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Superboy (2010 Series) #5

April 10, 2011

Title: The Superboy/Kid Flash Race!

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pier Gallo
Jamie Grant
John J. Hill
Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer
Editor: Matt Idelson
DC Comics

Races between Superman and the Flash have been a staple of comics for decades now, but this is the first time that Superboy and Kid Flash have buckled down for a contest of their own. As the Teen Titans come out to cheer on their teammates, all of Smallville assembles to see who will come out on top.

The feeling of this race is a lot different from all the Superman/Flash races we’ve seen in the past, and not just because the Phantom Stranger pops up out of nowhere to freak our heroes out. To be sure, we’ve seen the charity race thing before, and we’ve seen the heroes have to take a break from the race to thwart one monster or villain or what have you. But Superboy has been going through quite a bit lately, what with his break-up with Wonder Girl and finding out that his friend Lori is the niece of Lex Luthor, and Jeff Lemire takes the time during the race to talk have our heroes talk things over. Bart Allen has developed quite a bit since his Impulse days, and the character who pops in here actually shows a surprising amount of sensitivity towards his friend. Fortunately, he still feels like himself, and that helps keep up the feeling of joy that surrounds the race itself.

I will admit to being a little irritated at the race’s outcome, or lack thereof. Back in the Silver Age, DC never wanted to actually crown a winner in one of those Superman/Flash races, so there was always some sort of convoluted excuse to prevent them from crowning a champion. This issue’s convoluted excuse is a lot funnier, but the end result is the same. C’mon, guys, if you’re going to hit us with the race, give us a champion!

Still, it’s a strong character-based issue that works nicely for the characters. I liked it.

Rating: 8/10

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