Evaluation: Super Sons Annual #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Men's Darth Vader War Cotton Long Sleeve Tee ShirtArtists: Paul Pelletier, Cam Smith

Abstract

UPER-PETS UNLEASHED The World Furriest crew Krypto and Titus ogether finally! Uninterested in the boys stealing the spotlight, the doggy duo lead the Tremendous Sons on a canine-powered epic!

Positives

The Rebirth line has loved phenomenal success, and much of that success has come from reintroducing beloved elements from earlier eras of DC historical past into the modern DCU. And even though some consider it one in every of DC sillier ideas, this situation brings us the shocking return of The Legion of Tremendous-Pets.

And just as Rebirth appears to be like forward whereas honouring the previous, there is way new in this iteration of the Tremendous-Pets. As some characters don exist in the publish-Flashpoint DCU, they’ve been replaced by comparable characters that do: Detective Chimp fills in for Beppo the Tremendous-Monkey, as does Bat-Cow for Comet the Tremendous-Horse.

Particularly fascinating is the reference to Clay Critter, who is obviously a stand-in for the Legion of Super-Heroes mascot Proty. Is Clay Critter by some means related to former Batman foe Clayface? Unfortunately, we don learn much about Clay Critter in this subject.

Then there may be the wholly new Plastic Fowl, clearly based on Plastic Man, which is an odd inclusion as the original Tremendous-Pets didn have a bird character. We haven seen a lot of Plastic Man since before the Flashpoint (though his return is imminent), so we don know the story behind this unusual bird.

And then there is Streaky, the Super-Cat, who seems to be completely unchanged from her Silver Age incarnation – even though she hasn been proven in previously as current in the new 52/Rebirth period.

Additionally, there is a delightful quantity of humour in the difficulty, which seems to be customary for Super-Sons. A ebook that features children as the central characters should include a higher degree of playfulness and enjoyable than your standard superhero comic.

Negatives

There isn much that may be seen as unhealthy about this story apart from a small few nits. First off, I can understand having Bat-hound on this model of the Tremendous-Pets, in order that the 2 canines of the Super-Pets reflect the Super-Sons that star on this title, however Titus isn Bat-Hound. That identify belongs to Batman canine Ace, who was established to exist in the Rebirth era in last year Batman Annual. But perhaps Ace is now too previous for the function, and Titus is DC first animal legacy hero.

Also, how does this complete story fit in the DCU continuity? The bookend chapters with Superboy and Robin set up this as being in the Rebirth continuity, and by inference in canon. And Detective Chimp tells us that this group of animals has existed before this. Krypto and Titus are rebanding the group, not founding it. So, how come we haven heard of them earlier than? Is it possible that that is our first peek at what DC continuity will appear like after the Rebirth and Doomsday Clock storylines are resolved.

Finally, the romantic triangle between Krypto, Streaky, and Titus is beautifully depicted – and solely non-verbally, as none of the three can truly converse. But a cross-species romance appears a bit too unusual and probably unattainable from a biological standpoint. Although, it may put seen as a metaphor for society enlightenment in direction of human relationships that have been once thought of unnatural.

Verdict

This story was a delightful romp that hearkened again to one of the sillier points in DC historical past, but did so in a method that doesn jar with today extra sophisticated style. Like a lot of Rebirth, it brought back a number of the magic of DC past alongside however launched some intriguing new concepts as nicely.

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