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Review: Superman #38

With no other choice left, the Batman of Tomorrow brings in the Titans of Tomorrow to take on today’s Teen Titans-as the life of Superman’s son hangs in the balance! See the return of future Superman Conner Kent, Wonder Woman Cassie Sandsmark and Bart Allen Flash in the final battle of this epic crossover.

The “Sons of Tomorrow” storyline wraps up with this issue that feels both cool and falls short. Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason bring a lot together as Tim Drake Batman, now calling himself Savior, continues his pursuit of Superboy while others either help him or attempt to help Damian and Superboy. On paper, it sounds great, but the storyline introduces way too much and leaves it hanging.

Part of that is the future Titans who play a bigger role in the story and when they eventually get to the present, there’s no pushback at all. Everyone seems to just role with whomever these folks are and there’s very little reaction that there’s these future versions of some of DC’s biggest names. Maybe that’ll come in the follow up to it all. There’s also some slip-ups like when Damian calls Drake Savior, a name that’s never uttered by Drake to him, so not quite sure what to call him.

The art though is impressive. There’s a few spreads by Sergio Davila that are amazing in how things are presented, especially when Savior or the future Titans are getting pulled through time. Davila is helped with the inks by Vicente Cifuentes and color by Gabe Eltaeb. The time travel scenes especially are impressive with the placement of characters, the 3-D aspect of the tube they’re traveling through. It’s some really solid art that stands out in the issue.

The ending is a little flat at times. There’s a lot that just happens and there’s not much reaction to it. We’ll see if there’s follow up to it but on it’s own, there’s just something missing. The overall story is solid and hopefully a prologue addresses some of my concerns but what started out great ends with a meh.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art: Sergio Davila
Ink: Vicente Cifuentes Color: Gabe Eltaeb Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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