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Art by PIER GALLO
Cover by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER
Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Size: 32 pages
This is the little title that could for DC right now. Jeff Lemire’s Superboy, quite frankly, should not work. His take on superheroes, and anything related to Superman, is a complete one-eighty on how everyone else writes them. Yes, there is action in these books, but that’s not the point of this series. Jeff Lemire is telling a story involving great characterization and putting the action in the background. So to my surprise I didn’t believe Lemire would dedicate an entire issue to a race between Connor and Kid Flash. Luckily, my thoughts were correct but it didn’t bother me a bit.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a race in this issue. Jeff Lemire handles it perfectly by giving us a believable race but not bog it down from other depictions of the epic Superman/Flash race from ye olden days. The race itself is very fun to look at and it has a very cute ending that I won’t spoil. But the real draw for the issue, for me anyways, was the whole angle with Connor fighting his love life with Wonder Girl and Lori Luthor. Lemire is just the master at this type of down to earth storytelling and I was genuinely intrigued on this situation for Connor. I mean we have a couple of pages where Connor and Bart stop on the Great Pyramid of Giza just to talk about love. Where else are you going to get that in a DC comic?
Pier Gallo’s art definitely improved from last issue. There are a lot of great page layouts from this with the two highlights being: The two pages involving puzzle pieces, and the two page splash of path for the race. Pages like that really impress me on Gallo’s ability to make the reading unique and not just the typical affiar. I even noticed a particular technique with the panel layouts where, every time the race continued the panels would be slanted to indicate speed. There are still some iffy problems with the faces in this but they can be largely forgiven for the unique takes Gallo does with the art.
Jeff Lemire can really just chuck out the ongoing mystery with the threat for all I care in this book. The relationships between all the characters are the real highlights of this series. This issue is no different giving us a great conflict between Connor and the two loves of his life. But the action we do get in here with the race with Kid Flash was pretty fun to read too. So we know Lemire can do fun, comic moments when he wants too. Pier Gallo’s art is also a highlight for me because he takes risks with the layouts and, for the most part, it’s pretty to look at. It’s such a shame this book is going to get bogged down with the Doomsday crossover soon; it’s really going to hurt the natural flow of the book.
Art: 5 - Excellent