So long Sons … So good
“You wanna see what a Spider-Man #1 looks like? Such great stories, great characters, beautiful artwork. See in this one here Nick he has got a ring for his sweetheart and he wears it around his neck on a chain. Then later on this Nazi bastard in the crowd, he grabs a hold of the chain and the ring goes overboard. Nick, he dives into the ocean to get it. Isn’t that cool?”
– Clarence Worley, True Romance
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. I am in no way advocating to “Meet, then take a call girl that was set up for you to watch a triple feature Sonny Chiba marathon, thru a cross-country adventure with a suitcase full of coke you stole from her pimp to sell and move to Mexico all the while by being chased by the mob as a proper activity”, but it does make a hell of a movie right? If not – see this 1993 classic True Romance, which for Tarantino fans was the first script he ever wrote. Yes, even pre Reservoir Dogs. The financing came possible for that first due to the generosity of Mr. Harvey Keitel aka The Wolf. We should all thank him, because without his belief in this Junior High School drop out (Yes, not High School), turned video store clerk, we may have never been privy to the best writer of dialogue since sound was introduced into film in the mid 1920s – sorry David Mamet. In addition, the totality of memorable characters, and films in his career rival some of the very best in the history of cinema.
Okay what the hell does this have to do with a One Year Later post? Well, the quote at the beginning of this column was a guy describing his love of comics to someone else. I want you to stop and think about it for a second…How have you explained a comic to someone you know who has no idea about it? Well, we all have unique stories to tell. How we parlay our passion for art and panels, into words and descriptions for others to follow. We do this a lot with CBSI right? Articulate a book and the why behind it – besides the potential financial gains! When I started this post a few days ago, the word had not broken about Super Sons coming to a conclusion in May. Ironic, one year ago issue #1 of this brilliant, fun ride hit our LCS. How can I explain this story or the history of characters? That’s what this post is about, this series deserves to stand on its own and be shared. So let’s take a ride on this DC property, shall we?
So who are these Super Sons? They are the offspring of both Supes and Bats in form of their sons – Damian Wayne, and Jon Kent.
1st appearances within the comic world? Yes, I know one is debatable, but for this exercise, we will go with the below listed:
1st Damian Wayne
Convergence Superman 2
1st app of Jon Kent – again, yes this is debated
Ok, so what about their first appearance in together, where did this Super Sons world get its start?
Rebirth: Superman #10
Key characters in this universe introduced and their respective 1st app.
Rebirth: Superman # 1
Kathy Branden 1st app. Jon’s next door neighbor and some deem as the next Lois Lane – Ask Mel his thoughts on her validity going forward!
Super Sons # 1
1st app of Kid Amazo post Rebirth
JLA Classified #37
1st Kid Amazo pre Rebirth
Super Sons # 6
1st Kraklow post Rebirth
RIP Hunter… Time Master # 28
1st Kraklow pre Rebirth
Super Sons # 6
1st Atom-Master, Chun Yull, & Time Commander post Rebirth
1st Atom-Master pre Rebirth
1st Chun-Yull pre Rebirth
1st app of Time Commander pre Rebirth
Super Sons #6
1st app of Old Man Robin – stranger things have been specs so who knows?
Super Sons #7
Jon joins Teen Titans
Super Sons # 8
1st app of Hard Line and Big Shot
Super Sons # 8
1st app of Ygarddis
Super Sons # 10
Batman 666 anyone?
Super Sons # 11
Future Tim Drake
Teen Titans # 15
1st Tim Drake in new gear
Super Sons # 13
Talia Al Ghul app
Detective Comics # 411
1st app of Talia Al Ghul
So there you have it, a look into the world of Super Sons with 1st app, new app, crossovers with other comics, and a whole lotta fun! There is a true complexity to Rebirth titles and harking back in time to draw on older, lesser known characters and bringing them into today’s limelight.
Books with some spec value
- Rebirth Superman #1 & #10
- Rebirth Super Sons #1, #4, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, & #13
- Teen Titans #15
- Batman #655 & Convergence #2
- JLA Classified #1, & R.I.P. Hunter…Time Master #28
- Worlds Finest #10, Strange Adventures #124, & Brave and Bold #59
- Detective Comics #411
That’s all for this week. I hope there were some takeaways that will help in your searches. All these books tell a story that evokes some type of emotion for millions of fans. How we choose to inform others – friends, family, Sons, Daughters, Co-workers, or call girls like Clarence in True Romance, we need to keep our world thriving as it is now. Without it, this would just become history, and not part of the present such as how these Rebirth titles have dipped into the springs of ghosts past. Thanks for reading!