Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Scott Godlewski
Colors by: Protobunker
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Release Date: April 3rd, 2019
When the first Super Sons series was announced a couple of years ago, I was ecstatic. I thought the DCU sorely needed another book with young heroes in a style similar to Young Justice. Especially one that wasn’t Teen Titans. The book didn’t disappoint at all…until it was canceled and we were all disappointed. Hope was not lost though and we eventually got this current mini-series. The excitement picked up from where the previous series left off.
When we last left our heroes, they had escaped from the prison planet Takron-Galtos and their foe Rex Luthor. This issue opens with the unlikeliest of characters – Jonah Hex. Excuse me? Who did you say? That’s right, folks. Jonah Hex! Wow. I haven’t seen Hex since the last volume of All-Star Western, let alone on an alien world in the future. His appearance takes me back to his series from the mid-1980s, where he is brought to a post-apocalyptic 21st Century Seattle. Plus now he has robotic arms! What’s more dangerous than a bounty hunter of Hex’s caliber with robot arms? I don’t want to find out.
The boys and Kid Lantern literally crash into Hex’s troublesome situation and the story doesn’t slow down from there. Their goal? To make it off this planet on a “cosmic train” in order to get to Rex Luthor and his Injustice Army before it attacks Earth. I won’t spoil too much of the story, but needless to say, the boys make it on the train and are joined by their new friend.
Let’s start our artistic discussion by talking about the cover. I think it’s wonderful. Dan Mora really did a great job bringing these characters to life. His style here almost reminds me of video game cel-shading. The colors pop off the page. I have to say that Scott Godlewski did an amazing job on this issue, the second he’s done with Tomasi. The art is very fresh and vibrant. His full-page panels are fantastic, especially page seven. The close-up of Jonah Hex’s face paired with the flashback blends very well. It truly gives off the impression that Jonah is seeing his past in his head as he narrates it to the rest of the group.
I’ve really enjoyed the light-hearted nature of this story from the very beginning of this series. This continues with this most recent issue. It’s just…fun to read! It has the right amount of action along with character development, especially that of Kid Lantern and Jonah Hex. Tomasi really understands Damian and Jon and their friendship. At the same time, he breathes new life into Jonah Hex. I’m left ready to beg for Tomasi to write a Hex series. I definitely recommend this book, even if you wait for the eventual trade release.