The Super Pets Shine in this Adorable Annual (Super Sons Annual 1 Review)

Supersons Annual #1

 

Written by Peter Tomasi

Pencils by Paul Pelletier

Inks by Cam Smith

Colors by Hi-Fi

Cover by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Previously: This story is a self-contained one shot, and needs no previous knowledge.

 

What Happened:

This charming issue kicks off with an ominous scene; a man in Gotham is walking his dog, and while answering his phone finds that his leash has been cut and his pet has been taken! Nearby, the dog is loaded into a van and driven away. We then check in briefly with the title characters of the book, but don’t stay with them for very long. Superboy and Robin are in the midst of stopping some thieves who have hit a string of banks recently. Superboy point out that Robin has been bantering a lot more lately, and the two easily handle the common criminals. Robin drops Superboy off at home, where Jon says hello to Kyrpto, the Kryptonian Superdog that the Kents have. He crosses off a newspaper on a bulletin board in his room that has a headline concerning the robberies, satisfied with a job well done. He looks at the headline next to it, which describes a series of missing dog cases, and resolves to pursue that case tomorrow before heading off to bed.

Later that night, Krypto flies out of the Kent residence and over to Wayne Manor. He enters a barn and finds Bat-Cow, the cow with a bat shape on its face that Damian Wayne rescued a few years ago. The two greet each other, and Bat-Cow sends out his own “bat-signal,” howling in the night. The howls reach the Batcave, and wake Damian’s dog Titus. Titus goes out to the barn to see that Krypto has brought with him the newspaper page showing the headline about the dogs missing. The ever helpful Bat-Cow brings Titus his harness, and Krypto flies of with Titus in tow.

The two caped canines decide to get help from the best animal sleuth they know, and fly right to Detective Chimp’s office. Luckily for the audience, Chimp is not only excellent at determining what the dogs are trying to communicate to him, but he can also speak. He has already done a little bit of poking around on his own for this case, and tells Titus and Krypto that there has been no increase in the black market for pets, which means that whoever took them still has them, or something horrible has happened to them. Before letting the dogs leave, Chimp asks them if they’re trying to get their old team back together, and we flash back to learn about the Super Pets. A super team of several pets of superheroes including Flexi the Plastic Bird, Streaky the Supercat, and of course Krypto and Titus. Chimp agrees to help them find their old teammates, but warns Krypto that Streaky may be unwilling to see him again. Krypto flies Titus to Centennial Park, where the two dogs spend a little time playing before we see another flashback of the Superpets. While thy were teammates, there appeared to have been ome friction between Krytpto and Streaky, and at some point the team lost one of their own on a particularly harrowing adventure.

Krypto snaps out of his daydream at the sound of Streaky attacking him in the present! Titus does his best to separate the two, but they manage to each get a few licks in before he can make the peace. Somehow, Titus fills Streaky in on the mission, and she ponders whether or not to help as Flexi the Plastic Bird shows up. After some adorable animal hijinks, Streaky stays behind as the other three fly off to save the missing animals, pining over Krypto in her mind as he leaves. Flexi leads the heroics hounds to a farm that is hiding a large spaceship, full of the missing dogs. Krypto breaks into the ship, and the Super Pets free the animals just as the ships owner is arriving with his latest dognapping victim. The Super Pets attack the nasty alien who has been stealing the dogs and seal him in a crate, very much like an animal being punished, and head back to their respective homes.

 

One last thing: RIP Clay Critter 2017-2017 Never Forget

Summary
I have nothing bad to say about this adorable and delightful issue, I was beaming from ear to ear the entire time I was reading it. While still being funny and charming, Tomasi manages to avoid making a story about the Super Pets feel childish or silly simply by writing it earnestly. This is a proper superhero story, complete with cameos, team ups, interpersonal history and drama, a villain plot and some heroes who save the day. Writing comics without dialogue is extremely difficult, and when done well it can be an amazing storytelling experience; this issue is an excellent example of how to use the medium like that.
10
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