It’s a new generation of the World’s Finest in Super Sons #1 and these boys are totally ready to fill in their fathers’ shoes…. They just need to actually start working together first. Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Superman) writes and Jorge Jimenez (Superman, Superwoman) is on the interior artist for this series with Alejandro Sanchez on colours and Rob Leigh on letters. The long-awaited team up, first introduced in the Superman Rebirth series has a lot to live up to but thankfully Tomasi has a clear vision of the story and the consistency builds confidence that this series will be one of the funnest DC Rebirth titles that they have to offer.
While Batman may be a broody and standoffish hero, he’s got nothing on his bratty newly teenaged son, Damien. Damien Wayne was genetically modified and trained from birth to be an assassin by his grandfather Ra’s Al Ghul and his mother Talia. Jon Kent on the other hand was raised in a stable and loving home by Mr. Nice Guy himself, Superman and his better half Lois Lane. While he tries to live a normal life, he’s still half Kryptonian and he still has to learn when and how to use his powers. What I love about this issue is how Tomasi portrays both characters. The stark differences could make for some angst but Tomasi makes this as fun and heartwarming as possible. Damien goes through some extreme lengths to combat boredom and loneliness, including infiltrating Jon’s life. The dynamic between the two is incredible and makes for a fun, light comic that is much needed in the DC Universe.
Jimenez is the perfect artist for this series. His art adds so much lighthearted fun to the story. Both boys look like actual children (tweens?). Although they both have dark hair and similar wiry body types, Jimenez takes care to really add details so Robin and Superboy are visually their own characters even when they’re not in costume. In fact, my favourite thing about the interiors is the way Jimenez handles Damien and Jon’s facial expressions. They project so much personality, especially Jon when Damien is especially difficult.
Seeing as my biggest complaint with the New 52 reboot was the forced dark and gritty take on almost everything, the DC Rebirth relaunch is really expanding their tonal palate and Super Sons #1 is a great sign that they are continuing to make superhero comics truly fun again. Superheroes in the Big Two (DC and Marvel) don’t often get to grow but Damien and Jon are proof that the World’s Finest can move forward in their lives and still have amazing stories to tell.