Have you ever had a series that you loved have a not-so-satisfying ending? Like Seinfeld's last episode, or maybe even the Sopranos? You invested some time in it, love the world, but... something about the way it ended felt like it left things unfinished.
Sometimes that's purposeful - You may not have liked it at the time, but looking back on it you see that it was better to leave things unresolved. Hopefully that is how I will feel about the forth and final installment in the Super Sons extra dimensional epic.
So… quick recap: Superboy and Robin chased Kraklow from Earth Prime into another dimension. In that dimension Earth nor longer exists because it was consumed by a living planet named Ygarddis. This dimension’s Kraklow was a good guy and was trying to save the survivors of Earth. However, Earth Prime’s Kraklow joins forces with Ygarddis sensing that there was no other option. Superboy and Robin fall into alligence with two kick ass girls named Big Shot and Hardline.
When Big Shot and Hardline get captured, Jon makes a curious decision and surrenders himself and his partner. He knows that they are stronger together, and if Ygarddis brings them together then they might have a chance. But when it is revealed that Big Shot and Hardline are nothing more than animated clay with false memories, despair begins to seep over them.
Jon is having none of it, existential implications be damned! People are people, even if they are made of clay. You should never give up, and it is never too late to do the right thing.
It appears that Kraklow was listening, because he ends up tricking the living planet by opening a doorway to Earth Prime and promising the smorgasbord of humanity and then stunning him… somehow (which will last for two weeks conveniently). Kraklow turns over a new leaf and promises to fight against the evil planet. There is a heartfelt good bye, and Jon and Damian are pushed back through the portal to Earth Prime.
Jon and Damian are now faced with questions over pancake breakfast: What happens to that world? Are what are they doing important? Will coffee stunt Damian’s growth even further? What they don’t know, is that Kraklow is hard at work crafting hundreds of heroes... all inspired by Superboy and Robin.
I have rewritten this review a few times, and I still don’t know how I feel. On the one hand, it makes sense to have an extra-dimensional world on hand that’s filled with Superheroes fighting an all-powerful bad guy so that future writers can play around in there. On the other hand, the ending is just so unfulfilling; The conflict is kind of back to status quo with Earth Prime losing a villain in the process. Jon and Damian are just as conflicted, as it seems they will be dealing with this new reality in the next issue as they find a new secret headquarters (please be the tree house in Jon’s old backyard...).
What makes this book (and series) worth the buy, however, is the art - It’s amazing. Every panel is well lit, every line clean, and every emotion evocative. It’s just great.
So, if you haven’t picked up the previous four issue, maybe wait for the trade paperback. It’s good, but I’d wager it will read better with a proper denouement, which won’t come for another month.