Super Sons Volume 1: When I Grow Up (Rebirth) A Review

Super Sons Volume 1: When I Grow Up by Peter J. Tomasi. Published by DC Comics. Out 17th October 2017!

Synopsis:


Superboy (AKA Jonathan Kent) and Robin (AKA Damian Wayne) make their debut in this new graphic novel that collects Super Sons issues 1–5.

The two boys long to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. But when the Bat tells Robin he can’t join him on a mission he goes in search of his own, and he’s taking Superboy with him.

With Robin’s intel, the dynamic duo go in search of security footage that will help them track down their very own villain… but all doesn’t go quite to plan. At least, I’m fairly sure that flinging Superboy off the side of a building wasn’t quite what the plan entailed. Even so, they manage to secure the footage and find their next clue.

Even with the bickering the pair manage to stick together and find the lair of Kid Amazo. Infected with the Amazo virus created by Lex Luthor, Kid Amazo has lost the hero values that his family had… now he wants something more.

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I’m always slightly perplexed by “opening scenes” in comics. Included to get you more intrigued about the story to come, presumably, but more often than not leaving you with just too little to do that.

“You lied to me”
“Not true!… I simply didn’t tell you everything!”

Without the opening pages you’re led nicely into the everyday life of young boy, even if this one does happen to be Superboy. We also get to see how the two crime fighters clearly have wildly different parenting techniques as Superboy won’t use his powers to diffuse the bully situation, but Robin is more than happy to cool things off.

There’s a lot of good social values to pick up in this one, the Kent’s sit down and talk about things.

“One person sees you stand up for someone and they will do the same until bullies realise there’s no point.”

This dynamic duo are definitely chalk and cheese. The goodie-two-shoes and the rebel. This comes across amazingly well in the illustration. When they get caught Superboy has a genuine look of regret on his face while Robin is as defiant as ever.

When we finally get some proper background on our villain, it’s a classic good gone bad scenario. His entire family were struck with The Amazo virus and became a super family But while most of them were cured, Reggie/Kid Amazo was left with his powers, and as we saw in the opening scenes, he didn’t stay on the side of good.

While I’m not sure I was a fan of the villain, this story definitely kept moving all the way through. At no point did I find myself wondering if I would have kept reading if I was getting the individual comics.

Jorge Jimenez has done great work throughout these issues the flow of panels works well and the expressions on the two leads work amazingly well. You can feel the angsty teenage attitudes flowing off them on every page.



If you can’t already tell, I enjoyed this one a lot. The story line and graphics really work well together, and I’m excited to see where it leads. Especially as the Teen Titans have been brought up already, and I do love a Teen Titans story!

Of course I’m going to recommend people read this one, it’s great for the younger audience as it’s not as dark as some of the older superheroes can get. And I’m sure the older audience will love it for the lighthearted “early days” style action and camaraderie.

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