After Lobdell and DeFalco’s team up (Lobdell with the plot, DeFalco doing the actual script) last issue, well we now have DeFalco taking control of Superboy. With him, a seemingly new art team as well.
This feels like a pretty safe issue. As such, its a good issue, but I wouldn’t call it great. DeFalco follows up on things started up from the previous issue by hitting points like the missing money, his new land lady, and even a bit of a flash back to some added time not seen in the last issue with Bunker. Safe safe safe.
Tom (as I’m tired of typing out his last name) mainly plays things safe. Beyond the safe, he doesn’t go into much. Nothing really daring. We get Superboy hanging out with some big names and learning more to socialize. His honesty being taken as jokes by the group. This issue’s villain isn’t anything that special, but manages to do her job of adding in some conflict and another push on Superboy to (slightly) improve. We end with some odd thing happening to the villain, and a look at someone watching over Superboy and promising more to come in the future.
Still saying this is pretty safe, but it does add a lure to keep you reading which is pretty good. Is sad to see Lobdell taking his leave from this series, but Tom hasn’t scared me off. I just hope he can pick things up. The new art team isn’t bad either. Colors are nicely done (especially the lights and TK field) by Richard and Tanya Horie. Pencils by Rocha and Pansica are fairly solid as well. I say fairly for some faces do come off a bit odd. Like “Raz” near the start, and every facial appearance of Bunker but maybe one.