Friday, December 29, 2017

REVIEW: Super Sons #11 (2017)

SUPER SONS #11 (2017) — Regular
cover by Francis Manapul.
©DC Comics
DC Comics, $3.99, 32pgs.
On-sale December 20, 2017

"Super Sons of Tomorrow, Part 2: Son-Down"
20 pages, Read Time:7:35

by Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason (writers), Ryan Banjamin (penciller), and Richard Friend (inker)

 BOTTOM LINE: A few logic holes in a middle chapter that’s really only about the last page reveal, anyway.

Story continues from SUPERMAN #37 — This issue starts out interesting enough, as a future Tim Drake, dressed as Batman, shows up at the Kent apartment to try and capture Superboy, succeeding only in taking down Lois Lane, ‘cause Superboy is out past his bedtime. We waste half a page on a panel of the woman Lois is talking to on the phone, but otherwise the sequence sets things up nicely. 

Then we proceed to New York, for a five-page sequence (1/4 of the issue) that serves to introduce the Mostly-Teen Titans, as they take down a bunch of nobodys, with late help in the fight from Superboy. From there, we hop to Titan's Tower in San Francisco, where Superboy complains about not being asked on any missions, despite being promised some field time by Robin. Tim Drake then shows up, bypasses all tower security, and takes down the entire team, preparatory to a last-panel reveal of former and/or future Titans: Connor Kent, Wonder Cassie, and Bart Allen — all of whom, I think, have been wiped from continuity — as they vow to take down their former and/or future teammate, Tim.

It's during the tower battle that we have to wonder, gee, doesn't it seem strange that future-Tim is so adept at his work that he can infiltrate the tower and take down the entire team, yet he was so easily fooled at the beginning by a few pillows under a blanket on Superboy’s bed? And suddenly, that thought sort of negates any power that scene might have had. And, hey, would the Titans really wait until crossing the country before having the confab about Superboy's status with the team? Sure, it's possible whatever gas Robin used on Superboy knocked him out for the duration of the trip, and the Titans decided to take Superboy all the way from one coast to the other, instead of just dropping him off at his home, despite the fact that he's not much of a flyer yet, and he only just woke up in time for the tower debate about his status. But, sheesh, SHOW us that, maybe, instead of wasting nearly half a page on an extreme close-up of some lady on the other end of Lois’ phone call. Or, make better use of Tim's take-down of the Titans instead of spending two pages on six panels of Superboy going explody-boom.

Oh, and by the bye, just WHY is Superboy suddenly so unstable? That question is not addressed at all. It just is. And Tim knows it will be. And yet Jon has shown not one hint of such power instability in 10 issues to date.

Basically, this entire issue seems an example of modern comics storytelling, where a story that has plot enough for two or three issues is spread over six, and the only point of each chapter is stretching things out to the last-panel teaser. So, there really wasn't much to chew on here for an old Bronze Age baby like me. 

And, speaking of which, I still hate these Titans. This does not appear to be the same Raven I know, and Starfire and Beast Boy have WAY too much experience to be bossed around by Damian Wayne. And while Tomasi is generally able to mellow out Damian’s more dick-ish edges when the character is paired with Superboy, when Robin is with the Titans, he’s just a punk-ass prick I’d love to punch.



COVER: 7.00 | PLOT: 5.75 | SCRIPT: 7.25 | LAYOUT: 6.25 | ART: 6.75 | EDITS: 4.25

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