Superboy Keep-Away: Final Round! (Superman #38 Comic Review)

Superman #38

Written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Pencils by Sergio Davila

Inks by Vicente Cifuentes

Colors by Gabe Eltaeb

Cover by Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, and Hi-Fi

Previously:

Tim Drake of Tomorrow is on a mission: to stop his nightmarish future from occurring. But in order to do this, he needs to kill Superboy. Drake attacked Titans Tower and forced Superboy to use his solar flare power for the first time. After donning a new suit and choosing the name “Savior,” Tim convinced Raven and Beast Boy to join his side. Now Savior and his new team race the rest of the Teen Titans to the secret location where Damian is trying to keep Jon safe!

What Happened:

The first team to find Robin and Superboy’s underwater safehouse is the one comprised of the Teen Titans who are trying to protect Jon from Savior. Aqualad, Starfire, and Kid Flash break into the secure location, only to be immediately attacked by the Super Sons. After a brief scuffle, the boys realise that these Titans are there to help, and they all settle down and form a plan. The Titans know that Raven is tracking the consciousnesses of the Super Sons, so they decide the best course of action is to knock them both out and bring them to a second location.

Robin and Superboy come to in the Fortress of Solitude and Jon immediately determines that something is wrong. Following the wreckage from Tim Drake’s fight with Superman, Jon finds his father trapped in the Red Kryptonite cage that Drake left him in. They break Superman out of his prison right as Raven arrives with Beast Boy and Savior with her. Superboy is getting progressively angrier, and is at risk of detonating another solar flare when suddenly. the Superman, Flash and Wonder Woman from Savior’s timeline arrive in search of their friend. Seeing how unhinged Tim has become and how dangerous Jon’s state is, the three Justice Leaguers of Tomorrow jump into action to assist. Together, they manage to diffuse the human bomb that Jon has become, but Savior escapes by jumping in further backwards into the timestream!

Thoughts on the issue:

The explosive game of keepaway that has been the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover brings all of its parts together in what felt like it was going to be a climactic issue, but ended up with one last twist to overcome. After the slow build seeing the Justice League of Tomorrow in small amounts across the arc, their arrival in the current DCU was so frantic that it ran the risk of being anti-climactic, as the big finish appeared to be stopping Jon from detonating the Fortress of Solitude. But now with one last time-travel Hail Mary coming from Tim, the new players are set up for an emotional finale.

Summary
Savior and his new teammates race the Teen Titans, with Superboy’s life hanging in the balance!
Good
  • Various threads come together
  • Sufficient end point turns out to be a twist
Bad
  • Too few questions about who Conner, Cassie and Bart are
8
Great
Writing - 8
Artwork - 8

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