Judging by the cover, part two of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” has an out of control Tim Drake Batman from the future looking to do some murdering. Wait, that’s not a Batman-like thing to do! With two more parts coming after this the chances of Batman killing anybody is unlikely, but with super dads Batman and Superman out of the picture it’s up to the kids to keep themselves alive.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” part two! The Super Sons are on the run after discovering Superboy’s dark destiny. Will Robin be able to protect his friend from the Batman of Tomorrow?
Why does this matter?
Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason continue the “Super Sons of Tomorrow” story with the help of artist Ryan Benjamin. If you like time travel tales you’re going to want to read this, especially with the surprise cliffhanger.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Those red eyes are pretty evil, bro.
This issue continues the story from Superman #37 as Tim Drake is one kryptonite bullet away from fixing his future. The writing team does a good job establishing the stakes and the fact that Tim doesn’t have a ton of time to get this mission over with. Sadly for him, Jon isn’t the type of boy to go to bed early and instead swoops in on a Teen Titan mission. This issue fleshes out why Tim is so obsessed with this mission with a key flashback and also ties well into Tim’s past of being the leader of the Teen Titans. Just when we think all is lost there’s an excellent cliffhanger that raises the bar and should get folks excited for what comes next. Let’s just say if you like elseworld tales get ready for part three!
Benjamin keeps things clean and conventional with good story progression and detail. There isn’t a lot of time for Tim Drake to get development, but in subtle moments–like blow darting Lois Lane– Benjamin shows how determined this character is via his stone cold demeanor. Then there’s the Teen Titans battle which goes on for three pages and is quite efficient in showing the heroes taking shots and needing a little Kryptonian backup. In a killer layout, we see a red slash of color swoop across the page zigzagging.
That’s stone cold, man.
It can’t be perfect can it?
I’m at a loss as to how things devolve so fast near the end of this book. There’s a weird black goop, an explosion, and everything sort of stops. Chalk it up to future gizmos and a secret power of Jon Kent I guess.
Midway through, there’s a scene involving Tim Drake locking down the Teen Titans in order to explain to them why he’s doing what he’s doing. Typical bad guy move man! It also slows the story to a crawl.
Is It Good?
The plot thickens in a cool way with a cliffhanger that’ll have elseworld fans giddy.