Superboy #1
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Superboy #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Pier Gallo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 3, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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Superboy is back in a brand-new ongoing series! Join Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and amazing up-and-coming artist Pier Gallo as they take Superboy on a journey to a side of Smallville not even Superman knows about! What mysteries lurk beneath the surface of this all-American town and what are their direct ties to Superboy? The start of the next great DC Universe epic begins right here!

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 3, 2010

    CBR also scored a handy-dandy preview, if you need some more criteria to fuel your purchasing decision on. I say give this book a whirl. You don't need that boring-decompressed-nothing-happening-issue from that title that you really only buy for completionist purposes anyway. This is one of those extremely rare five-star reviews: a book so enjoyable I'm going to recommend it to others and even share my own personal copy. Right after I read it again. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Nov 4, 2010

    Elegantly constructed, thoughtful, and action-packed, this is a rousing success and everything I'd hope for from a Superboy book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Nov 8, 2010

    I thoroughly enjoyed this issue, especially the really nicely evocative writing of Jeff Lemire. He's the perfect writer for a story about small town life, which makes him the perfect writer for Superboy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 9, 2010

    Pier Gallo's art has a very polished look in the book, almost too polished for material that is leaning towards some darkness. I do wonder if that was on purpose, to show the glittering veneer of Smallville. I wonder if when things do turn dark if he will become more scratchy and chaotic (as he did in the Car-Vex back story during New Krypton). His otherwise looked very good here. And Rafael Alburquerque's cover is a nice striking image. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 3, 2010

    Superboy appears in good hands with Lemire and Gallo at the wheel to steer him in a new direction and era. Superboy #1 isn't the most original or exciting debut, but it's fun and interesting enough to suggest the creative duo have a lot cool surprises in store for Connor Kent. Definitely check it out if you've ever been a fan of the character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 8, 2010

    Pier Gallo's artwork works with the tone of the script. There's a bright, open and light tone at play that serves the story well. The title character boasts a youthful look, and that's even moreso the case with Simon Valentine, the curiously oddball best-friend character who may or may not turn out to be the Lex Luthor to Superboy's Superman. Gallo's style actually put me in mind of the work of such artists as Jon McCrea and Steve Pugh, and I couldn't help but wonder if his usual approach is darker in tone than what we see here. I also noted with interest that this book is colored by Jamie Grant, who's perhaps better known as Frank Quitely collaborator on All-Star Superman. The colors are appropriately bright, and I like the subtle hints of texture he brings to such elements as skin tone and cloud clusters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Mike McLarty Nov 8, 2010

    As a first issue, this does very little to whet my appetite for future monthlies. This is a straightforward superhero comic that doesn't seem very compelling. In a marketplace full of superhero books, I'm not sure what readers will find within the pages of Superboy that will make them want to come back for more. Superboy #1 earns 3 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 4, 2010

    As a huge fan of Jeff Lemire's presuperhero work, I really hoped that his awesome writing ability would transition well into his work for DC. While I do think that he has a strong take on Conner Kent as a character, the poor pacing of this issue and the very weak art hold this one back and bring it down. With more careful storytelling and a lot of polish on the art, this book has potential, but there just isn't enough here for me to recommend purchasing or reading this comic. I had hopes, but this one let me down. Read Full Review

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