Review by J.T. Johnson
WRITER: Peter J. Tomasi
PENCILS: Carlo Barberi
INK: Art Thibert
LETTERS: Rob Leigh
Several titles revolving around Superman’s world were affected when it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis would be taking over “Superman” and “Action Comics”. The biggest casualty of this arrangement was the cancellation of “Super Sons”, an ongoing book starring Jon Kent and Damien Wayne, a.k.a. Superboy and Robin. It was a fun book for all ages and fans were upset when the title ended.
Thankfully, writer Peter J. Tomasi has returned with a 12-issue maxi-series starring everyone’s favorite prodigal sons. The truth is that this story takes place between “Super Sons” #16 and Bendis’ current run on the Superman books. My guess is that it will act as a sort of series finale, giving proper closure to one of the coolest team-ups to happen in recent years.
The first issue starts off strong as both Superboy and Robin are facing the famous gold statue of Superman that was created after his “death” at the hands of Doomsday. Something is obviously controlling the statue and it doesn’t take long for the boys to figure out that it is the Puppeteer behind the statue’s controls. They quickly defeat the Puppeteer while someone from space observes their adventure.
Soon, both Damien and Jon are out of school for the Summer and since their parents will be away for several weeks, they’re pretty much free to do what they want. They soon find out that a monster is attacking people in Metropolis and set out for another adventure. As it turns out, the monster is part of a team of supervillains that will act as the maxi-series’ villains and they seem to be child versions of famous villains such as Lex Luthor, Deadshot and the Joker.
If this first issue is any indication, then the series will be a fitting end to the “Super Sons” storyline. It has the same fun and energy of the previous title and I hated when it ended but now I can’t wait for issue #2. Artist Carlo Barberi knows how to create dynamic action scenes that almost feel like they pop off the page and I’m glad he has also returned to draw this new series.
Overall, I don’t really have any complaints for this first issue. I was sad to see the original series get cancelled and I’ll take more adventures of Superboy and Robin however I can get them. If you were also a fan of the original “Super Sons”, then I can’t recommend this new title enough!