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About the Author

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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  • Series: Superboy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234850
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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People said Superboy was not an endearing character. No, he's not. And is that a problem? Not for me. He's dealing with being created as a weapon, and he's doing well I think.

I did miss some Wonder Girl / Teen Titans stuff, I guess it's part of that book too.

Instead of a stand alone book, much like the Batman franchise, this is Superboy's story in an ever growing story spanning several titles. You will get lost from time to time, but it doesn't really HURT anything.

I liked Superboy, I liked the villains, I liked the story.

But the lack of completion bothered me slightly. You'll need to buy some other books to get the full story.
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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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Can I just say that I really loved the Superboy that came about as a result of the Death of Superman? So, you can imagine how much my feelings about how they've taken the character and redeveloped his backstory (and characterization) are conflicted.
This story is amazing. Not only do they really show how much Superboy's tactile telekinesis powers can do some true damage (as well as allow for one pretty extreme weakness), but it also does a spectacular job of recognizing the real issues behind his origin as a clone.
But I still miss the sun glasses, leather jacket, and cocky attitude of the days of waiting for Superman to come back...
No, but seriously, this is a must read. I'm really excited to see where else they've taken this series now that they're resurrected the character yet again.
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