I finally returned to this comic book series about the sons of the most famous superheroes in comic book history after a long gap–for whatever reason. I think we can all agree that at a certain point you just need to sit down and read a book with a bunch of pictures about superheroes punching robots and that’s exactly what this comic was for me.
A part of DC Universe Rebirth!
Superboy (aka Jonathan Kent) and Robin (aka Damian Wayne) make their super hero duo debut in this all-new series SUPER SONS, part of DC Rebirth.
This debut series looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!
As someone who is such a big DC fan and knows a lot about the lore of the universe and the villains, there was a lot in this first volume to remind me of why I love this universe as much as I do. I appreciated that they brought back a lot of the the lore that is already existed within the Batman and Superman comics and meet them cannon with in this world with the younger versions. I also liked that even though there is definitely influence from that universe it’s still about Superboy and Robin and they’re still fighting a younger aged a villain. This is a story about younger people and I feel like if the adults of the universe interfered too much it would take away from the fact that this is about younger people being smart enough and powerful enough to make their own identities separate from the adults in their life.
Bickering Between Boys
When I read the first issue of this comic book I remember being apprehensive when I found out that the Robin in this story was going to beat Damian Wayne because I don’t like Damien, I think that is a fairly understandable statement for anyone who is familiar with his time in the Batman comics. However, starting out this comic I didn’t find him nearly as unlikable as I normally do. A fact that he was quick to change as I read this first volume. Not only did I get super tired of him talking about how he was the best hero–even better than Batman–I also got tired of the arguing between him and Jon Kent. That’s not to say that they didn’t have their moments when they eventually could work together in some capacity but I definitely found the bickering went on a little too long. I’m still not sure if I’m going to like the dynamic between these two characters.
Will I be reading the next volume in this series? Probably.
I would like to be proven wrong about the dynamic of Damian and Jon. I’d like to see a point in the comic where they are actually able to have a conversation with each other without it dissolving into proving who is stronger.
But I also think that the next volume will seriously need to impress me if I’m going to finish the series. I know it’s not a very long series so it will really depend on whether or not I actually finish the next volume at all. It might turn out that I start reading it only to leave it unfinished.