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Super Sons: The Polarshield Project

(DC Zoom)

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  108 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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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,
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-netgalley
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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
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
K Whatsherface
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I would rate 3.5 if I could figure out how (I'm new to this site). It's got a nice concept and decent character designs. However, the dialogue and pacing is pretty jarring at some points. Though it's started out kind of rough with this book, I will definitively pick up the next book when it comes out to see if it gets better or worse (at this point I can see it going either way). Overall I recommend it if you have the opportunity to read it early or purchase it when it release
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.)
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.
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.
Matthew Galloway
I can certainly appreciate a new take one characters and this was a cute enough story. However, I felt like the transitions between scenes were odd. They seemed to often stop in the middle of an action that apparently didn't resolve during the fade-out. This led to a rather choppy and confusing feel. I also found it a little odd that though there are four characters, only three are shown on the cover or mentioned in the back copy. Why does the other girl not count when she's obviously doing a lo ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc
This was for a younger audience than I anticipated. There's a foreword from the author admitting that he isn't familiar with the current DC canon, which really shows in this work. The story seemed kind of messy, introducing plot threads and new characters but not fully committing to any of them. This might just be because it's for upper elementary kids (I think?) but I didn't care for it as an adult reader. On the upside, they did update the art so that Damian isn't quite so white, which is nice ...more
Josh Newhouse
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 18nov
A decent start although a little confusing at times... let’s see where this goes in the capable teams’ hands.
tony dillard jr
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are familiar with DC’s regular series Super Sons, you know that it is the adventures of the son of Superman, Jon Kent and Batman’s heir, Damian Wayne.And that’s exactly where you readers of the regular series turned occasional miniseries should stop. That’s because this version of the Super Sons takes place on an alternate earth.

Science says that the damage to the polar ice caps will be irreparable sometime in the next 10-25 years. However, in Super Sons, the damage is beyond fixing. Well
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway.

A note for fans of the Super Sons comics: These are not the main continuity versions of the Super Sons. Before the beginning of the book, the main characters were not Robin and Superboy, and their pasts seem to be quite different from their pasts in the comics. "The Polarshield Project" depicts the first time that they meet. The only thing to know about them is that Jon Kent is the son of Lois Lane and Superman, and that Damian ("Ian") is the son of Bru
Rachel Williamson
Apologies in advance if this review seems a bit disjointed. I had to read the book twice to even get a good enough idea of what was happening in order to write this. TL;DR, I just really had a hard time following all of the random things the plot throws out, and while I thought that the art was okay, and the idea is pretty solid, the execution is way off and very confusing. Can't really recommend this to anybody, and my real rating would probably be a 1.5/5.

I got an advance reader's copy, so per
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't deny that I picked up Supersons: The Polarshield Project purely for the art style - And I'm glad I did, because the art is easily my favourite aspect about this new comic range from DC Comics aimed at middle school readers.
Overall, I would give book 1of this new Supersons series a 3.8/5 - the art was engaging enough I found myself lingering on each page, taking extra time to appreciate the fantastic, and often hilarious, expressions Ile masterfully depicts. The story... while certainly i
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty 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, div ...more

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