons so far. Damian and Jon are two very different characters, making it even more fun to see them play off each other. They reflect their fathers’ personalities, but they have qualities that make them more than just mini-Batman and mini-Superman.