Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Super Sons #14 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert, Dono San/Protobunker and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 21, 2018

I say it all the time, but every time Super Sons hits the shelves, it feels like it's been gone too long.  I guess that says something for the book, but with the recent announcement that it's ending soo, it just makes me so sad.  Now, if you've been reading my reviews and listening to the podcast, you may think I'm flip-flopping here.  I'll explain...I still think this book never really got off the ground, but that's why I'm sad.  I love Jon and Damian and really want this book to shine.  Oh well, I guess we have to wait until after the new status quo that's arriving with Brian Michael Bendis to see where our two (one?) loveable scamps end up.  Until then, we have this last story.  Is it good?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Lois Lane busy in Gotham doing Lois Lane things...trying to get some big-time dirt on a Tilden Troy from a source who has signed NDA's to prevent just that.  Of course, that doesn't stop Lois, but as that's going on, she get's a nervous call from her son, Jon.

If you weren't around at the end of the last issue, I'll fill you in why Superboy is so nervous to talk to his mom...Damian's mom, Talia, is headed to kill her!  Awkward!  Of course, our two little heroes are on their way to save the day and they better hurry since we see Talia in Gotham...with a few hours to kill!

While seeing Jon catch a bullet (and use a familiar phrase) was cool, it takes a backseat to what happens next.  Damian and Talia fighting and Jon being ambushed by a bunch of League of Assasins...well, assassins.  There is nothing Earth-shattering here...Talia tells Damian that Batman has ruined him and Jon is adorable while kicking ass.

Things get even better when Lois runs into Superboy and it's a classic sitcom situation on the page and while Damian and Talia's "talk" shows that Jon is so much luckier when it comes to parents, Damian does the thing that gives me the biggest smiles in this series...he tells Talia he has friends.  He means Jon and even the Teen Titans!!!  This is the Damian I've been waiting for all of Rebirth for!

Then we get the best pages we have gotten in this series and maybe in all of Rebirth.  I won't spoil it, but the way it plays out and what is said was just awesome!  If you just jumped into DC Comics with Rebirth and wonder why people love Damian so much, now is your chance to climb aboard the trolley!

This is the issue of Super Sons I've been waiting for all along!  The story is personal, but it's the great interactions that I loved.  It may be a little too late, but Tomasi finally puts the generic bickering and name calling aside to show why these two boys really need each other and why they are great as a team.

Carlo Barberi's art is great as well.  I know that Jorge Jimenez's art will be what always defines this limited run, but Barberi does an excellent job here that is almost as good.  I'm talking just a put your fingers as close as they can go together type of almost as good.

Bits and Pieces:

It's a shame this book is ending because I finally got the issue I've been waiting for.  Great art, a fast paced and action packed story, but best of all, Peter Tomasi showing all the naysayers why Damian is such a lovable character and also why him and Jon make a great team.  No short jokes, nothing about whose dad is better...just the Super Sons being super!  Even thoght this series is ending, pick this one up!


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