[Comic Review] Adventure Comics #05
Review by Chris Beveridge
Mania Grade: B-
The lack of Legion material here makes me sad, but I liked the Superboy-Prime story overall simply because it does put the guy through the wringer and yet he keeps coming back to the same thing. He just wants to be a hero, something he was for so very many years and quite the inspiration for so many more. Yet he's been denied it completely and finds himself at the whims of others in ways that will likely keep him from ever being what he wants to be. He's tragic in a way that really makes me feel for him. The downside is that since he plays in the real world, some of the story elements go a bit too far since he carries the battle inside the DC Comics offices. It's cute as a nod and a wink here and there, but this much of it just makes me cringe a little bit. The backup story doesn't offer all that much in the end, though it reaffirms what kind of person Conner is, but that's not enough to really draw you in with the limited space and the awkward pacing of it all. This issue is a bit of a mixed bag but just watching Superboy-Prime go through the emotional spectrum is worth it.
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