It is often said that the first iteration of a character you are exposed to is the one that will hold the deepest space in your heart. For me, the first Superboy I knew in comics was Conner Kent, the clone who replaced Superman after his death at the hands of Doomsday.
And I did love the character reading his ongoing series. How much did I love the character? I even read Superboy and the Ravers.
But Jonathan Kent, the biological son of Lois and Clark, has pushed the clone out of that spot and has become my favorite Superboy in the short year and a half or so he has been around. The Superman comic has done a terrific job of showing a boy coming to terms with these accumulated powers that are manifesting within him. With strong moral anchors in Lois and Clark, he is learning how to responsibly use and sometimes not use them.
Super Sons adds a new dynamic, however–Damian Wayne. Unlike Jon, Batman’s son is a risk-taker and doesn’t always see right and wrong as starkly black and white.
Due to Superboy’s inexperience and naivete, Robin comes across as older, but in a brotherly way. This is expecially true when the two have a verbal hypothetical fight involving action and counter-action. The two characters have a familial familiarity that just feels right.
DC Rebirth has done an excellent job of building a sense of family throughout many of their titles. It just feels right for the universe and Super Sons continues to deliver on what the soft relaunch of last year promised.
This was one of the titles I was anticipating when it was announced and it held up on its end of the bargain. Superboy and Robin offer a friendship with many facets to explore, between the legacy of their fathers’ mantles and the individuals they are forging their own paths.
I’m looking forward to continuing the monthly journey with them.