I know I'm about a year late to the party, but I just got finished with 2007's Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters mini-series. As is often the case, the most unlikely source for successful relaunching forgotten characters turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
I would not have predicted for one moment that the Black Condor could be made into an awesome character. And yet, there you go. He was 2007's Cat-Man. Who woulda thunk the Freedom Fighters would become such a badass title? Pick this one up if you haven't already. More please, DC.
But we're not here to talk about good comics, are we? Sounds like a job for Superboy! Number 86, that is!
Do you ever get the impression that people in Smallville really didn't take safety precautions? I mean, no one is hitting the brakes, getting on the radio for help, or even planning an emergency evacuation. Just, "Oh, I hope Superboy gets here on time!" Smallville was quite a co-dependent community.
Clark is able to program a robot with a burst of X-ray vision? I'm not at all sure how that works, and I've been suspending my disbelief for about 35 years now when it comes to comics. I can understand activating the on/off switch that way, but how did he tell the robot what to do? Shenanigans!
I do, however, believe he programmed them to worship him adoringly. If I had robots, I can't say I wouldn't do the same.
I don't want to know what's going on in Superboy's secret closet where all the other anatomically correct robots are, and I'll bet you don't either.