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City Boy #3 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

After barely fighting off Intergang with the help of Metropolis, the city itself in the form of a dragon avatar, City Boy realizes the more he taps into his powers, the louder it is inside his head…hearing and feeling everything about the city and its history all at once, nonstop. So, he goes to ask for help from someone else who hears all of Metropolis all the time: Superman!

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  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    I love this issue, this kid’s struggles, and I can’t wait to see more and where he’ll go. Really hoping more fans support this title. Get your copy. Spread the word.

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    City Boy #3 continues to impress as one of the best new characters from DC in a very long time. Rather than using Superman’s cameo as a shiny distraction, Greg Pak uses Superman’s experience and wisdom to allow Cameron to grow into the hero he could be. This issue is an outstanding example of character development.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The first two issues of this series have been rather packed, having to recap Cameron’s backstory and give him a personal trauma set in Metropolis, as well as introduce him to a pair of new villains and pit him against Intergang while showing just how powerful he can be. That’s why this quieter issue that teams him up with Superman was much needed. It seems funny to call this a quieter issue when the main threat is a giant steel dragon threatening to assimilate Metropolis, but much of the focus this issue falls on Clark’s attempt to help Cameron figure out how to control his power and get control of the wild manifestation of it that’s currently terrorizing the city. There are some interesting parallels between the two heroes’ abilities, with both often seeing and hearing more than they can handle at times. It’s a strong finish to the arc as City Boy heads to a new city.

  • 80


    That feels like the most organic and thoughtful way for a new hero to step into their own — by remaining as uncertain as ever but wanting to do more. In that way, we get a really inventive “origin” story here, and something that pushes Cameron toward his fate. Whatever it may be won’t just be interesting, but a powerful dissection of cities, heroes, and the true magic of these stories.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    DC’s ‘We Are Legends’ comic books feature fascinating characters. The “City Boy” series continues to become more firmly implemented within the DC Universe between each and every issue. Greg Pak’s script in “City Boy” #3 is the most climatic readers have seen in the series yet.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    While integrating the DC universe elements works well with Superman, it doesn’t have the same effect with including Apokolips. The connection to the broader DC universe feels forced, and consequently, the focus of the story ping-pongs between different plot elements, disrupting the flow and preventing the establishment of a consistent atmosphere and organic world-building. These are the pitfalls of a mini-series too big for its britches, which is disappointing as Cameron and his world were the most exciting things about his role in Lazarus Planet and the series’ first issue.

  • 70

    While a little repetitive at parts, City Boy #3 has just enough to say about heroism and destiny to be a compelling read. As Superman begins to help Cameron grapple with his overwhelming ability, the fate of Metropolis itself begins to hang in the balance. Greg Pak’s script is filled with compelling dialogue, although again, it falls into a frustrating rhythm in terms of revealing things about Cameron and his character. Minkyu Jung’s art is still consistent, especially when the plot gets a bit more fantastical. From this point forward, I’m very curious to see what City Boy has in store.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    City Boy #3 appears to be the conclusion of this initial story arc, which makes it questionable why they would make Cameron take a backseat through most of it. By the end though, enough is done to set up something more interesting. But ultimately it does feel as if they have squandered an opportunity to utilize an interesting new character in an effective way.

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