Review: Super Sons #1
“When I grow up” part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!
Ever since this series was announced (which feels like forever ago), I’ve been looking forward to seeing it hit the shelves and how it’d stand out. Then, these two young stars met in Superman, and from there I went from “looking forward” to massively excited with fear the first issue wouldn’t meet my rather high expectations. I’m happy to report it not only met them but exceeded it in many ways. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits its two young leads.
For those not in the know, Super Sons stars Damian Wayne, Batman’s son and latest Robin, and Jonathan Kent, the son of Superman and Lois Lane (the pre-52 versions that now exist in the DCU… long story). Damian with his gruff, brooding, and arrogance matches perfectly for the excitement, positivity, and naivety, that is Jonathan. Opposites attract and this is the perfect example of that with two characters that play of their father’s differences and then add their own.
The first issue is pretty basic lacking fireworks and really setting out exactly who these two are and how opposite they really are. But, what Tomasi does that’s fantastic is still give us a sense that these are indeed kids. They’re not miniature versions of their parents. From their words to their actions, they really feel like kids. It just so happens that they’re superheroes too.
Even with Damian’s rather dickish nature, the two characters together are just so much fun bringing a fun and enthusiasm that wants me to dive in wanting more. There’s an energy about the series that pops off the page.
That’s helped by the art of Jimenez whose style is a mix of west, manga, and a little Humberto Ramos. The art is fantastic delivering exactly what I hoped for, which is a continuation of the style we saw when these two characters met in Superman #10 with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray. I’m not quite sure why this style fits so well to the feel of the comic, but it does, capturing the youth and excitement of it all.
I had high expectations for Super Sons #1 and this first issue blew me away delivering a fun read that has me wanting more and looking forward to the adventures ahead. It perfectly reflects the young age of its two stars giving us a new team that’s not only super but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This is some of the most fun I’ve had reading a comic in a while. Those these two have titans looming over them in their parents, in one issue they’ve made the case they’re already stars.
Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Jorge Jimenez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review