Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Superman & Robin Special #1 Review

The Boys Are Back In Town

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Viktor Bogdanovic, Matt Santorelli, Ivan Plascencia, Matt Herms, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 25, 2022

Just in case you were hungry for more Super Sons action, you get the Superman & Robin Special that will put Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne back together again for an oversized adventure. Also, if you're worried about when this all takes place, what with Jon and Damian having their own current adventures going on, don't worry there are plenty of editors notes letting you know that it all makes sense, but really, I don't think anyone who wants more Super Sons is really going to care. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For Peter J. Tomasi's Super Sons special he's going to be doing a lot of retreading on concepts that he used in both the Superman series and the Super Sons series with the temporal cube being the culprit of all our heroes' woes and while there's some fun to be had in simply Jon and Damian hanging out again, kicking some monsters and nazi asses, while exploring the halls of the Fortress of Solitude, the background of this comic really just feels like some silliness that might be fine for most but feels like it just doesn't have all that substance to it overall.

The idea that Damian uses the Hellbat Suit here feels weird because the suit feeds off your metabolism to work and will ultimately kill the wearer to give them superhuman abilities, the temporal cube just turning on and wreaking havoc and then our heroes just being able to shut it down comes off a bit forced but as I said from the beginning, the details don't feel like they'll matter to most when you get Damian able to let his usual guard down because he's with his best friend Jon Kent and the two Super Sons can just have a good time with an old fashioned team-up that leads to the idea that even with everything that's going on in their current lives that they will want to continue to be the Super Sons going forward because they're just too good to stay away from each other and really..... who else are these two going to have in their lives that they can commiserate with?

All in all, the art in this issue is great and the overall comic is fun but the premise is just kind of silly and at times forced to get us our problem and then forced to conclude our problem, while the middle of the issue feels like comics of old that while not actually the case here but feels like it could be, something that was just made to sell toys. Yeah, there's some nonsense here but the boys are back in town and getting a goofy at times Damian Wayne now that he's in the company of his best friend is a great feeling, and it's the dynamics of these two and not necessarily the story that will bring people to this comic and that dynamic alone was a great experience.

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Bits and Pieces:

While having the Super Sons back in their current iteration is great and something I hope we can continue in the future, the story that we get surrounding them just wasn't that interesting overall and retreads on what Tomasi has given previously, just with fewer details. The art was great and the characters are what we're all here for but I hope that we can get a deeper look at what the kids are both going through the next time they interact.


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