– Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
-Art: Pere Perez
So, welcome back to the next set of comic book reviews. I’m behind, I know, I apologize, but if you read my “Smallville, A Look Back” then you kinda know what’s coming. If you don’t, then that’s too bad for you. This one will be short.
Smallville Season 11. Yes they made it a comic, so go out & buy it. The story in issue one, is his re-emergence since the finale episode, this comic takes place approximately 6 months after it all. To help with any confusion, the finale takes place 7 years after, well the scenes with Chloe and the last initial scene, so now to the review.
Superman has had one consistent thing (which I’m assuming the John Byrne run back in the 70’s or 80’s started), which is any time we see him for the first time in a new story, he has to fly & save some kinda plane or flying object. In the first Superman movie, the helicopter & Lois, in the Superman Returns movie, the air plane launching the space shuttle, etc. Here it’s slightly different. He is saving a space station and its crew from some kind of unknown force. This issue works for me and it doesn’t, for 2 reasons. It doesn’t really explain anything and it shows you the characters for sure to be seen again in later issues as this “seasons” arc progresses. I like that fact it doesn’t go into really explaining who everyone is, even as a new reader you can grasp the idea.
The story is short, nothing is really given other than seeing Superman in a new version of superman uniform (It’s a mix between the current superman uniform and the “Superman: Earth One” story arc by J. Michael Strazincky). This story doesn’t entirely feel like a season opener story, but that could just be a matter of interpretation.
The art is a let down in my opinion. I figured since it’s based off a tv show, they would have gotten a bit of a bigger artist, being that the writer is from the show and what not. It’s very cartoon-ish, which of course is expected for a comic book, but again, it’s based off a show. I was hoping some of that could be carried over into this medium. Or at least have consistent face drawings and not what appears to be guess work.
******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********
- Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
- Art: 2.7 out of 5,
- layout*: 4 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
- Story: 3 out of ,
- Continuity? So far everything is matching up from the show smallville, Chloe being the only exception.
*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.
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THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW