Smallville Season 11 #33

Smallville - Season 11 033 COVERBack with the “Hunted” story arc where Superman and Impulse are teaming up to help deal with some form of speed demon. The story starts off in Mumbai where another speed storm, takes a child’s life, then a cop’s, in France. Chloe and Oliver, at Watchtower, inform the two heroes of the increasing rates of death due to speed storms in locations recently visited by Impulse. Meanwhile, the two have come to their destination, the home of Jay Garrick. Back at Watchtower, Chloe faints and seems to slip into a trance that sends her into the memories of E2 Chloe. In these memories, she sees Earth 2 Clark hunting the “Meteor Freaks” at their high school graduation and then how close she came to death by the hands of Clark. She comes out of the trance shaken up. Back in the home of Jay Garrick, who asks (one of the biggest questions to never get answered on the show) why he stole his identity. Bart explains that he didn’t intend to, the names were just in his head after getting his powers (I’m sure this is something that will be built upon later). Then the real reason why the two showed up at Jay’s house comes up, and he then explains why he stopped being the “Flash” since the JSA arrests. Impulse asks how he can survive it like Jay has, which isn’t an option for Bart, so Jay tells him… Then you have to die son the “speed demon” can collect. To be continued…

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This was one of those issues/episodes… (Segments?) that was missing in the weekly live action. There is quite a bit of back story given about Impulse and he was easily the shows best Co-starring hero, until Green Arrow made his debut. But Impulse was the only one who didn’t entirely make sense or get a real origin story. Don’t get me wrong, he still doesn’t have much of one, but it was a step in the right direction. The Jay Garrick scene feels much like a Smallville cameo. Meaning, it’s there, but then budget is too low to use this properly, which is unfortunate. I felt they could have done more for Garrick’s back story as well, but its good for what his purpose is. One thing, that I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, is how I love that there’s ton of flash backs in these comics and this arc, so far, is no different. I can only guess Bryan Q. Miller has bigger plans than he’s led us to believe for the cast. I’m actually kind of more curious to see the Chloe side of a story… I guess there’s a first time for everything.

Fave piece of artwork in this issue
Fave piece of artwork in this issue

As much as I’ve been praising Jorge Jimenez, this probably wasn’t his best issue. Towards the end of the book it looked very cheap, but I still have faith in his work. There isn’t much here that I can say that hasn’t already been said by me, so with that said,

Here’s your comic codes & ratings:

Marvel Comics App Code
TMM36MLB3U1

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Art: 2.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 2.6 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman vs the Elite Review

300px-Action_Comics_775Based on the DC comics story : “What’s so funny about truth justice and the American way” by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermelo. This is a great story with the post 9/11 world we live in that mirrors the Superman Earth one Vol. 2 story/theme of power.

Superman Vs The EliteSuperman is a character that has become known as the Boy Scout, the do-gooder, the guy who doesn’t want to get his hands dirty. He’s been one of the characters who symbolize the best of what we’re all capable of. This story tests what he is and the strength of his morale by asking if the Superman of old can still hold up in the world we live today.

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honour and justice become the reality we all share — I’ll never stop fighting”

Off the bat, I will say that the animation/art style is terrible. But after it’s all said and done, I think the reason for the design of each character, in particular Superman, was to mirror a character that is child friendly and furthermore, to mimic the Dave Fleischer animated series from 1942. As the story progresses however, the animation does get better especially towards the end the climactic battle on the moon.

The  voice acting in this picture, is actually pretty well done they brought back Superman’s long time voice actor, George Newbern, and it is helpful to have a familiar voice, but the actor they chose for Manchester Black was actually the best acted. He really captured the essence of a “punk rocker” fresh from the mother country. Surprisingly there are a lot of female actresses to play the younger roles in this feature.

The content itself, is pretty adult themed. Light enough for children, I’d say from 10 and up, not for younger ones. It’s not a convoluted story where you need to think a lot about what is going on. It’s pretty fast paced and easy to follow which is very helpful, because not everybody is a political science expert. If you care about life or even the neighbour beside you, then this story make sense.  One thing I’ve always appreciated about the DC animated stories, is that they’re not afraid to have a little bit of cursing in the movies. They don’t overdo it to the point where it’s childish and offensive but one here and there, never hurt anybody.2401740-superman_mad_3

As I’m writing this I have to say that this is probably my most favourite Superman animated feature to date. It has a lot of the stuff that should be in the Superman story and leaves you wanting more. The theme is even more relevant today with recent news stories like the Boston bombings and the guy who kidnapped and held captive the women in Ohio for a decade. These are the kind of people we want to see suffer slowly for their crimes, and rightfully so, but who really wants that kind of blood on their hands? Once a person breaks that barrier what is to stop them from killing someone who steals for a noble reason like feeding his child. This is not to say that stealing is right but is killing for safety just as acceptable? This is the type of stuff that should be in a Superman story.

Rating :

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 3.5
  • Art/Animation: 3.3
  • Voiceover Work: 4
  • True to the Source Material: 3

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman Earth One: Vol.Two

Power.

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003-004Everyone has some. Some more than others. To a degree, everyone wants it. Be it the power to run the world, a country, state/province/territory, a city, or power to conquer their enemies, or even will power to simply stand up in the face of any form of adversity. It’s something the human condition strives to have. Some of us find power in controlling our “loved” ones, others, in more financial conditions. So what happens when a being short of being a God, decides to use his unlimited power to help humanity? Well, you get Superman, and you get this story.002

Power is clearly the theme for the second volume, which very much feels like it’s going to be a 3 volume part story (hopefully). A lot of the ideas introduced in Vol. 1 are brought back to carry the story. It’s done in such a grounded way, yet again, J.M.S. continues to question the moral code of Superman. I don’t know if it was initially introduced through the original movie (“Superman: The Movie” with Chris Reeves), but one of the things instilled in Clark is that he shouldn’t impose his will on to the people. He should walk among them, and seem like them, even though he clearly isn’t. There’s actually 2 great moments to reflect that and you get into Clark’s mind and you see that he thinks just like us. You know when you see something stupid or “unjust” and you just want to slap them? Well, the difference is Superman has heat vision.

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The villain chosen for this volume, is none other than Parasite, and let me just say, he’s by far the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in this medium.061Everything about his look just freaks you out. I think I even read a bit faster so I could turn the page a bit faster when he was on. His back story is a bit intriguing. Sadly it did sort of come off a bit typical, but it does play a part that I will comment on later. If I’m not mistaken, there are two alternate identities to the character “Parasite” and do believe this to be the “original” one, Raymond Jensen, who gets his powers almost the same way, minus a few details from the original source. He teaches Clark that if even for a moment he forgets how strong he is, there can be dire consequences.

Which brings me to probably the highlight of this book. For a moment he *SPOILER * loses his powers and goes on this whole “rant”, for lack of a better term, and he just realizes how strong as a race we really are when you boil down how dangerous our everyday life is. I think in that moment, which is beautifully crafted, you could really see how and why he is Earth’s greatest champion. Then, there’s a part later when he takes the accident of him losing powers and Parasite’s strength. How fragile he has to be when dealing with “us”, and the overall sacrifice of him being so strong. How being intimate with someone else is really risky for him… well, her when a her is relevant. In addition to that, there is a moment that really defines the character, if not, then the character J.M.S has chosen to write/create. Superman is an immigrant who, at the end of the day, doesn’t judge people for their life choices. He saves all, good and bad, and is willing to befriend the same way. On the surface, he doesn’t care. Internally, he may have formed an opinion, but that’s only assuming. It’s a good way to live… Accept those for who they are, and read the actions directed to you in the favour of your well being and or, against.

Parasite finds himself

Love seeing these in books. Minus the first choice, all of these still creep me out.
Love seeing these in books. Minus the first choice, all of these still creep me out.

Bottom Line: Fantastic, easy read with more things that should be in a Superman book now with todays way of life. I’d love to see this be the sequel to Man Of steel but I’m sure most, if not all, of the concepts in this book will be brought up in the Man Of Steel film. Definitely worth picking up.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8 out of 10,
  • Art:  8.8 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Story: 8 out of 10,
  • Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #32

Smallville- Season 11 #32-000Back with the Effigy story arc where John Jones has seemingly snuck into the Batcave. Batman being on the offensive tries to fight him, but John Jones isn’t just some thug, John gets past his offence and enters his mind. Batman seems to have some kind of counter mind control/mind reading defence and orders Alfred to aid him orally. After Batman realizes that Jones isn’t a threat they head to go to the crime scene, since Jones is a Martian as well. Once there GCPD’s (Gotham City Police Dept) Jim Gordon (rank isn’t clear) feels uneasy with the presence of another cop in his jurisdiction, but quickly learns that he really hasn’t a clue what to do in this particular case. Jones asks if Gordon knows about Barbra, and Batman says he doesn’t, since it’s not up to him to tell him. The two determine that Jones is being hunted and that he’s lucky to live alone. But Jones lives in an apartment building, not a house or secret base. Jones rushes off, leaving Batman to call Watchtower (Chloe). He asks where Superman is, and she tells him away on a mission. He then calls Alfred who send the Bat-Plane. In Metropolis, the white Martian is attacking Jones’ neighbours as he arrives to his building with Batman not far behind. The two Martians fight each other to a stand still where Batman tosses a batarang incinerator (or incendiary?). the white Martian takes off and Batman asks why John was called a murderer by it. Jones simply say because I am…. To be continued.

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Batman needs a new name for all his gadgets and vehicles. I’m tried of writing bat this, bat that. Ugh. Anyway, I’m happy to see more DC universe characters being introduced. As much as I’d like to see more Superman oriented stories, the additional characters are a bit of a way to not have Superman over kill, especially with these side stories.

There’s a bit of an easter egg in this issue, the bat-plane, if I’m not mistaken, it’s the same one either from the animated show from the 90’s or from the Keaton Batman movie. I’m curious to know if that was an artist choice or writer’s. In saying that, Axel Gimenez and Diana Egea, work very well together. I don’t know if they have in the past, but on this book they do. I think Axel was a great choice for this book, he’s able to capture the original actors face, and give real emotion each time you see one of the live acted characters. His style may take a bit more experience for me to fully grasp but I am enjoying it with Diana on the inks.

The overall story here seems to be a little forced, why? I don’t know, but it doesn’t flow as much as you would hope. Bryan, is still making a a worthy mythos, but I just don’t think this one works that we’ll. But it’s still very much a smallville story, which is probably the only reason this book is selling at the moment.

love the intensity
love the intensity

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.6 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.7 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3.4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2.6 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #31

Gotta add, of all the covers, this is the “worst” one. why does Impulse look like he’s 6?

On the roof top of the daily Planet, Lois and Clark are talking about how much they miss each other and then she shows him info about the man who turned old, at the old Lexcorp facility. She also tells him others like this have been showing up all over the globe with the same end result, Supes then determines they’re all places Bart has been, and the frequency is increasing. Then Lois’ intern, interrupts the rendezvous with info on the note Lex seemingly wrote without knowing. It was indeed the handwriting of one Tess Mercer. At S.T.A.R. Labs, Ollie and Dr. Hamilton discuss the possible outcomes of what “Earth one” (aka: E1 from here on out) Chloe may get from Ollie’s fringe idea(see bottom of post), one being that the baby will be fine, but it’s all a risk after that. Meanwhile, at the Justice Society of America HQ, Abigail Hunkel aka Red Tornado let’s Impulse, and Superman in to get a lead on where Jay Garrick is. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Chloe finally enters the memories of E2 Chloe, where she sees Lois running away from or to something. She yells  something to Chole, then a face in the sky, disintegrates her… To be continued…

So, I’ll come out and say it, the face was the “Anti Monitor” from the story “Infinite Crisis on Infinite Earth’s” . This was expected but his entrance to the show has probably been the best reveal since any of Clark’s friends/foes from season one to now. It just has this grand moment that I could easily see being a mid-season finale. Well, at least that’s how I pictured it.

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Favourite page of the issue

Jorge is largely in part to why this arc is so fantastic right now. Rarely is there a bad panel or page. It’s not always true to character or to the actor’s face, but at this point, that’s expected and it’s not so bad. I mean, it’s better than some other artists, who don’t really change the way anyone’s face is structured. When you get to the end with Lois getting killed, you can really feel a Smallville like essence. This dude has really captured the flair of the show.

Bryan Q. Miller even, he came on late to the show, I believe, between season five to seven, and he’s just gradually getting better. I would like to believe that his scripts are detailed enough to really get the best out of Jorge. I don’t think since reading the first two final crisis’ that I’m really excited for a DC book. Add the fact that all the back story you need is in the show and light references are always made in this book, right now is the best time to jump on this book.

OLLIE’S FRINGE IDEA

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3.4 out of 5,
  • Story: 4 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #30

Smallville - Season 11 030 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 00Back to the hunted story line, where Lex is in his own mind, talking to Tess. He tells her that they’ve pinpointed the exact location of where Tess’ consciousness lies. With that said, he gives her an ultimatum, “… Let me know everything you know about Superman…. Or I give myself brain damage.” Meanwhile at S.T.A.R. Labs, Dr. Hamilton tells his crew plans for the night, one being to help Impulse, the other being they want to re-purpose the technology during the Hank Henshaw incident. Back at Luthercorp, Lois has infiltrated the building, and as Otis and Lex pass by, she steals Otis’ swipe card. As she gets to where she’s going, her cousin Chloe stops her by turning out the lights to show her it has a higher security system than meets the eye. And as Lois confesses how much she misses Clark, Chloe tells her they took the machine brain machine Lex was using to talk to Tess. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Superman and Impulse begin to race on a machine that allows Superman to reach the needed speed that allows Bart to see the “Speed Demon”. When Superman does, he’s booted and vows to save Bart from it… To be continued

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01It’s very interesting to see how desperate Lex is. He really wants the secrets that are seemingly locked in his brain. Which actually, besides the main story, is one of the reasons I’m still reading this book (that and cause I’m legit a fan of the show). Miller is handling things very well, I really think that this is the best arc, in terms of development of both character and story. There isn’t much that happens, but for what is, it’s a nice balance.

One thing I usually couldn’t stand in the show, was there was never a real reference to previous episodes in a direct way. Here and there yes, but not common in the slightest. With the Lex story there’s a lot of that and I think it’s helping.

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Favourite moment in this issue

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.2 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #29

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013)Ollie and Chloe spend time at the “Watchtower” in what seems to be  reversed roles. Chloe is practicing her aim with Ollie’s bow, while Ollie is reading baby books. She claims her reason is so she can be ready for the “Crisis” that she was warned about by her doppelganger. Ollie then has a “Fringe” idea; why not ask her what she meant, even though her earth two counterpart is dead. Meanwhile, over the Atlantic, headed West, Superman and Impulse discuss the speed demon (or black racer) that’s been haunting him. They discuss how it basically started when Lex “tortured” him by making him run continuously for stealing Lexcorp secrets. Impulse figures since he’s the only one who sees it, he is crazy. Clark assures him, he’s not. Meanwhile, Lois is at the same place the speed demon first emerged, and begins to investigate why Lex is now trying to “demolish” the site. Inside, we see workers are collecting meteor rock (kryptonite, green) when suddenly, some kind of “Speed storm” surrounded a worker and threw him at a wall. Lois, rushes over, and when she digs him up from under loose debris, she finds the man has aged to be a very old man…. To continued.

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01First and foremost, even though I have my problems with Bryan Q. Miller, he does know the show well. He makes two references to previous Smallville seasons, and it’s one I think many fans questioned, but never bothered to ask. I won’t spoil it. But it’s actually pretty funny if you’re a major fan of the show. Right now every character is getting a fair chance to shine. Each has his or her moment, which I think is largely in part to not having a restrictive budget as the show did. We can see more characters at once, also, largely due to the fact that you don’t need to worry about call times and weather conditions, so on and so forth. Miller is just really creating an interesting interwoven story. These are clearly his episodes when it comes down to it, and maybe besides Steven S. DeKnight (who is on Spartacus) I doubt I’d want anyone else to write this book truthfully.

That said, Jorge is still knocking off my socks. His anime-like style is just so fitting. I may not get Tom Welling’s face, but the facial expressions are great regardless. The start with Chloe and Oliver are the best in terms of true to likeness of the actor/actress in this issue.


(but wait, theres still more)

Rating 3.7

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2.7 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code
TMM15H7AA797

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman: Earth One Review

At some point in life, you were either a teenager, or a young adult or maybe you currently are, and you’ve questioned everything before you as teachers & parents would tell you is a normal thing. Who you are, who you are meant to be, why you are, even why you don’t fit in, for example. Now for a moment, picture yourself as a child. You look like every other person around you…. Normal. You have every possible ability any other child born of this earth has. Now, keep with me, you are one day playing a little catch or stick ball with your dad/mom, brother etc, or you see a beautiful girl, or you try to run for the first time as a child, a bus with all your friends falls into a lake… And suddenly, you throw/hit that ball 20 miles away, you shoot intense heat from your eyes, you run as fast as you could and you are in China in 5 seconds (if you are reading this in China, then you’re in Brazil in three seconds) and you can pick up the bus with all your friends in it with ease. I’m sure you just pictured yourself not of this earth with the same questions. But they now have a greater weight to it don’t they?
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I love how this looks like a billboard
I love how this looks like a billboard

That’s the main premise of “Superman Earth One”. You aren’t just a mere mortal, you’re an alien from a distant planet. Sent as a child to earth for what? To be the master of mortals? For protection? TO PROTECT Earth from harms way (which is the actual answer, by the way)? All these are great questions for a man who can literally do anything which is very evident in the early pages of this J. M. Straczynski written, Shane Davis drawn book. The artwork reminded me kind of a hard hitting, anime that has a serious film grain like in the movie 300. The costume choice is very much like the one seen in the early pages of Smallville season 11. It’s a great design (much better than the current Superman comics book design, and the Man of Steel one as well). The entire comic is drawn perfectly. I don’t think there’s really any bad page, panel. Though, I do question the look of Jonathan Kent. He looks much like William Dafoe. As well, and this is a contradiction, but the only page that’s a little confusing, was when they show the villain’s home world in the same orbit as Superman’s. Another thing that I really enjoyed, artistically, was they gave Lois a mole. It’s easy to miss; I’ve maybe read this book 3 times and I just now caught it. The only character design I didn’t like at all, was “Jimmy Olsen”. He looked like a very poorly drawn Wolverine. Shane was a great choice for this book, and one of the best creative collaborators to work with J.M.S since J.M.S’s run on Amazing Spider-man with John Romita Jr.

(But wait,Theres still more)

The work of J.M.S is brilliant. He took the story almost any comic reading being can recite to some degree, and built around it. He did it in a very interesting way that was very compelling. He made the origin feel organic to the story, and not just, “oh ye, we need to have this, so let’s just toss this in here.” There was almost like “we’re only telling you this so you understand how its all related to the story of the bad guy”. Yes, the initial origin of Superman ties directly to the past of bad guy here, and the bad guy here is an incredible one. He is very plausible and I have to wonder why no one honestly thought of it before to this degree in the regular comics.
Moving a bit a way from the character’s, J.M.S crafts a story that is short and sweet. It could be argued that it’s not worth the money asked for the book, but it is worth it if you so happen to find it for cheap at a “used” book store (B.M.V, for example for people in Toronto). It’s an easy read and gives you a lot of options that many of today’s young adults face when finishing school or still undecided in terms of career options. He used this medium to even bring valid debatable issues on a global scale through the villain, which I sort of agree with. But we don’t live in a world, sadly, to have it ever happen. He even took a page from Watchmen with the “end game” move towards the end.

J.M.S was one of the major reasons I got back into comics. He did a story called Sins Past, which, I’m probably the only one who enjoyed that story (deals with Gwen, having relations with Norman Osborn.. Ye, it’s sickening, but it happened). Then I followed the entire run of spider-man done by J.M.S and loved it, minus the ending (one more day, wasn’t his idea, but still). Then he left Marvel for the Definitive Competition and here we are. The cover drew me to the book. I loved how mysterious and bad ass he seemed (Superman). Then I found out it was a J.M.S story, and I only said “take my money”. One thing that does annoy me with this is that THIS is called Earth One, which means it’s the main Superman. Yet, some how, for some reason, it didn’t go to become the origin of the “New 52” Superman. Why? I don’t know. It was much better of a story than what was produced early from both “Action Comics” & “Superman” books.

Bottom line if your into Superman this is probably the best origin story your gonna get for a while, that pays homage to a lot other incarnations of the Man of Steel. It’s a great out of continuity read and it’s fast as well. It’s definitely worthy of a pick up.128

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8.7 out of 10,
  • Art:  8 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 7 out of 10,
  • Story: 8.8 out of 10,
  • Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #26

Smallville1126-1Smallville1126-2The 26th issue has Lois paying Lex a visit who seems to be controlled by Tess in some fashion. It Lex or Tess leaves a note for Lois “HELP!” Meanwhile over The Atlantic Ocean, Superman and The Flash/ Kid Flash, Impulse (which ever you agree with that he is, use, but for each time he’s referenced from here on out, he’s Impulse/Bart) do their normal routine of racing each other to Mumbai, India. Somehow Impulse beat him there. Later Superman fills Impulse in on the radiation issue caused by Lex, over ice-cream. They end up having a real bromance moment. Seconds later, Watchtower summons the two to Paris to deal with art thieves. The two agree to make it a “best two outta three” race, this time Bart gives Supes a head start. Just as he is about to take off, something calls out….

Smallville1126As you can see in the sample here the art is a lot better overall, Minus the part in the story with Lois, Jorge Jimenez (Carrie Straghan on colours) really craft a nice tone to the book it’s a very loose looking anime style (which I think I said in the last issue review). I think its safe to say that since the first arc, we are gonna see less and less likeness to the actors in particular to Tom Welling as Clark. which isn’t such a bad thing, but its a tad annoying to me anyway. I mean, for 10 seasons we’ve seen Tom, so I was hoping the artist’s would do a little more justice to the source material… but meh, life goes on right?

Bryan’s clearly setting us up for  something. This issue really just felt like a filler or a bridge even. With Bart in this issue, we’ll see a lot more “fast paced” action (really as fast as one could imagine for a comic). Expect a lot of mexican slang, and some back story, I’m sure, later about why he had Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, etc., I.d’s. I’m sure whatever is calling out to him is gonna be something from the speed force. which recently caused Barry Allen to make a return from the dead in Final Crisis (which totally sucked by the way).

Rating:

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

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code
TMM220TMBPAV -> CONTAINS A ZERO

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #28

Smallville Season 11 028 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01On the moon, A new Watchtower is being constructed as seen in the first episode of season 11(not the first issue). There Superman and his then guardian (see season 6 and onward), Martian Man hunter are supervising the construction being made by the robots from S.T.A.R. Labs. Suddenly, an alert warns him of the Psimon incident and he rushes off to be Superman. Martian Man hunter(aka M.M) then leaves to head back to his alias’ home John Jones where we met his neighbours. When he finally reaches his apartment, we see the effigy. A small portrait of him, his wife, and his child. Then a whispering voice “J’onzz” (his real name is J’on J’onzz) calls out to him and he nightmarish memories flood his mind causing him to revert back to is Martian form. In Gotham, Batman and Nightwing stop members of the “mutants” gang (yes, the mutants from the Frank Miller story/animated feature). And just as Nightwing stops her share of mutants, a scream is hard a short distance away. When she reaches the source of the scream, she encounters a white Martian like alien who severely wounds her. Batman was just a little to late to stop the attack. Back at Wayne Manor aka the batcave, Nightwing is in some rehabilitation chamber, and Batman has cross referenced with his own database, a symbol that was left at the scene. Out of no where M.M shows up, to confirm “… Its Martian”. To be continued.

This issue came out roughly around the same time the “Batman: the Return of the Dark Knight” animated movie came out, I believe so it was a nice small promo that Miller did with the mutants. Be it intentional or not. I even enjoyed the mention of Clayface (he’s my fave batman villain). All in all this was a fine way to start an issue. Not the best, but it works.

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New artist Axel Gimenez, does a Really good job here. It’s not perfect, but it was still good in comparison. Would I pay to see him on a monthly, no. His Batman is much better from panel to panel from the character’s debut in “Detective”. Where the issue shines, is later. The art takes more from the show in terms of how each character looks.

The effigy word using is a little confusing for me. The meaning is clearly seen, early, but right now, I don’t think it was the appropriate title.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art: 3 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics Code Redeem
TMM220TMBPAV -> CONTAINS A ZERO

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #27

smallville1127-1 Lex visits Psimon, which Lex is hoping will bare fruit from having Psimon read his mind. Psimon sees Tess… He then reveals that Lex is just an evil person. In Paris, Superman and Impulse battle monkey/ape art thieves. They want the art to fund creating their own nation. The leader of the thieves, Mallah, is controlled by a brain (I think the ape may be Gorilla Grodd) sees he’s fighting a loosing battle, so in a last-ditch effort, he shoots a machine gun which makes Impulse run faster.. Which the voice from last issue is slightly revealed. Impulse saves the day, but not without being a little shaken up…. To be continued.Smallville11

In the, early days of the Smallville show, which is one of the major reasons it was so successful, they would deal with a lot of morals, and how he was destined to be Superman through these morals. Basically, every episode wasn’t just Superman pushing people (ok, well maybe the first season was), but it had something that the viewer Could take home and apply to their life (usually in all superhero mediums, this is the case). Right now, I feel like the comic isn’t living up to that legacy. It has its moments but not as much as it probably should . Bryan Q. Miller came on to the show late so he may have missed the memo about that. This however is very much a day in the life of Superman. Which is just as good. But I think one of the many issues Superman has faced in his later years is that he’s isn’t very relatable. Other than the fact he’s from a different world and migrated to earth for a better life, not many can relate to a god of sorts. (apparently “El” means God in Hebrew. Read the fourth, 4th, paragraph if you click the link. Or something along those lines). Now I get he stands for truth and justice (and the American way, though which American way is really important to know in my opinion) but, that’s really hard to relate to for different reasons. Right now, in this issue, so far into the “season” this isn’t what I expected. I’m entertained, yes, but I do miss the Smallville of old. And since the last arc was with a poorly portrayed Batman, I would have hoped to see a solo arc for a bit. Note, I’m not dissing the appearance of Impulse, loved his character in the show, I just feel it’s gonna be special guest overdrive for a bit before we get to some real Superman development.

Jorge draws a decent Impulse in action, there’s a moment in the issue where he’s in his “Speed time” which was a frequently used gimmick in the show for episodes featuring Impulse much less, the earlier seasons of Clark’s days at Smallville High. It was a nice touch to give that nostalgic feeling. Be it artist idea or writer’s it worked. Plus I could fully see that happening right before the cliffhanger ending. The art of Jorge is one I’m hoping stays around for a while.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 3.8 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code
TMM312cgp2pv -> CONTAINS A ZERO

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW