Adventures of the Super Sons #12 // Review
Peter J Tomasi and Carlo Barberi take the young, dynamic duo out on one last ride before the maxi-series draws to its close. With more stories of their adventures being teased to potentially come in the future, there may be hope for fans to have these boys side by side once again. With an aged Jon Kent, currently in his teens, running around in the current DC landscape these super friends might look completely different with their next iteration. Tomasi and Barberi have a blast together on this final chapter as they leave fans in chomping at the bit for more.
As Rex Luthor has captured both Superboy and Robin within the stolen Hypercube, friends the boys have made throughout the series come to their aid to take down the Injustice Gang once and for all. While the boys try to escape from within, they learn the secrets behind their new adversary as they plot against the young madman. As the boys make their way back to reality with the help of an unexpected ally, they finally head home and truly enjoy their summer break.
Continuing to bring that Saturday morning cartoon vibe one last time, Carlo Barberi delivers the heart and excitement this series deserves with his fun pencil work. It is genuinely that nostalgic cartoon aesthetic imprinted onto the title as well as the saturated high gloss color work from Protbunker that elevate the scripts and leave an almost animated impression on the pages. The energetic pencil work of Barberi compliments the child wonderment and silver age backdrop, continuing to prove himself to perfect successor to Jorge Jimenez.
Although Peter J Tomasi will continue to work with Damian Wayne over on Detective Comics, his time with young Jon Kent has come to an unfortunate close for now. With a heartfelt love letter to the young duo as well as simpler times in comics, Tomasi closes out the title on a hopeful note for more adventures still to potentially come down the line. His affinity for these characters will garner fan praise for years to come as these boys find their way to fans hearts.
For the past three years, Tomasi has cultivated the affinity for these young heroes working with a handful of brilliant artists along the way. Although not guaranteed, if a third volume is not planned down the line, it is a completely missed opportunity. Tomasi has proven time and time again why these characters deserve their own title together. A prime candidate for some form of animated adaptation, these two fan favorites will find a way to keep their adventures going again no matter the odds.