by Andrew Hurst, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Scott Lobdell, Art by R.B. Silva
Published: January 2012
We’re three issues in to DC’s relaunch, and while a a feeling out process is expected for the first couple of issues, most titles have already established their goals and have begun getting back to telling the superhero stories we want in our comics. Superboy is not one of those titles.
If you haven’t been reading Superboy, you haven’t been missing out on anything. We were first introduced to this new Boy of Steel when he broke out of the test tube he was birthed from and began wondering. Two issues later, he’s still wandering. This series still hasn’t figured out what exactly it wants to be; or at least it’s taking way to long to do it. So far, all we’ve seen from Kon-El is him trying to adjust to the rest of the world and falling ass backwards into supervillain fights and young girls who aggressively flirt with him.
I understand that DC wants that masturbatory fantasy book for all their 14-year old male readers, but it would be nice if they would building a coherent story to go along with that theme. What we’ve seen is random moments of action and espionage with twists thrown in just for some kind of shock value.
Once upon a time in previous DC continuity, Superboy was one of the most interesting characters, having to deal with being half Superman and half Lex Luthor. It would have been easy to just retell all of that drama, but I’m starting to wish they had taken that route because what we’ve been presented so far is borderline garbage. And it’s R.B. Silva’s wonderful art that keeps Superboy from crossing that line.
We’ve seen how great the Superboy character can be, and not every creative team can capture that magic, but I hope this series finds its niche soon. Not just the readers, but the main character, simply deserve better than this.