Creative Commentary in Super Sons 8

by Michael DeLaney

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Storytellers explore the questions of the human condition through their characters, often times trying to work out their own personal questions. A current popular trend in comic books is to explore the idea of creating stories altogether. And while the true intentions of the villain Ygarddis aren’t 100% clear yet, Peter Tomasi seems to also be commenting on the nature of creating stories in Super Sons 8.

In the arc’s first two chapters, “Planet of the Capes” appeared to be little more than a punny title. In Super Sons 8, our dynamic duo finally lands on the titular rock. After they rescue Jon and Damian, the two young heroes Hard Line and Big Shot provide a little explanation.

Seeking some magic clay, the enormous Ygarddis engulfs the planet Eoroe and all of the heroes within.

Let’s talk about the driving force behind “Planet of the Capes”: the aforementioned magic clay. The Galactus-esque Yddaris wants to feed on this clay and mass-produce.

Jorge Jimenez draws this ceremony of culty creepiness, depicting Eoroe’s heroes under Yddaris’ control; “Feed. Create. Feed. Create.” In the text of the story, this is just the credo of yet another world-dominating monster. Reading into it a bit, I see this as Tomasi commenting on story creation and writing the superhero genre. Yddaris’ mantra could be applied to the way we consume comic books without ever being sated.

I think more likely, Yddaris is the comics creator, who takes a world of ready-made superheroes and makes them his or her own. This could mean writing for the stable of characters of the Big Two or lifting their archetypes and applying it to a new creation. After all, “Big Shot” and “Hard Line” sound very Rob Liefeldian.

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