Adventure #1: A Very Short Review

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.

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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.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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Adventure #1: A Very Short Review — 2 Comments

  1. I just read this (a friend referred it to me after I asked about Geoff Johns’ work). I agree, it’s a really good start to the overall story. The writing is clear, interesting, and intriguing. The art is also great. “Cyrstal clear” is a great description.

    I glanced over the Legion stuff, and I’ve never read anything about him or his crew, so I was more confused with that story than anything.

  2. It is horrifically unclear unless you have read -all- of the various megaseries they’ve been grinding around, especially LEGION OF THREE WORLDS and FINAL CRISIS. My idea is that these are skippable; if you want to pursue it you are committed to tracking down 20 or so crossover titles. The entire point behind this ADVENTURE venture is (I think) to give new readers a place to jump on. Why then they confuse the issue by all this rigmarole in the backup feature is a mystery. At least Superboy’s story goes down well, and with luck will attract readers. Superboy himself was always wildly popular in the day, supporting both the SUPERBOY title and ADVENTURE until the LSH squeezed him out.