Review: Super Sons #3
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
Super Sons #3 captures what it is like to be a kid in their early teenage years. There is the confusion of finding yourself, constantly trying to act cool, the weirdness of puberty, and constant other pressures that kids face every day. Now add in the fact that Jon has powers that he doesn’t fully understand or can even control yet, that he is basically the son of a God, and could become one himself. As for Damian, he also lives in the shadow as the son of the greatest detective and the other most famous hero of all time, Batman. Not to mention the long line of Robins that came before him with Dick, Jason, Tim, as well as constantly battling against not becoming the other half of his blood, Ra’s al Ghul and the legacy he provides. With all of that being said, these two boys manage to work together (when they are not at each other’s throats), and get things done. They do get themselves into some trouble, especially with Damian leading the way, but you can see the bond of friendship growing, and it reminds me somewhat of me and my friends when I was younger (without the great detective work, fighting super villain robots, etc.). You get the idea.
Peter J. Tomasi is no stranger to the world of DC Comics, let alone these characters. He wrote Bruce and Damian in Batman and Robin and has been writing Clark and Jon in the current Superman run. He is a great writer and I am so glad we are seeing more of him across the DC line. This is the great work you get when you let a writer build characters for years. Superman is one of my favorite DC titles currently, and so is Super Sons. There is a good reason behind that, and it’s Tomasi’s writing. I don’t know whether he is channeling his own childhood, but he really nails the personalities of Damian and Jon and places them into believable children. Again, remove the super powers and all of that, and just look at these two as growing boys who are growing into much different men, who are forced into working together. Tomasi nails the super competitive kid who is obnoxious and always one-upping everyone, and the boy scout who always wants to do the right thing, but may follow the other kid and get into trouble sometimes. These are fantastic representations (while not exact copies) of their fathers, Batman and Superman. I read a lot of comics, and often times kids aren’t believable, thankfully with this comic, this isn’t the case.
Jorge Jimenez helps give some real personality to Jon and Damian, while also giving a realistic style with a slight cartoon touch that’s welcomed. Every character, even the little girl they are helping in this issue has personality right from the moment you see her facial expression. Jon’s friendly side is shown perfectly as is the contrasting cold side of Damian. The panel work is constantly varying, but not in any jarring way. It is a nice change to conventional comics and it never seems forced. On one page you will see ten action filled panels that flow with little to no dialogue, followed by a page broken up by a large top panel, smaller middle panels and a large bottom panel. Even this varies from page to page. I really enjoyed how Jimenez put it all together, as it helps to keep a good pace to the book. Alejandro Sanchez does a great job on colors and brings us the bright tones you’d expect in a cartoon, while also not going too overboard or too bright.
This comic is for anyone who wants to remember what it was like to be a kid but also wanted super powers. The sense of adventure here is brilliant as kids often make believe they are superheroes, and here we get both. These kids are having fun, but they are also getting into real serious and real dangerous situations. They both want to please their fathers and do the right thing, but they look at things differently. Damian can be rude to Jon all he wants, but you can see that there is a trust building with them, even if it is slow. There have been multiple times already in three short issues where these two have needed each other, and it’s great. If you want to give this book to a child, you may want to read the book for yourself first, as mileage always varies on what parents think is okay for their child. I don’t find most anything in this series too much for say a ten-year-old, but at least check it out for yourself first (which I probably don’t need to tell anyone). I can say though, for this big kid right here, this comic is awesome.
Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Jorge Jimenez Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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