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Book Review: Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons

Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons by Bob Haney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the appearance of the Super Sons, the imagined sons of Batman and Superman who appeared in a dozen stories in World’s Finest comics back in the 1970s before making a nostalgic return for Elseworld’s 80-page Giant in 1990.

The book doesn’t include an introduction (which is a shame) because it’s hard to tell what the writers were going for. Did they always intend for this to be a joke or were they trying to be hip and relevant in the 1970s and merely failed hilariously. Whatever, the case, the Super Sons provide a wacky and fun series of adventures that find them fighting crime while trying to deal with their fathers that don’t understand them: Batman and Superman.

There’s all sorts of fun and wacky stuff such as when Batman, Jr. and Superman, Jr. get a jury to order their fathers confined for showboating or when the Super fathers and sons check in to a new age retreat center. In another comic, Superman, Jr. and Batman, Jr. find a town made up of an entirely of women that’s being controlled by an alien using women’s lib for her own schemes.

To be honest, this book is stupid, but it’s gloriously stupid with stories that appear hilariously bizarre and goofy even if the writers thought they were trying to be serious. If you like 1970s comic book cheese, this is a book for you.




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Published on June 30, 2017 13:07 Tags: batman, bronze-age, super-sons, superman

Book Review: Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up

Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up (Super Sons, #1) Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the first five issues of Super Sons featuring Robin (Damian Wayne) and Superboy (Jon Kent.) The book remains essentially a very fun adventure, nothing too special in terms of the plot. What ultimately makes this book a winner is the relationship between Damian and Jon. The two make a superb odd couple and their constant clashes are delight. Tomasi has captured the fun of kids with super powers and realized the concept brilliantly.

Overall, just a very nice team up book for the young and young at heart.



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Published on November 14, 2017 20:01 Tags: dc-rebirth, robin, super-sons, superboy

Book Review: "Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet Of The Capes

Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet Of The Capes Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet Of The Capes by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book contains two stories.

First up is the four-issue Planet of the Capes which has Jon and Damian meeting up for some crimefighting as part of Jon's parents approved schedule for him learning to be Superboy. The adventure was supposed to end with Damian heading off on an adventure with the Teen Titans. However, things go horribly wrong and the Titans have to get Jon out of his pajamas and back into action after Damian is turned into a senior citizen.

The book is a lot of fun. Jon gets to interact with the Teen Titans and show his stuff and then they're whisked off to another world. The story is light and fun, and it moves at a really good pace. Being a four-issue story helps. A lot happens in that story but it has to happen to quickly.

"One Fine Day" is a nice little one-shot that focuses on the characters relationship and has fun with that. They also get a change to Damian's status quo. (That's not very good or well-thought out, but I can forgive that.)

Overall, these characters continue to be fun and this book is a delight to read.



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Published on May 19, 2018 22:28 Tags: dc-rebirth, robin, super-sons, superboy

Book Review: Super Sons of Tomorrow

Super Sons of Tomorrow Super Sons of Tomorrow by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is a three-way crossover between Super Sons, Superman, and Teen Titans that features alternate possible future Tim Drake returning to murder someone in order to save lives in the future. In this case, he's here to murder a ten-year-old boy as Jonathan Kent's (Superboy) powers are going beserk some time in the future.

What works about this book is the relationship between Superboy and Robin. The book really showcases that. We also get to see some cool potential future alternate heroes that are a call back to the 1990s Young Justice series. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is more meh than anything else. Tim is repeating the same thing he did in Detective Comics. The Teen Titans aren't particularly heroic or likable with many of their decisions bewildering from any logic other than the writers wanting the team to split in certain ways.

It's not as bad as Lazarus Contract, but it's disappointing and unimpressive, though with enough good moments to make it readable.



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Published on September 12, 2018 23:03 Tags: dc-rebirth, robin, super-sons, superboy

Book Review: Super Sons, Volume 3: Parent Trap

Super Sons, Volume 3: Parent Trap Super Sons, Volume 3: Parent Trap by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the final four issues of Super Sons and Annual #1 for a total of three stories:

Animal Planet (Annual #1): The Super Pets team up to investigate a series of pet thefts. Overall, a cute and fun Annual.

The Parent Trap (13 and 14): Damian's mother shows up and like any good mom wants her son to help her kill someone. Damian refuses but realizes he'll have to stop her when he learns who the target is. This story gives some insight into Damian's past and how Jon doesn't fully understand it, but we also get some subtle notes which underscore why they are friends.

End of Innocence (15 and 16); Amazo trashes the Super Sons' headquarters, but that's only a preliminary to Amazo's ultimate goal: taking over the Justice League. A nice story that gives the Super Sons a chance to rise to the occassion and also provides a nice closing story for the series.

Overall, this was a very fun close to one of my favorite DC Rebirth books.



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Published on May 01, 2019 22:37 Tags: dc-rebirth, robin, super-sons, superboy

Book Review: "Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2

Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2 Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 2 by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Super Sons' big cosmic vacation continues with more fun and adventure as they try and stay alive and thwart the plans of Rex Luthor.

This book is fun. It's not quite as good as the first volume, but its nearly that. Its wacky, charming, and just a good time to read. Its a fitting end to the Jon Kent-Damian Wayne stories that were such a blast to read since DC Rebirth.



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Published on February 28, 2020 22:38 Tags: dc-comics, super-sons

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