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Superboy #16 - Triggers

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Superboy teams up with the Justice League to fight H'el.

The Good

I think one of the things that DeFalco has done rather well throughout this story arc is focus on Supergirl's vulnerability. Since her book was first relaunched Supergirl's character has been feeling a great deal of loss -- she has had a rough time trying to get over Krypton. I think DeFalco focus on her character, particular in this issue and is very good. The interaction between H'el in Superman is great in this issue and I think it also serves to develop Kara's character a little bit. This moment shared between Supergirl and H'el is probably the best part of the issue.

The Bad

What is going on with Batman's costume in this issue? I get that he and the Justice League are fighting in the "sub-zero temperatures of the North Pole" but how is a furry cape going to make him any warmer? I guess I only see this cape as being something that would weigh Bruce down while he's trying to fight.

A lot of the dialogue in this issue feels a bit forced and campy, and I don't know how I feel about DeFalco voice for Superboy. I get that the writer is trying to give readers a recap of everything that's happened in the story arc so far, but it just read as a teeny bit forced.

I am not a big fan of the art in this issue, to be honest. The characters looked very plain and the art wasn't at all detailed.

If you're a big fan of Superboy you might be a little bit disappointed in the fact that he doesn't appear much throughout this issue, save for the beginning and the end of the comic. In addition to that, I did not enjoy the way the writer has the characters in his story outline the events as they are happening. Spelling it out for readers takes away from the mystery and the ability for one to deduct for oneself just exactly what is going on.

The Verdict

The art is definitely a little bit jarring. The expressions of some characters are awkward, and the characters look a little bit off. There are also some panels that aren't fleshed out in the sense that they don't provide readers with a lot of detail.

While there are some interesting moments in this issue, and a great one-liner from Batman about keeping Wonder Woman out of a fight, I have to admit that most of the dialogue feels rather silly. Tom DeFalco has proven he isn't a bad writer, and this issue demonstrates that this is certainly not his best work.

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Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

I loved Batman's furry cape, it's so ridiculous, and even more so that  a serious character like Batman would wear it.  
 
It kinda reminded me of the furry cape Nite Owl wore in Watchmen. 
 

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Edited By sweetesttoaster

Lobdell isn't writing this book. Tom DeFalco is the writer for Superboy. It's right there on the cover.

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Edited By batfan916

Lobdell didnt write this...he hasnt written superboy in about 4 issues now.

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@sweetesttoaster said:

Lobdell isn't writing this book. Tom DeFalco is the writer for Superboy. It's right there on the cover.

You'd think that a reviewer of a comic book would notice that kind of thing. x]

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Edited By connor110693

uno commenting on the issue by saying lobdell is writing this means i cannot take this review seriously and alot of others, how can you get this wrong?? ive noticed mistakes like this on babs other reviews aswell....

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Edited By doordoor123

@Icon said:

@sweetesttoaster said:

Lobdell isn't writing this book. Tom DeFalco is the writer for Superboy. It's right there on the cover.

You'd think that a reviewer of a comic book would notice that kind of thing. x]

:)

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Edited By Squalleon

That issue was bad :-P

I bought superboy for the crossover and i regret it!

Also as the previous commenters said this issue is written by DeFalco not Scott Lobdell :-P

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Edited By No_Name_

Sorry! Lobdell is writing most of this arc, my mistake.

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Edited By Zoch81

I thought this was a good issue it could been better, the fact you dont know who the writer is of this book make me doubt I take this review seriously.

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Edited By Mercy_

I find it weird/ridiculous that Batman has the gadgets and smarts to take on (literal) gods, but doesn't have a suit designed for freezing temperatures o_O

I didn't read the issue, so maybe I missed something that prevented him from accessing it...?

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Edited By Kesho_Ronin

it's not one of the best issues but you can't win em all.it's like this comic was just put out for the hell of it,it doesnt tell much story of H'el or anything.just random scenes of superboy and jla how they try to get in the fortress.batman's cape didn't bother me that much.

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Edited By dboy4dashing

Haven't been reading the H'el saga at all except for few issues. And the look of it from all the reviews it doesn't seem that important either.

With Batman crossover going on at the same time this crossover feels really pale.

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@Zoch81 said:

I thought this was a good issue it could been better, the fact you dont know who the writer is of this book make me doubt I take this review seriously.

What does having the wrong writer's name have to do with the review? It doesn't change how she feels about the issue and she obviously read it. Being that a review is just her opinion, it's up to you how seriously you take her, or anyone's, review on an issue. But just because she accidentally attached the wrong writer to the book doesn't invalidate the content.

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Edited By lifeboy

Who's "Scott DeFalco"? Is that like Tom DeFalco who's name is on the cover? X]

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Edited By monopolyloser

Whether Sara got the name wrong or not has nothing to do with her review. It's pretty spot on. The art was lame and dialog was not the greatest by any means. Not that good of an issue. :/

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Edited By renchamp

I'm not in love with the critics of the critics phase the Vine seems to be in right now. The staff reads countless books on Wednesdays; give them a break for little flubs. ["An author's name isn't a little flub!" Shut up.] The issue sounds underwhelming. The review reflected that. Nice work Sara.

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Edited By Outside_85

I have to agree with the notion that the recap dialogue has overstayed it's welcome by now. If I am not mistaken, each issue has started with the same line of thoughts.

"My name is Superboy, I am a weapon [and how that is currently working for him]"

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Edited By livlig

This issue was bad, can't fault the reviewer for thinking Lobdell wrote it. I miss Jeff Lemire-Superboy. It wasn't perfect, but at least it was good.

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Edited By pspin

I have some different reasons but I came to the same conclusion: this was not a good issue.

Good job!

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Edited By CircularLogic

He'l on earth in general sucks. Scott Lobdell and Tom Defalco are fossils from an era we should all just forget

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Edited By dernman

I'm not liking this crossover at all. Also through the entire thing I wanted to smack Supergirl. The art is really hurting the book for me. 

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I just realized today that there are four DC crossovers going on right now. We have "Death of the Family" with all the Bat Family titles, He'l on Earth with all the Super titles, Rise of the third Army with the GL titles and the recent Throne of Atlantis with JLA and Aquaman. He'l and Third army seem to be getting a little long in the tooth. I'm interested in H'el's real motives but it's been a long journey getting there. It just feels like that the H'el and Third Army arcs didn't have enough meat on their bones to span across all these books.

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Edited By zachkastner

Bah, the art AND the writing are both so misplaced for this book. I couldn't stomach it. I'm upset that Kenneth Rocafort's gorgeous looking view of all things Kryptonian is working in tandem with artwork that is so out of touch.

It's going to be a nightmare jumping from style to style when this crossover is collected.

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Edited By namtabmi

Even though this is probably the worst issue in the crossover so far, it didn't feel like a chore to read.

(At least to me )

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Edited By sentryman555

I'm a big superboy fan so this issue was really disappointing to me. Superboy didn't seem like he was acting like himself in this issue. Almost something I'd expect from pre-52 Superboy but not now. Also the lack of actual superboy, as was noted in the review, really put me off.

The BIG annoyance for me in this issue was the artwork. Superboy and Supergirl's faces in a couple of panels look really weird. One of Superboy comes to mind where he's supposed to be angry but it looks like he's just cracked and gone insane. The artwork by itself probably shot this issue down 2 stars for me because it almost made it a chore to read.

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Edited By SuperJimmy

I completely disagree on your review of this issue. It was a lot of fun to read. I would have given it a five out of five. I think you are being too harsh on recent super crossover titles. They are overall all very enjoyable and deserve at least a four star rating.

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Edited By tim_mik

I disagree with on this one. As someone who doesn't read the other Supes books, just Superboy, I needed the details DeFalco provided to understand what I missed in the other issues. Did I think the fur on Batman's cape was terrible? Absolutely! Was the art kind of generic, sure, but I think you are jumping the gun a bit on DeFalco not finding Superboy's voice. I've stuck with this title since the beginning, hoping it would improve and get back to the beginnings of the last pre-New-52 book with Conner heading back to Smallville. While it hasn't hit that level yet, I hope that by issue #18 (as I was reading will happen...) some direction will finally be given to the character. The only real part of this series that I started to like was the tongue-in-cheek celebrity life he was living and his interactions with Bunker. Everything else from the Culling to his beginnings in NOWHERE have been a pretty big miss. I'd like to give DeFalco the benefit of the doubt for the next few issues (don't get me started on how long this H'El storyline has been feeling) and see what he can do. If he doesn't deliver, I will drop my sub for sure.