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Peter J. Tomasi Presents Challenge of the Super Sons!

This December, the Super Sons return! Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne—DC’s World’s Finest Friends—are back in an action-packed new comic book series from writer Peter J. Tomasi! DC’s new series, Challenge of the Super Sons, debuts digitally on December 14, 2020, with the first of fourteen 99-cent chapters.

Picking up where Tomasi’s sensational Super Sons and Adventures of the Super Sons left off, Damian and Jon—the assassin-trained son of Batman and the boy-next-door son of Superman—tackle their greatest threat ever: the deadly DOOM SCROLL. Whoever (whomever? We can never tell) has their name inscribed on this ancient and magical parchment will be killed post-haste. Now, the evil powers-that-be have written the names of the Justice League on the deadly doc, and Superboy and Robin are the only ones who can save their dads from certain doom! The catch? No one can know it was the boys that saved them. 

DC’s Super Sons saga began in 2017 when Tomasi and Jorge Jiménez launched Super Sons within DC’s Rebirth line of comics. Challenge of the Super Sons picks up directly after 2018’s Adventures of the Super Sons maxi-series left off—the boys are, indeed, back in town.

Tomasi joins forces in this third Super Sons volume with artist Max Raynor, with additional guest spots by Jorge Corona and Evan Stanley, for another romp through the DC universe alongside everyone’s favorite Super Sons! Cover artwork for the new series is by Jorge Jiménez.

Challenge of the Super Sons debuts digitally on December 14, 2020, with the first of fourteen weekly 99-cent chapters. There will be a season break in the middle of the publishing run.

Challenge of the Super Sons

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap this week to keep you entertained and informed! We kick things off with our news from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Avengers Comics Sales Figures, according to Marvel: A Comichron Video Spotlight – Some comic history.

Wicked Local – RI man arrested in Southborough comic book theft – That’s a lot of comics.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #690

Comic Attack – Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans #1

Seattle PI – Brazen

Comic Mix – The Mainstream #1

Talking Comics – Super Sons #15

Preview: Super Sons #15

Super Sons #15

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert (CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“End of Innocence” Part One! Robin and Superboy have been to hell and back again, but this time their friendship must stand the ultimate test: the Amazo Project! Kid Amazo returns as the pieces of this deadly plan fall into place and reveal a secret that might tear apart Damian and Jon’s growing friendship.

Preview: Super Sons #14

Super Sons #14

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert (CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“MOTHER’S DAY” part two! Talia al Ghul is back in Damian’s life, for better and for worse! As the world’s deadliest mom forces Robin to make the ultimate choice between his past and future, Superboy finds himself caught in the middle. But the specter of Damian’s murderous past life has shaken the bond between the Super Sons, and the body count is far from final.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Batman #42 (DC Comics) – The last Poison Ivy issue was great, and I cannot wait to continue it. Ivy vs Cat will be a blast!

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 (Marvel) – Doctor Strange is always best when it’s weird, and boy this is super weird.

Infinity Countdown #1 (Marvel) – I am actually semi-excited for Marvel rebooting, though it just happened not long ago with Legacy. Infinity Countdown Prime and the Warlock comic have both been solid and set up some neat things. I have semi-high hopes for this.

Super Sons Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – This series is great, and this was a fun arc. Jon and Damien are great together, and though the series is ending, I am sure we see more of them sometime soon.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #7 (Valiant) – There’s not much I can say about this that I have’t already said in my reviews, but the long and the short of it is that I want this as an example of what comics are capable of as a visual medium. Jeff Lemire is one of the better writers in comics right now, and here he takes over the art (such that it is) to tell a story using only the panel borders and the letters against completely black pages. It’s a phenomenally ambitious comic.

 

Brett

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid one featuring a national tragedy, alien world, and at its heart a story about two brothers. There’s so much thought and detail put into the first issue, this one will be an absolute beast of a series and definite hit.

Dodge City #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has found success with a series about fencing and now we have one about dodge ball. The first issue is fun and entertaining and continues to bring the success we’ve seen with sports focused manga to western audiences.

East of West #36 (Image Comics) – Every issue of this series has been impressive and this issue left my jaw on the floor. Just amazing visuals and really moves the story along. Start from the beginning with this series and enjoy.

Gideon Falls #1 (Image Comics) – If Jeff Lemire writing the series wasn’t enough, Andrea Sorrentino on the art is the cherry on top.

Mech Cadet Yu #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Kids + giant robots vs. aliens. What else do you need to know? A fun series that brings the things I love about Pacific Rim to a wider aged audience.

Preview: Super Sons #13

Super Sons #13

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“Mother’s Day” part one! Talia al Ghul returns for her son Damian, whom she trained from birth to be an assassin. With the evil in Robin’s past finally revealed to Superboy, it might be too much for the Sons’ partnership to survive…especially when the boys find out her next victim is one of the most important people in their lives!

More Details on DC Ink and DC Zoom, Two New Graphic Novel Lines from DC Entertainment

Last night we brought the news that DC Entertainment would be launching two new graphic novel imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

The new graphic novels line will be focused on young adult readers, DC Ink, and middle grade readers, DC Zoom.

We’ll see the first titles released in Fall 2018 and now have an even fuller list of what we’ll be seeing.

  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
  • Mera by Danielle Paige
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat

Set to follow in 2019:

DC Ink

  • Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Batman: Nightwalker – The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
  • Teen Titans by Kami Garcia
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

 

 

DC Zoom

  • Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman: Overdrive by Shea Fontana
  • Black Canary Ignite by Meg Cabot
  • Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
  • Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê
  • Super Sons by Ridley Pearson
  • Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang which will be released as periodicals first, then collected.

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

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Super Sons #12

Super Sons #12

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Jorge Jimenez (CA) Dustin Nguyen
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” epilogue! 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. Meanwhile, the past rears its ugly head to haunt Damian Wayne-in the form of his mother, Talia Al Ghul!

Preview: Super Sons #11

Super Sons #11

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ryan Benjamin (CA) Francis Manapul
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” part two! The Super Sons are on the run after discovering Superboy’s dark destiny. Will Robin be able to protect his friend from the Batman of Tomorrow?

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