Super Sons #14
Superboy and Robin have to stop a murder plot by Damian’s mother against Jon’s mother? This is the kind of crazy scenario that makes Super Sons so much fun.
While writer Peter J. Tomasi follows familiar Damian plot threads when it comes to Talia, the issue doesn’t get overwrought with gloomy dialogue of Damian lamenting his family history. This time, Damian came across far more proactive and confident about his choices when it comes to Talia and the League of Assassins.
With non-powered adversaries, Tomasi has to get create in how he uses Superboy this issue, but he pulls it off nicely. It helps that Jon isn’t massively overpowered and he can still be overwhelmed by superior numbers.
One of the best aspects of the book has always been how the boys relate to their father figures. This issue flips that a bit as Tomasi explores what Jon has in common with Lois and Damian with Talia.
Artist Carlo Barberi continues to do great work on the book. While its future is in doubt, hopefully wherever Jon and Damian land next, Barberi will get the chance to keep drawing their adventures. Barberi adds a fun playfulness to the body language of both characters without making either look silly or the overall feel of the book coming off too silly.
This was another fun installment of what’s been one of DC’s most entertaining books. If you’re in the mood for a quick laugh or just want to smile while reading a comic, this is definitely one worth grabbing this week.
Rating: 9 out of 10