Super Sons #5 Review
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Allison Borges
Super Sons has been a stand out title since its first issue thanks to the way it explores the “frenemy” relationship between Jonathan and Damian. This issue picks up right after the events of the first story arc, “When I Grow Up”, as Jon and Damian are both dealing with the consequences of sneaking off together to fight Kid Amazo.
The two Super Sons deal with their punishment in very different ways. Damian whines and complains, while Jon thinks his parents’ are trying to stifle his powers (this is a recent theme happening in most Super-books). Jon decides to run off, and ends up in the Batcave with Damian. Their explosive personalities and mistrust of one another spark a fight, and before long they’re getting ready to bring the whole cave down (okay, that may not actually be possible, but you get the point).
This might be my favorite issue of Super Sons so far. It perfectly captures the qualities in both Jonathan and Damian that make them so different; yet so alike, and brings those qualities into a head on collision. Plus, we’re getting some solid character progression with Jonathan. He’s getting older, and after all the events in Rebirth so far, maybe even a little more cynical. He’s becoming a teenager, and with that, comes the desire to be his own hero, without his parents trying to shelter him. There are some excellent moments toward the end of the issue that show just how alike Jon and Damian are to Superman and Batman that any DC fan will enjoy.
One of the reasons why Super Sons has been such a stand-out title is because of the way Tomasi writes these these characters. He finds a way to bring levity to their intense rivalry without making it feel forced or too campy. The humor in their interactions feels natural because of the sharp contrast in their ideals. This gives the book just the right balance of self-awareness and character development. It’s not so silly that you can’t take the characters seriously, but it’s not so serious you can’t enjoy the humor in their contention.
Allison Borges provides art for this issue, and while it’s rough around the edges in certain panels, the overall tone that’s set by the artwork does well with this book. There’s no need for a “Jim Lee” or “Jason Fabok” art style for a book like this. Super Sons needs art that captures the youth of its heroes without detracting from the intensity of their skills and powers. And that’s what Borges brings in this issue.