Superboy goes through a lot in this life-changing issue for the character.
Adventures of Super Sons is the kind of series that’s all about fun when superhero comics these days can tend to be a bit overly dramatic. The first issue proved to deliver on that fun with a crazy new all-child villain team to compete against. This second issue delves into who they really are and the stakes raise quite a bit.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Kids today, amiright? What with their vaping, texting, emoji-ing and whatnot–never mind what happens when teen villains the Gang get their hands on Gold Kryptonite! That’s exactly what the young bad guys plan to do to impress the Earth’s biggest villains! Super Sons Robin and Superboy stand face to face with Rex Luthor, Joker Jr. and other psychos pulled right from your nightmares. The Gang has already robbed Superboy of his powers, and now they’re ready to reveal their grand plan!
Why does this matter?
If you’re sad about Superboy being sent away when Bendis took over Superman, fear not, as Peter J. Tomasi is still writing the character in this series that takes place right before the big Superman changes. That adds to the fun-first outlook for a series that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, allowing it to be popcorn entertainment.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue opens with a surprising flashback I was not expecting. It reveals a bit about these mysterious kid villains who are dressed up like the main rogues of the DC universe. That’s helpful since their mere presence was a shock. There’s also an interesting twist on their purpose and point of view that connects to children and watching too much TV that’s quite clever. There isn’t much focus on that however, since most of this book is about Superboy and Robin’s kidnapping.
Much of this book is about said kidnapping and how it gets executed. Superboy and Robin are not to be messed with, and Peter J. Tomasi does a good job showing how they could be kidnapped at all. There are also some fun twists and surprises along the way that keep you guessing what may happen next. The cliffhanger is excellent too and if you read Superman in the ’90s you’ll dig what Tomasi is doing with Superboy.
The art by Barberi continues that fun vibe of the book with big facial expressions. You’re always tapped into how these characters are feeling, adding a layer to the character work.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The opening has a deeper meaning that is somewhat shuffled aside to focus on the action of the book. There’s an interesting point of view being relayed when it comes to kids being seperated and left to watch the boob tube, though it’s then abandoned through much of the book. The idea is planted early on though, so here’s hoping we get more about that in later issues.
Is it good?
Tomasi knows how to spring a clever cliffhanger on you and this issue has it in spades. The action keeps your interest too, with a nice message tucked away to be explored later.