Super Sons #12 Review

Posted January 17, 2018 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

Art by: Tyler Kirkham

Published by: DC Comics

Super Sons #12 harkens back to the time of pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans.

Tomasi and Gleason have written a truly exceptional Teen Titans book. It is not about action; it is about team work, and it is about an evolution of character. This issue reminds me of when the Teen Titans were considered the black sheep of the DC mythos, back in their third appearance when Robin, Aqualad, Speedy, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl had to interfere because of the way the adults were treating kids back then.

This issue is not so heavy handed, as it mostly deals with the acceptance of the new member of the Teen Titans. That particular result is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is yet another evolution of Damian’s character, who is becoming a true hero before our eyes. This has always been Damian’s arc throughout as much as Jon’s, and it is always nice when a character manages to take that turn.

It is even better when that turn or reaction is unexpected but ever so natural.

Kirkham adds his artistic flair and his handle of the emotional ride here is stellar. The best part is how vulnerable he makes both Damian and Jon. They are both out of place, and Kirkham’s facial expressions relay that. Even their moments with Superman show a determined–but vulnerable–look that truly adds to the gravitas of the entire issue.

Even as an epilogue to this crossover, Super Sons 12 is lot more than that. It is the end of Jon and Damian arc of becoming reluctant team mates and partners to finally becoming “gasps” friends. It is that turn that made this issue special and maybe the best issue of Super Sons yet. DC…Animated Super Sons NOW!

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