Super Sons #6 Review – Remember Fun?
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez
Colors by: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Covers by: Jorge Jimenez, Dustin Nguyen
Can we all agree that DC Rebirth has been on an amazing streak?
I know this eventually has to end, and not all of the series have been winners, but the stuff that’s been good has been consistently really good. Especially when you consider that some of these series are going twice a month, meaning it’s technically been more than two years of stories for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Detective Comics, Action Comics, etc. and they are STILL going strong. Enjoy it now folks, because previous experiences tell me this can’t possibly last.
One of the most wonderful things Rebirth has done, in my opinion, is tone down the “super darkness” that came to define so much of the New 52 by giving us some really wonderful stuff. For example, the series where Superman’s and Batman’s kids go on fun, crazy adventures. I didn’t even know that was something I wanted until I heard the premise. So this review will basically be me gushing a bit about how good this series is and trying to convince you to read it if you haven’t already. I’m sorry if you expected a fair and balanced review, but this is Super Sons and I’m just happy to have a fun series after the miserable dirge that was The New 52. That said let’s move on to the plot summary.
After their previous adventure against Kid Amazo, Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne are going out at night to fight crime and save kittens from trees. However, Damian has other friends besides Jon, namely those “kids with the superhero beat” the Teen Titans…but Jon can’t join because, according to Damian, “You’re not a teen yet”. He might end up eating his words though, when the Titans get put out of commission by the Time Commander and Damian can only turn to one person…
This issue is really damn good. Peter J Tomasi knocked it out of the park with the previous five issues and he knocked it out of the park with this one. A lot of the time in fiction, kids are written as either “pwecious” balls of catchphrases nobody says or perfect little angels who somehow dole out perfect advice that helps Tom Hanks get with Meg Ryan (Yes, I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle).
Tomasi writes kids like… well kids. Jon and Damian are brash, impulsive, they’re always arguing with each other over really petty things (“I’m taller”; “Well, I’m older”; etc.) and you see their friendship forming even though they don’t realize it. It’s really fun to just see these two interacting. That said… This particular issue has a problem the last 5 issues didn’t. Part of the draw for issue 6 was the appearance of the Teen Titans but, what little page time they had wasn’t spent interacting with Jon. I predict that’s going to happen in the next issue, but I wish they hadn’t advertised it as such, when it doesn’t happen. Still, that’s a nitpick at best and I really enjoyed the issue nonetheless.
Jorge Jimenez was born to draw kids. That’s not even opinion at this point, that’s just FACT. Some artists have the problem of making their kids seem more like short adults but Jimenez just knows how to draw them. They’re kind of lanky, they exhibit a lot of energy and they have really fun expressions. His style is sort of anime-ish, in the sense that it’s really cute and the faces occasionally go more simplistic for a joke. His art is perfect and just looking at this books fills me with happiness.
Do I even need to say anything else? GO READ THE BOOK! Super Sons has been tons of fun so far and, while this first issue for the arc wasn’t perfect, it was still very well written and it still has me hyped to see Jon interact with the Teen Titans. GO! READ! IT!