Just when you thought the super sons of Batman and Superman were going in their own directions, Peter J. Tomasi reels them back in! This 12 issue miniseries is set before Brian Michael Bendis’s stories, and follows the two heroes as they go on summer break. It’s the “Summer of Super!”
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
The Super Sons are back in an all-new 12-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi! Check out the lost and secret adventures of Damian Wayne (Robin) and Jon Kent (Superboy) in this flashback miniseries that takes a deep dive into the bombastic bromance between the sons of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes. It’s an epic dual storyline that transcends current events, as Superboy and Robin find themselves targets of an interstellar team of young badasses called the Gang.
Why does this matter?
Tomasi has a great handle on the characters and their dynamic is perfect. Jon aka Superboy is always positive and spunky while Damian aka Robin is dark and brooding and just wants to work. Together they make for a strong dynamic which may only get better when let loose on their own adventure. No parents allowed.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
There is a lot to like about this issue, from the opening action sequence against the Puppeteer to the characters getting out of school and seeing their different reactions to freedom. The characters shine through no matter what is going on and that’s thanks to the well drawn facial expressions and differing dialogue. The last few pages are also exciting thanks to a big twist that is really perfect for a younger audience. The super sons are youthful and ready for a fight, but what if that stared right back at them? Tomasi reveals a group of characters you’ll want to learn more about as they’re at once weird and also quite fun.
The art by Carlo Barberi is detailed with a thin line that captures realism in a scene, but also animated facial expressions. They’re kids so they react in big ways that adds to the fun. There’s some character designs of a supervillain team that’s quite fun near the end that may just make some fans swoon. The attention to detail is fantastic too. Take for instance a scene where Robin is blown backwards. The detail in the boot laces is incredible and they also serve to add a bit of energy to his rocketing backward.
It can’t be perfect can it?
If you’re not down with the peppy personality of Jon mixing with the gloomy Damian, you may want to skip this one. The dynamic is fun, like an odd couple, and it works on multiple levels, but even I can see it getting old pretty quickly. Maybe it’s Damian’s personality, which is rather one note and obnoxious.
Is it good?
A fun first issue that capitalizes on a twist you won’t see coming — one that could energize this series all the way through its 12 issues.