Tomasi and Barberi deliver a suitable amount of battle mayhem in the penultimate issue of Adventures of the Super Sons.
Superboy and Robin have a few allies on their side as they face off against Rex Luthor’s army of villains, including Space Cabbie, the young Green Lantern, and even the older versions of Robin and Superboy. Thankfully, there is a decent explanation of how those two are around.
But this issue is primarily a massive fight scene. With so many knock off versions of Superman and Batman villains, there are a lot of great visuals, and Barberi does a commendable job. Some pages are given over to full page panels, some break the action up a bit more, but either way there is more than enough pounding to go around.
The only sort of minus is that the humour gets shunted aside for the most part. Not completely, there are still a few laughs along the way, but for the most part this issue is more intense than others from this series.
An excellent twist changes the game entirely as the issue comes to a close, and sets up the big finale to come.
I did find myself wondering how this is going to fit in with ongoing continuity. Superboy has now aged, thanks to his travels with Jor-El in the Superman titles. He is no longer the same age as Damien, and yet this miniseries was intended to be set after his travels concluded. I guess it will be up to the Superman books to make sense of that, or just ignore the problem and move on.
It does make me fear that this might be the last we see of the Super Sons. If that is the case, at the least the duo are going out on a high note.