In the previous issue, Jon Kent met Damien Wayne. Things didn’t go all that smoothly. Their fight destroyed Batman’s genetics lab, so for punishment, Superman and Batman sent their sons off to a boot camp of sorts, trying to force them to work together.
Co-written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, this entire comic is that boot camp, and it’s fun. Damien is characteristically cold and determined to solve everything himself. Although Jon is trying to be the more diplomatic of the two, they argue a couple times in the first half of the comic. Meanwhile, Batman and Superman are watching the whole thing, and growing increasingly frustrated as their sons solve most of the problems without actually working together. It’s hard to say too much more than this without spoiling things, but it’s hard not to enjoy the boys’ little journey together. The ending is also the perfect example of, no matter how much these kids learn, they’re still kids who have a lot of growing up to do. That and it’s funny.
Gleason also handles the art, and it’s great. Right from the start, the backgrounds are well detailed with a mountain with plenty of snow, footprints left behind, and a small temple on the top. There’s great use of motion blur in the opening fight scene, and the action flows smooth. The detail continues all the way through the comic. Facial expressions do a great job at conveying emotions, like Robin’s stubborn glares, Jon’s friendly smiles when he’s trying to get Robin to warm up, and the very disappointed looks on Clark and Bruce’s faces at the very end of the comic. John Kalisz’s colouring is also great. Everything is bright and colourful, and the white shading when Maya uses her cloaking device looks neat.
All-New Wolverine may be my favourite comic of the week, but this is by far the most enjoyable and a close second. The dynamic between Jon and Damien is consistently enjoyable. Since this comic features both Superman and Batman, and most importantly stars their sons, this is an easy recommendation for fans of both. It’s a great exploration of their parenting styles and their friendship through the eyes of their boys.