The series takes a turn into Westworld, or Hexworld, as a robotic Jonah Hex helps Superboy and Robin in this issue.
The Westworld element more or less permeates this story. The Jonah Hex robot has developed some sentience, and the discussion leads, Westworld-like, into the concepts of self-determination and independence.
As a result, this is not quite as humourous as most Super Sons tales, but feels like it has a touch more depth. It’s three quarters of the way through the story, so that’s a pretty good time for such a change.
Rex Luthor and his Injustice Army are kept to the side for much of this issue, setting them up for some big finale mayhem in the next few issues. And there is even a twist that genuinely took me by surprise.
The robotic Jonah Hex really commands this issue. Tomasi makes him sound like his human predecessor, giving him a voice and viewpoint much more jaded than the young heroes, so it contrasts very well. Perhaps because he is dealing with someone even more cynical than he is, Robin comes off a bit muted this time around.
It’s been quite the epic journey for the young heroes, but the story does feel like it’s moving towards the big climax now.