I’ll let Evil Robby Reed do the talking on this one…
Who is Superboy-Prime? I’d tell you, but it’s so convoluted, we’d both grow old before I got to the end. Suffice to say he’s like an alternate version of “our” Superboy, gone bad. He was imprisoned at the end of the original “Crisis,” but he broke out. When he broke out, he unleashed a “Continuity Wave” that will have continuing ramifications throughout the DC Universe.
What a great concept! So now there’s NO continuity. Nothing means anything anymore. If everything isn’t consistent, they can just blame the “Continuity Wave.” Maybe it’s what made Superboy rip people’s arms out of their bloody sockets, and turned the original Superman into a psychotic douche bag.
Long ago, DC decided they did not WANT any new readers. They embarked on an ambitious plan to make their books so laden with back story that no new reader could ever hope to understand them. The plan worked! Over the years, comic readership has been reduced from millions to a small, insular community numbering about 200,000 people at most. But now, even this amount is no longer acceptable.
Yes, having successfully chased away new readers, DC’s next goal is to alienate existing readers! It’s part of their grand marketing scheme. Eventually, the half-dozen or so creators of each book hope to achieve the ultimate goal of producing comics for an audience that consists entirely of themselves.
Here’s a great way to do just that: Since current readers love continuity, DC seems to have decided to destroy it altogether with the “Continuity Wave” created by Superboy’s breakout. And as a special bonus, DC didn’t even put the big “Superboy breakout” scene in Infinite Crisis — they decided to run it in a Batman Annual, with NO “Infinite Crisis Tie-In” banner on the cover! Perfect! Here’s the big breakout scene, a two-page spread… (Above)