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Product Details

  • Series: Superboy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234850
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Lobdell is a veteran of the comic book industry, having worked with nearly every major American comic book publisher. Lobdell is best known for his work on Marvel's X-Men franchise in the 1990's, penning such works as Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, The Age of Apocalypse, Generation X, amongst others. He is currently the writer of Superboy, Teen Titans, and Red Hood And The Outlaws, each a part of DC Comics—The New 52.

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His annoying soliloquies aside, he's a bit of a non-hero too.
Noel
This book is very good because I like that Superboy is making a choice between doing a good thing, or a bad thing to save the day.
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I recommend this book to any fan of Superboy or the Superman cast or anyone wanting to see something read something different.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Desmond M Hassing on September 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The answer to that question is yes or at the very least writer Scott Lobdell has found a way to make what once seemed old seem new again. I for one have not been blown away by the New 52, there have been some notable exceptions like Green Lantern and of course this book, Superboy, but for the most part it has seemed like more of the same from the DCU.

Taking us back to a time when Superboy was just hatched, indeed this series starts with him still in the tube, this story focuses upon a Superboy without the inherent moral code with which he has always behaved in the DCU and instead we find ourselves on an adventure with a character more akin to an out of control five year old with superpowers. In addition the entire series is infused with a new and fresh sense of humor that I for one greatly appreciated.

I recommend this series to all comics' fans, but especially those who like me feel that DC comic books are on the whole a little too hidebound and stuck in their ways. Two thumbs up, give this one a try.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By saoakden on August 8, 2012
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Superboy is a very interesting character. Some spoliers about pre-New 52 Superboy in case anyone didn't know. When Superman died at the hands of Doomsday, four individuals began to wear the iconic S logo. One of these characters was Superboy, a teenage clone of Superman who was part Kryptonian part Human. It was revealed that he was created by Cadmus Labs so the government can have their own Superman to use. During Geoff Johns run on Teen Titans, it was revealed he had both Superman and Lex Luthor's DNA. After discovering this, he went on to wonder who he should be like, Superman or Lex? Eventually he decided to be his own person.

Now onto the New 52 Superboy, he is created by a new shady organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and has some big plans for him. During the course of the book, its shows him being confused, not knowing right from wrong, and getting in some big fights. I think the plot and art was good. The main idea of the story is Superboy wondering who he is, what's his purpose, deciding if N.O.W.H.E.R.E can be trusted or not. The art to me was good as it comes. Compare to art from other New 52 books like Batman, its at the borderline of decent and good. The only thing that bug me was some of the faces in the smaller panels of the book. Other than that the art was good. I think to some Superboy fans, they might not like the character at first. To me he's more an Anti-Hero in this series. Some of his actions are questionable like burning a Christmas tree, almost killing a couple of people when he's pissed. The only other thing that bugged me, aside from the faces in the small panels, was this series needs to be read with Teen Titans with a couple of issues.
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I am a big fan of comics and purchased this book for my tablet to be read on the Kindle app to refresh my memory before going further into the arc. Unfortunately, the Kindle App for tablets makes comic reading utterly unreadable. The screen is left nearly 50% blank and you are forced to zoom in on small sections of the comic at a time in order to read the text. This results in the reader being pulled from the story and story feeling very choppy. There is no ability to adjust the overall screen size being used. If it had sent the file as a PDF to my app I would be able to zoom in and make the whole comic viewable. Unfortunately, this is not an option and that means that Amazon will not be seeing future e-comic purchases from me.
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Format: Paperback
As you can see by the title, Vol. 1 is a story about growth. Superboy starts with nothing, I really mean nothing and struggles to figure out who he is and will become. I gave it 5 stars for the story that was very engaging. Followed up by the art that greatly enhanced the volume. One of the things that Lobdell does a lot is have long arcs. The arc for this story goes all the way into Vol. 2 and beyond. If you are somebody that only likes short arcs, this might not be for you. Myself I love long arcs so it was right in my wheelhouse. The only issue that I potentially see is that we don't see the fight with the Teen Titans. If Editorial had put that one issue from Teen Titans in it, I would have paid the extra $2. But I can image what it looked like for now.

I thought it was a great introduction to Superboy in the new 52 and I highly recommend it.
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By Noel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Superboy is a clone made of human and Kryptonian DNA, held in a secret underground government facility for study and use as a potential weapon. But something goes wrong and he breaks free of his incubation. As he slowly figures out the extent of his powers, he realises that everyone is out to get him in one form or another and heads off to find out who his DNA belonged to and his purpose on this planet.

I've never read Superboy before but I was willing to give him a shot like a lot of characters in this New 52 reboot, but based on this book I definitely won't be in a hurry to pick up another Superboy title soon. His character is so annoying - he's always whinging and whining about one thing or another! Ok, he's a teenager, but still he's a teenager who doesn't have to bother with high school or parents or arbitrary rules - he can literally fly away from it all, so why is he always so damn down on everything?

His annoying soliloquies aside, he's a bit of a non-hero too. If he's not setting fire to Christmas trees (because he can) or not bothering to save people (why should he?), he's fighting one pointless battle after another as an array of colourful but 2-dimensional nobodies try to either kill him for some petty vendetta or to subdue him and put him to work for their own nefarious purposes. But because he's an unpleasant and unlikeable character, I couldn't care less what happened to him - take him, I don't care, how many pages are left of this thing?

And to top it all there's a chunk of the story missing because this book crosses over with the other book Scott Lobdell's writing - "Teen Titans" - so the story jumps in between chapters.
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