ADVENTURE COMICS #1
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I know nada about Superboy. Besides the fact that he’s Lex Luthor’s test tube baby that was grown with Superman’s DNA, I know zilch about his history. The only thing I’ve read of him was in Infinite Crisis, wherein he got killed at the end. So I come into this book with a completely blank slate, hoping to be properly introduced to this popular character. Of course, I was not disappointed and had an absolute blast.
I mean, once you add up the elements of this book, how can you not expect to be absolutly thrilled? Geoff Johns is in top form here, laying the initial groundwork for this character before the big story starts. Johns has the uncanny ability to write characters that resonate with you on a personal level, and now Superboy joins Green Lantern, The Flash, and The Legion as characters that he’s done that with.
The art fit the script like a glove. Being as the entire story took place in rural Smallville, Francis Manapul beautifuly depicted all the landscapes as they were something out of a painting of the American midwest. It fit the mood of the story and helped immerse you even more.
I quickly skimmed through the second feature, being as its a follow-up to Legion of 3 Worlds, which I’m now in the process of reading. It was a good read though. Starman being the token man-trapped-in-time was funny to read. I’m going to re-read all these Legion backup stories once I finish Legion of 3 Worlds, but seeing as how I’m loving everything that John’s is doing with The Legion, I know that I’m not going to be dissapointed by this co-feature. It’s a good addition to this already enjoyable comic.
Art: 5 - Excellent