We don’t tend to write a great deal about Kal-El here in the Precinct’s comic crypts, it’s not that we’re aren’t fans of the Kryptonian visitor, we are, but our love for DC’s other big two (Bats and Wondy… natch!) eclipses our admiration for the Man of Steel… yet, we admire the otherworldly hero enough to often include him whenever something major happens… and this is, most assuredly, one of those times.
2018 will definitively be the year of the Superman, as Clark Kent gets set to celebrate his 80th anniversary since creation! That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, eighty years of the big blue boy scout thwarting crime, foiling nemesis Lex Luthor, saving cats out of trees, and feuding with the Batman… Supes has been doing all this and more for an astonishing eight decades and DC intend to show him the reverence he absolutely deserves since his groundbreaking debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938.
But wait, not only does 2018 mark eighty years of the red-caped crusader but also that of Action Comics itself, which is additionally celebrating an astonishing 1,000 issues! which in and of itself is a first for Superhero comics.
Action Comics #1000 comprises eight different comic covers in celebration of this remarkable achievement by a number of acclaimed artists including astounding talents such as Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Jim Steranko, and Dan Jurgens.
Action Comics #1000 is releasing as an 80 page prestige format comic that will feature a variety of tales brought to you by some of comicdom’s most celebrated creators, sensational scribes such as – Tom King, Grant Morrison, Tim Sale, Richard Donner (yes indeed, the director of Christopher Reeves’ awesome cinematic Superman debut) and Brian Michael Bendis. In fact speaking of Bendis, this will mark his inauguration as a DC contributor since his dramatic defection from Marvel Comics, with Bendis then taking the reins of both Action Comics and Superman for the foreseeable future this coming July.
Also, alongside Action #1000, DC are releasing a hardcover collection titled ‘Action Comics: 80 Years Of Superman‘ which will feature a variety of classic Superman reprints from yesteryear, a large comic cover image gallery, essays by writers and comic historians, and, most interestingly, a never before published story by Supe’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster!
Action Comics #1000 and the 80 Years Of Superman hardcover will be released at your local comic book emporium on April 18. So don your red cape and trunks (that’s right folks, Supe’s classic outer/underwear also marks it’s dramatic return!!) and soar on down to your comic-shop and tell them Precinct1313 sent you!
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.
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.
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!
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.