Smallville Season 11 #40

Haunted: Smallville - Season 11 039 coverHigh above the skies of Metropolis Clark calls Lois and tells her his plans to honour the memory of the Late Impulse. As he heads to the destination, Clark asks if she uncovered anything about Lex, she responds by saying when you fly by I’ll fill you in on what I’ve discovered. “I don’t think I’ll be doing that anymore” Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock “Honey… I’m home.” Clark surprises Lois and then briefly describes how he’s been fixed. But there’s always a job for Superman. At Lexcorp, Lex enters his office to be met by Superman & Green Arrow who confront him. Lex tries to figure out how Supes got so close and as he checks his app, he realizes that he, Superman, has been washed clean of the radiation. As Lex tires of their presence, he asks why the heroes have made his acquaintance, the pair address the fact that Lex has taken something… rather someone in the form of one Tess Mercer. Trying to avoid them, Superman walks away, only to be stopped by Lois. As Green Arrow begins to pull up a taser dart, Lois hits Lex with a knockout blow. Smallville - Season 11 038 As he comes to, the next morning, Otis finds him. As he fully comes too, Lex asks where the hell his sister is. As he begins to look around, he sees an envelope that Supes left for him “Thanks for the memories”. At Watchtower, Dr. Hamilton programs some kind of hard light hologram. As that excitement dies down Clark and Chloe finally catch up. Chloe, understandably, is unnerved by the memories from her doppelgänger and the pending crisis. As she explains, she lets slip that she’s pregnant. Clarks reaction is very much a Super(man) reaction. As she continues to explain why she and Ollie need to leave Metropolis Clark interrupts her saying he fully understands a parents need and want to go to great lengths to protect their kin to ensure a safe upbringing. Referencing Jor-El and Johnathan Kent in that way, she has his blessing to do what needed to be done. The End of Haunted.

Jorge Jimenez does a lot of good again. Even though, his faces are a tad inconsistent, he does great work with capturing emotions, both from the characters and from the tone of the scene. If there were ever to be a go to artist I’d seriously choose this guy. From the opening page to the final moment it’s framed and flows very nicely. Noteworthy scene is in Lexcorp. The style is very dark due to lack of lights and it added more to that scene. The added grain at the start of the scene was dope. Loved the facial expression on Lex’s face as Lois boxed him in it. It would seem the only character in this comic book so far, that is drawn closer to the character’s actor is Chloe (Allison Mack) and it’s not a bad thing just sometimes I’d like to see Tom Welling more often. Not since Guardian have I seen a total likeness. But for the most part, we do still see the actors and I’m OK with that.

Miller does a nice job of finishing this episode. Helps to tie it back into the series finale where Chloe retells a story to her son (spoiler alert?). Having the contrast of Chloe taking on the sacrifices similar to the two sets of parents Clark has was a nice send off. Not that she’s gone but it’s nice to see how much her character has matured from that nosey little reporter to the keeper of secrets and standing up for what’s right and now a mother. I’m curious to see where he takes her next. Bringing back Tess is even more interesting because she’s a computer program. Kind of taking up where she left off in the show. She’s back working at Watchtower and helping the team. I’m interested in seeing if she has any new powers as a result of her current form. Smallville - Season 11 #40 004 Rating : 4.5 Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 5 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: The “LEW System” – Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman III: Throwback Movie Review

Superman wasn’t feeling too super this time around.

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Directed by Richard Lester
Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman
Music by Ken Thorne
Duration 125 min

To any who have seen it, all agree it’s stupid and the worst of all the Superman movies, if not all live-action depictions of the character. Clearly showing age, Christopher Reeves’ 3rd outing as the title character, it’s not his fault, but at the same time, that’s because of the story. When you look at the story, it’s messed up because of what happens in Superman two. If you do happen to watch it, somehow Lois forgets that Clark is Superman. Lex is never mentioned (not that he’s missed to be but still). Back to Christopher Reeves, he does an okay job of delivering his lines and continuing to have us believe that a man could fly. This movie is more about Superman’s (out of the blue) demons. A lot of why this movie works is because of the talents from Reeves.

images  Smallville fans may remember the lovely face that is Lana Lang, wait… I mean Martha Kent, who plays Lana in this movie. There’s an interesting dynamic between Clark and Lana here. As much as a bumbling fool Christopher plays as Clark, he randomly had a bit more confidence here than when dealing with Lois. The highlight of the movie is when Clark fights Superman thanks to imperfect, man made piece of Kryptonite. The worst actor was Richard Pryor.

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and being mad that you could see all the lines and wires holding up Reeves. The blu-ray copy has gotten rid of those errors and which made this slightly more enjoyable. The coolest thing here was the flying in the movie. Reeves had quite a bit of practice now and having shot the movie noticeably away from New York, (proabably still in the U.K. for principle Photography) allowed them to have  more in city stunts. There’s less use of blue/green screens and a lot more practical flight stunts especially with the Clark versus Superman sequence. Another cool thing about this movie was his powers were slightly more explored. Up until this movie he’s only shown using flight, agility (running) strength, heat vision and super breath. This one he adds cool/ice breath. The best parts of the movie are the stunts. There’s a much bigger improvement from the past two instalments.

But honestly I hate this movie. It’s the worst one. The copy cat Lex Luther, the dumb reason for the identity split, Richard Pryor, the 2 hour running joke, everything else. Shout out to Margot Kidder, she was basically written out because she disagreed with the firing of Richard Donner. Though she can be glad she wasn’t in this movie.

Superman 3Bottom line is when you look back at Superman, this is just a footnote of how bad his character is. But there’s not many good 3rd movie trilogies out there. This isn’t one of them. I blame the director and as I said in the first or second review that this series is a fault all on it’s own because of the realm that these movies exist in. Superman is loved like everyone is a child this depiction of metropolis is where the went wrong.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 3 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4 out of 10,

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville S11 #3

– Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
-Art: Pere Perez

This is the end of act one, or maybe better put, episode one. Which, when reading felt like a real season opener (When you put the first two issues together, to this issue). It’s a decent issue once you get past the first 4 or so pages, but I’ll get to that in a bit. The story in this ish seems to recap the two previous issues and tells you where this entire season direction may be headed, as so many other season openers have done in the past. This issue starts with Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, saving the day with him then being saved by Superman, finding out Ollie is leaving for Star City, and that Him & Chloe have actually tied the knot before Lois & Clark. Then it ends on a cliff hanger, that little disturbance in space had been a disguise to bring someone/thing rocketing towards Earth.

As I was saying about the first 4 pages, the writing just seemed so…tacky. It’s true to the character in a way, with Ollie, but all else in this scene, it just doesn’t work. Feels very child like, but then again I’m reading comic books, so that’s kinda part of the package I guess (it is to David Cronenburg). The remainder of the issue is pretty dead on with what the rest of the main cast would say in the show. With the cliff hanger ending, I’m very curious to see what may happen.

The artist needs to go. If the writing is “childish”, the art is infant. It reminds me of the “New52” Action Comics art, and how bad that was. If sales of this book aren’t high, the art may be the reason. Granted it’s only 3 issues in, but damn. There should be a limit to this kind of crap. Maybe they should have rotating artists, kinda in the way Spider-Man had his when they did his “Brand New Day” reboot/recon. It really needs to have a more “realistic” feel. I’d suggest artist, but the good ones are all at Marvel doing great things (Sorry.. Its true).

******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.7 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.5 out of 5,
  • layout*: 2.5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5,*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

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 #1

– Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
-Art: Pere Perez

 

So, welcome back to the next set of comic book reviews. I’m behind, I know, I apologize, but if you read my “Smallville, A Look Back” then you kinda know what’s coming. If you don’t, then that’s too bad for you. This one will be short.

Smallville Season 11. Yes they made it a comic, so go out & buy it. The story in issue one, is his re-emergence since the finale episode, this comic takes place approximately 6 months after it all. To help with any confusion, the finale takes place 7 years after, well the scenes with Chloe and the last initial scene, so now to the review.

Superman has had one consistent thing (which I’m assuming the John Byrne run back in the 70’s or 80’s started), which is any time we see him for the first time in a new story, he has to fly & save some kinda plane or flying object. In the first Superman movie, the helicopter & Lois, in the Superman Returns movie, the air plane launching the space shuttle, etc. Here it’s slightly different. He is saving a space station and its crew from some kind of unknown force. This issue works for me and it doesn’t, for 2 reasons. It doesn’t really explain anything and it shows you the characters for sure to be seen again in later issues as this “seasons” arc progresses. I like that fact it doesn’t go into really explaining who everyone is, even as a new reader you can grasp the idea.

The story is short, nothing is really given other than seeing Superman in a new version of superman uniform (It’s a mix between the current superman uniform and the “Superman: Earth One” story arc by J. Michael Strazincky). This story doesn’t entirely feel like a season opener story, but that could just be a matter of interpretation.

The art is a let down in my opinion. I figured since it’s based off a tv show, they would have gotten a bit of a bigger artist, being that the writer is from the show and what not. It’s very cartoon-ish, which of course is expected for a comic book, but again, it’s based off a show. I was hoping some of that could be carried over into this medium. Or at least have consistent face drawings and not what appears to be guess work.

******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.7 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of ,
  • Continuity? So far everything is matching up from the show smallville, Chloe being the only exception.

    *layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville… A Look Back

2001 saw the start of something that’s been done over & over. We were introduced to a population of about 45,000! and it was just like any other day.. Well.. Sort of. It was the home coming to the crows, the local high-school team for the small midwestern town. Of course if you don’t already know, I’m talking about Smallville– The home of the worlds (soon to be) GREATEST EVER SUPERHERO!

A quick run down of the seasons.

Se1- meteor freaks. Seasons end conflict: freak tornado.

Se2: the story gets deeper and we learn more about Clark’s origins and what affects him. Seasons end conflict: Clark leaves after causing his family pain with the aid of Red Kryptonite.

Se3: Clark returns, but at a price. His dad (Johnathan Kent) makes a deal with Clark’s father, Jor-el. Lex goes crazy.

Seasons end conflict: Jor-el wants back his son to do his bidding.

Se4: Clark returns, Lois shows up, and Jor-el sends Clark on a treasure hunt. Flash/Impulse is introduced. Seasons end conflict: Clark has to stop another meteor shower and erect the fortress of solitude.

Se5: Time to become super. Clark becomes human and finally gets with Lana. Brainiac arrives, and wants Zod to make Earth the new Krypton, but ifrst he needs a human host. Johnathan runs for senator, Lionel Luther confesses to a secret that ends up killing Johnathan. Aquaman and Cyborg are introduced.
Season’s end conflict: Lex gets possessed by Zod’s entity and sends the boy scout to the phantom Zone.

Se6: Clark fights his way back to his loved ones, and as he does, his world isn’t so small as he first thought, as “Green Arrow” is introduced and the justice league is formed. (Don’t ask..) As Clark is about to finally start his training with Jor-el, he gets reports that when he came back the Phantoms, from the Phantom Zone are on Earth.

Season’s end conflict: Bizzaro.

Se7. The fight continues as Clark & Bizzaro try to figure how to beat the other. Kara-EL, Super Girl bursts on to the scene. A secret society, Veritas, has always known & had plans for a traveler, who happens to be Clark.
Season’s end conflict: Lex kills everyone who is aware of the existence of “Veritas”, to get the answers he’s been wanting since the first meteor shower.

Se8: Lex is rumored to be dead, and Clark feels ok with that. He finally starts taking the right steps to become the legend, but first he’s gotta deal with Doomsday and a stupid blonde headed friend. Lana says her final PAINFUL Goodbye. Season’s end conflict: Doomsday.

Se9: The Orb that Lex found in se7 comes alive to reveal clone of the not yet General, but Major Zod. It’s a game of wits and lies and questions. Clark & Lois finally get closer to being together. Season’s end conflict: Major Zod and his Kandorian Amry.

Se10 (the final season): It’s Time to become legend (If you read Marvel’s Civil war, DC’s Final crisis, then you kinda understand what I’m about to say). The U.S gov’t wants the “heroes” to register and be an army with an agenda, and an Anti-life equation that sweeps metropolis. Bringing Darksieds “Apokolips” to Earth. Clark gets ready to wed Lois. And well, just watch the series finale.

The saddest thing about this is, this may have been the ONLY TIME we get to see Clark in any real “Superman” outfit or remotely close to one that isn’t CGI (though many believe this was a cgi S shield)

I can’t spoon feed you everything, just know that if you watch it from start to finish you may bust a tear.

I was like 12 when this show started and was mad crazy about Superman (I’ll get into that later), so this show was great at the time it came on. I was a preteen figuring out emotions, feels, wants, and having people I didn’t know trying to control me (for better or for worse…). Everything this show dealt this seemed to some how come back to me. Be it a theme or an exact replica of an event. There’s this thing that draws you to this show especially come season three. I don’t know what that thing is exactly, but I’m glad it did. There’s so much about Superman here in this show its crazy, he has been around since the 1930’s. There’s so much that the character has gone through from marriage, a few reboots, like 5 movies, a death, and a bunch of cartoons. But this show may have been one of the best takes on superman. Well, up to season 7, then it was just watching to see what they ruined. As good as the series finale is, it leaves too many questions for both the on/off screen moments. None the less, this is the start of my *Season 11 comic reviews… I’ll try and do them more frequently. So enjoy! (See next post)

 

P.S. just for you viewing pleasure: