The GeeksverseSuperboy #7

Superboy #7
Published on Saturday, May 7, 2011 by

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Marco Rudy & Daniel HDR
Colored by: Jamie Grant, Dom Regan & Marco Rudy
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by: Karl Kerschl
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

An interesting story. It’s divided between the past, Psionic Lad and Connor in space checking out a derelict ship, and the present, Superboy seeing the after effects of a rampage by him that destroyed Smallville and alot of super humans.

Lemire’s story is decently crafted. Superboy wakes up in the destroyed world, not knowing that he caused all that. It’s like the past Superboy’s brain was put into the future Superboy’s body. He sees the results of his work, the deaths he has caused and realizes it’s the Luthor part of his DNA. The past part of the story catches up with the future and we see Superboy struggling with his two sides, represented by Lex Luthor and Ma Kent.

There’s also a nice tie into an older Superman story.

The problem is that the “future” story seems overboard. It’s not something Lex would want. Sure he’d want the superhumans out of the way, but he wouldn’t want the world destroyed to do it. Lex is about saving humanity, in his own twisted way. And that Simon would be in on it with Connor seems out of character. It only helps reinforce that this isn’t real.

It’s too over the top to be real. And quickly you realize that something on board the ship causes Connor to envision this future. But it’s just odd that this is what he would see, a future that doesn’t make anysense and has no connection to reality (Hawklad? Elongated Lass?)

The effect of the story is ruined at that point.

Rudy’s art is rough. There’s nothing attractive about it. HDR’s work, and the way it is colored, is really nice. It helps set the apocalytic mood of that aspect of the story.

Superboy #7 receives
3 out of 5

This series was starting out somewhat strong but it’s been faltering the last couple of issues.

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