City Boy #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Minkyu Jung Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 24, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 20
8.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

First seen in Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special and Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn, there's a new Korean hero named...City Boy! Or at least, that's the best translation of what the cities call him. City Boy, a.k.a. Cameron Kim, is just trying to make a living by using his powers of being able to speak to cities to find lost and hidden goods to pawn, and it's only just enough to get by. And those abilities mean he hears everything everywhere all the time, including each city's histories and the truths behind them. (It's very loud in his head and something he has to live with.) As his powers get stronger, the cities start forming animal avatar more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson May 23, 2023

    I encourage you to try this title. Especially if you're young and looking for someone closer to your age, are an Asian comic fan looking for relatable characters, a 'regular Joe' wanting to explore a new corner of the DCU, or maybe if you like Spider-Man style angsty teens with powers. If any of these fit, City Boy #1 is your ticket to it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis May 23, 2023

    With great characterization, solid heart, and natural connection to the DCU,City Boy #1is the start of something really great. Thus, with the debut of this issue, DC'sWe Are Legendsimprint goes three for three with their titles in terms of quality. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 23, 2023

    Jung's art is beautifully detailed and filled with great movement and energy. There is a vibrancy to the imagery that kept me engaged throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez May 23, 2023

    City Boy #1 is a dead-solid perfect origin story for DC's latest hero. Greg Pak packs motivation, depth, and intrigue into every page, and the artwork is Grade-A. If you were intending to pass on City Boy after his odd introduction in Lazarus Planet, this comic may change your mind. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 23, 2023

    Greg Pak has written a lot of young heroes over the years, but Cameron has more edge and more pain than many of those lead characters. He's an interesting lead and his powers are genuinely unique, but one issue in his world seems sort of closed off as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson May 24, 2023

    Based on this clever effort from its creative team, City Boy #1 has the potential to form a compelling new pocket of DC Comics' canon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 24, 2023

    City Boy #1 isn't a bad debut but it also doesn't quite completely excite. It has a tone that feels like it straddles audiences and in that way it feels like it holds back a little. But, mostly this feels like the opening chapter of a longer story, exactly what it is. For me, it falls on the line between a “buy” and “read” but knowing Pak's record in quality, I lean towards the former hoping that this is just a piece of a much more entertaining puzzle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte May 27, 2023

    City Boy #1 is a perfectly fine first adventure for a new character that has a lot going for them, but could use a bit more refinement. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 23, 2023

    City Boys debut is a solid introduction to a character that offers something different than the typical DC hero. If youre searching for a fresh title this might be a book worth exploring. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Alfie May 28, 2023

    Overall City Boy #1 is a good first issue, it's intriguing and sets up an interesting narrative. But there is a feeling that this will all read better once collected in trade. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan May 24, 2023

    This City Boy's still under construction, but man oh man, does it have damn good bones. Read Full Review

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