What They Say:
Meet the Superboy! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon!
Superboy hits all the right notes in being a #1 issue to a new series. We are introduced to the characters starting from the very beginning and are introduced to the world from the ground up. Superboy is a clone mixed between Superman’s DNA and an unknown humans’. There is a lot of monologue throughout this book as we are given insight into Superboy’s thoughts and feelings, his observations and uncertainties. The entirety of this issue is spent in a lab where we watch Superboy ‘grow’ from a budding clone in a glass case to a more self-aware being trying to comprehend the world around him.
Unfortunately, that is all this book is. When I said there was a lot of text, I meant A LOT! There is so much being explained to us as we see Superboy accidentally destroy the lab, live out a ‘normal’ life in a virtual reality Kansas, and yearn for freedom that the pace doesn’t move very fast. Not to say that it isn’t effective. After this one single issue I know practically everything there is to know about Superboy as a person and that creates a good connection with me. The only downside is we have to wait until the next issue for something to actually happen.
Superboy #1 is a pitch perfect introduction to the character that acts as a true reboot. It starts the story from scratch and gives us everything we need to know about the world it exists in. That makes this a perfect book for new readers to get into and start a new series with zero pretensions. The artwork is sufficient and offers a sort of simplicity and blandness that somehow enhances the clone theme behind the issue. But because nothing actually happens a lot of people who pick up this book may not be interested in continuing with it. Here is where my manga fandom kicks in…give it at least two more issues to see if it hooks you or not. That will probably be how long it will take to get a good idea on how the series will be. For fans familiar with the DCU, the last page alone is just enough of a teaser to get me to definitely check out the next issue.