Adventures of the Super Sons #4 Review

Written by, Peter J. Tomasi
Art by, Carlo Barberi
Inks by, Matt Santarelli
Colors by, Protobunker
Letters by, Rob Leigh

Previously in Super Sons, Robin and Superboy were captured by a group of alien kids who are obsessed by earth’s villains. The group of aliens is led by Rex, a child-version of Lex Luthor, who seeks the Hypercube so that he can destroy all of earth’s heroes. Robin used Rex’s Krypton machine to free them from their trap with the unintended consequence of separating Superboy into two: a blue and a red Superboy!. The Super-Sons escaped landing on Rex’s home planet, Cygnus, 18 million light years from earth.

The issue begins, Joker Jr., who also escaped the kid-villains, greets the Super-Sons in a hired space taxi. They escape but are forced to land on a strange planet. The tension in this issue builds because the writer creates believable dilemmas for our heroes: Robin must figure out how to merge the SuperBoys and fix the broken space taxi. Sympathy for the heroes is created by the author’s adherence to the aspects of the characters that we have grown to love. For example, Robin remains the consummate leader taking the Superboys to a haunted-looking house to find help while also sending a signal to the nearest Green Lantern asking for support.

The one let down in the story is Rex’s goal to use The Hypercube to become a god, which feels like a trope.  It’s this motivation that keeps him on Cygnus and not pursuing the Super-Sons. This may prove to be a predictable plot twist as he will most certainly live to regret this decision. However, splitting the Super-Sons from Rex allows Robin and Superboy to shine and carry the weight of the story.

Overall = 9

Final Impressions

This issue felt like a return to form for this series because Robin and SuperBoy were on a mission, facing incredible odds, and only their ingenuity and strength to pull them through. Robin’s true character as a leader is on full display. SuperBoy’s compassion and noble-minded outlook shine through in a non-traditional way: SuperBoy Blue shows empathizes with SuperBoy Red and carries the wounds of them both. The writer leans into these character traits organically and within the context of the story as Robin and Superboy, now made whole, are left to think and fight their way out of a mystical house. I highly recommend jumping on board this frolicking adventure involving DC’s favorite sons.

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Tom Zimm
I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist that works with children. I've been interested in comic book heroes since I was a young child. However, it's been in the last 3-4 years that I've been making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list. DC's Rebirth really won me over, especially Geoff Johns' 80-page book. My favorite properties include The Flash and The Incredible Hulk. My criteria for a good comic book include taking stupid and fun seriously while remaining self-aware.