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  • Series: Superboy
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jonathan Stover on January 3, 2012
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Superboy: Smallville Attacks: written by Jeff Lemire; illustrated by Pier Gallo, Marco Rudy, Pete Woods, Cafu and others (2010-2011; collected 2011): Canadian indy comics writer-artist Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth) moved further into the mainstream with his work on DC's Superboy comic book in 2010. Like William Messner-Loebs's similar move to DC back in the 1980's, Lemire's move came while maintaining his unique perspective and sensibilities. The result was the best Superboy comic I can think of for...decades? Since he was teaming up regularly with the Legion of Superheroes, anyway (whoops -- wrong Superboy!).

This Superboy is the, um, genetic love-child of Luthor and Superman, whipped up in a test tube from Luthor and Superman's DNA and revealed to the world nearly 20 years ago in the aftermath of 1992's Death of Superman storyline. Kon-El, or Connor Kent, or Superboy, now lives in Smallville with Ma Kent and Superdog Krypto, having recovered from a serious case of death in 2005-2006's Infinite Crisis event.

Lemire cleverly brings the supernatural into the storyline, a relative rarity in the Superman family of books, with "The Hollow Men" arc running throughout these 11 collected issues. DC's go-to guy for supernatural mystery, the Phantom Stranger, guest-stars, as does Batman villain Poison Ivy and grotesque Superman foe the Parasite. Lemire also has fun with Superboy's supporting cast. Pier Gallo's art is clean and straightforward, suiting the material perfectly.

Unfortunately, DC's line-wide reboot ended this comic with issue 11, resulting in a 'new' (or at least differently written) Superboy on the stands right now. Lemire moved on to Animal Man and Frankenstein in the normal DC universe, both fine and weird books, but I'll miss his take on Superboy -- it, like several other pre-reboot DC superhero comics, was a baby thrown out with the continuity-contaminated bathwater. Recommended.
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This is a perfect graphic novel. I can see why it was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Series. If you're a fan of DC Comics, you really must read this one. Now that I've read it; I'm surprised that this Superboy was rebooted so completely with the "New 52". DC had a real good thing going on with this title. I hope the new series can live up to this collection.

This Superboy has been around since the Death of Superman storyline some years back. This is not the adventures of Superman as a youngester. He's Kon-el; a cloned mix of Superman/Lex Luthor's DNA. Yes, he's got 2 Dad's :)

What makes this book so good is the writing of course. It's just marvelous. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It's great comic book reading.
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This collection is great, great storytelling (as usual for Jeff Lemire), a great mixture of different approaches to the artwork all while maintaining a fresh feeling that simultaneously evokes a sense of nostalgia within the DC universe. Krypto who can be a very annoying character is actually a joy in these comics and the new characters (Psion or Psionic-Lad for example) are a joy to behold. Really looking forward to the TPB of Animal Man so I can continue to see where this evil twisted comic writing genius is going to bring his reader next.
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Reasonably well done first volume. The book is slightly hampered by some inconsistent art, and I'm not particularly a fan of the Superman family of titles to begin with. Probably geared more towards that side of fandom.
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Jeff Lemire hits on all my favorite levels of this story. This is pre-52 Superboy at his best. Smallville Attacks pays homage to many Silver Age themes, and does it well. Krypto, a race with Kid Flash... there is so much fan service. It was nice to see Superboy's (and Tim Drake/Red Robin, Cassie/Wonder Girl) adjustment with coming back from the dead. His supporting cast was a key element of enjoyment. There is a young Lex analogy, and the potential for Superboy to have different results with a young genius friend. There is a Legionairre's analogy, although his future is less than utopic (what future story is not dystopia nowadays, though?). The relationship with the attractive niece of Lex Luther and trying to figure out if kissing cousins counts for clones is amusing and well-told. I highly recommend this trade for anyone who enjoyed (and misses) the pre-52 "Young Justice" generation.
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