Smallville S11 #7

So now that the dust is clearing, it’s time to get some answers. Why did Lex do it, why did he sabotage his own ship? This story covers the general aftermath. Of the failed space launch, as seen in issue 5, it ends with some space suited woman/man saying “this looks like a job for Superman”, with some kind of single riding shuttle of his/her in the background. Since Chloe found the location, she dragged her ever loving husband, Green Arrow along for protection, then they discover a shocking point to this story thread. The ship is branded with Queen industries logo. Cut to Dr. Emil Hamilton, who is visited by Lois, who wanted to visit Mrs. Henshaw, who is visiting her husband (My thoughts exactly). They discuss the state Hank Henshaw is in, which is pretty bad. Lost motor functions, burned all over, in all kinds of pain, and can’t fall into a coma. He is literally trapped in his body, without a way to express it. Come issues end, we discover why Lex blew the ship. In as many days till this issue, Clark has been at the place at the time of attack the space station was attacked, the shuttle exploded, and he just attacked a public building in a City center. Lex has framed him and called in the Military…To be continued.

The writing/story is at its best on almost every page. I was pretty shocked by that. It’s not a perfect issue, but just how dead on the speech was with everything, and how it mentions past stories and moments from the show, all while being/doing its own thing. It’s a relevant issue, meaning it uses pop culture along with current ideals like that convo Hank has with Clark in issue 5.

The panel layout was decent as well. Though the one problem I have with this issue, is when Lois & Mrs. Henshaw are talking. The letter-er/lettering (the person who places all the word bubbles & sound effects etc) dropped the ball with making the oddest sentence, and then re using (a different one from the previously mentioned) the same sentence. It takes away from any of the issues best moments, and I felt this was the best, minus that glitch.

Perez did a much better job this issue as well. My favourite moment is when all that visiting happens, and when Clark confronts Lex. There’s a lot of emotion in those scenes, which I believe the artist captured with the few panels he had. Yes, I still think he needs to leave the book but until then, I will just accept what he’s offering, and right now it’s not so bad.

Enjoy your week.


  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.5 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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