When we last left the Super Sons, they had hijacked a space train and pointed it directly at Rex Luthor and his evil army, so it was really a typical day for them. As Rex gathers his pint-sized forces inspired by the villains of Earth, Robin and Superboy have to put a stop to him before he can destroy their home planet and everyone on it. Again, it’s just an average day, really.
Superboy really shines in Adventures of the Super Sons #10. He’s got a bone to pick with Rex after he was thrown into solitary confinement and deprived of the sun’s yellow light. Now he’s powered up and ready to kick some butt. There’s a great sequence where Rex hurls him into the ground with such force that the entire building shakes. Jon stands up with an annoyed look on his face and tells him that tickled. His father would be so proud.
That’s just part of the fun artist Carlo Barberi brings to this issue. We’re introduced to more of Rex’s army and I love the designs for characters like Doomsdame and Bizarrokid. They fit perfectly in the Super Sons mythos as they’re kid versions of these popular villains. That comes with all the doubts and insecurities of childhood.
Bizarrokid really stands out too as he has so much trouble speaking in the backwards way of his namesake. He points out he was a child prodigy so this is really hard. Letterer Rob Leigh uses the gruff and blocky word balloons we’ve come to associate with Bizarro, so I’m imagining that guttural voice with a normal speech pattern and it’s pretty funny.
Where Superboy is solving problems with his fists, Robin is doing it with his mind. He goes up against Doomsdame and even he can’t believe it. His rope spins around him in unbelievable ways, as if it has a mind of its own. Inker Matt Santorelli makes this stand out on the page with bold outlines.
I forgot that this series began as a story told presumably by an elder Jon and Damian. We get a reminder of that in some heartfelt and funny scenes. The simple setting of a quaint home contrasts well with the out-of-this-world antics of the present. Colorist Protobunker distinguishes each side to fit the tone of the scene.
It’s great to see that this friendship carries on so far into the future and that the dynamic between the two of them is just as fun as ever. They bicker like an old married couple. This mirrors the silly arguments they get into as kids, like competing over who has the best opening line as the train flies into Rex’s ship.
Those moments with old Jon and Damian are part of what makes Adventures of the Super Sons special. Writer Peter J. Tomasi puts everything in this book for a reason. As we’re nearing the end of this series, everything is coming back together as Tomasi is tying up each loose end and preparing to leave the book in a nice big bow. Another example of this comes at the very end of this issue. I look forward to re-reading this comic with a new set of eyes, looking out for all the little things that add up over time.