Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Art by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, & Rob Leigh
Published by DC Comics
This is the first Superman comic I’ve bought in I don’t know how long, years probably. But how coul I pass up Superman and Batman taking a back seat to their Sons?
Jon Kent and Damian Wayne are the next generation of DC heroes, and this issue
finally brought the Super and Bat Families together. The result? Well, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
In Superman #10, Jon Kent starts by meeting Maya (or “Nobody”) and Goliath at the request of Damian Wayne although it doesn’t go as planned thanks to the timely emergence of Jon’s new power . It’s here where Damian indulges in some of his father’s best and worst qualities by being a complete jackass to
somebody he doesn’t know.
Damian does his Damian routine, and ends up taking Jon hostage. At this point Papa Batman is forced to interfere. Mere seconds after Batman arrives, the big blue boy scout Superman crashes through the wall with his heat vision ready to go.
Both parties go through a process to try to calm things down. This is where the character driven dialogue and interaction should have made this issue worth the $2.99 I used. But Superman #10 never lives up to expectations.
One of the reasons for this could be that I just read another story about Damian Wayne kidnapping other kids. That comic was Teen Titans #1, and Superman #10 felt like more of the same, except that this time Superman and Batman guest-starred. There was however one moment I did like:
For a brief moment, Jon, Maya, and Damian actually seem like children. This was a scene straight out of any school yard. You can even see Damian sizing this young Superboy like a kid that doesn’t like the new boy at school.
I also have to give credit to the art team of Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, & Rob Leigh. Their art does make this book pop in all the right places.
Each page has a ton of detail, and the fight scenes are quite something. I’ve enjoyed Gleason’s art since his days on Aquaman, and the man is one of the best in the business in my opinion.
In the end though, the story just left me wanting more. Maybe if I hadn’t read Teen Titans #1 already, I would have seen Superman #10 with fresh eyes. Oh well, if nothing else, the art was worth it.