Daily Archives: December 12, 2010

His Name Is Simon, and the Things He Thinks Come True

Variant coverSuperboy #2
“Smallville Attacks! Part Two”
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Pier Gallo
Colors: Jamie Grant
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover artists: Phil Noto/Guillem March (variant)
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 us

While I enjoyed the first issue of this series (and thoroughly enjoyed the Geoff Johns/Francis Manapul stories in Adventure Comics that led up to this new title), I wasn’t sure I’d be following the book on a monthly basis. Like many other comics readers, I’m trying to rein in my weekly spending on comics, and comics that are merely “good” aren’t making the cut anymore. Well, this second issue cemented Superboy on my pull list for a while to come. Lemire’s take on small-town super-heroics is a lot of fun, but more importantly, he’s doing some excellent work in developing the character of Simon Valentine, the title character’s new friend and sidekick who has the potential to become his arch-nemesis a la Lex Luthor. Simon’s character is so much fun, I’m reminded of earlier appearances of Marvel’s Amadeus Cho, another boy genius who’s been fostered into a fan favorite in another shared super-hero universe.

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