I am a big Superboy fan. I have been since the moment I first started reading DC comic books(my introduction to DC was Peter David's Young Justice). With that said I was disappointed by the rebooted Superboy series last month. It's like DC decided to take everything that made Superboy Superboy and erase it. Here's hoping in this issue SB gets himself a personality transplant or something.
What Happened: The guy running NOWHERE decides to send Superboy out on his first mission, defeating a trio of aliens who managed to escape from a NOWHERE lab facility. SB is joined by his handler Rose Wilson, and the two enter the lab and face the aliens. Rose manages to kill one of the aliens, but SB is overwhelmed and knocked out by the other two, which causes his powers to spike exponentially, destroying the entire facility.
The Good: The battle scenes were vibrant and fun. It was good to see that Rose was still an ass-kicker extraordinaire... That's all I've got.
The Bad: I HATE this version of Superboy... There's absolutely nothing likable about him. He's like a bizarre Lex Luthor robot. That's probably my only real gripe with this issue, but that's a pretty major gripe.
The Verdict: You know, maybe I should rethink my whole, “I won't drop the new Superboy series for any reason!” statement... I mean this character? The Superboy in this comic? It ISN'T Superboy. This is NOTHING like the character I became a huge fan of upon my introduction to DC comic books. It's just a pissy robot. Scott Lobdell REALLY needs to turn Superboy from a detached, apathetic robot into SOMETHING likable, or I'll be forced to do the unthinkable, drop a series with the name Superboy on the cover...
Score: 4 1/2 out of 10.Release me... I am... BZZT a robot...