Everybody wants to be Superman. It doesn’t matter, hero or villain, it all started with him. So it’s no surprise that in the comic book world characters are always looking to exploit his power and create clones. Thus comes the story of Superboy, a clone with part Kryptonian DNA.
‘Incubation’ is the story of how one particular Superboy, Kon-El, came to be. Created by the shadowy organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Superboy struggles to find the reason for his existence questioning his creators on a regular basis. They only want him to hunt down ‘dangerous’ metahumans, and as Superboy begins to carry out his mission, he wonders if he was created only to be a weapon or if he can be something more.
Given my familiarity with the name, but not the character, going into this novel, I was interested to see how they’d create an original story and for the most part they did. Superboy had a completely different skill set to Superman and his background is almost not covered at all. I do however wish we got to see Superboy more in action.
The artwork was pretty good in many of the issues, although I found the majority of the covers to be subpar. The one above however was my favourite, only because it also featured Supergirl. Overall it wasn’t a bad issue at all, and I’m excited to see his interaction with the Teen Titans.
Just as his conscience began to kick in, I found this novel a lot more readable.
Superboy is the obvious choice, as there weren’t many other characters that are properly explored.
Story Arc: ★★½
Character Development: ★★★½