The latest issue of Action Comics confirms that one notable superhero duo is still together, confirming and reestablishing DC’s best dynamic duo.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the story “Warworld Rising: Part One” from Action Comics #1030, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe, on sale now
When Jon Kent first met Damian Wayne, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane initially bristled against the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. The two had radically different views of the world and very different relationships with their fathers. After some initial friction, the two were able to establish a deep bond. Working together and coming to be known as the Super Sons, Damian and Jon became best friends.
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That even persisted after Jon was aged up following an intergalactic exploration alongside his time-displaced grandfather, Jor-El. But things have become more difficult lately, and they haven’t gotten the chance to actually hang out much — until the events of Action Comics #1030, which proves the Super Sons are still DC’s premier version of the World’s Finest.
Despite their responsibilities around the world, it appears that Superboy and Robin are still finding the time to hang out. In Action Comics #1030, it’s revealed that even though Batman and his allies may not know where he is, Damian is openly willing to hang out with Jon. While in a marketplace, the pair get a meal together and end up spending some time talking about their relationships with their fathers. While Damian tries to distract away from the issues he and Batman have been having, he is able to get Jon to open up about his own complicated feelings about his father.
Jon talks about all the theories that exist in the era of the Legion of Super-Heroes that relay became of the original Superman, inadvertently even referencing the truth teased in “Future State” about Superman being banished to an alternate dimension by Circe as part of some mysterious plan. When Jon reveals he doesn’t believe he’s ready to step up and take his father’s place if he needs to, Damian argues that Jon doesn’t have a choice in the matter. He was born to be a hero like his father, and when the time comes he’ll be ready for it. It’s a surprisingly sweet moment with Damian, seemingly confirming that no matter what dark path he takes, he and Superboy remain the best of friends.
The relationship of the Super Sons has been questionable in recent months. After the full extent of his actions while leading the Teen Titans were revealed, Damian ended up abandoning his position at his father’s side and seemed to effectively burn all of his bridges in the superhero community — especially with Jon, whom Damian left an unrevealed but seemingly devastating letter for. However, it seems that Jon has no reluctance in reaffirming their friendship, and Damian seems to have accepted that it’s a good thing to have at least one friend in the world. The two are able to speak with one another with an easy sense of companionship, cementing them as the true future of the DC Universe.
With Jon set to take a more active role as Superman and Damian fully absorbed in the Lazarus Tournament in Robin, it’s unlikely that the Super Sons will have a lot of time to simply hang out in the coming months. But their shared meal proves that the two are still best friends at the end of the day, regardless of whatever mission they need to be on at any given time.
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