Superboy #20

Superboy #20

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: R.B. Silva Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
6.8Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

BLOOD AND STEEL begins as The Teen of Steel decides its time to become more proactive in his battle against evil. But how far will he go before he crossed the line?

  • 8.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 13, 2013

    Scott Lobdell often fails at writing good comic books because he's trying to hard to make everything accessible/easy to read/pick-upable. It attempting to cater to everyone, he caters to no one because how he writers is condescending to readers. Justin Jordan's style is a breath of fresh air and a welcome change for Superboy, who still has one of the foggiest and least-memorable origins of any 'New 52' character. Now, I actually want to read Superboy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 10, 2013

    So overall, this is a good first issue that has something of a different feel for this book. I have to say, there was a lighter feel to this issue, especially after last month's morose and disappointing origin story. I like the chemistry we have seen between Psycho and Superboy already. This felt like a more classic Conner story, a brash young hero and a story infused with some humor. I do hope that the art on the book stabilizes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 8, 2013

    Justin Jordan is setting things up for Superboy. We get an interesting first page and then get to see how it starts to come together. You can feel Superboy is trying to find a direction for himself and this story and mission might be what it takes to make that happen. We have a good mix of art as there are four different artists in this issue. But that's also a bad thing as you momentarily get pulled out of the action when you notice the art style change. I've gone back and forth on this title but I am interested to see where this new direction will take the series. If anything, the last page should definitely make you want to come back for more. This could be the beginning of something wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze May 9, 2013

    The one question we have left to wonder is what exactly it is he did that affected what Jocelyn was doing in the Temporal Base. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Ket's Comics - Michael Bowie May 15, 2013

    Yes, the more timey-wimey aspects of Superboy's history can make my head hurt, but overall I've been enjoying the character and the book to this point. While this isn't a great issue on its own, it is mostly action oriented making it rather entertaining, and it does serve as the kickoff point for what seems like it could be a very interesting storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 8, 2013

    I frankly do not know what's keeping DC Comics from assigning one artist to Superboy with some occasional assistance from a second, much like Wonder Woman or Green Lantern, but they owe it to Jordan to give him a fresh start on the title because this is the best iteration of Superboy we've seen since Jeff Lemire wrote the character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards May 9, 2013

    Justin's work here was much better than what came before and there appears to be a very clear goal with future consequences, as seen in the last page. However, I can't really recommend Superboy since it was just an average comic with not much in it either. Sad really that becoming average is the best thing that has happened to this title in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic May 9, 2013

    The action is good though, and I chuckled more than I thought I would. New writer Justin Jordan combined comedy and action just as good as Shane Black did in Iron Man 3. Despite all of the strange happenings, inconsistencies, and multiple moments of eyebrow raising weirdness, I still had fun reading. Superboy started off well, then hit rock bottom. Now it's on its way back up, and I'm more hopeful of Superboy's shelf life now than I was two issues ago. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 8, 2013

    "Superboy" #20 feels solid, and I feel like this is a building block from which the series can pull itself back together. For now, this is a sense of relief. If you also drifted away from "Superboy," worry not. This has been a change for the better. Read Full Review

  • 4.2
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 10, 2013

    It's always strange when a writer known for delivering fantastic creator owned and stories falters on a Big Two book. Justin Jordan made a name for himself on “Strange Talent of Luther Strode,” and has done very respectable work on Valiant's relaunched “Shadowman.” As mentioned before the break, Jordan's debut feels neutered of his distinct voice, a manufactured continuation of what has come before under the pens of Lobdell and DeFalco. Whether this is due to editorially mandated story beats, or less devious, the growing pains involved with a new creative team, it's essentially business as usual for the Boy of Steel. Take that as you will, and purchase accordingly. Read Full Review

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