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Review: Super Sons #12

Superboy and Robin must face the repercussions of the events of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” and how the emotional toll will affect their relationships with each other, their parents and the Teen Titans.

I had some issues with the last chapter of “Super Sons of Tomorrow.” Mainly it was the fact no one was reacting to these future superheroes and things just fell into place a bit too well without much conflict. Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason address a lot of that here in Super Sons #12. Future Tim Drake is now travelling through time, with lots of hints as to what may come. Those that are left on Earth are there to pick up the pieces and it feels like a lot of things are addressed.

There’s the future Titans which leads to a debate about what the present time heroes should know and shouldn’t know with some slight teases at the future. It’s that “if you know the future you can do damage” type of thing and it all makes sense and plays out in the expected debates. So, all of that is addressed and addressed pretty well. The future Titans weren’t used much but how they were was interesting and makes me think there’s more to come.

Then, there’s the relationship between Damian and Jonathan and Superman has some thoughts about that. Here we get a good dose of Superman being both a father and a hero and the debate and thought process makes a lot of sense and again addresses knowing the future and what Jonathan may do.

Then there’s the Teen Titans themselves and the debate if Jonathan should join. That’s addressed too and doesn’t go the way I expected and instead shows a lot more depth. There’s also Batman who we last left him having had the crap beat out of him by Future Tim Drake.

But, what’s the real focus is the relationship between Jonathan and Damian and that’s front and center. This series has really been about their relationship which is oil and water. We’ve also seen the two grow in so many ways and build into one of the best team-ups the DC Universe has going for it. Damian has worked on Jonathan’s innocence and Jonathan has worked on Damian’s gruffness. These two characters have show growth in these twelve issues that we rarely see in comics and this issue emphasizes that.

The art by Tyler Kirkham is fantastic and every character looks great and the framing of the various scenes are solid. Everyone looks great and there’s a lot of different locations. The double spread in the time tunnel is amazing, just like last issue and there’s so many locations, each with tiny details that enhance the story.

I had issues with the last chapter, thinking that was the finale. This issue is the real one and it’s a perfect ending to what has been an exciting and fun event. The only reason this is a read is because it’s not a good entry point, but it’s a great ending to this arc.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art: Tyler Krikham
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Read

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