Jason – I can’t decide if this comic series is going to be one of the coolest or one of the most predictably boring. Potential for cool: A hybrid clone being developed as a weapon by some secret organization. Apparently his first mission is going to be to defeat the Teen Titans. I hope he does, because I’ve heard that series sucks. It also has potential for cool in that Superboy seems to have not yet developed empathy. I like the idea of an emotionally detached (even disillusioned) character struggling to become a hero. Potential for boredom: Worst mysterious origin ever. Did anyone who read this book not remember that Superboy is a hybrid of Kal El and Lex Luthor? Because it seems Scott Lobdell thinks we’ve forgotten it. Either that, or the human DNA will come from another megalomaniac, and that would just tick us all off. I give it 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc…), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. I’m not against clones, I think the idea can be really cool. Sadly, it’s extremely hard to find a storyline that best uses the concept. Once again I get to knock Spider-Man’s Maximum Clonage and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (although the Clone Wars animation has been really good). So when it comes to the Superboy relaunch, I was curious what changes, if any, we’d see. So far I like the execution as we watch this clone come to life and literally go through simulations in hopes of becoming more human. I’m not sure if they are inserting a twist by teasing us with the human DNA aspect. Either way I think that is a slippery slope. If it’s still Lex Luthor, big whoop, we already knew that. If it’s a completely different megalomaniac, then it better be one heck of a suitable replacement. Though I’m not sure that can be pulled off. On a side note, I think this is the style of book people were expecting with the announcement of a relaunch. This is a true reboot (unless there’s an even bigger twist I’m not seeing), so it’s a great jumping-on point for anyone – No prior knowledge necessary! I give this book 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
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