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The more grown-up DC Super Sons reunite in Superman & Robin Special #1

Superman & Robin Special #1
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Jon Kent and Damian Wayne, formerly known as the Super Sons and now known as Superman and Robin are holding a reunion in January 2022's Superman & Robin Special #1. 

The firstborn male offspring of two of the most iconic superheroes of all time, Superman and Batman, the duo used to pal around as a sort of pre-teen World's Finest and co-stars of several series. 

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But that was before Jon aged rapidly into a young man a few years back and was handed the reins of being Metropolis's Superman in mid-2021, and before Damian went off on his own adventures in his solo title. 

Now according to DC, a ghost from Jon's past has returned and he'll need his old playdate partner Damian for "one last mission into the heart of darkness."

The Superman & Robin Special is written by Peter J. Tomasi, who used to write the duo's Super Sons, Adventures of the Super Sons, and Super Sons of Tomorrow series. The 48-page one-shot that goes on sale January 25 is illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic (who also draws a cover) with variant covers by Jorge Jimenez and Rafa Sarmento.

Expect the special to tackle Damian's response to Jon's coming out as bisexual, which will officially occur in November 9's Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. In the wake of DC's announcement, readers on social media expressed a desire to see Damian show his support to Jon's along with his other figurative brother Tim Drake/Robin who came to the realization he was romantically attracted to boys in August 10's Batman: Urban Legends #6.

Damian has been out of Gotham City on a secret island and not in tune with the everyday goings-on in the DC Universe since the launch of his new solo series.

While DC doesn't outright say it'll be addressed in the story, the publisher does say that the now grown-up Jon is fighting for truth, justice, "and the kinds of grown-up things that Superboy was only beginning to understand as a child."

Check out all three covers to the debut issue below and look for DC's full January 2022 solicitations on Friday, October 15 at 12pm ET right here on Newsarama. 

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Damian hasn't been Batman yet and Jon's time as Superman is too new, but they're as good candidates as anyone to eventually make Newsarama's list of the best legacy superheroes of all time

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