I defy anyone who loves comics to try to not enjoy the Super Sons Annual. I double dog dare you. This wonderful story brings back the Super Pets. If you aren’t a fan of the Super Pets, just hang your head in shame!
Krypto, Bat-Hound and Bat-Cow have already been used in the Rebirth universe, but this issue brings back Streaky, the Super Cat, and introduces a few “new” members, Flex: the Plastic Bird and the exceptionally Proty-like Clay Critter. In this story, we are told that this team had already existed in the past, so we are treated to the first time they have re-united in a while. Detective Chimp is also thrown into the mix, another character I am always glad to see.
The art is just perfect on this story, which is largely silent. Well, not quite silent, but reduced to animal noises instead of speech, for the most part.
Doing a silent story requires a lot of precision and emotion in the art. The visuals have to carry so much more of the story. I am sure Peter Tomasi had a ball writing this, but I have to doff my hat (or would if I wore one) to the work done by Paul Pelletier and Cam Smith in bringing it all to life.
The plot is simple enough, aliens are kidnapping animals, and the Super Pets come together to stop them. A more complicated tale would have been much more difficult to tell, and most of the delight here lies in the inter-relationships of the menagerie of animals. There is even a surprising romantic revelation along the way!
When I saw the cover of this issue, I really wanted to write a rave review. I am so happy that the story lived up to my high expectations.