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Review – Super Sons #13 (DC Comics)

Parents Just Don’t Understand in Super Sons #13

A new story arc starts up in Super Sons #13 as Talia al Ghul reveals her son’s true origin to Superboy! Damian and Jonathan have gotten along pretty well for the most part. Jonathan’s hope and optimism have played well against Damian’s souring worldview. Jonathan thinks he knows Damian, but what happens when he finds out what Damian was? A trained assassin and a killer! Will their partnership ever be the same and will they be able to stop his mother from killing someone very important to them?

Super Sons #13 Cover by Dustin Nguyen
Super Sons #13 Cover by Dustin Nguyen

Writing

This is a new and interesting story arc that Peter J. Tomasi has introduced in Super Sons #13. I like that Jonathan is going to have to deal with Damian’s past. He is such a”boy scout” hero in his father’s fashion. It’s fantastic to see his reaction to his partner and friend once being an assassin.  I’m very interested to see where this storyline will take these two characters.

Tomasi continues to write Damian and Jonathan superbly well.  The school setting is a ton of fun also. Tomasi plays well with each of their character attributes and continues to make Super Sons a delightful read. Even when hitting on “heavier” topics Tomasi gives this series a lighter tone that makes it hard to read without a smile on your face.

Art

Carlo Barberi does the pencils while Art Thibert does the inking on Super Sons #13.  I like that Barberi makes Super Boy and Damian Wayne feel like pre-teens/teenagers. It seems like it varies from series to series what these characters look like and I think Barberi nails it. They look youthful and their body proportions reflect that. He has a good cartooning style for this series as the characters have a little more lighthearted feel to them. Thibert’s detailed inking style helps tremendously as he brings out the characters facial expressions perfectly. I love the detail in Damian’s Robin costume it looks great on the pages. I am not a big fan of how Talia al Ghul is drawn.  Something does not look right in regards to her face and that costume is just terrible.

Gabe Eltaeb on colors does a great job on Super Sons #13 for the most part. The colors pop appropriately and again Damian Wayne’s costume looks great. But again the green Talia al Ghul costume just does not look very good.

Conclusion

If you have fallen off Super Sons (like me and haven’t read anything since the annual) or have never picked up this series, then Super Sons #13 is a great spot to either jump back on or to start reading the series. The new story arc seems like it is going to be a lot of fun and bring these characters to different places. You may be a little lost if you have never read the series, but as long as you know a little about the DC Universe you should be okay. The art, for the most part, is pretty solid and Tomasi continues to make this series a delight to read. 

 


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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