The GeeksverseSuperboy #6

Superboy #6
Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011 by


Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Marco Rudy
Colored by: Jamie Grant & Dominic Regan
Lettered by: Swands
Cover Art: A- Eddy Barrows w/ JP Mayer & Jamie Grant
Assistant Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

Ugh

What a waste of an issue. Not just a waste of an issue of Superboy, but a waste of an issue of the “Reign of Doomsday” event.

As part of the Reign, this issue does nothing but showing Doomsday beating on Superboy. Endlessly and mercilessly. Superboy tries but he just gets his butt handled to him.

It was nice to see Lemire pull out the tactile telekinesis, which was Superboy’s original powerset. I figured it had been retconned out of Connor Kent’s character it had been so long since it had been brought up. I’m not quite sure that Lemire understands what the tactile part of it means, because it appears that he’s using it just like regular telekinesis.

And would Superboy, when narrating, really spell out what the TTK ackronym really means? In the middle of battle? This is just one part where the script fails. But give Lemire credit, there’s only so much you can do when it’s an entire issue of your star being beat to a pulp.

As an issue of Superboy, this is a bump in the story that Lemire is trying to tell. What doesn’t work for it though is the conversations. The one between Superboy and Red Robin comes out of nowhere. This was the first we’d heard that Connor wasn’t feeling at home in Smallville. It would have been nice to have had some build-up prior to this. The conversation between Simon and Ray Palmer also fails. Simon comes across as too pompous and holier then thou. Lemire is heavy handed with the foreshadowing and Simons dialogue.

The art by Marco Rudy is a mess. None of the characters look right. Superboy is too lean. And I didn’t even recognize Simon. The brief, shadowed, appearance by Psionic Lad was hard to make out. Was it even Psionic Lad?

I do like what Rudy does with the panels on the page where Doomsday attack. He wraps the borders around the two, like Superboy is falling into a sheet and getting wrapped up. It produces a neat effect.

Too bad the rest of the issue isn’t as good.

Superboy #6 receives
2 out of 5

People reading Superboy and those reading the Reign of Doomsday can both pass this by as it advances neither story.

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