Precinct1313 Recommends: Super Sons #1

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They may both be Superheroes, founding members of the Justice League and all round crime-fighting bad-arses, but Batman and Superman aren’t always the best of buddies, and, unsurprisingly, neither are their progeny.

The last time Precinct1313 caught up with Damian Wayne’s rambunctious Robin, and Jon Kent’s Kid of Steel, they were involved in a bout of fisticuffs worthy of their powerful patriarch’s many clashes throughout the decades… like father, like son seems apt. However, again like their respective parents, these two wannabe Superheroes were always destined to fight crime together, and it’s their irrevocably conflicting personalities that makes Super Sons #1 such a joy to behold.

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Written by Peter Tomasi, with art duties falling to the fantastic Jorge Jiminez, Super Sons #1 focuses primarily on this direct clash of disposition between the “lil” costume crime-fighting sidekicks, and it’s glorious. Damian Wayne may be the son of the Batman and League of Assassins’ Talia Al Ghul, a highly trained martial artist and nifty ninja of notable nature, but he’s also a narcissist with severe delusions of grandeur who likes nothing more than to mess with Jon Kent’s mind. Whether it’s secreting himself in Jon’s bedroom, before confronting him after he’s just about to fall asleep, or impersonating Jon’s school bus driver, Damian really does revel in freaking out his prospective ally, much to Jon’s annoyance.

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Oooooh, He’s A Rascally Robin!

Jonathan Kent is Damian’s polar opposite (well of course, he was raised by none other than that big blue boy-scout Superman) a kind and considerate son, who genuinely wants to help his fellow humans, a responsible, straight laced kid with caring and sensitive parents in Clark Kent and Lois Lane, who have endeavoured to instil into Jon a sympathetic understanding of the world around him… which is in stark contrast to Damian’s own upbringing, I mean, he is the son of the goddamn Batman after all!

Damian’s childhood was vastly different to Jon’s, an isolated upbringing with nary a kind word from his father. Bruce Wayne is a distant and austere patriarch, a solemn guardian of the night, whose only true mission in his life is to fight crime in a desperate attempt to avenge his parent’s death and appease his guilty conscience. Which makes it no surprise that Damian should ultimately reach out to Jon for companionship, even though the only way he knows how to do this is by being an annoying arse!

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Super Sons is a fantastic first issue, an exceptionally fun and zany comic that combines perfectly the burgeoning friendship between the two antithetical heroes, and their relevant parental nurturing’s (or lack thereof) ultimate effect on their prospective psyche. A must buy.

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Posted on February 18, 2017, in Comics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you for you post! I’m very oblivious to comics so I had no idea that Super Sons was even a thing. Definitely sounds like a comic worth the read! Happy Saturday!
    -Luna

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    • Hi Luna, yes indeed most of DC’s A -list characters have a sibling or sidekick that they mentor. Apart from Damian and Jon, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, Aquaman has Aqualad, there’s Green Arrow and Speedy and many more! In particular the point of most sidekicks is to eventually take over from their mentors when they get too old/retire from Superheroics. πŸ™‚ Happy Saturday too my friend.

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  2. “That big blue boy-scout” Ha! I love it! πŸ˜›
    Great review, this sounds like a fun read for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing and I hope you’re greatly enjoying your weekend. πŸ™‚

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  3. Great to know the first issue is a must-read! I hope you’re doing well πŸ™‚

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  4. Top Notch, still going back to this.
    Such a simple concept, pushes both franchises
    forward in significant ways while making it accessible.

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