Adventure Comics #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 12, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
7.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

It's the return of one of DC Comics' longest running books and one of its greatest modern-day heroes Conner Kent! In our first heroic issue, Superboy can't wait to jump back into his life but which life will it be? With a clarity he's never had before, Conner makes a beeline for the greatest place on Earth...Smallville? Plus, in the wake of FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS, Starman heads off on an all-new mission in the present. And it's one that will not only impact Superboy, but the future of the DC Universe itself. Fortunately, the off-kilter Legionnaire won't be dong it alone! And in the upcoming months of ADVENTURE COMICS look for more

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Aug 14, 2009

    I love the idea of Conner having his own Lex Luthor with this Valentine character - if that's the direction Geoff is going in. Conner rejoining the Teen Titans is a great idea. I loved him in that book. It's too bad the title has gone downhill since Geoff left. Anyway, pick up Adventure Comics, Geoff Johns hits another home run here. Great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 16, 2009

    So all in all, not a bad package, but nothing earth-shattering yet, either. It is great to see Adventure Comics back on the stands, though we'll have to give this one a few more months to get a better idea of where it's all going. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 12, 2009

    However, based on the strength of the lead feature's set-up and the high quality of Manapul's art, Adventure Comics has enough going for it to make any Superman fan happy. At least for now, it looks like DC has yet another new hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Aug 17, 2009

    Yeah, I liked it and yeah, I’ll buy the next issue. I actually haven’t read a lot of Connor Kent stories, so the character is somewhat new to me. This relaunch feels like a perfect jumping-on point. And while I’ve always thought the Legion was sweet, they’ve always been just outside my radar. So again, I’m finding this to be a nice jumping-on point and am looking forward to the co-feature as well as the main story. I also liked the fact that while elements of this story are connected to recent events in the Superman Family titles, it doesn’t have the little S-Shield numbering thing going on, so it’s sort of unconnected to the bigger picture. At least for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 12, 2009

    All in all, a fun and strong debut for the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Aug 16, 2009

    **Note for Legion newcomers, there is an error in the lettering. Shadow Lass is labelled as Night Girl, and vice versa. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 16, 2009

    If he can maintain this quality, this will be a series to keep reading for a long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 14, 2009

    We also get some interesting bits of Legionnaire business, in the coming attractions section that Geoff Johns seems to put in his #1's these days, including hints about Dream Girl, Mon-El, Element Lad, complications for Blok and a fist wearing both a Legion flight ring and a Green Lantern ring. Clay Henry nails the Legion portion of the issue, even giving life to some of those weird Gary Frank costume designs from Action Comics, while Francis Manapul tries out a softer, more "pencilly" style in the Kon portion of the title, creating a nostalgic feel for the kid's homecoming. This issue was pretty much a laying of groundwork on both fronts, with enough information to bring those unfamiliar into the stories, while giving those of us who have been following the characters in "Legion of 3 Worlds" something new and shiny to obsess over. In three words or less? It's good. Good to see Kon back, good to have a Legion title again, good to have the ORIGINAL Legion back. Questions of Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 12, 2009

    Overall, both features show promise and look to be worth following, if not for any other reason than the Superman-Family of DC Comics books has grown by one more, and Superman fans have another book where theyll catch a glimpse of Superman and, more often, his genetic sons adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Aug 13, 2009

    The Superboy section sports some fantastic art by Francis Manapul. Manapul is no stranger to the Legion since he was the most recent regular penciler on the third Legion's series. The digital colors on top of Manapul's pencils add to the already pastoral setting of Smallville. The second feature is handled by the always reliable Clayton Henry. Henry's work isn't as captivating as Manapul's, but it gets the job done and does it well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 12, 2009

    Another element that might confuse newer readers is the dual numbering for this issue. The cover lists this as both the first issue and the 504th. The small print at the back of the comic states the same as well. Adventure Comics had a long run beginning in the Golden Age of comics, and while it featured a diverse array of DC heroes, it ultimately became known as a Legion title and ended as such as a series of digests reprinting classic DC stories, including Legion tales. I have the last one of those Adventure Comics digests, so it was a treat to see the title's previous history acknowledged. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 16, 2009

    The issue ends with a series of slices of future portents (which I think is how one crisis or another ended a few years back), and a lot of it looks quite promising. However, my major interest in the backup tale is that it affirms that Johns will be writing the Levitz-era Legion (more or less)--having consigned Legion Lost and Legion-Prime to other realms--and that's the best news of all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Aug 15, 2009

    A lead feature that goes down easy, yet it is unfortunately paired with a weak back-up… Make no mistake, the main is good and expertly executed, but it's just a preview. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 13, 2009

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. While a tad slow for a first issue, if you have the slightest interest in Superboy or the Legion, you should probably be buying this first issue. Read Full Review

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