Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Adventures of the Super Sons #11 Review

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Art team: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker, and Rob Leigh
Release Date: June 5, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

Reinforcements have arrived! And that means it is time once again for us to visit the world’s finest sons! This series has had some high moments, it had some low moments, but we’re on an upward swing as we get closer to the end. Last time, we saw Rex preparing to invade the earth with his army while our titular characters dropped in to make their final stand. Will they get out of this alive? Let’s find out!

When we left off the last issue, Damian and Jon (and their Green Lantern pal AL-X) had their backs against the wall before the future versions of themselves (that came to life because the boys dreamed them to life… it’s complicated) Joker Jr, Tommy Tomorrow and Space Cabbie arrived. We catch up with everyone briefly before all hell breaks loose and we’re thrown into some action quickly. The first thing that stands out here really is the art. Carlo Barberi brought his A-game from the start, and the sequence of splash pages is epic.

The boys team up with their future selves and lay the beatdown on a huge swath of Rex’s army while dropping Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid references. It is pretty fun, even if it is mostly fan service showcasing all the villains Rex has recruited to be Earth-like counterparts. From Kid Shark to Bane Jr, and from Doomsdame to Kid Chemo, they all stand up to fight our boys and they all get knocked back down. It goes by pretty quick, but it is at least a little rewarding to see Jon and Damian beat the crap out of all these wannabe earth villains. It must be reiterated how fantastic Barberi’s work is here.

After defeat seems imminent for Rex, he blasts off to beat the boys to the portal back to earth. It becomes a mad dash to see who can get there first, and in the end… I won’t spoil it for you! This does go by pretty quickly, probably has something to do with the many splash pages, but I couldn't help but enjoy myself. I had fun with it, even if the stuff about the future versions of Jon and Damian still doesn't really make sense to me. The art is clear and sharp, exactly what I've come to love from this team, and a nice rebound from the last issue where I felt lost at times.

There are still times where I wish this book had gone bigger -  or at least old school comic book wacky - but I've accepted that's never what this book was supposed to be. It was a nice victory lap for Peter Tomasi with two characters whom he has guided in various books for almost a decade now, and I can respect that. But as we approach the end, I can't stop dreaming of what could have been.

Bits and Pieces

This felt like a battle episode in Game of Thrones. Stuff happens but it won’t get resolved until next time. That said, I am still excited to see how Tomasi wraps up his 2 ½ years run writing the Super Sons in the final issue next month.


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