Super Sons #1 is fun and entertaining and is exactly the kind of comic that you want you to read when you need a break from the world-ending, super-serious books that we’ve become accustomed to as of late. Super Sons is going to be the book that you look forward to—the book that you save for last so that you can finish the day’s reading with a smile on your face.
Super Sons gets off to a great start with its first issue. Writer Peter Tomasi sets the stage for the series and really does a fine job depicting the unstable bond between Robin and Superboy. While Tomasi does spend more time on Jon Kent (Superboy) than he does Damian Wayne (Robin), it’s clear that both boys take after their fathers and will surely be butting heads throughout the entirety of their relationship.
Writing for young superheroes can be quite a task since they are typically more flawed—more innocent and less-experienced—than their adult counterparts, but Tomasi approaches writing for Superboy and Robin like he would any other hero. Neither pint-sized crime fighter comes off as whiney or annoying or even incapable of fighting the good fight. Sure, their battles are going to be less intense than their fathers’ battles (perhaps), but isn’t that the point?
Tomasi’s writing shines brightest in this issue when Robin and Superboy interact with one another. Their exchanges feel real and age-appropriate, and with each line of dialogue Tomasi not only reveals more about each character, but he also foreshadows issues that will surely arise in the duo’s relationship further down the road.
In Super Sons #1, Peter Tomasi basically says, “Hey, this is what you’re going to get if you keep reading.” And with the even balance of depth and levity that Peter Tomasi is bringing to this series, I am sure that I will want more.
Artist Jorge Jimenez’ illustrations fit perfectly with the story that Tomasi is crafting. The exaggerated, ‘cartoonish,’ style that Jimenez utilizes in Super Sons #1 simultaneously adds weight to the story while also lightening its feel. The line work is heavier than I typically prefer, but it’s clean and there is a certain fullness to each panel that adds to the overall feel-good atmosphere of the book.
More so than his character illustrations, Jimenez’ layout/panel work is flawless. As much as I enjoyed the ‘action’ scenes, my favorite panels of the Super Sons #1 are the close-up shots that appear throughout the issue. In these close-up shots, Jimenez perfectly illustrates the emotion that each boy is feeling at that time.
I’ve flipped through the issue several times looking for panels that didn’t work, and frankly, I couldn’t find any…
If you notice, I didn’t mention any of the issue’s plot in this review, and my reasoning here is that I want you to read it for yourself. The experience is worth it, trust me. I’m very much looking forward to Super Sons #2, and really hope that after reading Issue #1, you will be too.