It looks as if DC didn’t want to confuse the kiddos TOO much with all of the New 52 hoopla, so they only integrated a few tiny aspects of the new 52 but kept A LOT of the old…old to those of us born in the early 80′s that is.
The first page wastes no time by hurling a meteor towards Earth, with the Man of Steel quickly saving the day. The citizens of Metropolis stare in awe of Supes, but quickly flies over to his place of work, only to meet the scrutiny of Lois Lane, and his coffee addicted boss. Suddenly, giant robots start their rampage on the city, forcing Clark Kent to change back into his tights and fly off to save the day again. Little does he know that these robots are more than they appear.
What was appealing about the Batman Adventures? It’s exceptionally classic style artwork and “stand-on-its-own” individual storylines. Superman Family Adventures has this same appeal; the script holds together better than most others, it’s filled with fantastic one liners that are expected from this kind of throw back, and the art is purposefully flimsy and fun!
In addition, we now have a new addition to the pet side of the Super family. All we need now is a super cat and the animalistic super trifecta will be complete! Krypto needs a good spotlight, and giving him vocal chords is a nice touch.
I wonder if the kids are truly going to appreciate this style of comic however. Oh sure, they’ll love it simply because it’s Superman, but for people around my age, this is the ultimate nostalgic trip down memory lane. Likewise with the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic title, Superman Family Adventures reminds me of the above mentioned Batman Adventures series. The style of art and writing calls out to my nostalgic sensibilities, which helps me to enjoy this first issue that much more.
9 out of 10 stars