Super Sons #1 Review
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez & Alejandro Sanchez
Publisher: DC Comics
This has been one of the more intriguing titles DC has recently cooked up. The idea that both the sons of Batman and Superman would share a book together is cool, but its going to take some time to get used to the fact that this is still Damien Wayne we are talking about. The same one who doesn’t play well with others (even older), punches first and asks questions later, and all around has one of the worst attitudes you could imagine. So it was hard to envision what it would be like to have these two together in the capacity where they are actually friends.
Now being a first issue you also look at this as one of those stories where you can simply jump in. When you’ve sidelined your questions about them pretty much rebranding Damian, this is welcoming to new readers. You simply enjoy the fact that these two are friends who come from two very different worlds. It’s almost like this book answering the question to what it would have been like if Superman and Batman actually knew each other growing up. It’s not only an answer to that but as well what it is like for Robin and Superboy in their regular lives. Something we don’t see enough of. When it came to Superboy, he was usually in the background with Louis playing a game or something. At most he gets a few words in or something generic that he would say as a kid, and that was it. This issue gets into how he is adjusting to being a regular kid, who just so happens to have immense power. The responsibility is key for them to focus on.
For Damian, I suppose it is worth crediting them that he is still the same person he usually is at the core. If I were being fair then I would simply sum up his new direction to them dialing him back a touch. Which in the longrun might be best for his appeal with readers as a whole. I mean it did take some time to warm up to his differences from most others in the Bat Family. His best trait so far is being a bad influence which is what makes his dynamic with Jonathan riddled with potential fun.
As far as introductions go for a #1 issue, this one was weird to say the least along the lines of villains. Not weird in the sense that it was off, but you aren’t quite used to something this vague in approach to who Robin and Superboy will find to be their first villain. In fact there wasn’t much to go on at all. This was the only true problem that this issue faced that could have made it better.
Not going to lie, the biggest draw in for me was the artwork at first. Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez do great with how they make this look like a young book while making it still appealing to those older. Jorge Jimenez has a very clean style to his pencils capturing the good boy look of Jonathan and the bad boy look of Damian. When it comes to Damian it was thankful for a book like this because someone is actually drawing him to be, look, and act his own age. That helps a lot in bringing out the best between these two. I was worried that we might see a lot of over-exaggerations in expression and reactions, but Jimenez has a hold of how real he wants this world and characters to look because I’m sure this is also one of those books where he wants us to be able to take things seriously. Sanchez brings it all together through his colors. Bold, vibrant, and I personally enjoyed the flushed look he gives to those of Damian and Jonathan‘s age. For a book like Super Sons I believe that Sanchez is actually above average for expectations. Smooth colors and a great sense of depth to them as well. I particularly enjoyed his use of highlights and shadows to liven things up a bit.
Super Sons #1 has potential for what this book can have in store for us. I think this had one of the more heartwarming approaches to trying to dissect what makes a hero. “When I grow up” is just a little on the cheek as far as story arc titles go, but it is fitting for what it is.
Super Sons #1 Review
- Fun character dynamic
- Quality artwork for a young hero book
- Personal exploration
- No villain development
- Adjustment to established hero