ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 by Peter J. Tomasi, Matt Santorelli, and Carlo Barberi
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ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 is a great comic. Lots of conflict and tension between characters. The artwork is out of this world!
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JAILHOUSE ROCK!

Consider the jailhouse rocked in ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8. Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Superboy, Robin, and Joker Jr. must find a way to escape intergalactic juvie before Rex Luthor incinerates them. Featuring out of this world artwork by Matt Santorelli and Carlo Barberi, this comic is a stellar adventure.

Super Sons Turned Jailbirds in ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8

In ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS, Robin, Superboy, and Joker Jr. are stranded on Takron-Galtos, an alien planet full of young criminals. Rex Luthor rallies the delinquent extraterrestrials to capture the super sons. Now, Luthor’s goons, dressed as supervillains, are after the trio. In an effort to hide, they go to a “batcave” Robin built. Yes, Robin has already made six makeshift batcaves on this alien world.

ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 Page 3. Image Courtesy of DC entertainment.
ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 Page 3. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

While in hiding, Superboy confronts Joker Jr. about not trusting him. Despite his lack of trust, the clown prince says he believes in the Kryptonian. Later, Al-x, the Green Lantern cadet from the previous issue, appears. He informs them of a portal, called the vroom tube, that can transport them off world. The young heroes form a plan to sneak through enemy lines and access the vroom tube, enabling their escape.

ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 ends with a cliffhanger. No spoilers, but one super son may not make it out alive. Will the boys survive space juvie? Can they escape this prison planet? Where are they heading next? You’ll have to read to find out.

Artwork of Cosmic Proportions

The artwork by Matt Santorelli and Carlo Barberi continues to blow me away. With a menagerie of extraterrestrials, the character designs are colorful and distinct. While Rex Luthor’s goons are a bit distracting, their costumes add a humorous touch to this comic. The visuals fit the sci-fi theme of ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8.

Plus, the expressions on the characters’ faces are bursting with emotion. Joker Jr. has this cheeky, mischievous smile that fits his appearance so well. And Robin’s stoic glare is so reminiscent of his father, Batman. Rex Luthor’s fireballs look like they burn through the page. Overall, the super sons look like supernovas in ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8, thanks to the talented art team of Matt Santorelli and Carlo Barberi.

ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 Page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.
ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 Page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Tensions are High

ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 is chock full of conflict. It’s the battle between characters that really drives this comic. In this issue, there are multiple layers of conflict and tension. Not only do they go up against Rex Luthor, but the super sons must also fight for their lives in order to escape this intergalactic prison. As the reader, it’s all these multifaceted levels of conflict that kept my interest in the story.

Also, in this issue, the super sons enter an uneasy alliance with Joker Jr. That seed of doubt in the clown weakens his relationship with the Kryptonian. When Superboy confronts Joker Jr. about being untrustworthy, it’s a tense scene that fuels the overall drama of ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8. There’s this seed of doubt in Superboy as to whether or not he can trust the clown.

Final Thoughts on ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8

All in all, ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 is a great issue. This comic is filled to the brim with friction between the characters. The multiple conflicting forces in this story grabbed my interest as a reader. Writer Peter J. Tomasi does a decent job at building up the suspense until the very end. And the cliffhanger ending in this issue is intense.

Visually, this chapter is spectacular. Characters look fresh and polished. Colors pop off the page. An alien planet has a diverse parade of extraterrestrials. Hats off to Matt Santorelli and Carlo Barberi for some brilliant imagery in this comic.

The focus on Rex Luthor’s goons, dressed as DCU’s villains, is a bit distracting. Also, it’s a bit unclear how Rex Luthor gave his lackeys superhuman powers. It’s small inconsistencies like this that drag the overall storyline down a bit. Other than that, ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #8 is worth checking out. 

I can’t wait to see where Superboy and Robin will go next, and if their new friend Al-x is truly an ally or an enemy.

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