One of the things that is clearest about DC’s New 52 Reboot is the overhaul that has been done on the Superman franchise of titles: Action Comics, Superman, Justice League and Superboy is no exception. But I am surprised about one thing.
They kept his origin basically the same.
I’m definitely on board with the whole idea of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” but I thought that was essentially what DC was doing. But, I digress. Superboy is an intriguing story. It pulls you in by giving you insight into the inner workings of Superboy’s perception of reality. You also catch a glimpse of his emotions (and even lack-there-of, thanks to a certain genetic donor).
This issue has everything you could possibly want: mystery, intrigue, scientists being atomized by blasts of heat vision, a genius super powered being who lacks certain moral directives.
Oh, did I mention that Scott Lobdell is writing the title? Did I? Hmmm…well, clearly that’s my bad. If you’re not a fan of Lobdell then I really have to suggest you go to your nearest comic retailer and ask for his back catalogue and re-familiarize yourself with it. Clearly you missed something previously.
The human element, which is always necessary in books about superheroes (it’s a requirement, like having Humans in a movie like Aliens vs. Predators. Granted, everyone just wants to see the Predators and Aliens duke it out hardcore style, but the human element has to be there or the audience can’t connect…or some such nonsense) plays a pivotal role in this book. It will be the emotions of a scientist who will, in my opinion, help Superboy recognize his inner kryptonian humanity (yes I get the irony of that statement) and allow him to realize his nature as a hero.
Overall the issue keeps you turning the page, soaking in every line and panel, wanting more and more. When it ends, you’re disappointed. Not because the book left you wanting, but because the issue ended.
Superboy earns an ACE, and a very solid one at that.
The best is yet to come so keep your eyes (and browsers) open on 8DaysAGeek all month long as we tackle the biggest story in comics!
This is your Bin Fodder Guru Tim Blacksmith signing off.
p.s. Did you spot the hooded lady? I’ve included a picture below. She keeps showing up in the strangest places! Who is she? What’s her impact going to be on the new DCU? Discuss below in comments!!!