Hey everybody! It’s an exceptionally small set this week, but no worries, that doesn’t happen too often. This is week 52 of your weekly Crisis of Infinite Reviews, thanks for reading!
This series has been receiving some major praise, even scoring an Eisner Award nomination, but as of yet I’m still waiting to be wowed. This issue is pretty much a standalone issue, though it will likely tie into the all encompassing story unfolding in Smallville. The book jumps from “then” to “now” for the entirety of the book. In the present, Superboy and Psionic Lad take a trip into space to investigate a rogue spaceship where they get attacked. In the alternate time zone, Superboy finds himself in a barren Smallville, only to learn that he and Simon are the reason for the Earth’s destruction.
Up until now I’d say the series has been decent, with regards to the story, and pretty bad, with regards to the art. This issue is by far the best of the series in both regards. The story is fairly interesting. Conner’s fears coming alive and overtaking him is a recurring theme with regards to Superboy. The back and forth, I felt, was a little choppy at times, but nothing that truly detracts from the story. The art was a pleasant surprise in this issue. Rudy’s art is much better in this issue than in the last issue, and infinitely better than Gallo’s. He creates two distinct styles that clearly dictate a difference in time zones, which works really well with Lemire’s story. I think his watercolors stand out as the best pages from this entire series. Overall, this issue is a big step in the right direction. 3.5/5
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