Monday, February 22, 2010

Adventure Comics #7/510

“What Did Black Lantern Superboy Do?”

Writer: Tony Bedard

Penciller: Travis Moore

Inker: Dan Green, Keith Champagne & Bob Wiacek

Editor: Brian Cunningham


Wonder Girl and Krypto battle the Black Lantern Superboy, even as Connor struggles to free himself from the thrall of the Black Lantern power ring. But freedom might only be achieved if Connor is willing to sacrifice his very existence…


Page 1: Superboy, real name Conner Kent, also known as Kon-El. First appeared in Adventures of Superman #500. Killed in Infinite Crisis #6. Returned to life in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4. Possesses the standard Kryptonian powers of superhuman strength, speed, invulnerability, senses and flight, as well as tactile telekinesis. Last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

Wonder Girl II, real name Cassandra “Cassie” Sandsmark. First appeared (as Cassie) in Wonder Woman (second series) #105 and (as Wonder Girl) in Wonder Woman (second series) #111. Possesses god-given flight, superhuman strength, speed and durability as well as a mystic lasso. Last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

In Blackest Night #5, Superboy, along with several other heroes, was killed by Nekron and transformed into a Black Lantern. This issue takes place shortly after the events of Blackest Night #6, and concurrent with Green Lantern (fourth series) #50 & 51, Blackest Night: The Flash #2 & 3, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 and The Atom and Hawkman #46.

“The Manchurian Superboy” is a play on the novel The Manchurian Candidate, in which the son of a prominent U.S. political family is brainwashed into becoming an assassin for the Communists.

Page 2: Scenes from Superboy’s life, including…

His debut in Metropolis, shortly after the events of The Adventures of Superman #500;

Battling King Shark for the first time in Superboy (third series) #9; Superboy received his heat vision goggles form Cadmus Labs in Superboy (third series) #0;

Using his tactile telekinesis, for a long time Superboy’s only power, to blow something up;

Hanging out with the Teen Titans, which he joined in Teen Titans (third series) #1;

Romancing Wonder Girl, presumably sometime around Teen Titans (third series) #16, which featured Conner and Cassie’s first date.

Page 3: More scenes from Superboy’s life…

Superboy went all “Manchurian Candidate” on the Teen Titans in Teen Titans (third series) #24;

Superboy-Prime killed Superboy in Infinite Crisis #6;

Starman dug up Superboy’s remains and placed them in the Kryptonian healing chamber at the Fortress of Solitude in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4;

Superboy joined forces with Superman and the Legions of Super-Heroes to beat Superboy-Prime in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5.

Pages 4-5: Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris, Black Canary, Indigo-1, Larfleeze, Saint Walker, Starfire, Beast Boy, Fire, Cyborg, Atrocitus, Thaal Sinestro, Nekron and Black Lanterns Animal Man, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Superman, Donna Troy, Kid Flash and Ice last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

Black Hand and Dove last appeared in Blackest Night #5.

Page 6: Connor, dude, you might want to consider using some moisturizer or something.

I’m not trying to be critical. Just saying.

Page 7: “And we’ve trained ever since, building up mental defenses.” I don’t mind this, except for the fact that we’ve never seen it established in a story before. It makes sense, given what Connor has been through, but it just kind of comes out of left field, you know?

Page 9: “It’s Kara. Sure, she’s technically my cousin, but does that even count if you’re a clone…?” Creepy, Connor, just plain creepy…

Wonder Girl’s magic lasso, a gift from Ares, can channel Zeus’ lighting when she is angry.

Page 10: Wonder Girl is feeling rage.

Page 11: Krypto, also known as the Superdog. First appeared in Adventure Comics #210. He’s a dog, albeit a Kryptonian one, which makes him quite a bit tougher than your average hound. He can fly, and he has a spiffy cape. He’s a good boy. A very good boy. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #3.

I know that this Krypto made his “modern” debut only a few years ago and is, technically, a Brainiac 13-creation from a false Krypton located in the Phantom Zone that followed Superman back to Earth…

But…ever since Infinite Crisis, and the Superman-origin-revamp as currently depicted in Superman: Secret Origin, it seems that Krypto is once again Kal-El’s dog from Krypton, so trying to determine what the “modern” Krypto’s technical first appearance is has been a little dicey. Hence, I decided to just go with his historical first appearance as his only first appearance, for simplicity’s sake.

Krypto – good boy that he is – is feeling love, rage and will.

Pages 12-13: Poor Krypto, getting all frozen like that.

Bad, Black Lantern Superboy, bad!

Page 14: “If we had different power rings – green, yellow, whatever – we could shut down my black one.” The green light of willpower, when combined with another light from the emotional spectrum, can destroy a Black Lantern power ring.

Man, it feels like forever since I mentioned that nugget of information!

“Okay, girlfriend, it’s time for your Black Lantern makeover.” This fall, on Bravo, “Black Lantern Eye for the Alive Superhero”!

Man, that was lame…:)

Page 17: That mess of crystals in the background is Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, located in the Arctic.

Page 19: Gotta say…I’m not digging Connor’s new look. Bald, boney and wrinkly does not scream “youthful super-hero”: to me.

Page 22: “Remember your training!’ Once again, happy that he got this training. I just wish that we, the faithful reader, had seen some of it before now.

“And I put my fears about ever being like Lex Luthor to bed when I saw the evil he was truly capable of.” Superboy came to grips with his human “heritage” and his connection to Lex Luthor in Adventure Comics #6/509.

Pages 24-25: This is the first time Connor has been able to use his freeze-breath power. Hoo-ray for you, Connor!

Page 29: “I didn’t mess up history, and the chamber will still revive me.” When your continued existence depends upon the fact that you need to keep your corpse dead in the present day so that you can be revived a thousand years from now, you have a far more complicated life than I do…