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Super Sons: The Polarshield Project

(Super Sons #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  767 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Jon Kent and Damian "Ian" Wayne are opposite in every way except one—they are the sons of the World's Greatest Heroes! To uncover a global conspiracy, this unlikely dynamic duo will need to learn to trust each other and work together to save the Earth. But who is the mysterious Candace, and what secrets does she hold that could be the key to everything?

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Kindle Edition, 173 pages
Published April 2019 by DC Zoom
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What in the hell was this?
I don't...
It just...
I'm at a loss for words as to exactly how awful this turd was on multiple levels.


Ok, as an example of how randomly horrible this thing was, one part of the story is that Damian Wayne has a fit and decides he's going to start going by Ian now.
Wah! I'm IAN now! *stomp stomp*
What the shit am I even reading?


And the random characters? Tilly? Who the fuck is Tilly?!
Not to mention that neither Jon nor Ian Damian act even remotely like themselves. Ok,
Woooooooow. No.

EDIT: I've been stewing over this for three days now and what's really bothering me are the characterizations. I get that this is part of the young'uns line DC is experimenting with. I get that it's not supposed to tie into the original Super Sons series in any way. But shouldn't it have at least the smallest of tethers to canon?

As other reviewers have noted, the characterizations are wildly inaccurate, and honestly? It's insulting. Whitewashing Damian Ian and stripping him of an
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
DC's first foray into its new imprint for young children, DC Zoom, is unfortunately, a disappointment. I guess this is what happens when you have creators who know absolutely nothing about the characters write a comic book. The characterization is way off. Damian is an entitled rich kid who wants to be called Ian with none of his rich backstory, being the grandson of Ra's al Ghul. The story is incoherent at best. I can't believe Pearson has written like fifty children's books. I couldn't follow ...more
Ben Truong
Super Sons: The Polarshield Project is a graphic novel and is written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez. The super duo of Jon Kent and Damian "Ian" Wayne make their middle-grade debut.

Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent may be the offspring of Batman and Superman, but they are still too young to follow in their fathers' footsteps. While their superdads attempt to save the world from coastal devastation caused by climate change, Damian and Jon team up with two other friends, Candace an
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Artwork was serviceable, but ugly. On close-ups, characters had pig noses. Storyline was jumpy, multiple POV and timeline jumped when it went from POV to POV. Tons of dangling plot points to be dealt with in future issues. I won’t be seeking them out myself. Kind of boring, despite having too much going on. 2, could have/should have been better, stars.
Rod Brown
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In his foreword, Pearson admits he is new to the DC Universe...and it shows. His script is gibberish with a plot that jumps around randomly as if it were written by a kid rather than for kids. Or by an an adult who thinks comics are garbage lit and their readers deserve what they get. Special shout-out to his atrocious choice of names for cities (Wyndemere and Coleumbria) and characters (Para Sol, Cray Ving and Damian "Ian" Wayne a/k/a BatKid).

Reviewed from an an Advance Reader's Copy that's bee
The only reason why this isn't a one star is because the author prefaces this by saying this is a completely different version of the Super Sons. The problem is I hated it.

I am very biased though because Damian Wayne is my favorite DC character, and that is not an exaggeration. My favorite character and of course my favorite robin. Therefore, Damian going by Ian and being called batkid was just ridiculous. Damian's character was trashed in this and I did not like it!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Thank you Netgalley, Ridley Pearson, and CD Entertainment for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not a huge DC fan to begin with, but I generally like Batman as well as younger heroes (like the Teen Titans and Young Justice). So I was drawn to this by the fact that it features the sons of Batman and Superman, as well as introduces the reader to some new characters.

This graphic novel has a lovey introduction by the author about the excitement that comes with
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up because my almost seven year-old son is VERY into graphic novels. I'm always looking for something new that we can read together, books that fall into this middle-grade range. Super Sons seemed like a perfect fit. And it was. For him. HE LOVED IT. I think he said, "This is a best book ever!"

For him, it would have been hands down a 5-star read.

For me it barely ekes out 3.

Batman and Superman's teenage sons team up with some girls we barely know to find the cause of a disease tha
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read an ARC of this and, so far, at least, there's more wrong with this book than there is right. Some of the issues will probably be fixed by publication time; others won't.

The art is generally flat and muddy-looking; I suspect that there is some part of the production process which hasn't been done yet to resolve this. There's also a typo in the foreword (the author refers to "Columbria," but throughout the book it's spelled "Coleumbria").

Issues which will probably *not* be fixed by the time
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got to say I am not impressed. The artwork is the main thing I liked about this comic. Though I hated the Batkid costume.

My biggest problem with this book is that non of the stories seem to he finished. Superman is on a side mission ok, Lois is sick and no resolution, the princess story I don't learn any more by the end of the book than I did at the begining, what is Batman doing this whole time? What was the villains plan apart from turning up and smirking at from time to time.

If I did not bu
Rian *fire and books*
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lacked transitions and wasn’t easy to follow because of that. The outside story is good. There are issues stemming from global warming resulting in coastal dwelling families being forced to move inward, causing issues with the land locked cities. There’s chaos, sabotage, magic, and missing parents too.

But overall? The lack of transitions and sudden appearance of a plot line felt really disjointed. I’ll probably read book 2, but it’s certainly not one I’ll recommend to my customers.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was boring. I literally started nodding off while reading it. The art was terrible, but did its job. I hope that DC addresses some of the contrast issues with the coloring. Some panels were difficult to read visually, as the colors would almost blend together, particularly in dark scenes.

The characterizations were just bad, and really offered nothing interesting about the characters, not to mention that they had really ugly costumes. Jon Kent complains about his parents runn
Rachel Reid
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don’t know who this book is for. If the reader, like the author, is supposed to be completely unfamiliar with the characters and the DCU, then this book did a terrible job of introducing any of the characters or locations. If you were supposed to be a fan of Damian (Ian?!) and Jonathan already, then this would just be baffling because it didn’t capture the characters in the comics at all.

The plot was confusing. The art was hard to follow. It was boring.

My question is, why do this? Why not writ
Beth Bryden-miller
I'm not sure if this reads too young for the middle school student, on the fence about how old the kids look. Completely a graphic novel.

The storyline introduces a great new character Candance and then drops her storyline to focus on Jon Kent and Damian Wayne. It even introduces a fourth character who was pretty unnecessary. More focus on Candance!

As a fan, I didn't like the way that Damian Wayne was called Ian, or his homemade costume. He's also white, like whiter than Superboy, when it would h
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Kent wants to be like his father, Clark Kent, aka Superman, and he is, more than anyone other than his parents, knows. Ian Wayne is already a lot like his father, except with too much arrogance and a lack of experience. But their world is in serious trouble with flooding and other devastating events occurring more and more frequently. In an effort to help, Superman leaves Earth on a mission to Mars, and Bruce Wayne heads for Asia. This leaves the two boys to their own devices, especial ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an alternate world Super Sons. Very different and very lame.
Jenny Clark
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
I would maybe have liked this better if I did not know the other version of Supersons. It's not bad, and does have an interesting plot, but I would have preferred other characters or a more in character Damien and Jon. ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC via Netgalley/the ARC shelf at work. Brace yourselves, I have opinions here. Look, I loved Tomasi's Super Sons, ok? And this new series is spitting on everything that made Super Sons great. Damian "Ian" Wayne (whose hatred of his given name is never explained, nor why on earth he would have been given such a white bread nickname in the first place) is a jerk -- which, yes, he's a jerk in every continuity, but he doesn't have Damian's redeeming qualities. We don't get to see his love of anima ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super Sons – Ideal for New, Young Readers

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This book is evidently not aimed at me or my peers, however, I still managed to enjoy the fun, face-paced storytelling and my previous experience with the Super Sons filled in a lot of information gaps that a younger reader is unlikely to notice, but as a more mature reader added another level of humour. I will say for older readers (13+?) that this book will hold very little in terms of an in-depth intro to Super Sons because it is very surface l
K Whatsherface
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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Angela Blount
An alternate reality take on the Super Sons series, featuring the middle-school aged offspring of Batman and Superman. When "climate disruption" threatens coastal cities, both boys are displaced. And with their fathers busy off trying to save the planet in their own ways, they get caught somewhere between school bullies and investigating the source of a mysterious virus outbreak.

What I Liked:

I did enjoy the artwork. The coloring was vibrant and the use of shadow gave it a vaguely cell-shaded a
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun book, focusing on Jon and Ian, kids of Superman and Batman, it tells the tale that when climate change happens and the coastal cities of Metropolis get flooded, its upto Superman and Batman to go find some dust particles near Mars and cover up the earth in order to act as a barrier. Circumstances happens and Jon and Ian have to move to the city of Wyndemere. This all takes place in a country named Coleumbria. Its fun. So gradually you have Jon and Ian meet and they clash, both havin ...more
This is a take on the sons of Superman and Batman that have nothing to do with other takes on the pair. The author admits that they have no idea who Jon Kent and Damien Wayne are, and so he just wrote his own version.

Which would work if the story made some sense, but it doesn't. So, you get characters that aren't like any other version of themselves.

And you get a strange story where Superman has to take a spaceship to get to mars, to get mars dust, or something to cool off the planet, by puttin
Steven Wilson
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I’ve never read anything by Mr. Pearson before, but I’m surprised that a bestselling author and a Fulbright Fellow would script such awkward, ungrammatical dialogue. I’m also surprised that someone who admits to having no prior knowledge of the DC universe would be contracted to write a series about the sons of their two most famous characters. Jon Kent comes off as hot-headed and of only average intelligence. “Ian” (ugh!) Wayne is a displaced character from Spencer’s MORNING GLOR ...more
Elizabeth Gold
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't a fan of how story was done, it had it's moments that were entertaining, but all together wasn't my favorite thing that DC has published. (And also why? I'm sorry but if you're going to use iconic characters like Damian oh I mean 'Ian' Wayne and Jon Kent you better live up to the standers of how they were originally created. I can handle a little of the whitewashing of Damian but not to the point of where the one with Arabic genes looks very similar to (me) with Irish genes.) ...more
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Netgalley

In a slightly distant future, the sons of Superman and Batman are dealing with a world that has a lot of problems. The polar ice caps are melting, and the cities along the coasts are flooding and uninhabitable, despite the efforst of the Wayne Corporation to install flood walls. There is a plan to install a shield of dust over the ice caps, and Superman is recruited, so must spend time away from his family. Jon Kent and his mother relocate inland (as does the Daily Planet), w
Kaitlyn Francis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was amazing review to come
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the art but felt that the story didn't really have any resolution. Even knowing that this is the start of a series, I expected that there would be at least some sense of an ending, but the lack of any real conclusion made this feel more like an opening chapter than an opening volume. ...more
Pop Bop
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The high interest/low reading level approach, (I am assuming this was on purpose), didn't work very well with the haphazard and random plot. Bland and blocky illustration didn't help. ...more
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than fifty novels, including the New York Times bestseller Killer Weekend; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, divi ...more

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