A four part crossover event starts here entitled “Super Sons of Tomorrow” involving a future version of Batman coming to our timeline to murder a certain character to alter the future. Is it the same guy who wants to kill Batwoman? Yes!
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” part one! The four-part crossover between Superman, the Super Sons and the Teen Titans starts here! The Batman of Tomorrow travels to the present to prevent a cataclysmic disaster before it happens, revealing that Superboy will soon be responsible for the death of millions. But Superman will do anything to protect his son…and the Batman of Tomorrow is unwavering in his resolve to take down the Boy of Steel. Don’t miss a clash of titanic proportion in the opening chapter of this game-changing story!
Why does this matter?
Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason write this issue, which splits its time between Batman fighting Batman and Batman fighting Superman. If you like superhero fight comics you’re going to love this. It also starts off this crossover so if you’re reading Super Sons or Teen Titans you’re going to want to read this so you aren’t in the dark.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Batman sure knows how to make an entrance.
This issue opens with a chaotic battle at Wayne Manor which ends with a definitive act to help readers understand how serious Batman is. This isn’t Bruce Wayne though, but Tim Drake, the psychotic Batman from the future who also wants Batwoman dead. The character is certain he must break some eggs to save the future and in this opening sequence, we see him fight in a brutal way. The second half is all about his confrontation with Superman and the creative team mixes in some interesting details here and there to give us a sense of where this character is at and what his relationship to Superman is. By the end, it’s clear this Batman isn’t crazy, but he’s also a loner who will do whatever he has to finish his mission.
The art by Jorge Jimenez is clean and exciting. The opening action sequence uses some topsy-turvy panel work to convey the rough and tumble nature of the fighting. The use of shadow and silhouette help convey the dark nature of the battling and the deadly nature of the fight. Later, Superman’s appearance is incredibly clean with a excellent full page spread showing off the character’s all-American look. Again, the panel work does well to capture the fight, mixing things up as needed.
Don’t anger Bruce Wayne, okay?
It can’t be perfect can it?
There isn’t a lot to this issue aside from the cliffhanger reveal and the tidbits dropped via dialogue in the fight scenes. The first fight scene shows how dirty Tim Drake fights while the second shows he’s capable of strategy, but it speeds by fast and doesn’t offer too many answers. Why he wants to kill a certain character remains to be seen (probably in the next chapter) so you’re left with a fun action comic with not much else to it.
Is It Good?
This is a good fight comic that pits Batman vs. Bruce Wayne and then Superman vs. Batman. If that sounds interesting to you scoop this up, but as far as the new story is concerned you’ll be left with few details on its bigger purpose.