Smallville S11 #5

This was a great issue. There were thought provoking moments, added with decent art, and a nice cliff hanger.

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

As said in the last review, Hank Henshaw (Cyborg Superman, he’s not there yet however he is still very much human) was introduced. So now Clark must actually be a reporter for once in his life (he really doesn’t write many articles for a full time employee), and interview Henshaw. It’s the best part of the issue as far as my opinion is concerned. Before this, Ollie grills Lex about his “Guardian” project. There’s some cool hints/nods in that conversation (Think season 6). Then, at the space shuttle launch, we see Clark use his super hearing, which was a very creative way of showing that in a comic book, and hears something go wrong in the cockpit of the shuttle….. KABOOM. Onlookers witness the shuttle explode, and in the process, we see where the shuttle Chloe and Dr. Emil Hamilton have been searching for landed, in Smallville of course.

As I was briefly saying, the conversation with Hank Henshaw was a nice touch. They’ve had moments like this in the show, mostly in the last 3 seasons, but in comics it’s a bit more riveting. Like I said in one of these reviews, the writing can be childish, and you can’t really complain because it’s a comic book. Having these moments makes you think about all kinds of “powers”, from parents to government, being reactive instead of proactive.

The art was more tolerable for Perez & Chris Beckett in this issue compared to others, but that doesn’t warrant their stay in my opinion. I’m sure he’s gonna be the artist for the long haul, so I should just get used to the idea right? Hopefully I’m not the only one who agrees with this, and hope they leave the book.

This issue was pretty good. There’s still some hit or misses, but overall pretty good. If Henshaw is to become any kind of Superman, then he proved that he can be. However, given the conversation with Clark, he seems to tread on the dark side. Which shall be interesting, because let’s be honest, it’s not a matter of “If he’ll become Cyborg Superman”, but a matter of when & how.


  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art:  3 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Story: 4 out of 5,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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