Written by: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Pencils by: Ryan Benjamin
Inks by: Richard Friend
Colors by: Gabe Eltaeb
Cover by: Francis Manapul
Previously: In the “Lonely Place of Living” arc in Detective comics, a version of Tim Drake from the future found his way into the present! This Tim is his timeline’s Batman, wields a gun, and is hell bent on preventing his future from occurring. In Superman 37, the Tim Drake of Tomorrow attacked Batman and Superman, incapacitating both on his way to his true objective: Killing Superboy!
Tim Drake of Tomorrow sits on a rooftop, watching the Kent’s apartment. Lois Lane is on the phone, talking to Jon’s friend from Hamilton, Kathy. She is calling to catch up, but Lois lets her know that Jon went to sleep early tonight. Tim sneaks into Superboy’s bedroom and shoots two tranquilizer darts into the figure laying on the bed. Tim pulls the covers back to find that Jon isn’t actually in his bed. Lois enters to room to see if Jon is awake to take the phone, and screams when she sees a gun toting Batman in her son’s room. Tim tranqs Lois and heads off to find Superboy.
Meanwhile, in New York City a group of colorful assassin known as The Hangmen are attacking the United Nations Building. The Teen Titans are on the scene, fighting the villains and taking them down one by one. After all of the baddies are apprehended, the Teen Titans realize that three of them were taken down by someone who wasn’t on the team. Exasperated, Damian immediately realizes that Superboy is there, and all of the young heroes head back to Teen Titans Tower for Damian to give Superboy a lecture. Superboy doesn’t back down though, and chatizes Damian for reneging on his deal to include Jon in a mission once a month, something that is news to the rest of the Titans. The debate is interrupted by Tim Drake’s face appearing on the monitors in the room, telling the Titans that he has taken control of the Tower, and they are trapped in that room. Damian briefly explains where this evil Batman came from, and as usual they are upset with him for keeping secrets. Raven connects them all to Tim, and all of them get to see what Tim’s future looks like.
After the mind-meld, Tim uses the tower to attack Superboy. A turret in the corner shoots a dark gel at Jon that covers him entirely, and starts feeding energy. He has turned Superboy into a living bomb! The Teen Titans do their best to free the panicking Superboy, but their efforts are in vain. Damian explains the hard truth, that Superboy has to fly away as fast as he can or her will kill all of the Teen Titans. Ever the hero like his father, Jon does the only thing he can do, and flies straight up as fast as he can. He doesn’t make it quite far enough, and as he explodes so does the top floor of Titans Tower. Tim Drake and The Teen Titans all lay unconscious in the rubble, and the perspective pulls back to show that while Tim has been pursuing Superboy, another team has been tracking down Tim Drake!
Thoughts on the issue: In the second issue of Super Sons of Tomorrow, Tim Drake continues his tour of badassery. This time he takes down the entire Teen Titans without even being in the same room as any of them. We get more insight into Tim’s future, and it’s beginning to look more unique than previously thought, combining the new continuity with the Titans of Tomorrow storyline from the pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans. The Teen Titans continue to be excellent guest stars in this book, just as Jon continues to show that he’s an excellent guest member of the Teen Titans. And one last thing: The last page cliffhanger is worth the price of admission alone and acknowledges some missing and beloved characters.