Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Superboy #34 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Aaron Kuder
Art By: Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 13, 2014

Fight To The Finish

Okay it's the final issue of Superboy, not including his foray into Five Years From Now and with it the last recap I'll be doing for this series.  It's a sad day indeed.  Last month in Superboy we saw what happens when a Jon Lane Kent touches a Jon Lane Kent from a previous time.  No not Time Cop thankfully, it seems that when two people that have time traveled as much as Jon Lane Kent touch each other it creates a Superboy pocket universe to stop the paradox.  Which seems to mean that both Jon Lane Kents and their clone Kon become one ultimate god of this pocket universe.  You following so far?  It also means that all the Superboys from the 52 parallel universes are brought here within this N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility pocket universe and they have to fight for supremacy.  Too bad that Jon Lane Kent brought his new friends from STAR Labs to the adventure because now they're stuck here too.  In the end of the issue the Superboy god turned his friends into the ultimate versions of themselves from the mulitverse to give them a chance to survive the Superboy Thunderdome, before the psychotic Jon Lane Kent fought Kon and Jon within the body to claim it for himself and dispelling the two hero Superboys.  I swear I'm making this as simple as possible.  So let's see what happens in our final issue of Superboy when the evil Jon Lane Kent tries to kill our heroes.

Explain It!:

The story begins with our heroes being the best they can be except for the good Jon Lane Kent and Kon who have been temporarily traumatized dealing this their evil counter part.  So to buy them some time Niti now a Green Lantern shoots Jon Lane Kent back and forms a bubble around her friends and her and escapes down to a bottom section of this N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility pocket universe.

Now that they have some room to breath the two Superboys and Niti join hands to explain through a construct everything that's gone down to help the reader understand what the hell has been going on in the Superboy series. 

 Meanwhile the evil Jon Lane Kent uses his god powers to take control of all the Superboys in the pocket universe sans our heroes to form an unstoppable army to end his enemies.  So a gigantic fight ensues and it looks like our heroes might not make it, but luckily Kon and Rose Wilson put their differences aside for awhile and unfroze all the N.O.W.H.E.R.E killers that had been put on cold storage and brought them to the fight.  Even with all the extra help, they're still fighting an army of Superboys and you can only hold out against something like that for so long.  

In the end Jon Lane Kent goes up against his earlier self and to put a stop to all the evil he's done throughout time, he pushes himself to the maximum and throws himself and his evil counterpart into the pocket universe barrier, destroying the pocket universe and the two Jon Lane Kents.  Right before the two are destroyed the evil Jon Lane Kent tells his less psychotic version " We really are the same" and the hero that could of been responds "No we aren't.  Not Anymore".  It's a really nice ending for this character.

All the parallel Superboys are put back into their respective Earths and our heroes exit the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility in their normal bodies wondering if what just happened actually happened.  One thing is for certain though, Kon is back and we don't have a comic anymore to feature him.  Bah.  So that's it, I hope you've enjoyed the series as I have and I hope that one day we'll be able to have a Superboy title again to enjoy and complain about when it's not doing what we want it to do.  See you next month for Five Years From Now.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a really good final issue to this series.  It explained everything it could and even managed to give enough exposition that first time readers could understand what's been going on without boring the constant readers.  Aaron Kuder did a fine job of coming in and making something of a horrible main character and confusing plot and Jorge Jimenez's art is a highlight to this series.  So that's it people and I'm genuinely sad already.  Even though this series was troubled throughout it's run, it was still my favorite Superman family title and I'm going to miss it.  Go check it out so you're in the know.



  1. Superboy will probably return in Teen Titans, maybe along side the new Kid Flash.

  2. Hopefully, I'm really missing a decent Kon story. There is some speculation that he might be apart of a future Gen13 book, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

  3. Didn't Gen13 wind up popping up in one title. I think it was Supergirl.