Smallville Season 11 #10

10 issues in and we have our Villain. The issue starts with a bunch of fires being mysteriously put out from the field test, General Lane and his unit started by attacking Superman. Then, where Emil had used his Superman Alarm watch (usually in the possession of a one Jimmy Olsen) to tell him Hank has made a scene at S.t.a.r.. labs from the last issue, we see the reaction Superman gives. He excuses himself from Gen. Lane to rush off to the Laboratory to yet again be a hero. Meanwhile, at the labs, Hank is still choking Lex. He tosses Lex to where his unconscious human body lays stiff. He realizes here that he’s a robot, and can’t feel, then destroys the human body. Lex tries to convince him that this is a good thing, his new form, while Mrs Henshaw Terri, is trying to tell him this is all Superman’s fault. Lex, being the opportunist that he is, jumps on this idea and tries to seed the idea into Hank. Making the saying “speak of the devil and the devil will always come” be true, in walks Superman. The idea seed planting worked and Hank and Clark go at it.. To be continued

All this time, these issues have been doing *non-linear* story telling. Which started about four or so issues ago. And when you get to this, it all feels like a climatic point in the overall arc, for everyone really. I don’t know how much Miller has written ahead of time, but one could imagine this is already completed and we readers are just waiting week by week, to see the next round. The style of the 3 issue arc’s works fine for me, they may even be perfect. The way this issue starts was nice. I think more so written than properly drawn, but what else is new? When it comes to comics, I don’t know how much freedom the artist has to execute his style or creative versatility, but there were major improvements here than on his previous work so far with this book. I also am curious to see how much was drawn by hand, vs computerized effects.

Miller has written nine episodes (season 8-10)  for the show so is actually really grasping what this show means and is able to translate it well to the comic medium. From what I gathered about the comic medium, they set up the entire scene from the camera angle to the emotion each character is gonna feel, and some times the placement of props. If that holds true here, then in this issue it’s very effective. If not, then for once Perez has done something he seldom does so far–Impresses me.

There’s a few scenes I absolutely love here artistically. The scene when Terri Henshaw (his wife) is trying to calm him down, and the scene after he sets his human body aflame screaming “No”. The last is the final page, it  just has this “Super Moment” about it.

Enjoy your week.


  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art:  3.3 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3.5 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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