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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234850
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Lobdell is a veteran of the comic book industry, having worked with nearly every major American comic book publisher. Lobdell is best known for his work on Marvel's X-Men franchise in the 1990's, penning such works as "Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, The Age of Apocalypse, Generation X," amongst others. He is currently the writer of "Superboy, Teen Titans," and "Red Hood And The Outlaws," each a part of DC Comics--The New 52.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 May 2014
Format: Paperback
The story running through issues #1-7 of DC Comics' New 52 series of Superboy is collected as Superboy TP Vol 01 Incubation. This is an interesting story, with very good scripting and artwork. They have gone down the clone route again, though the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. people doing the cloning are a big mystery - and despite reading Teen Titans and Legion Lost, still are to me; maybe subsequent volumes of Superboy will fill in more details, or maybe my memory is going with age. Anyway, we and he has a pretty good idea where the Kryptonian DNA came from, but no-one knows who the human donor is.

This opening volume sees the unnamed clone, called Superboy by everybody, including himself, getting to know the world, and slowly growing as a living, thinking person, and bumping into other super-powered characters, including Supergirl, who names him Kon-El, and has a very low opinion of clones in general, following the Clone Wars on Krypton. A few mysteries are presented to us along the way, and a number of characters are introduced, all for future exploration, but by the end of the volume he has decided that he is a good guy, and should be doing good things. I, for one, shall be reading further adventures of the boy of steel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2012
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Superboy is a clone made of human and Kryptonian DNA, held in a secret underground government facility for study and use as a potential weapon. But something goes wrong and he breaks free of his incubation. As he slowly figures out the extent of his powers, he realises that everyone is out to get him in one form or another and heads off to find out who his DNA belonged to and his purpose on this planet.

I've never read Superboy before but I was willing to give him a shot like a lot of characters in this New 52 reboot, but based on this book I definitely won't be in a hurry to pick up another Superboy title soon. His character is so annoying - he's always whinging and whining about one thing or another! Ok, he's a teenager, but still he's a teenager who doesn't have to bother with high school or parents or arbitrary rules - he can literally fly away from it all, so why is he always so damn down on everything?

His annoying soliloquies aside, he's a bit of a non-hero too. If he's not setting fire to Christmas trees (because he can) or not bothering to save people (why should he?), he's fighting one pointless battle after another as an array of colourful but 2-dimensional nobodies try to either kill him for some petty vendetta or to subdue him and put him to work for their own nefarious purposes. But because he's an unpleasant and unlikeable character, I couldn't care less what happened to him - take him, I don't care, how many pages are left of this thing?

And to top it all there's a chunk of the story missing because this book crosses over with the other book Scott Lobdell's writing - "Teen Titans" - so the story jumps in between chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MadManMarvel on 14 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a library copy of the paperback.
It took a long time pre-new52 for Superboy the clone to settle down into his role which changed quite a bit over his publication history, he had his fans.
Can anyone say they like this new guy?
I am wholly with other reviewers that say this Superboy does nothing buy whine.
He is the most miserable petulant teenager you could imagine, which is rather ridiculous as he shouldn’t have any idea of ‘life’ to moan about his lot in it or rebel against it.
As with all first volumes of the new52 it has to be understood that this is early days and there is presumably a long way to go and a lot of character building to occur, but this is a grating start.
Superboy moans about his treatment by others but doesn’t really show much ‘heart’ or moral fibre himself.
The ‘stranger in a strange land’ can work but needs depth – which is just not on show here at all.
As a volume this trade does not really work either, the crossover with Teen Titans is not covered and so Superboy declares he’s going after them one issue and the next he’s standing over them having *** spoiler ** beaten them all ** end spoiler.
Perhaps the Teen Titans issue missing is just one big fight but it jars the reader that it is not included here.
Although, from the evidence contained here, I’m not convinced I’d enjoy that issue or series either.
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By Nicola Mansfield on 9 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
I only know Superboy through the cartoons and this re-introduction to him for The New 52 is awesome. Of course, I just love Scott Lobdell so I'm not surprised I thoroughly enjoyed. Not being a huge Superman fan, I didn't know what to expect but the characters in this are fantastic. The three anti-hero females: Rose Wilson, Caitlin Red and Wonder Girl really made the story for me. Supergirl makes a cameo which was fun and the Teen Titans, while not really appearing are in the background of the plot. Lots of stuff is going on and the beginnings of "The Culling" arc are being put into place but the main theme of the whole volume is Superboy's birth, days in the NOWHERE lab, his release into the real world and his coming to terms with his superpowers as they expand while he gains more control of them. Really a great beginning to a story I want to continue!
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