It's just another school day for Jon. He stands up for a kid being bullied and for his trouble becomes the target of an especially rough snowball fight. He could win this one easily, he has super strength and heat vision... but he has a secret identity to protect and more importantly, he doesn't want to become the bully.
Then he gets help from above.
Damian Wayne, current bearer of the Robin name, is in town. He tells Jon he's there because he's bored, but if it wasn't already obvious, by the time he shows up at the Kent Farm to invite Jon on an adventure it's more a case of his wanting to spend time with his new friend. And these kids really have become good pals - look how they playfully bicker.
While children whose parents aren't superheroes tend to play hide and seek, or softball, or whatever, the Super Sons of Superman and Batman go to Metropolis, where Damian has detected a mystery. And by the end of the issue the quietly confident Jon and ever-cocky Damian may be in over their tiny heads.
I've been looking forward to this book for a while and lead creators Peter J Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez don't disappoint. Robin and Superboy delight at every turn, individually and together. I even like their supporting cast, one Bruce and Alfred, and Lois and Clark. The Kents - I still can't think of them as the Whites or Smiths or whatever their assumed name is this week - have a quiet moment together that scores massively on the adorability scale.
This issue also features a prologue introducing a very persuasive boy, and an in media res opening hinting at Toyman which the book doesn't catch up to by the end. I dislike cold opens enormously, but I cannot help but love this issue. The characters are appealing, the unlikely best buds set-up has potential and the art....
... oh, the Jorge Jimenez pages are just edible. Jon and Damo look and move like little lads, not Franklin Richards-esque stumpy adults. The action is kinetic, frenetic. And the storytelling is of a very high standard. Look, for instance, at this bus scene, in particular how bullying victim Alan is scared Jon's standing up for him will get him in bigger trouble.
Every page is a treat, and little extras such as a Dark Knight homage add to the story rather than bring it to a full stop. I think it's safe to say Jimenez gets how comics work, and he has the perfect partner in Tomasi, who paces his tale superbly in terms of character beats versus modest action moments. Colourist Alejandro Sanchez keeps things natural but never dull, while letterer Rob Leigh sorts out the volume with style.
Dustin Nguyen produces a very cute variant cover, though Jon's too off model for it to be perfect. I prefer the regular image by Jimenez and Sanchez, which looks great and promises much.
A joyous blast of kid superhero action, Super Sons made my day.
Lois looks like she's half gazelle.ReplyDelete
I cannot see that! But gazelles are nice.Delete
The length of her legs in that panel above. I know she's supposed to be a fox, but she's not a super-model. right? ;)Delete
You're right about this book being a treat. It also is putting to ease my worries that Jon will be written out to make Clark and Lois fit better into the classic status quo for the Kents. I'd really like pre-Flashpoint Conner back at some point but it's no loss having Jon around!ReplyDelete
I had the same worries, Steve, but given they've gone so far as to give Jon co-lead status I think we're OK. Now, if only Rebirth would bring back a proper Impulse.Delete
DC has done a really nice job over the past few years of making these two characters -- which the traditionalist in me thinks shouldn't exist -- into such vibrant and well-realized kids, and so much fun to read about. The idea of Superman and Batman having actual sons, which once felt preposterous to me, is now an element I really enjoy. Heck, after Dick, Damian is my second-favorite Robin!ReplyDelete
Damian's my least favorite Robin (behind even the Earth Two versions and both takes on Jason Todd) but I do like how he acts with Jon. His mother's abusive upbringing has him act decidedly unchildlike with adults and even in that dreadful Teen Titans book but with Jon Damian appears to be able to act his age for a change. It's an endearing side to the little psychopathic murderer...Delete
I did find him super-appealing in the new Nightwing, #16.Delete
Isn't it amazing what talented creators can do in just a few years if pretty much left alone?ReplyDelete
yes also make it down on your Calenders little Jonno finally comes face to face with Lex LuthorDelete
He does, presumably Lex will immediately work out he's Superman's kiddiewinkie.Delete
but mart that's impossible Superoby wears a Jacket Superman wears spandex they can't possibly be related, next you'll be saying Clark Kent isn't dead or Lobo will Join the JLA stay in the real world my friendDelete
I love Jorge's work, it's nice to see him on a regular series again. Not sure if I'll stick around for long with "Jonno" Tomasi writing (the first 4 pages are just throw-aways as they have nothing to do with the rest of the story at this point), but Jon and Damian were fun.ReplyDelete
Weren't they set-up pages rather than wasted pages?Delete
Late to the game but love this book too.ReplyDelete
As you say, Jiminez stylings are just incredible.
And interesting little tidbits for future stories.
i wonder if it's too soon to ask for a Christmas special?ReplyDelete