Smallville S11 #3

– Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
-Art: Pere Perez

This is the end of act one, or maybe better put, episode one. Which, when reading felt like a real season opener (When you put the first two issues together, to this issue). It’s a decent issue once you get past the first 4 or so pages, but I’ll get to that in a bit. The story in this ish seems to recap the two previous issues and tells you where this entire season direction may be headed, as so many other season openers have done in the past. This issue starts with Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, saving the day with him then being saved by Superman, finding out Ollie is leaving for Star City, and that Him & Chloe have actually tied the knot before Lois & Clark. Then it ends on a cliff hanger, that little disturbance in space had been a disguise to bring someone/thing rocketing towards Earth.

As I was saying about the first 4 pages, the writing just seemed so…tacky. It’s true to the character in a way, with Ollie, but all else in this scene, it just doesn’t work. Feels very child like, but then again I’m reading comic books, so that’s kinda part of the package I guess (it is to David Cronenburg). The remainder of the issue is pretty dead on with what the rest of the main cast would say in the show. With the cliff hanger ending, I’m very curious to see what may happen.

The artist needs to go. If the writing is “childish”, the art is infant. It reminds me of the “New52” Action Comics art, and how bad that was. If sales of this book aren’t high, the art may be the reason. Granted it’s only 3 issues in, but damn. There should be a limit to this kind of crap. Maybe they should have rotating artists, kinda in the way Spider-Man had his when they did his “Brand New Day” reboot/recon. It really needs to have a more “realistic” feel. I’d suggest artist, but the good ones are all at Marvel doing great things (Sorry.. Its true).


  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.7 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.5 out of 5,
  • layout*: 2.5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5,*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.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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