Super Sons is a simpler take on the peace if Superman and Batman actually cooperated without getting in each other’s noses. With Damian Wayne Robin going out of his way to do an adventure without his dad’s consent and Jon Kent Superboy being the cute Boy Scout that he is, it’s nice to see DC action without the bad nitty-gritty that DC can’t do without somehow.
Super Sons starts with Robin and Superboy investigating, and getting terribly outnumbered, a problem in Lex Corp. The story flash backs to two days ago, where Damian Wayne, disguised as the bus driver, helps Jon Kent get rid of some bullies. We are then given a glimpse into the life of the Wayne family and Kent family and each parent’s contrasting styles of raising the 2nd generation superheroes. After playing hooky, Damian goes to the Kent family farm to talk Jon into infiltrating Lex Corporation in Metropolis, only to be caught by Lex Luthor himself.
The story of Super Sons is a cute slice of life so far, and I expect the story to take off on the next issues. Damian Wayne is my favorite Robin, and for a reason: he always fights head-on and smartly goes into the fray of combat. His natural skills and genius are only offset by his brash personality. He goes in battle immediately without planning ahead, relying too much on his street smarts and his fighting skills.
He’s far in contrast with Superboy, who is exactly like his father: honorable, righteous and naïve. Though I dislike Superman a lot for being a naïve adult who can never be fazed by life, Super Sons’ 2nd half Jon Kent is cute, trying to go by his life without the attention of an S across his chest. He is learning from his dad how to be a good person and if there’s a person that a child can learn good from, it’s Superman.
On the side, we got a bit of slice of life on this first chapter: seeing how our Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel become parents in their own right. Batman is an adamant father who expects his child to excel but finds it hard to say how much he loves his son, while Superman is a good father, teaching his kid about the good things in life that super powers can’t achieve. Super Sons is a yin and yang type situation and I can’t help but feel endeared from it.
Super Sons is a feel good comic. It removes all the heavy responsibility set on the shoulders of superheroes and lets us see through the life of childhood again without the heavy onset of the dark truths the world has. I may not be following this closely myself, but I’ll check back on the story in a few months when I’m super saturated with all the killing and backstabbing of the older superheroes and I’d just want a simple story about the adventure of two kids bound by fate to be friends and partners in heroism.