Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, he was able to tear himself away from his busy schedule (He has returned to the stressful middle school environment, so I’m not being sarcastic this time.) to give his thoughts on an older graphic novel that he read after beginning to devour old episodes of Smallville.
Superboy, Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: Superboy Vol. VI: #1
Publisher: DC Comics (August 7, 2012)
Author Information: Twitter
Length: 160 pages
Connor’s Rating: 4 stars
When I read Teen Titans. Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight a few weeks ago, Superboy was involved with the story, and I wondered if he had his own comic book. So, naturally, I did some online research, found out the New 52 Superboy book answered a lot of questions about this guy, and ordered it from my local library. After reading it, I have to say I really liked it; the art was good, the story better, most of those questions I had about this New 52 Superboy were answered, and it really helped make Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight an even better comic story.
This story is about a group of scientist who work for N.O.W.H.E.R.E. If you are wondering what N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is, you are not alone; I had no idea who these guys were. But it is an organization that thinks there are too many metahumans in the world, so they have decided to destroy metes who are under 18 years of age. Not sure why only the teenagers have to go, but whatever. So, anyway, they make Superboy; a robot with kryptonian blood from Superman and human blood mixed together. This metahuman exterminator’s first mission is to (Drumroll Please) . . . DESTROY THE TEEN TITANS!
There was a lot to like about this graphic novel. I thought the writer (Scott Lobdell) really brought out how tough and confusing this new Superboy’s life was. I mean, he is a robot created to kill yet isn’t given any choice about how he is going to live his life or whether he wants to be a killer. And the art by R.B. Silva was amazing. I’m not much of an artist, so I can’t really describe why I liked the art here so much, but it was really cool and made the book so much better. I just liked the book all the way around.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this review, and I hope you give this graphic novel a try if you haven’t already read it. I thought Superboy was really good and will be trying to get my hands on the rest of the series some time soon — if dad will loan me some money to pick up the other issues. You don’t have a problem doing that, do you, dad?
About Connor (In his dad’s words):
Connor is a preteen who enjoys graphic novels (DC Comics are preferred), superhero movies (Captain America is his favorite), watching episodes of The Flash, Arrow, Smallville and American Pickers as well as the NFL, NCAA football, and the NBA on t.v., will happily accept any and all caps (because you just can’t have too many caps), and whose favorite music revolves around pop favorites of the moment such as Cake by the Ocean (Clean version because dad is still alive) as well as anything by Fall Out Boy — except for the new Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) song which Connor denies they were ever involved with. And, no, Connor did not have any input into my paragraph about him. Being a dad does have it’s privileges. 🙂
Another great review, Connor!