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Written By: Marv Wolfman, Frank Hannah Art By: Andres Guinaldo, Mark Irwin Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: December 11, 2013
I Miss Superboy!
So if you're reading Superboy, and only Superboy, you're going to very very confused on what's happening in this issue. Right now the Superboy we've all grown to love, or at least not hate is dead, and has been replaced by Jon Kent, the psychotic son of Superman and Lois Lane from the future that Kon was cloned from. As much as I hate this idea, I hate that Superboy died in a title that wasn't his own, and we're plunged into a story now that's been a Teen Titans story. So hopefully if you didn't read Krypton Returns, or the last couple Teen Titans issues, you can still follow along as I try to go over this issue. So let's dive into this.
Well it looks like the new Superboy has demon monsters inside his mind. Which makes sense since he has a mad hate on for meta humans, and my mad hate I mean he has to murder any he meets. We're given what I presume to be a sort of flashback, or a telepathic image of monsters inside Jon's mind telling him that he's a murderer, and that his own genetics are killing him. The monster tells Jon to kill the Teen Titans, and go find him, and the monster will cure him. Superboy ends this daydream by trying to kill the monster, and wakes up to him strangling Wonder Girl. The two battle until Superboy realizes that he's too weak to take this Girl of Wonder down. So he puts on a charade that he didn't know what he was doing, and is sorry. But even after the butt whoopin' Jon knows that the monster was telling the truth about his body dying. Superboy begins getting dizzy, and passes out. Throughout the panels you see the thought bubble of the monster talking to Jon, so the two are still linked. Which leads us to Jon waking up in the medical bay to the concerned faces of the Teen Titans. He convinces the team that he is fine, but has no memory of what happened before Wonder Girl kicked his ass, and that he'd really like to get some sleep.
The team leaves, and Jon decides he has to destroy the tests the doctors took, while he was passed out, so as to keep his secret a bit longer. We see a wide array of what Jon's TK powers can do. He's able to pinpoint what part of the medical bay the tests are, then he's able to get there by bending the light around him, making him invisible. Once down there Jon runs into a woman who is a meta human, and can't let his hatred go this time. To make sure she doesn't alert anyone, Jon kills the woman, then uses her optical scanner to find data on future events Superboy will do. In the end he learns that Superboy will be instrumental in creating the Legion of Superheroes. Which seems to spark his interests.
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I'm sad to say that this was a very disappointing issue. I love Superboy, but it seems that nobody knows what to do with him. Now we begin anew with a psychopath, and are expected to sit back and see how it works like Superior Spider-man. The only problem is nobody likes Superboy as much as Spider-Man so the idea is in trouble before it really begins. I'll continue reading in hope that the status quo of this title comes back to resembling something close to reasonable, but I won't be holding my breath in the meantime.