Super Sons

Super Sons

Vol. 1, When I Grow up

Book - 2017
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"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!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781401274016
Branch Call Number: TOMASI
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: When I grow up..


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Jan 03, 2019

There are at least three volumes of this series out now with the same writer. One day they might all may be published together in an Omnibus or some other larger collection, so reviewing one volume is in some ways like reviewing all three of them. It is a team-up of Superman's son with Lois Lane and Batman's son with Talia, the daughter of a Batman arch-nemesis, Ras al Ghul. Everyone of course knows Lois Lane, but the sequence with Batman meeting Talia were some classic stories with gorgeous art by Neal Adams. The personalties of the Super Sons are appropriate. Batman's son is Robin, who is a total D**k, mixed with some of his father's darkness. Superman's Superboy is a beaming Boy Scout, which is easier to take with him because he is in fact a boy, in fact ten-years old in the story. The art is very nice and the adventures fast-paced as Superboy eerily counters Robin's belittling put-downs. It is smooth story-telling that leaves you reaching for the next volume. The alternate Dustin Nguyen covers to each comic are a welcome inclusion. I would like to see him do a story some time.

Feb 06, 2018

Superheroes-in-training bickering like siblings trying to "one up" each other. Highly recommended for its humor.

But if inconsistencies in a storyline bug you, you will be bugged.

Ironically, the writer discusses attention to details by having Robin tell Superboy that Batman says Superman is not a details person. Superboy later mocks Robin for missing a detail. This is ironic because the writer can't seem to remember the details of the story, hence the inconsistencies. (There are 4 editors listed for the comic book/collected edition graphic novel who aren't paying attention either.)

1. Robin says, "Five chairs. Four bodies . . . Someone's missing." Since it's a family of 5 with one son as the killer and the daughter escaped, then there's only 3 dead bodies, not 4.

2. Before arriving at the warehouse, Robin and Superboy are talking about the Amazo virus and that 5% kept their powers after being cured. Then later in the story after leaving the warehouse, Superboy now has never even heard of the Amazo virus and Robin is explaining it to him. And now instead of 5%, it's 3% who retained their powers.

This book is still worth reading for the laughs.

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