Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artwork: Carlos Barberi (pencils), Art Thibert (inks)
Lettering: Rob Leigh
Release Date: 1st August 2018
Shamefully, I’ve only recently been switched on to the brilliance that is Peter J Tomasi’s Super Sons. But after bingeing the entire sixteen part first series in preparation for this review, I can wholeheartedly confirm that the friendship between Damian Wayne and Jon Kent is right up there with Dan Abnett’s Aquaman run as my absolute highlight of DC’s Rebirth so far.
This new twelve part series picks up more or less where the last one left off, and joins us right in the midst of the latest bout of superheroics from our youngsters. Once again, Tomasi does a great job of delivering some bold, colourful situations – in this case a giant marauding gold statue of Superman that needs to be taken down – for Jon and Damian to work against. In spite of these large-scale threats though, it’s the smaller, character-based moments that really make this series work, like Jon stocking up their headquarters (don’t call it the “Fortress of Attitude”) with soda because his dad doesn’t let him drink it at home.
Damian’s snark and Jon’s earnestness continue to deliver some absolute gems of dialogue, and while there are some gags that don’t quite hit the mark (Damian “spanking” Jon with the statue, for instance), Tomasi manages to deliver the same blend of easy-going charm and snort-water-through-your-nose hilarity here that made the first series such an unquestioned success.
Near the end of the issue we get to meet “The Crew”, the newest threat that the Sons are going to have to deal with. In any other series this particular reveal might come across as cheesy, maybe even tacky, but Tomasi manages to makes it feel like a natural fit here, offering up all manner of fantastic creative opportunities as the series unfolds.
On the visual side of things, the duo of Carlos Barberi and Art Thibert continue to work together seamlessly on pencils and inks, delivering a vibrant, energetic style packed with humour and scale. The facial expressions from Jon and Damian throughout really help to sell Tomasi’s script, and the character designs – particularly those of the aforementioned threats – are absolutely brilliant. Protobunker rounds things out here with some striking, lively colours that give the series the upbeat aesthetic that it deserves.
If you haven’t been exposed to the Super Sons yet, this is the perfect time to start. Packed with humour, heart and high-concept shenanigans, Tomasi is quietly carving out one hell of a niche for himself with these characters, and this new series delivers more of the same unbridled awesomeness as the original. It’s the Summer of Super, everyone! What the hell are you waiting for?