“There’s a new superhero in town and his name is Kid Flash!” – Kid Flash.
This issue opens with Kid Flash interrupting a news report, announcing himself via video camera as the new superhero in town and attempts to help the local firefighters to put out a fire in an abandoned mansion. Unfortunately Kid Flash’s cockiness goes haywire and is nearly killed when he causes a backdraft from his entrance on the roof.
“Tell your superiors that I’m coming for them.“ – Red Robin.
Next we cut to Tim Drake a.k.a. Red Robin doing his best Batman impersonation, viewing the local news reports all over the world on his multiple computer screens and brooding over what batman has “started.” Visited by agents from a company known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Red Robin refuses there employment, states he will take the company down, jumps off the terrace of his penthouse which he rigged to explode ten seconds later.
“Don’t. Call. Me. Wonder Girl!” – Wonder Girl
After his escape, Red Robin decides he needs help and must begin recruiting other metahumans. Cue Cassie Sandsmark a.k.a. Wonder Girl. But, do not call her that or she’ll punch your face in! As the issue shows, Cassie is brilliant, gorgeous, a free spirit and a thief. She is shown driving a stolen vehicle, then pulled over and attacked by an agent from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. impersonating a police officer. Hooded figure spotted right behind officer in pretty much plain sight and she was easy to find this time. Red Robin saves Cassie and after brief introductions the duo is attacked by a helicopter in which Cassie then transforms into Wonder Girl and takes out the copter. And an awesome transformation it was! Red Robin and Wonder Girl then ponder their next move.
“…Release The Superboy!”
Issue ends with the release of Superboy from his virtual reality cell at N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to more than likely take on Red Robin and Wonder Girl in our next issue titled “Not even close to the end!”
Writer Scott Lobdell (Superboy)continues to impress me here as his introductions to these characters is written well and the story is never rushed. Red Robin is the “Batman” of this future team and has a long road ahead of him for his recruiting campaign. I was disappointed that Scott recycled the ending of the first issue of Superboy and did not have him show up to take on Red Robin and Wonder Girl at the end of this story, but the final splash page tease still looks great. Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund’s artwork is beautiful throughout the book, particularly Kid Flash’s botched rescue, Red Robin’s penthouse, Wonder Girl’s transformation and the final Splash page featuring Superboy! And the colors of Andrew Dalhouse really grab the eye. Well done!