Super Sons #2 Re-Reviewed
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez & Alejandro Sanchez
Publisher: DC Comics
The more I sat on it, the more I enjoyed the first issue of Super Sons. I wasn’t expecting to look forward to the next issue as much as I did. For Damian Wayne it was predictable that many would question this new direction for the character, but may be this is for the best. This is a character who is too held back by the way he was brought up to really take any proper steps into something that integrated him into the world around him.
Now moving into this next issue it was better that there was a name to this kid who they have decided to focus on. Just knowing this kid has the name Amazo makes all the difference from what we were seeing before which had little to no context. Things got dark here and I have to say that it took me by surprise. It was hard to put a finger on the audience for this book but this opening scene for Super Sons #2 made it loud and clear with what kind of threat Reggie can and will be to the world. Some details are still up in the air by the end of the issue, but at least this isn’t too much of a mystery intended to drag on. That is the worst thing you could do at the start of a new series this early. Some connections needed to be drawn and that came sooner than later.
Picking up from when Damian and Jonathan are caught by Lex Luthor, things didn’t quite go down like you thought in your head and that made this little conflict fun. Off the bat the reason why they were there in the first place wasn’t very clear. The unpredictability of Damian plays very big in everything that went both right and wrong about this break in. Clearly Damian underestimated Luthor, and Luthor didn’t seem all too prepared for what kind of trouble these two could cause him. Truthfully I was more surprised by the questions Luthor initially has for these two about who they were and what they wanted. That was the only thing off as Luthor doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to be that out of the loop on current events surrounding either Superman or Batman.
The dynamic for these two continues to entertain because they are an unlikely match. You have Damian who is reckless in every sense of the word, and then you have Jonathan who couldn’t hurt a fly unless actually provoked. Yet together these two are very capable considering it is just a younger version of the classic Batman and Superman team-up.
The artwork for Super Sons continues to impress me more than anything else. The way this book is drawn gave you this sense of security that this might be a lighter story. If I may the word I would use might be cute in style. You weren’t seeing a Damian who was the mean kid until he springs into action. Honestly this is the first time someone has put the effort into him actually looking like his age. Though at the same time you were seeing a Superboy who is your average good boy. But where the art team catches you off guard is the way they capture the atmosphere surrounding this developing plot. You weren’t expecting the direction things would take with Reggie. The actions he took against his family, or the scene someone would run int when they discover what happened to this family at his hands. Sanchez continues to bring it all together visually through bold and vibrant colors. The flushed look he gives to those of Damian and Jonathan‘s age was nice for a start, though for this second issue Sanchez takes things a step further to address the actual tone of the book. It is he in general who sets the mood and that was vital at this stage.
“When I Grow Up” part two I believe pulls you in if the first issue left you in question of what this book has to offer. Super Sons clearly isn’t your average young heroes book. And for that reason I believe there is much more potential to what these two will get themselves into. The straight and narrow just isn’t Damian at the core, so the things he has put in motion while dragging Jonathan along for the ride is worth investing in.
Super Sons #2
- Clarity to plot
- Character dynamic explored
- Tone set for the story
- Odd questions from Luthor