Super Sons: The Polarshield Project had a lot of potential. It was a graphic novel. It was Batman and Superman’s children and it was going to have a modern theme. It was written by a popular middle/young adult author (Ridley Pearson) and the cover show action.
However, for this reader, it turned out to be an okay story. It was heavy on Ile Gonzalez’s illustrations and not the text, making some scenes awkward (Who were the people in the scenes? Why are they there?). The characters were stereotypical and frankly, Ian Wayne was a super-brat. Jonathan Kent mopes about and not even in a fun angsty teen way. He’s just an only child who obvious has some privilege as Lois Lane-Kent and Clark Kent’s son, but also has super strength due to being Superman’s son that he is not supposed to use. Then there is Candance. She starts our story. But there are so many serious holes in her story that I was lost from the start. The only character I had any real interest in was Tilly (a friend of Jon’s) who is a realistic combination of a teen girl who is “not overly girly but not overly geeky.” But even then, she was flat.
If the series had been in one collection or the entire story was one book, it might have been stronger. The one part that was very helpful is that if a character is thinking a comment their thought is in a different color from the others. Maybe you need to know a little more about these two characters from their original stories (Pearson mentions he has permission to change the story line to fit his style and the needs of the book). Perhaps Super-Hero’s should not have kids and therefore we should not have stories about their offspring. Or perhaps this was just not the book for me. However, with that said, there are two other books (Super Sons: The Foxglove Mission currently out and Super Sons: Escape to Landis due October 2020) in the series and I am curious how things are wrapped up. As, like I said, maybe knowing the whole story will fill in the holes.