That’s A Lot Of Super-Puke In Adventures Of The Super Sons #4

by James Ferguson

Robin and Superboy have escaped from Rex Luthor and his gang of pint-sized villains thanks to the Space Cabbie. They still have to figure out how to get Jon back together as he’s split into two versions of himself thanks to some red Kryptonite. Making matters worse, they crash land on the Planet of Mystery and I’m sure there’s nothing good waiting for them there.

This is where Adventures of the Super Sons really gets moving. Writer Peter J. Tomasi has laid the ground work for a big story and this issue has a number of those elements working independently. Rex Luthor is moving his plan forward to attack Earth and with the Super Sons otherwise engaged, he’ll have an easier time doing it. Joker Junior rebelled and broke out of that gang, but his story is far from over. There’s still something more going on there that I can’t wait to see play out.
And then there’s the Super Sons themselves. The dynamic between these two (or in this case three) buds is still one of the best friendships you’ll see in comics. They poke fun at one another, but they have each other’s backs no matter what. That means Robin works to get his friend(s) to safety, even when they’re throwing up all over the spaceship.

Yes, we see some super vomit in Adventures of the Super Sons #4 and it’s actually pretty hilarious. Artist Carlo Barberi captures some perfect moments of Jon in mid-puke that are rather impressive. Since he’s split into a blue and red version, the vomit is color coded. Thanks to Protobunker for making this really pop off the page.
Barberi delivers some pitch perfect facial expressions throughout all this mess too. The Space Cabbie has this look of calm, despite the chaos unfolding in his ship. He must be used to stuff like this although he’s probably never going to pick up these kids or anyone like them ever again. Red Jon and Blue Jon get to this place of mutual respect where they get a little stoic for one another. It’s sweet and a little silly when Robin points out that they’re such goody-two-shoes that they’re inspiring themselves.

The effects of the Red Kryptonite have made Jon more than a little sick. He’s practically delirious by the time they get to the Planet of Mystery. Letterer Rob Leigh uses these wobbly word balloons with tails that make them look like ghosts. It gives you a great idea of how Jon feels, especially after all that vomit.

Adventures of the Super Sons #4 builds to an awesome cliffhanger ending that is so very fitting for the size and scale of this story. It ushers in a new set of obstacles for Robin and Superboy while keeping the other various elements moving. I can’t wait to see how all this comes together because this is already an epic comic and we’re not even halfway through its run.
Adventures of the Super Sons #4 from DC Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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