Yes, It's a good read that focuses on young Clark Kent coming into his powers and incorporates the classic elements of the Silver-Age origin with a familiar dash of 'Smallville' and the Superman movies.
It feels very familiar because of all that and while enjoyable did leave me wondering if anything new was possible, it could be accused with some legitimacy of being far too traditionalist and unambitious and quite understandably will not come out well when compared to the Byrne Man of Steel overhaul because of that.
But it has to be taken into isolation from all that and judged on its own merits and as both a read and an origin series it works very well, Clark Kent will never be a Peter Parker figure but Johns plays up his lonliness and awkwardness very well and you can genuinely empaphise with him through that.
Lana Lang is there of course but still lacks any character of her own, which is dissapointing considering Johns is very good at finding the core of most characters he writes for. Elsewhere there's an intriguing first look at Lex Luthor that almost had me interested in him... I think 'Evil Mad Scientist' is very hard to do in a modern context, you need a stronger basis for a character than that and so I still pine for Byrnes excellent ego-gone-mad CEO version to make a comeback - he's a much more credible character and threat than what we currently get.
On a more trivia minded note i'm intrigued at the brief 'cameo' of Doomsday in the Jor-el archive, combined with Zods off the cuff comment in the Action Comics annual a couple of years back it makes me wonder how Johns has 'rewritten' the creatures backstory and what exactly he has planned for it... another borrowed idea from 'Smallville' maybe? Also curious at Jor-els indication that it wasn't Krypton itself that exploded but its Sun?!!
Well all in all a very good read, uncomplicated perhaps but with the addition of some very fine art indeed from Gary Frank & Jon Sibal you're unlikely to leave this issue dissapointed i think. In fact the more i think on it it was a wonderful antidote to Marvels ever increasing gloominess and cynicism, if only the Superman books could show a similar level of confidence and heart as 'Secret Origin' we'd all be a lot more content with our lot as fans/readers.
p.s. That last page is a true classic IMO...
I, too am glad that the original Boy of Steel is back and that he's Clark Kent and not Conner. Not to upset Conner fans but I've always resented his taking the orginal's place. Superboy is supposed to be a bright and uplifting hero which Conner is most certainly not. But I wouldn't mind a story in which both Superboys interacted with each other.
Like I said, glad Clark "Superboy" Kent is back. But I have this nagging fear: since he met Mon-el when he was Clark and not yet Superboy, I fear they're (DC)not going to allow him to be public in Smallville as Superboy? That he's only going to be visible as Superboy when he's in the future with the Legion?
Anybody got any tips on this?