SUPER SONS #2
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: March 15, 2017
As Robin drags Superboy deeper into his own detective mystery, the contrasts between the two wannabe heroes are fleshed out even further in this new and exciting issue of Super Sons!
Tomasi’s provided layers to Damian and Jon’s relationship. They’re foils to one another in every sense of the word, yet, their connections to their fathers pull them together. While the first issue had made a clear distinction between the upbringings of the two boys, their reactions to events in this issue deepen how very different they are.
It’s even more prevalent that Jon’s just a regular kid who happens to have superhuman abilities who was raised to be a regular kid while Damian, bless his soul, is a average-powered kid from strong lineages raised to be a human weapon, ever in the shadows and distanced from his father. How they act as each other’s foil is what drives this comic. I love how, despite all of this, they find a friendship with one another, even if it isn’t a very strong one this issue.
The art is beautiful. Jimenez is able to portray the innocence and naiveté of Jon while producing a Damian who, while hardened by life, still maintains some sense of childishness through his looks. There is a distinct sense of forced effort from Damian, this striving to be the adult he was trained to be at a young age even though his own appearance doesn’t mesh with what he projects.
Sanchez’s coloring creates a distinction between the world Damian pushes Jon and himself into and the two super sons themselves. Bright colors fill the inks of the two children, the brightest pieces in the comic. Surrounding them are the dark shadows of dangerous places, a perpetually dreary landscape with terrifying monsters waiting to attack them and prove that the games they’re playing are above their pay grade. It’s a wonderful contrast that works well in the comic.
I love Super Sons. There’s something riveting about the tale of two young men from completely different backgrounds growing into friends. One is a child of pain and misery, growing up in a cold home and striving, in his own way, to become a better man than he thinks he’ll ever be. One is a child born with all the love and powers a kid could ever imagine, raised with happiness and warmth all around him, never thinking his father distant, a regular child born from strange circumstances.
This is the tale of these two learning to understand each other. This is a tale of finding friends in people unlike yourself, and that is greatly needed, especially now. Read it. Read it, read it, read it.
The Verdict: 10/10