I don’t need much of an introduction for this issue. It’s pretty straight forward. Let’s get into it.
Super Sons 10, written by Peter J Tomasi, is somewhere between two story arcs. Throughout the series (and their occasional encounters in the main Superman series), they’ve grown from a bit of a rivalry to good friends, and great partners in crime fighting. Their fathers, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, are not only starting to accept their sons’ partnership, but they’re encouraging it. This issue starts off with the four of them hanging out and testing how Jon’s progressing with his flight power. There’s a great moment in this scene where Jon helps Damien Wayne to lighten up and have fun for a change, instead of being his usual overly serious self. It’s a great moment that shows how far their friendship has come.
After a brief and vague interlude, the comic cuts to three weeks later, where Superman and Batman introduce their sons to a brand new base of their own. Along with it, they’re giving their superhero sons some really awesome tech, along with more responsibilities. As expected, Jon is purely excited about their new base, while as soon as Superman and Batman leave, Damien immediately scans for any bugs and spy cameras. That’s pretty much what this entire issue is. It’s a fun comic of Batman, Superman, Superboy and Robin hanging out, while giving this series a slight change in direction. Saying much more would spoil the fun.
The art by Jose Luis is great. The first page is nothing but close-ups on each of their faces as Damien counts down. The following two page spread of Jon flying into the sky is brilliant, with a giant smile on his face, well detailed foliage in the background. The best part of this page is the panel on the bottom right corner showing Clark’s proud smile, Bruce’s subdued look and Damien’s slightly evil grin with his hands touching at the finger tips. These amusing facial expression continue throughout the comic, providing almost half of the fun and the humour on their own. The environmental detail continues as well, with Jon’s room full of posters, pictures and a desk under his high bed. The new base for Superboy and Robin looks impressive, both outside and in. Hi-Fi’s colouring is bright and colourful, which makes for a comic that’s appealing to the eye.
I wouldn’t say this issue is anything particularly special, nor is it trying to be. It’s just fun, like this series as a whole. Jon and Damien are often an amusing pair, who argue almost as often as they work together due to their very different temperaments. If the sound of a junior version of a Batman/Superman series sounds like fun, it’s worth checking out. This issue is a pretty good place to start.
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