The 3rd story arc commences with this issue and it starts with the elements seen in Fracture (Se.7 Ep.12 ), Run (Se.4, Ep.5), and of course the ever relevant fact Lex no longer remembers anything prior to the series finally thanks to Tess.
In Fracture, we saw Clark gallivant in the mind of Lex, and now Lex has to do the exact same in his own mind. He’s interrupted by Otis, his assistant, and told that there’s a super battle going on with Superman and Psimon (an actual DC character) who is some how connected to Lex (this is Psimon’s first appearance on the show/comic), who has now showed up offering to stop the fight somehow. Angered by Lex’s presence, he attempts to strike him only to miss, thanks to Superman rushing in to save Lex and taking him to Mexico (or a Mexican owned region). When Superman returns, Psimon outsmarts him. At random, Impulse (or the flash, depending who you ask) helps take him down, since his actions and thoughts are basically registered simply as impulses versus normally processed thoughts. To help with his high metabolism, he gets everyone ice cream in typical Smallville fashion.
This may be the best start to an arc so far, and that’s from the start of the cover, to the end of the issue. From the small nods, to past events and characters like Bert, the C.S.I. photographer (which Bryan Q. Miller also wrote the episode he was featured in). I loved that Superman took Lex to Mexico. Too often is Superman the “good guy”, where as admirable as that is, it gets MAD boring. Sometimes, within reason, Superman should be able to do some asshole things like that. For example… “I don’t like you villain, let me just hit you into space for a second just because I can”. But anyway, I’m curious to see where this arc takes us in writing.
The artist again is new in this issue and is probably the best that’s ever worked on the book so far. Jorge Jimenez’s art with Carrie Straghan on colours. Jimenez captures the same flair that was in the episode “Fracture” with the creepy hallways and even the look of the younger Tess Mercer. And, this Lex IS MUCH MORE like the Lex from the show, much better art in this first issue. Let’s hope it continues.
- Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
- Art: 4.5 out of 5,
- layout: 4 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 4.5 out of 5,
- Story: 4 out of 5.
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