Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1 Review

Written by: Kenny Porter
Art by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Colors by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Letters by: Lucas Gattoni
Cover art by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: April 18, 2023

Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1 finds Conner Kent struggling to find his place in a family crowded with Kryptonians. What's a hero clone to do when Metropolis already has enough heroes?
Is It Good?

Okay, Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1 is not bad. Barring one or two oddities, this is a solid start for a Conner-centric Superboy story.

When last we left Conner... well... too much has happened. Suffice it to say that the Super-family is much bigger after the events of Lazarus Planet, and Conner feels left out because all the crimes and disasters are already handled. After a pep talk from Ma and Pa Kent, Conner realizes Metropolis isn't the only place that needs a hero, and he strikes out to help an alien world under attack by Dominators.

Under Kenny Porter, all the right story boxes get checked. Conner's status quo and motivation are clearly established, the conflict makes sense, the action is first-rate, the stakes are high, and the final page ends with an intriguing cliffhanger.

In practically every way, this is a superior Superboy story compared to any other non-Superman super-story on the shelf right now (*cough*Jon Kent*cough*). I like the setup, I like where it's going, and it's a generally enjoyable comic.

The oddity is in the art. It's not bad art by any means. In fact, it's quite good. What throws you off is the inconsistency in Conner's face. In some panels, he looks like he's an older teenager. In other, he looks twelve years old. On average, Conner looks much younger than he should be at this point, and it's odd.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1 is a very strong start to a Conner-centric story about the Kryptonian clone looking for his place in the world (or galaxy). The writing and art are both rock-solid, except for an odd consistency issue with the art, and the adventure holds your interest.


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