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The sons of Batman and Superman, Robin and Superboy, are used to stepping--or flying--out of their parents' shadows. But while Jonathan Kent was brought up by kindhearted Clark Kent and the brilliant journalist Lois Lane, Damian Wayne's parental supervision has a sinister edge. Sure, he's been trained in the ways of crime-fighting by his Dark Knight dad, Bruce Wayne. But be The sons of Batman and Superman, Robin and Superboy, are used to stepping--or flying--out of their parents' shadows. But while Jonathan Kent was brought up by kindhearted Clark Kent and the brilliant journalist Lois Lane, Damian Wayne's parental supervision has a sinister edge. Sure, he's been trained in the ways of crime-fighting by his Dark Knight dad, Bruce Wayne. But before he was Batman's son-slash-sidekick, he was raised to rule the world by the League of Assassins and its killer queen, his mother--the Daughter of the Demon herself, Talia al Ghul. Now Talia has returned to reclaim her son for the shadows, and not even the tumultuous team-up of the Super Sons may be enough to stop it. Because with the secrets of Robin's dark past--and murderous methods--out in the light for the first time, Superboy may decide his friend really is an enemy after all. The stage is set for a final showdown between Damian and...well, that's the question. Will he join forces with his mom to take Superboy down for good, or will the Super Sons stick together, live fast and fly young? Find out in Super Sons Vol. 3: Parent Trap. Featuring the art of Carlo Barberi and Paul Pelletier, it's the final chapter in Peter J. Tomasi's saga of the World's Smallest Super Heroes--setting up the next stage in their incredible crime-fighting careers! Collects Super Sons #13-16 and Annual #1.


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The sons of Batman and Superman, Robin and Superboy, are used to stepping--or flying--out of their parents' shadows. But while Jonathan Kent was brought up by kindhearted Clark Kent and the brilliant journalist Lois Lane, Damian Wayne's parental supervision has a sinister edge. Sure, he's been trained in the ways of crime-fighting by his Dark Knight dad, Bruce Wayne. But be The sons of Batman and Superman, Robin and Superboy, are used to stepping--or flying--out of their parents' shadows. But while Jonathan Kent was brought up by kindhearted Clark Kent and the brilliant journalist Lois Lane, Damian Wayne's parental supervision has a sinister edge. Sure, he's been trained in the ways of crime-fighting by his Dark Knight dad, Bruce Wayne. But before he was Batman's son-slash-sidekick, he was raised to rule the world by the League of Assassins and its killer queen, his mother--the Daughter of the Demon herself, Talia al Ghul. Now Talia has returned to reclaim her son for the shadows, and not even the tumultuous team-up of the Super Sons may be enough to stop it. Because with the secrets of Robin's dark past--and murderous methods--out in the light for the first time, Superboy may decide his friend really is an enemy after all. The stage is set for a final showdown between Damian and...well, that's the question. Will he join forces with his mom to take Superboy down for good, or will the Super Sons stick together, live fast and fly young? Find out in Super Sons Vol. 3: Parent Trap. Featuring the art of Carlo Barberi and Paul Pelletier, it's the final chapter in Peter J. Tomasi's saga of the World's Smallest Super Heroes--setting up the next stage in their incredible crime-fighting careers! Collects Super Sons #13-16 and Annual #1.

30 review for Super Sons, Vol. 3: Parent Trap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I'm glad I was wrong mistaken when I thought that the last volume was the last voume, because it was nice to have more time with these kids. So, Parent Trap is exactly what you'd think, in that it deals with the boys' parents. Only this time around it's their famous moms that make an appearance. Talia wants Damien to turn back to the dark side...because evil parents are evil. So, and this can only happen in comic books, Lois is targeted for assassination by Talia in order to lure Damien out for f I'm glad I was wrong mistaken when I thought that the last volume was the last voume, because it was nice to have more time with these kids. So, Parent Trap is exactly what you'd think, in that it deals with the boys' parents. Only this time around it's their famous moms that make an appearance. Talia wants Damien to turn back to the dark side...because evil parents are evil. So, and this can only happen in comic books, Lois is targeted for assassination by Talia in order to lure Damien out for fisticuffs. <--that's the watered-down version, anyway. The story is simple but the delivery is great. Super Sons shines with adorable art, sweet moments, and fun storylines about the power of friendship. And I think it's downright nice to read a comic that isn't gritty or jaded every once in a while. Besides the stuff with Robin and Talia going 12 rounds, there's also a good story in the beginning of the volume about the boys fighting Kid Amazo and saving each other's lives. Again, it's like an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (minus the ponies & magic), but it's cute as hell and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy. The Annual #1 issue was a Super Pets story with Krypto and Ace getting the band back together to stop a dognapper. I smiled throughout the whole thing. <--a lot. I was happy to hear that they plan on continuing Super Sons' adventures, even though it will be in some kind of a flashback thing...I think. Anyway. This whole title is filled up with all kinds of super cute shit. Highly Recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Tomasi closes out the series in great fashion with Carlo Barberi and Paul Pelletier in tow now that Jorge Jimenez has graduated to the big leagues. First up is a Super Pets reunion where they search out some missing pets. Pelletier does a great job of communicating thoughts and feelings of the animals in a mostly wordless story. Next up, we focus on Damian and Jon's mothers as Talia is contracted to assassinate Lois Lane. It's a great dichotomy as Damian stands up to his mother in order to stop Tomasi closes out the series in great fashion with Carlo Barberi and Paul Pelletier in tow now that Jorge Jimenez has graduated to the big leagues. First up is a Super Pets reunion where they search out some missing pets. Pelletier does a great job of communicating thoughts and feelings of the animals in a mostly wordless story. Next up, we focus on Damian and Jon's mothers as Talia is contracted to assassinate Lois Lane. It's a great dichotomy as Damian stands up to his mother in order to stop her from shooting Lois. Then Kid Amazo returns and the boys have to save the Justice League. It's a perfect ending for the book as we get a glimpse of what they are truly capable of. I'm truly sad to see this series go. This was one of the best series to come out of Rebirth. Yes, I know there's a miniseries set in the past coming, but it's not the same. They should just roll this series into Teen Titans. Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~

    This book was pure, child-like joy. I loved it from the start and I think the main reason was the chemistry between Damian and John as a team. Their banter is simple but so, so funny and, I felt, a pretty great representation of their age; I love the whole ‘we are actually best friends, but we just find each other immensely annoying’ dynamic. I didn’t really know I needed this 13-year-old duo in my life but now all I want to do is go back and read it all from the start. Even with my limited previ This book was pure, child-like joy. I loved it from the start and I think the main reason was the chemistry between Damian and John as a team. Their banter is simple but so, so funny and, I felt, a pretty great representation of their age; I love the whole ‘we are actually best friends, but we just find each other immensely annoying’ dynamic. I didn’t really know I needed this 13-year-old duo in my life but now all I want to do is go back and read it all from the start. Even with my limited previous experience with the character, I know John is an immeasurably good influence on Damian and even in this single volume, you can see how their friendship is having a positive effect on Damian’s character. The art is just amazing, too. I absolutely love John’s costume, it actually looks like something a 13-year-old could and would wear and I’ve always like Damian’s Robin suits anyway. I really don’t think I can find fault with it. I want, and need, more of Super Sons in my life now, and my next stop after this review is Amazon to pre-order the Omnibus and yours should be too. Writing Quality – 9/10 Image/Illustration Quality – 10/10 Character Development – 9/10 Overall – 9/10 Find my full review on my blog, Bloodthirsty Little Beasts.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Everyone talks about the Super Sons’ famous fathers – and when they’re Batman and Superman, how can you blame them? But this time, the spotlight is on their mothers when Talia Al Ghul marks Lois Lane for death, and only Damian and Jon can stop her! Then, Kid Amazo returns and he’s out for blood – Super and Bat blood, to be precise. Plus, Krypto and Titus take centre stage as the Super-Pets solve a pet-napping spree! The Super Sons’ final adventure (in the present anyway – t [Read as single issues] Everyone talks about the Super Sons’ famous fathers – and when they’re Batman and Superman, how can you blame them? But this time, the spotlight is on their mothers when Talia Al Ghul marks Lois Lane for death, and only Damian and Jon can stop her! Then, Kid Amazo returns and he’s out for blood – Super and Bat blood, to be precise. Plus, Krypto and Titus take centre stage as the Super-Pets solve a pet-napping spree! The Super Sons’ final adventure (in the present anyway – there’s a 12 issue mini-series by Tomasi set in the past due out soon) flips the dynamic of the series on its head with a clever twist on the usual proceedings. As I mentioned in the introduction, this volume focuses on Talia Al Ghul and Lois Lane rather than Batman and Superman, so we get to see the other side of both our main heroes. They may be their fathers’ sons, but they aren’t free of their mothers traits either. I’m honestly surprised it took this long for Tomasi to tell a tale like this, since it’s a good way of holding up a different mirror to the two boys than usual. The second two issues bring back Kid Amazo, and have the Super Sons attempting to rescue the Justice League; it’s a nice way to cap off the series and show just how far Damian and Jon have come. They’re not quite League level yet but they will be one day, and giving them a rematch with their first foe who gave them such a runaround last time, only to be defeated much more succinctly, is a good illustration of their progress. Also included here is the Super Sons annual, which is more like a Super Dogs annual since it focuses on Krypto and Titus instead. This is almost a ‘Nuff Said type of story, since the dogs and other animals involved aren’t able to speak, and therefore the onus is on the artist to ensure the story makes sense. The dogs are just as heroic as their owners and this is a very entertaining issue, although I love heroic animals so I’m probably a bit biased here. With regular series artist Jorge Jimenez graduating to the big leagues (quite literally) and pencilling Justice League, Carlo Barberi steps in to pencil the main four issues here. His art is youthful and fun, and full of the energy that these characters need. I mentioned that the artist has to sell a silent issue, and Paul Pelletier is exactly the kind of artist for the annual – he infuses the animals with life and emotion, which is never easy, but he manages to make it look it. Super Sons goes out on a high with two stories that re-examine the characters we’ve spent nearly a year and a half getting to know, as well as a fun annual that reminds us that every member of the Bat and Super families is a hero, even if they have four legs. Tomasi, Barberi, and Pelletier are a brilliant creative team (even if Jimenez’s absence is felt), and I’m glad that two of the three are continuing into Adventures Of The Super-Sons.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    I'm so bummed this series is ending. World: The art is okay, it's cute and fits the series, but the lack of Jimenez for the finale and these issues really annoys me, he was just as important to this series as Tomasi was. At the same time I can't be angry because he is drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE (it's a solid but choppy read). The world building here is good, a full circle as books tend to be at the end of a creative team's run. We get all the pieces they created and a finale that wraps th I'm so bummed this series is ending. World: The art is okay, it's cute and fits the series, but the lack of Jimenez for the finale and these issues really annoys me, he was just as important to this series as Tomasi was. At the same time I can't be angry because he is drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE (it's a solid but choppy read). The world building here is good, a full circle as books tend to be at the end of a creative team's run. We get all the pieces they created and a finale that wraps their part of the these character's stories up. It's solid. Story: The Parent Trap story was interesting, it was short and moved really fast and the end was kinda meh but it was still fun. The banter really was the highlight for that story and kept the story from being just meh. The Kid Amazo return and finale was also solid, it was a bit too action heavy but it did really display this team and how they've grown since the first time they came together to fight Kid Amazo, it needed an issue more to flush out the story and give them a nice satisfying quiet end, but oh well. I did like how DC used the book ends of that story to appease fans that were up at arms with the cancellation of this series. Yes, we are getting more Super Sons but so far it's only promised to be a 6 issue miniseries BOOO!!!! It was an okay end for a series that should not have ended and had so much more stories to tell. Characters: Jon and Damien are great together cause they are the odd couple and it always works in stories for that. Their journey together and their different personalities really worked out for this series and the great art that informed their personalities for this series was second to none. The return of Kid Amazo was a bit of a waste and not enough time was spent there and the relationship between Damien and Talia was also fairly rushed and should have had more time to flush out but overall the chemistry and banter really takes these characters a long way. I love this series, this is one of the, if not the best, series that Rebirth did and I am very sad to see it go, Please don't just give us a miniseries and that's it. Thank you Tomasi and Jimenez for a wonderful wonderful series. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Tomasi really has a handle on Damien and Jon. I say it everytime but they have an amazing dynamic. I like seeing the cracks in Damien's shield, he's still a jerk but seeing him call Jon "J" and acknowledging the respect he has for his father is nice. Jon's still one of my favourite DC characters, I love his Superman-dialed-up-to-eleven-cheerful persona. You know how certain artists become the definitive interpretation of the characters? Jorge Jimenez's art does that for me when it comes to Damian Tomasi really has a handle on Damien and Jon. I say it everytime but they have an amazing dynamic. I like seeing the cracks in Damien's shield, he's still a jerk but seeing him call Jon "J" and acknowledging the respect he has for his father is nice. Jon's still one of my favourite DC characters, I love his Superman-dialed-up-to-eleven-cheerful persona. You know how certain artists become the definitive interpretation of the characters? Jorge Jimenez's art does that for me when it comes to Damian and Jon, to the point where I'm disappointed when he's not drawing these two. Overall the only drawback was the Super-Pets story that I essentially skipped over, it seemed like an interesting way to tell a story but that's not what I'm here for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    - These guys are scared to death of you. Exactly how many people have you killed? - First, let's clarify that those people were killers themselves. Ant that was a whole othher lifetime ago. - You're thirteen.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    i loved this sososoos much. they’re so cute 😭

  9. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    3.5 I wish this was longer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thea (All About Books)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diego López Ocón

    This series is ridicously amazing. Hope they return for more in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This book is just fun, as a book featuring thirteen year olds should be. In a series which has focused on the fathers, this time the scene shifts to Damian’s and John’s mothers, asTalia al Gul arrives on the scene to check on John’s training. Talia however doesn’t come with just motherly gifts, she also comes bearing a contract to assassinate Lois Lane, John’s mother. So, the boys swing into action to protect Lois, allowing Damian to tap into his deep wellspring of good hearted ness and demonstr This book is just fun, as a book featuring thirteen year olds should be. In a series which has focused on the fathers, this time the scene shifts to Damian’s and John’s mothers, asTalia al Gul arrives on the scene to check on John’s training. Talia however doesn’t come with just motherly gifts, she also comes bearing a contract to assassinate Lois Lane, John’s mother. So, the boys swing into action to protect Lois, allowing Damian to tap into his deep wellspring of good hearted ness and demonstrate to his mother that his League of Assassins training is up to date, but it’s theoretical and amoral background, if you will, has been replaced by Batman’s moral compass.Talia leaves defeated but unbowed. In an earlier story we have another appearance of the Super Pets who, led by Krypton and Titus, solve a dog-napping spree. The art in the story was particularly impressive as it had to fully carry a silent story, and did it well. Any story that gets an appearance from Bat Cow deserves an extra star! The last chapter find the boys dealing with the return of Kid Amazo and battling to save the Justice League. It’s a show of how they’ve grown both as individuals and as a team from when they battled him in the beginning of the series. They need Cyborg’s help this time but it’s really Damian quick thinking and John’s skillful use of his powers that allow them to save Cyborg and ultimately the entire Justice League. This is a series that doesn’t deserve to end. It is one of, if not the best, series to come out of Rebirth and it’s a shame that the DC execs have seen fit to end it in its current form even if the creative team desired to move on to other things?. Damian and John deserve to live to fight another day together. I was given this book by Edelweiss and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Super Sons (2017-) Vol. 3: Parent Trap contains 3 stories, targeting different ages and tastes. So I have to remember that the target audience is kids when I read. Not necessarily adults, but kids.If I forget, I unfairly judge. Story one: animals kidnapped away from their owners. Okay, for me the adult, it was meh. But again, I know the younger readers--especially animal lovers--will eat it up. Story two: Damian and Jonathan’s adventures, meeting Damian’s mother--that was more intense and the mo Super Sons (2017-) Vol. 3: Parent Trap contains 3 stories, targeting different ages and tastes. So I have to remember that the target audience is kids when I read. Not necessarily adults, but kids.If I forget, I unfairly judge. Story one: animals kidnapped away from their owners. Okay, for me the adult, it was meh. But again, I know the younger readers--especially animal lovers--will eat it up. Story two: Damian and Jonathan’s adventures, meeting Damian’s mother--that was more intense and the most enjoyed story of the three. The character building is strong, and so are the relationships between the two young heroes. Story three: Kid Amazo and the Justice League in Danger. Another good action packed story, continuing from earlier stories. Shows that some villains can put the entire Justice League in danger. I shy away from giving any more description of the stories because spoilers can, well, spoil. But the artwork is fantastic, the humor very satisfying, and the volume a complete success. in my book. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    Well, this was disappointing. I generally quite enjoyed the previous two volumes of the Super Sons series. The story went some interesting directions while overall being pretty kid-friendly and fun, and avoiding being so kiddie as to be dumb. This volume unfortunately broke away from the good and fell squarely into the dumb aspects that I was afraid the series would. I knew I was in trouble as soon as the first super-pet showed up on the scene. That stupid arc was then followed by a cartoonishly s Well, this was disappointing. I generally quite enjoyed the previous two volumes of the Super Sons series. The story went some interesting directions while overall being pretty kid-friendly and fun, and avoiding being so kiddie as to be dumb. This volume unfortunately broke away from the good and fell squarely into the dumb aspects that I was afraid the series would. I knew I was in trouble as soon as the first super-pet showed up on the scene. That stupid arc was then followed by a cartoonishly simple story involving the Super Sons trying to keep Talia al Ghul from killing Lois Lane. There should have been interesting stakes in terms of emotion and the like in that story, but it was frustratingly binary. Finally, there's a story involving a fight against Amazo, which could have brought everything full circle for the series in an interesting way, but instead the fight was pretty bland. Ugh. I really didn't like this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Super Sons, Vol. 3: Parent Trap' by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Jorge Jimenez continues to be one of my favorite recurring titles, in spite of the appearance of the Super Pets. Talia al Ghul is back to claim her son Damian, and Jon learns more about his friend than he might be able to handle. Damian proves to be better than his nature, though. There is an episode with the Super Pets, which wasn't my favorite. The final story involves Amazo and turning the Justice League in to giant batteries. Jo 'Super Sons, Vol. 3: Parent Trap' by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Jorge Jimenez continues to be one of my favorite recurring titles, in spite of the appearance of the Super Pets. Talia al Ghul is back to claim her son Damian, and Jon learns more about his friend than he might be able to handle. Damian proves to be better than his nature, though. There is an episode with the Super Pets, which wasn't my favorite. The final story involves Amazo and turning the Justice League in to giant batteries. Jon and Damian find themselves in the midst of it. Can they save the grown ups? I really like this series. The art is consistently really good in this volume. The stories are warm, funny, and still have believable action to them. I wasn't crazy about the Super Pets story, but even it wasn't terrible. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Cute, but not particularly memorable aside from a few zingers at Batman's expense. I feel like if you're going to introduce Talia, she needs more than an issue or two... but maybe she'll be back. The constant references to events that happened in other comics is a pet peeve of mine and it's irritating here, but I guess it's relatively standard for DC. The art is consistently good on this title, which I appreciate. Not sure why it's necessary to end the Super Sons title just to restart it immedia Cute, but not particularly memorable aside from a few zingers at Batman's expense. I feel like if you're going to introduce Talia, she needs more than an issue or two... but maybe she'll be back. The constant references to events that happened in other comics is a pet peeve of mine and it's irritating here, but I guess it's relatively standard for DC. The art is consistently good on this title, which I appreciate. Not sure why it's necessary to end the Super Sons title just to restart it immediately as "Adventures of the Super Sons" but the ways of the comics book industry are as always mysterious... I'm glad it'll continue at all, I guess. I like having a DC title I can recommend to kids besides DC Superhero Girls.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    God I love Jon and Damian and this is yet another great collection from Tomasi that sees their relationship grow. There's genuine threat and danger for the boys here as their base is attacked, they have to save the Justice League and have serious 'Mum issues'. Full of humour, Tomasi continues to create heroes for the future, and it's rare that 'kid characters' get this much attention. Also gets an extra star for the amazing return of the Legion of Super-Pets! Go Bat-Cow!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aftin Combs

    Super Sons Vol 3. is not anything super special. It is a cute, light hearted romp with the two super lads. I didn't find anything about this book extraordinary, in a positive or negative way. The banter and amusingly old school plots kept me reading, but I doubt I will be in any rush to pick up the next volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arthi

    I'm officially hooked on this series. The first story was so great, yet had so few words. Damian is finally acknowledging Jon's status as his partner and adding JL underdog Cyborg into the mix was fantastic. Jon is adorable and Damian is getting there and I'm loving it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I love these dorks a whole lot!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennette

    Love this series

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dena Burnett

    Love the growth in the dynamic between Damian and Jon. They really did grow into a team and partnership of their own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashe

    Why did you end it you cowards??????

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    ...We can both enjoy just being your sons.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marcin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    Definitely picking up the continuation of this series in August. A very different take on superhero team relations.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jiří Pavlovský

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie Terekh

    scrolled through. looked boring. didn't care

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