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The story running through issues #13-19 of DC Comics' New 52 series of Superboy is collected, along with Annual #1, as Superboy Volume 3: Lost (The New 52). This volume continues from the previous one for all of one issue before the story jumps over to Legion Lost Volume 2: The Culling TP (The New 52), AGAIN! Not only did the previous volume of Superboy crossover with the `Culling', which ran through the early part of that Legion (Lost) volume, but we hop back again to the back-end of that volume for a final(ish) showdown with Harvest, which reveals that there are any number of 31st century Science Police agents running around in the 21st century. The second issue of this volume then begins Superboy's involvement in Superman: H'El on Earth HC (The New 52) (Superman (DC Comics)), which runs back and forth through Superman #13-17, Supergirl #14-17, and Superboy #14-17 and Annual #1, so you need to read the collected edition to follow the (actually very good) story. Then we have two issues of Superboy all to ourselves... don't we? Actually, we get half an issue of Superboy and half an issue of Doctor Psycho, followed by an issue of Harvest recounting his secret origin in the 30th century, his time hopping, and the secret origin of our Superboy, and the source of his DNA - and you really need to read those last two issues to get the full spectrum of confusion, anger, confusion and bafflement, before you start hoping that the next volume of Superboy will actually be about Superboy.

There is also a four-page story at the back - "Good Boy" - which sees a space ship crash in the Amazon, and a female humanoid emerge, only to be faced by some familiar-looking aliens, who gloat over their successful interception. However, Krypto has heard her distress call...

This volume is really only for dedicated Superboy readers, as most of it is collected in the H'el on Earth volume. Unfortunately, those last two issues are really important for Superboy's backstory. I read a library copy. I have given it 4-stars, because the script and artwork is excellent, but if you haven't read the crossover stories, then you might have a lower opinion.
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on 22 February 2015
Although I was starting to warm to Superboy, the problem with this book is two fold. Firstly, the numerous crossovers slow down the story immensely, making half of it just unreadable. Superboy crosses with the Teen Titans, the Legion Lost, Superman, and Ravagers material, requiring you to be clued up on all their arcs. Secondly, even when he's doing his own thing, he seems second fiddle, and a support character to those aforementioned groups, with no solid direction or aim for himself. He just moans about Harvest and N.O.W.H.E.R.E a lot. Wasted potential.
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