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Review: Adventures Of The Super Sons #5
“Deus Ex Machina”
Writer: Peter J Tomasi
Artist: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker
Review by Adam Ray
The previous issue was the Halloween special this title deserves. We saw the boys fight the walls themselves as a result of their situation. Everything about their being in a place like that – in deep space – made everything all the more troubling. All that said, the Super Sons then encountered older versions of themselves, making things all the more strange. It’s far easier for someone to confront another person than to deal with the problems within themselves.
This issue forced the two boys to really grow, and deal with their own inner truths.
It’s key that Peter Tomasi has decided to start the issue reminding us of the real threat. With the Super Sons on their own adventure in a strange house, it’s easy to forget that dangerous, child versions of super villains are out there waiting.
The focus is on this mysterious house. As a longstanding Neil Gaiman fan, the house did resonate with something from the Sandman. This wasn’t shaken away when certain details came to light.
The overall importance of young characters, possibly the youngest heroes in DC right now (as Superboy is aged 10 in this issue). Having the two of them confront older versions of themselves gives a unique standpoint. It reminds me of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. It’s an interesting chance to do a character study if you take the character out of their usual setting, and throw them into something idyllic. They know deep down that this isn’t where they’re meant to be, and it tests their heroism to give up the happy because they know it isn’t the real world.
This two issue sojourn from the main storyline has done wonders for character development. We’re seeing both Jon and Damian taking equal parts in their heroic duo work. They’re getting used to each other, just in time to get back home before the semester resumes. Or before Rex and his tiny cabal destroy everything. Whichever comes first.
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(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on December 5th 2018)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
The wind has not left our sails as we continue on with Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers. A cycle of tutors, a flying pirate with a shrink ray, and Jace overcoming his amnesia are on order for today, let's have a look. Well then. If I remember right, the premier Aggro deck of the format played a one mana 2/1 before rotation just because it was a one mana 2/1. Colour shift it, and give it the potential for flying (which isn't hard for the Vampire deck to do) and this thing is going to see play as the other one drop (other than Legion's Landing) for the Vampire deck. Even the flavour text is a joke towards how pushed it seems! Another key piece shown today might be all the pieces Vampires needs. Having something on the same spot on the curve and mana cost Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding but adds to the tribal synergy overall is very needed in a tribal deck. The second line, isn't strictly needed (it's safer to keep this guy out of the red zone) but giving i…