Super Sons #5 is bringing back classic superhero story-telling with a modern sensibility, and it's something that has been sorely lacking from the comics landscape for such a long time that it's a breath of fresh air.
In this issue, a standalone story featuring Jonathan Kent a.k.a. Superboy and Damian Wayne a.k.a. Robin airing their grievances with each other in a scuffle in the Batcave, we get a take on the classic formula of superheroes meet, fight and then come to an understanding.
It does all this without any kind of deep political allegory (not that there is anything wrong with that kinda story too), without any destructive characterisation. Simply a fun, teens (and pre-teen, I guess) being kids and clashing.
Not to say that said clash isn't without some depth.
The conflict stemming from numerous changes going on in Superboy's life, it's understandable to see him lose his cool a little bit, and it's something that I'm sure many readers, especially younger readers, can relate to.
And that's something that is particularly wonderful about this comic, I suppose. It's very accessible for readers of any age. Older readers get the joy of nostalgia for a kind of story you don't see so often in the medium these days from the Big Two, and for younger readers who can find these characters and stories a little more relatable.
Also, it's a crazy funny issue too.
The dialogue and banter between the pair is a genuine delight to read. Peter J. Tomasi does a stellar job of presenting the leads as kids but also just bringing the humour in general. What's more is the fun illustration later of the pair's fight being similar to those of their respective parents over the years.
Super Sons #5 is also a break in art for regular artist Jorge Jimenez, with artistic chores handled this time by Alisson Borges. Borges style fits brilliantly in the series and also brings a kind of dynamism and energy that looks great and has the kids looking like kids. It makes for a great visual piece of storytelling, as well as just adding to the fun.
Super Sons so far is proving to be a surprise gem of the DC Rebirth line, as it could easily have played completely silly, but instead we get something fun and with character and heart.