Smallville Season 11 #6

Cue John Williams score from the Superman movie (the first one, because this was the greatest issue to date). It has thrills and loads of excitement, for sure a good page turner as any comic book can be. As said in my last review, Clark and many others witness the explosion from the space shuttle, as does Lex. As any version of Superman does, he springs to action to save lives in peril. So, in a nice layout of panels, ends up saving the day, and most of the crew. Henshaw is still the captain, and I’m assuming the Captain still goes “down with the ship”, even if it’s in space. So in a daring attempt to save his crew, Henshaw instructs Superman to take his crew as he tries to put the shuttle into orbit to stop the radiation leak from affecting the people of earth (The fire didn’t get to the fuel tank, Supes had separated the shuttle from it before the fire spread). So as the dust begins to settle, Superman tells Lois that Henshaw had told him, just before he saved Henshaw’s crew, that the explosion wasn’t a “misfire”. Elsewhere but close, Lex and Otis (See Superman 1 with Chris Reeves. This character was introduced in issue 1, forgot to mention it so sue me) tell him the research is back and it’s not good news, Lex is smiling. Even with that news, he knows something, and Lex needs to talk to Superman…To be continued.

The art. The layout really was phenomenal. As I read it, I was like “oh man, this is EPIC”, it just shows Superman using a lot of his powers. Even though this was an expected turn of events, I didn’t expect the ship to blow now. The way Perez depicts Clark saving the crew is such a Smallville way of doing things, if they had the budget. There was really maybe two panels I thought were questionable.

The writing was true to the characters, but I have to seriously question if in an emergency such as this, if Clark would have time to say, much less be understood flying (in super speed) what he says to “Watchtower” (aka Chloe). But suspended disbelief/belief apparent, it was thrilling to see it. Yes, you need story building issues, but you can always have some super action scenes. As much as Clark is a supreme being, he holds human life (all life really) most paramount, so this all made sense. I’m very curious as to what Lex wants to talk about.

When reading this issue, I encourage you to see it as a movie or tv show. It definitely feels that way, it was set up perfectly.


  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art:  3.5 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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