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Subj: Re: New Superboy or Nu Superboy?
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 09:51:13 am EDT (Viewed 145 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New Superboy or Nu Superboy?
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 07:39:37 am EDT (Viewed 178 times)

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The current series is fine, i really like the production and the coloring especially has been very noteworthy. Where this book has suffered is that the momentum of the main Smallville plot has been badly disrupted by the Kid Flash race and Reign of Doomsday crossovers which were imposed and distracted from what the book is actually trying to do. If you read the first four issues there is a very definite arc developing and the feel is very much a Twin Peaks one, this is helped by some very clever coloring which gives the world of Smallville two seperate pallettes - one bright & sweet, the other sombre and threatening. This is not to say it's absolutely brilliant, just that the flow of it has been ruined by editorial intervention and to make it worse I'm pretty sure the writer has had to rewrite stuff to bring everything to a close for the September purges...

And that's just one more example why I've gradually become deeply cynical about Superman editorial.

I've enjoyed the book overall, we're only eight issues in with two of them being editorially mandated, but it's been a worthwhile format and as i say there's been a lot of thought put into the plotting and color/art design, it genuinly impressed me as I expected little from a Smallville setting.
As to the 'New' Superboy, I really couldn't care less.
DC are sending out solicits with apparently two conflicting versions of the character but the description doesn't sell me on it and I won't be touching it. Supergirl I will give an issue or two to hook me, it sounds like it might be interesting, but Superboy is dead on arrival to me.

How did the Kid Flash race go? I heard that Superboy came in third. Did he give a good performance nevertheless, or did he eat Kid Flash's dust?

Any scans, Davey? If so, could you post them? I'd love to check them out.



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