SUPERMAN #16 / Writer: Brian Michael Bendis / Artist: David Lafuente / Colorist: Paul Mounts / Letterer: Dave Sharpe / Cover Artists: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair / Publisher: DC Comics / Published: October 9, 2019
Return of the Super Sons
Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, Murder Inc.) continues to rock the Superman book, this time with David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), to tell a true Super Sons story. By which I mean, if you were a fan of Tomasi and Gleason’s Super Sons then you are going to love this. After being a prisoner for the Crime Syndicate for three years, Jon has outgrown his best friend to full teenage-dom while Damian remains a child like he has since his first appearance in 2006, but that’s comics, and now they meet again. This is an issue of rekindling friendship, fighting crime, and eating hotdogs on a gargoyle.
David Lafuente’s westernized version of a shonen manga art style is the perfect fit for these young heroes in this fun issue. The panels flow naturally from one sweet moment to the next as the Boy Wonder and the Teen of Steel spend the night together. There is an impressive montage that includes beating the Riddler, saving a burning building, and blocking a spaceship, all while discussing the going-to-the-future thing Jon has. Also, there’s hints toward the possibility of Damian meeting the Legion, which is probably just talk, but here’s hoping.
Till Next Time
In the end, this is a fun side story of two best friends reconnecting and proving that no matter what, Damian and Jon will be friends forever. Plus, it’s a beautiful pallet cleanser / prep for more Event Leviathan and Legion of Superheroes coming our way.
Verdict: 4 out of 5