Saturday, November 21, 2009

Adventure Comics #4

Like all right-thinking people, I'm tired of Superboy Prime, the big bad from Countdown and numerous other stories.

So when I heard that this issue of Adventure Comics featured that character, I was less than thrilled.

Imagine my surprise when I found that I enjoyed the story! But it's not a story for everyone - it features Prime (apparently) on Earth-Prime, which is our world, the one with no super-heroes.

Prime is somehow is able to perceive that he's in a comic book, and realizes that trouble is on the way in the form of a Black Lantern. What follows is a fun and offbeat story that has a good time with its fanboy premise.

However, your mileage may vary - some readers will no doubt find it completely silly, and it certainly is an odd duck - about as close as DC gets (these days) to an Imaginary Story.

The story by Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates gets a strong boost from the art of Jerry Ordway - and the story ends with a surprising cliffhanger.

The backup story features the Legion of Super-Heroes, and it's the best of the backup stories so far, as Blok goes in search of his one true love. It's a sweet story and almost worth the cover price alone.

So this one is recommended (with some Prime reservations).

Grade: B+

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