Here is a grand and ancient title resurrected! Adventure Comics was originally the second title DC published, with a first appearance in 1935. Originally the home of many famous DC characters including the first Sandman, Hourman and Aquaman, Adventure is most famous for the long tenure of Superboy and then the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legion made a one-shot guest appearance in the unlucky Superboy’s magazine, and before they were done they squeezed him right out, taking the entire book over. The Legion’s reign in Adventure were the golden years of the team, with stories of such glory and originality that fans have been grumpy and discontent ever since.
And now it’s back! After twenty years in limbo, Adventure features Superboy once more. Or, if you’ve been following developments, a Superboy. This new Superboy is actually a clone of Superman, created by Lex Luthor — all three are on the cover. Geoff Johns, a reliable scripter, gives us a quite attractive and accesible first issue, nicely laying down the lines of future developments. And the art is crystal-clear, really a pleasure to behold
Fresh off their latest incoherent maxi-series, the Legion is once again the back-up feature. This story, which seems to be winding up loose ends from Legion of Three Worlds, is kind of hard to follow unless you are well familiar with the LSH. It’s also very short indeed, hardly enough to do anything with. With this first story the Legion does not look to be muscling Superboy out of Adventure just yet. But I have mentioned the mysterious stubborn vigor the Legion seems to have — if I were Superboy I would be very careful and watch my back.