Written by, Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by, Carlo Barberi
Inks by, Art Thibert
Colors by, Protobunker
The issue begins with a fight sequence between The Super-Sons and The Puppeteer. The beginning highlights Damien’s role as the leader, Jonathan’s concern about Damien’s darkness, and the absence of their fathers who are on a secret mission. The story concludes with an introduction to a new team of super-powered children called: The Gang.
The book is fast-paced, sharp-witted, and maintains the internal continuity developed by the Super-Sons book that recently concluded. The tension between Damien and Jonathan remains, which adds layers to the story which are straightforward, almost paint by numbers. The lack of complexity in the story is saved by the introduction of new characters to the Super-Sons current mythos: Shaggy Boy, Ice Princess, Kid Deadshot, Joker JR., and their leader, Rex (“Rexy”) Luthor.
The entertainment value suffers this issue due to the lack of a compelling plot through the first half of the book. The story retreads previous material providing a nice starting point for new readers at the cost of intrigue. However, the art gorgeously portrays a happy, hopeful Super Boy and a gruff Damien and more than makes up for the generic start to this story. The penciling and colors are amazingly detailed, rich, and adds depth visually.
Overall = 8
The writer pays attention to the need to help new readers catch up to the Super-Sons ongoing narrative which leads to a slow start. However, the issue picks up steam when The Gang confronts the Super-Sons. I’m excited about where this story is headed and recommend this book to DC fans.
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