You may notice that I have changed my Comic Book Review layout. I found that reading back on them, that layout turned out longer reviews than really needed, and gave too much away for my taste (well, present/future me, past me thought it was a great idea). The headings, which I know work great for other reviewers, just made it hard for me to convey any true excitement about what I’d read and I don’t want that. I don’t know if this will be better but it’s closer to how I format my prose book reviews and I felt happier with it. Enjoy! (hopefully)
First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have not read the previous volumes of Super Sons (though I’m absolutely going to now) and this was my first introduction to Johnathan Kent. I have read the first issue of DC Rebirth’s Teen Titans (Damian Knows Best) and I did rather like Damian Wayne’s character, which I know can be a controversial topic in some circles.
It’s also worth mentioning that due to my limited previous reading in this genre if you think I’m being too harsh or too generous with my assessment of writing or art, it’s probably due to my limited frame of reference and there isn’t a lot I can do about that.
This book was pure, child-like joy. I loved it from the start and I think the main reason was the chemistry between Damian and John as a team. Their banter is simple but so, so funny and, I felt, a pretty great representation of their age; I love the whole ‘we are actually best friends, but we just find each other immensely annoying’ dynamic. I didn’t really know I needed this 13-year-old duo in my life but now all I want to do is go back and read it all from the start.
Even with my limited previous experience with the character, I know John is an immeasurably good influence on Damian and even in this single volume, you can see how their friendship is having a positive effect on Damian’s character.
The brief Super Pets adventure was also really fun, though I’m not sure I could read an entire book of translating ‘hissss’es and ‘grrrr’s, it was a nice intermission and I love how Krypto and Bat-hound’s dynamic mirrors Damian & John’s (even down to Krypto having to carry Bat-hound somewhat unceremoniously when they have to fly anywhere).
The art is just amazing, too. I absolutely love John’s costume, it actually looks like something a 13-year-old could and would wear and I’ve always like Damian’s Robin suits anyway.
I really don’t think I can find fault with it. I want, and need, more of Super Sons in my life now, and my next stop after this review is Amazon to pre-order the Omnibus and yours should be too.
Writing Quality – 9/10
Image/Illustration Quality – 10/10
Character Development – 9/10
Overall – 10/10
“I think they [struck a chord] because it’s a fun comic and I take great pains to make sure that the kids act like kids, and that the story, the way I wanted to construct it, was sort of all-ages, eight to 80. I didn’t want to put any limitations and I didn’t want to dumb it down. I think people really related to having something they could have a lot of fun with, and didn’t tie into a ton of continuity across the DCU.”
Peter J. Tomasi in an interview with Paste Magazine. Read more here.