Well, here’s a surprise – a new one-shot starring Jon Kent and Damian Wayne. I don’t know why the the Super Sons title has been set aside, Damian and Jon have established their brand, and no matter that Superboy is now Superman, they’ll always be the Super Sons. Heck, when I saw the name of the comic – in a terribly unprepossessing font, why not just use the logos? – I wondered what Clark was doing teaming up with Damian. I guess we do need that ‘Son of Kal-El’ qualifier, after all.
Anyway, here’s Jon and Damian in a new, current day adventure, showing that no matter that Jon is now a few years older than Damian, the minute they get together, the old chemistry is there.
It’s a school night but Damian knows an alarm has gone off in the Fortress of Solitude, and he’s here to help. How does he know before Jon?
Jon’s annoyance doesn’t last long, as he and Damian fly to the Arctic to investigate the possible Fortress break-in.
That’s a great moment. Despite the fact that both Damian and Jon have solo books, they’re never as human, as appealing, as when they’re together, under the pen of Peter J Tomasi. It’s not the only poignant part, there’s a lovely scene between Jon and mom Lois.
Of course, the story doesn’t stint on fun, with page after page of terrific back and forth dialogue between the Super Sons as they discover what’s going on at Superman’s secret sanctuary. There are callbacks aplenty to previous Damian and Jon tales, with fun notes from editor Paul Kaminski ensuring that no one gets lost.
Making his Super Sons debut, Viktor Bogdanovic provides cheery pencils – there are melancholy moments, and they’re well-done, but a smile is never far from the faces of our young heroes, while the action scenes are well whoop-worthy. My favourite panel in the issue is a splash.
Jon looking very much the young Superman, and Damian keeping up in the old Hellbat suit – such fun!
I couldn’t tell you who inked that page, as the 48-page issue has a bevy of embellishers – Daniel Henriques, Scott Hanna, Matt Santorelli and Bogdanovic himself. The look is pretty consistent, no doubt helped by colourists Ivan Plascencia and Matt Herms. Letterer Tom Napolitano turns in a typically smart job, while Alejandro Sanchez provides the moody colours for Bogdanovic’s crisp cover illo.
I loved this comic, and hope it sells gangbusters, because I want more. Call it Supermam & Robin if you must, DC, though Super Sons is obviously better, but make this a quarterly, at least. Damian and Jon together is guaranteed fun, and I want more. Lots more.