Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Adventures of the Super Sons #8 Review

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Art team: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker, and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 6, 2019
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

Though things have dragged at times in the Adventures of the Super Sons, the series is carried by the amazing relationship between our lead characters. We have meandered for a while, and any hopes I had of a really fun, coming of age adventure across the stars have slowly faded. Instead, 7 issues in and I am still not really sure what this story is. In light of the lack of progression, I feel like I’ve been too generous with my scores to this point, but can the book salvage something fun in the last 5 issues? Let’s find out.

We start off with the prison guards of Takron-Galtos responding to Superboy being rescued while Lex mobilizes his newfound Injustice Army. Damian gives Jon the low down, and they bolt off with Joker Jr. to a Batcave Damian built, which I admit is pretty funny. We get a little who’s who of Lex’s new minions while the boys avoid detection. Classic banter, but I really do need more at this point.

Moving on, after the boys bicker and scheme for a moment, Jon and JJ try to settle their differences while Damian bolts off to find the Green Lantern recruit from the last issue. Rex attacks the prison warden with his army and takes full control within 4 minutes. I do love Rex and I can totally buy him as Lex’s son somewhere down the line, and all of this is cool yet it feels like window dressing on a story that continues to muddle through.

Working with AL-X the lantern recruit and JJ, the boys try to escape by pretending to be captured, but that clearly was never gonna work. Rex is no dummy! This all sets up the big cliffhanger with our fledgling fantastic four escaping, but down a man.

Yep, that’s it for this issue, which is super disappointing because we only have 4 issues left and I still don’t have any idea where we’re going. I can enjoy just about any book with the mere presence of Jon and Damian, but I have to admit there isn’t much of a story here. Art is great per usual for this series, Carlo Barberi is a gem.

Bits and Pieces

I had high hopes for this book at the start with our boys battling the Gang across the galaxy, but after a promising start, it has failed to live up to that hype lately. We seem to be treading water despite never having much momentum in the first place. I love our boys, but I’m tired of going nowhere slowly.


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