New 52 Review – “Superboy #1”

The last title for the September 14 review set appears to have been set up by Scott Lobdell to relate closely to Lobdell’s other title, the Teen Titans. So far, Superman’s corner of the DCU seems have undergone the most drastic change post Flashpoint.

General Information

Title: Superboy #1

Author: Scott Lobdell

Illustrator(s): R.B. Silva (pencils), Rob Lean (inks), The Hories (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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An organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has a “clone” with the combined DNA of Superman and an unnamed human. The purpose seems to be ownership of a weapon of mass distruction, and that weapon is about to be pointed somewhere.

High Point

“We have no idea who the human donor was – but we know for sure the alien part at his core. Say what you want about the man’s politics, but it’s clear Superman is osessed with helping people. So unless Superboy’s human cells originated in a deeply pathological, megalomaniacal narcissist, the likes of which the world has never known… it means we did something wrong. Which means it is our responsibility to make him whole before we let him out of this laboratory.”

Low Point

As someone who knows something of this character’s past, I ask myself how much of his history is intact. Does the character have amnesia, or is his history gone?

The Scores

This is an original take on the character. His mental state and attitude are not like I’ve seen from him before, which is why I wonder if it’s the same character or one with a similar origin. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork is clear and emotive, but lacks a bit of detail, giving everyone a soft look. (Think “Howard Chaykin” but with normal sized jawlines.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is interesting. There are questions I want answered, by gum! I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization is somewhat odd. The title character isn’t fully defined, but that’s what the story dictates. He’s trying just as hard to discover himself as the readers are, and those who recognize names will have some major questions surrounding one of his handlers. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is good. I originally decided to pick this up mostly because I was already planning to pick up the other three Superman family titles, but now I’m interested in following the title in its own right. I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow works well. There’s only one scene that jumps suddenly, but we eventually learn why it needed to. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this is a super-book that bears little or no resemblance to last week’s Action Comics #1. It’s worth checking out; there’s a lot of potential in this direction. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Superboy #1 recieves 32 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman