Adventure Comics #3

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 14, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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Superboy is back and hunting for Lex Luthor! He can't find Luthor on his own, and he needs help from his best friend Tim Drake, a.k.a. Robin. But Tim's now traveling the globe under the alias of Red Robin! The boys' reunion isn't all smiles and hugs, as Conner discovers that Tim has been hiding a great many secrets from the newly returned Boy of Steel. And they're secrets that could destroy their friendship! Plus, in the Legion of Super-Heroes co-feature, the intergalactic odd couple known as Sun Boy and Polar Boy team up to figure out what's up with the menace trying to destroy the universe.

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Oct 15, 2009

    Johns and Manapul are delivering great character stories while putting the pieces in place for a menace to come to Smallville. This is a slow simmer of a book and considering what Johns did with his simmering time on Green Lantern, I'm staying tuned. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 18, 2009

    Geoff Johns continues to deliver on both fronts with this book, as Kon's story deepens with each issue and this issue's Legion vignette gives us something entirely new and wonderful. I'm enjoying Francis Manapul's art on the S-Boy portion of the tale, offering a lighter touch and a more "pencilled" look than his work on LSH recently. The coloring is nicely handled, using pastels and sepia tones that give the story a quiet, retro feel. The moment where Red Robin takes off his mask and the two old friends finally got to see one another face to face is great. ("You really need a haircut," says Connor. "You need a real costume," retorts Tim.) As wonderful as last issue was for Connor and Cassie, this issue surpasses it, as best friends finally come clean with one another and their friendship is rekindled. As for the Legion, the new friendship of the Sun Boy/Polar Boy team shines, as we get one of our first looks at Tharr and get to reconcile the nerdy, reject Polar Boy with the Levitz-era Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 14, 2009

    With another enjoyable Legion of Superheroes back-up exploring the matter of the Legionairres still lost in the 21st century, the issue delivers plenty in terms of entertainment. Still, considering the strength of the Conner material, I can't help but wish this series would focus solely on Superboy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 16, 2009

    Perhaps the one downside is that we know that the Johns/Manapul team is only here for a couple of more issues. Is someone else going to pick up this introspective storyline? Is Johns going to finish it? And do I really need to suffer through 2 issues of Superboy Prime? I originally planned on buying this title for the Legion component. I am now lamenting the loss of the Superboy piece. That is the highest praise I can give. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 14, 2009

    With so many hints of stories that were to come, it's hard to not get slightly disheartened as you read "Adventure Comics" #3. Simon Valentine's story seems to be in such early stages that I doubt we'll get much more of what Johns had in store for him and his relationship to Superboy, certainly. The further hints of what the missing members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are doing in the 21st century are wonderfully tantalizing, even as sharp-eyed readers can try and pick up the locations of those characters. Even Johns and Shoemaker's Legion stories are heading towards somewhere that I fear won't be met during Johns' final three issues. (Doubly so since the lead feature of the next two issues is taken up by Superboy Prime and the Black Lanterns.) Still, I'll enjoy this ride while it lasts, and here's hoping Levitz and company are able to make "Adventure Comics" as thoroughly enjoyable as this creative team has. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 18, 2009

    The promise of greater things is evident, but so far, we're just seeing bunts and singles. (OK, I'll stop now.) Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Oct 16, 2009

    Well written but lame. Not great, but not so bad that I wanted to slit my wrists. I’ll give it a C bordering on a C-. Read Full Review

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