Smallville Season 11 #39

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As the Speed Demon looks at the recently arrived Impulse, the two exchange words. Impulse quickly grabs Clark and tells him that he needs all of Clark’s speed in order to defeat him. As Impulse gets him to a “safe” distance, Clark begins to try and reason with him to not do this by himself.  Impulse confirms that the figures he saw before arriving to Las Vegas (last ish) have told him how to beat this Black Flash. Just as quickly as he arrived he leaves Clark in the desert to take on the Speed Demon, but Clark doesn’t like to be put in the corner so he fly’s back to try and join him, remembering the first time he let Bart get away (back in season four, episode 5: “Run”). As Clark begins to reach him he calls out to him asking him to slow down, he whispers “Not this time, amigo.” Reaching the Speed Demon he suddenly stops and this bright yellow light engulfs the area and then all of a sudden lightening strike causes a thunderous boom that seems to level Las Vegas. When Clark Finally gets to the site, he’s met with a crater the shape of the Flash logo.

Back in another flash back memory, Chloe relives the first meeting she had with her E2-Chloe doppelgänger when they had almost touched and repulsed each other like a powerful magnet. When E2-Chloe landed she met a Monitor who told her that even though she survived the destruction of her Earth, that Earth1 (E1… “our” Earth) will meet the same end. The monitor then explains why this is happening which is simple. The monitors maintain order. Existence is chaos. As Chloe wakes she hears Clark say that Impulse is gone. Sometime later at the home of the JSA (Justice Society of America) Jay Garrick talks with Superman, who assures Garrick, it’s not his fault (although yes it is lol). Moments later, Dr. Hamilton tells him that whatever borrowed speed force he was exposed to cleansed him of any radiation Lex was using to track Superman… To Be Continued.

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This was all kind gut wrenching. The apparent death of Impulse was shocking as ever. Given the hidden messages like “you haven’t met them yet” when telling Clark about the “little birdies” or the fact of the logo and even remembering that this is, still a comic. It’s a nerd/geekSmallville - Season 11 039 (2013) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 07 soap opera, I’m sure he will be back. But Kudos to Miller who crafted a thrilling end to this story arc/chapter… episode.

 

This one (chapter and issue) has the most emotions but not overly done/over the top as was a couple issues ago. Nice touch adding the scenes from season four to contrast the death of Bart in this issue.

Jimenez AGAIN, knocked the ball out of the park with this one. He really captured the needed flair to pull off the throwback scenes from that “Run” episode. With this arc, I’m even more curious to see the script for this issue. Capturing the boyish charm Kyle Gallner had in his portrayal. The art was well placed for the entire Las Vegas related content. The ending with Chloe to bring it all home was nicely done with both the art, and timing. Then Clark’s expression at the very end was a nice touch.

This was a nice end to a character, if even for now. Maybe it’s just me, but I love when a hero goes out the hero doing and using his powers the right way. Mad happy with this arc. And that CLARK CAN FINALLY BE CLARK… well the disguise of Clark.Smallville - Season 11 039

 

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.4 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.4 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

Smallville Season 11 #36

Smallville - Season 11 036 (2013) cover Smallville - Season 11 036 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 01Effigy: Continuing from where the issue___ left us, it continues with very brief summary of how his civilization by what earthlings would call a race war. He takes us from that point in time to when he first met Jor-el, explaining the duties he carried out in the name of justice to being Clark’s guardian, to then being a hero in his own right. At the Batcave, Alfred tells Batman that Barbra is now up and about. Inside of Watchtower, Batman and Martian Manhunter figure out that the “white martian” is in Colorado, in the Rockies, where a once top secret government agency known as Checkmate once resided. Once there, the two begin their hunt for the violent Mars alien. When inside, they find a rocket, a dead body clutching a cell phone and a doll. They determined the decay on the body is roughly a year old. Batman pulls the video from the phones memory. The John Doe is revealed to be one “Dr. King Faraday” who urges someone to “Take care of his daughter” and as he says that, the “White Martian” looks down upon their heads… To be continued.

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This particular arc is really boring and forced, that’s just my honest opinion… But I will explain a bit of the book outside of my feelings. Honestly, this story just feels rushed and a far reach to expand the characters of Smallville. But Miller finds a way to make it slightly intriguing. Keeping the pace up with nice banter between MM (Martian Manhunter) and Batman helps. I got a very nice feeling that this is a Kevin convoy like Batman. Let’s face it, he’s the best Batman to ever be Batman. From what I’ve read online this does seem to be very close to the original story of the “white martian” but set within the realm that is Smallville

Artistically, this isn’t the best we’ve seen from Axel and crew but they do get some points in. I don’t think I have one favourite scene or panel layout. It all seems very straightforward (I think that’s happening a lot now with this book), but everything does have it’s moments.

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Looks just like the actor Phil Morris in this scene

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 2 out of 5,
  • layout: 2.5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 2 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

Smallville Season 11 #34

Smallville - Season 11 034 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 00It’s Morning in Metropolis, and Lex discovers that his “Brain Machine” has gone missing. Begins to eliminate the possible thieves, even himself via Tess when, Otis tells him that all the tapes and guards are gone, in which, Otis suggests, looks like they were bought off. Leaving Lex the only possible outcome of Queen. Then on Earth-2,Chloe and Oliver discuss a plan to land a kryptonite arrow between the eyes of “Ultraman” then, Ollie reveals that he plans to marry Lois, which makes Chloe laugh. She then begins to help him with his posture (in this universe, Ollie has still been stranded on an island and all that, I just don’t think he’s “Green Arrow”) and then two begin to flirt (cousin’s right… Can’t trust them lol). Back on Earth-1, Chloe tells Ollie what just happened, when they get an alert that’s there is another speed storm happening in Utah, where the story shifts to the house of Jay Garrick, where he tells them that once you get hit by the” Speed Force”, your life isn’t yours anymore, and that eventually you have to let it go. Then Impulse begins to join in the conversation by asking why didn’t Jay close the loop. Seeing how heated the argument is getting Superman steps in between the two. Then he gets a call from Watchtower that’s there’s a “category five” speed storm in Las Vegas. Impulse then begins to rush off to save the day, but Superman grabs him by one arm (this gave me a good laugh) and drags him inside the house when Watchtower tells him that S.T.A.R. Labs has a possible solution to, two of Superman’s problems. One being that they found a way to “contain” the radiation or shield it from being tracked by Lex’s satellite(‘s) and a way to speed him up to Impulse’s speed level to see the speed demon. All In a nifty new suit.
After putting on the new suit, Superman races off to save lives in Las Vegas… To be continued…

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I remember when I first read this issue, I got all excited, I was picturing all the stuff the show would have done in this episode. For the most part, it’s all right there in front of you. There hasn’t been many funny random moments in the comic form… For Superman anyway. Impulse even displayed annew ability in his power set, that I don’t think was even mentioned in the show or comic series until now. The flash basically, can control the particles and molecules that make up his body to vibrate through other more solid objects. Do seeing it and hearing him say it as a threat made me enjoy the issue a little more.

I love the use of the shadows and all the dark colours.
I love the use of the shadows and all the dark colours.
Just the best drawn panel/page in this issue another great use of dark colours
Just the best drawn panel/page in this issue another great use of dark colours

The art towards the end was pretty damn good Love the last panel of Clark just taking in Las Vegas as the storm is just causing chaos all around. There’s a great use of shadows in the Earth-2 scene, and the best drawn character in this issue is Dr. Hamilton. To touch back one last time, I love that they kept the colour scheme for certain locations in smallville. In the early seasons, the entirety of Smallville had a warm colour tint to it, then when you got to Metropolis it was a blue tint until about season 8 where it became his home. Earth-2 just was just he’ll, so the darks, and greys were perfect. There’s more on both the show and this comic but we haven’t totally gotten there.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 2.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.5 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: “LEW System”

– 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.

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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.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

IRON MAN 6

The God Killer.

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Tony killed… Destroyed…. Fragmented the all powerful Phoenix Force  and now he has to deal with this on an intergalactic level. He travels to “The Voldi Tear” where he defends an ancient artificial world from “Mechanoid Pirate fleet”. Afterwards, Tony meets an attractive female alien whom he seductively convinces to take him back to her palace for some one on one time. But things go south and he is kicked out of the woman of the night’s room. He is, no sooner caught by the “police” of this foreign land for “Decide”.

Have you ever watched the original Star Trek with William Shatner? Well one of the things about that show, was that he could seduce any woman on any planet. And somehow these women all had the right working parts for people of earth… Yeah odd. So this issue even mentions it. It’s nice because of all the Marvel heroes, Tony is the most like Captain Kirk. He is the Marvel male whore. Clearly his libido  knows no boundaries… In this world or the next. I was gonna drop this book book the issue before, because I felt Matt Fraction’s run was a lot better and closer to the movie version which is the definitive version of Tony since his inception (arguably). His had company espionage, huge stories which lead to a big payoff, sex, Pepper, sex with Pepper and Maria Hill…. I could go on. Just know it had a lot. The first arc of Kieron Gillen was based off a previous story. (extremis) But it just didn’t really work for me. I decided to read this because it deals with the aftermath of AVX… Which kinda seemed to be swept under the rug so to speak. (unless you’re reading an ‘X’ book. The first issue is cool and that’s what I’m sticking with in terms of writing. I do fear what the outcome will be, seeing as how it’s a short arc (three issues)

Greg Land is a new artist that I’ve never heard of. Well maybe not new new…. But I haven’t heard of him. (maybe due to the books I was reading before the creative switch). But he can draw an amazing book. A lot of great detail to not just the characters in the book, but the background. Which is often lost in the medium I find (often I see characters on plain backgrounds). Even though their purple, the females are very elegant in terms of style and appearance. Just the lever of work is worthy to make Greg Land an artist to follow regardless of what he’s attached to. The work of” Guru efx and Jay Leisten, colourist and inner respectively, are great addition to the penciler.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Art: 5 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.01

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #10

The beginning of the end.

nicely done cover with both Hope Summers )right) and Wanda done by Jim Cheung

As seen in the last issue, more of the Avengers were on a rescue mission and what ever was left at Kun’ Lun were injured. And Cyclops had found where Hope was being trained. Iron Fist (no connection to the movie coming out) Grabs her as Cyclops begins his one man war for Hope. Iron Fist gives her a chance to run to find Lei Kung by creating a distraction and in so doing runs to the Lei Kung who shows her, her final lesson. On Utopia, Magneto witnesses the dark side of the Phoenix in Emma Frost. Back at Kun, Lun, a few injured , but able body, heroes come to try and stop Cyclops.But he stops their efforts. Hope and Lei Kung stop him from causing more. Harm but summoning the “Shao Lao” (“the undying force of the power os K’un Lun. They seemingly fight to stand off where somehow Hope Steals the Dragons power(s).. Shocked and scared, she run and finds Beast, Scarlet witch, and Iron Man. Tired of all that happened She uses the first ever usage of the “Chaotic Fist” saying “GO AWAY!” Which he does… To the moon. Realizing he needs more power.. He heads to find Emma. Magneto contacts Xavier and tells him he’s needed to save his X-men.. To be continued.

I really thought Cyclops had the best Phoenix outfit.. Then when its all said and done with the Art efforts of Adam Kubert and so forth. I was left asking… Why is Scott wearing a speedo… It was kinda hard to take him seriously. Besides that.. I love that this Kubert isn’t cheap when it comes to doing split second art work (as in something is in one panel and for whatever reason its “not” in the next even though everything else stays the same). Many times I’ll read something and the art will be just copied and have small edits/adjustments. Even though I do love continuity. Knowing that each panel was “hand drawn” made the  comic feel just that much more enjoyable while reading. There’s more but the review must continue.

I think Ed Brubaker may be becoming something worth following. The pacing set up behind this issue felt, fast, but not fast enough to have you lost. Granted that’s a matter of perception, but everything just seemed to appropriately follow the last action. And the small jokes that are in the issue were great as well… My favourite parts were the end bit of the book where hope give him the “Chaotic Fist” nd the bit afterwards.

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5
  • Art: 3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 3 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

AvX #8

“Scott, I’m saying this as clearly as I can… Stop this or I will stop you” -Prof X.

Namor has brought a wet hellish fury upon Wakanda, the Avengers aren’t totally prepared, Cap.A & BP(Black Panther) lead the charge. Iron Man grabs Lei Kung thru a Portal back to Kun Lun. Where Hope & Logan had just arrived.  Namor fights with Cap.A, fitting since Namor was the one to find Cap.A in the ice, years & years ago. Iron Fist tries to help, but is thwarted, BP tries to use Namor’s Turned back against him, Namor seems to be willing to give a finishing blow, (of course there’s that egotistical dialogue to show how strong he is) but BP, and Cap.A were stalling.. For the Arrival of Earth’s Mightiest. Else where, Cyclops becomes aware of Namor’s actions & prepares to head to Wakanda. Even though Namor breaks the ones who seem to be unbreakable, Cap.A Sends in the biggest Gun, Wanda Maximoff to the final blow, she’s successful, but as he falls and the fighting seems to have stopped.. All the hero’s question if its a win. & just as they do the rest of the PHX.5 arrive, the hero’s retreat, & some how, the X-men absorb the Phoenix Force from Namor, thus making them the PHX 4. “How dare you Scott Summers” says Charles Xavier (Prof. X) mentally. He tells Cyclops to stop or he himself will stop him. When the heroes get to Kun Lun, they realize that it took every single one of them, to beat Namor, and that each time one of them falls, the PHX. Force will just go back to one of the remaining members of the PHX.4. To be continued.

Bendis wrote a great issue. Which is normal. I swear he can rarely do wrong in my eyes and even if he does, I know its really to set something else up. I believe Bendis is amazing at handling a great sum of characters, he’s proven that with his landmark run on the two main Avengers titles. (Marvel needs to keep it at 2 Avengers… 3 at max) the characters that do talk, actually have something to lose and also have a history. Mostly Cap.A & BP, though I do wish BP had more lines since it was his country being destroyed. As I’ve said before I don’t know how much influence a writer has on what is actually drawn, in the way it is. But if he had a hand in it, then that makes him even better.

Adam Kubert, has this wicked style that I can appreciate more each time because there’s often MANY GAPS is how often I see it. He has this (as I interpret) style that seems almost like a well done sketch. Like he goes says ok Ill’ draw this roughly and then tada, its perfect. Ok maybe not literally. But.. It seems that way. My fave moments by him is the first page, the above Alternate cover, the first time we see the Avengers Vs Namor the Rulk moment,and the telepathy between Prof.X and Cyclops. They all had this great epic moment to it. I do like the way the mini fight between Wanda and Namor was handled in the panels. Its hard to have a “fight” in a comic book. But may have been the best thing I’ve seen in some time. (Though not this series).

The weight of the conversation between Prof. X and Cyclops is just huge. Remember Scott was an orphan and he has basically always known Prof.X for everything. From teaching him how to control his powers, to helping him deal with the loss of Jean Grey and everything in between. Its also such a menacing scene when you look at it. Look out for #9 PEACE!

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.6 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 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

Smallville Season 11 #14

 

 

 

 

The issue starts with Otis waking Lex Luthor up, who must undoubtedly was spying on Superman save the day.. Over & over & over with out rest. Then Otis gives Lex his schedule for the day which includes a visit from a Wayne Tech Representative, cut to the Daily Planet, where Lois is and her intern exchange words about the where about’s of Clark, and why the basement is so dead. Then trouble is in the air… Literally as a school bus is taken hostage with a bunch of young aged children. One child tries to be a hero and as the child try’s to use heat vision to save his friend.. Superman shows up to show the kid how its done. After stopping the situation, the criminal begins to teleport. Of course he’s caught and after some X-ray vision, learns the tech comes from LexCorp… Too be continued.

After last issue.. This is clearly the filler of “time” to get Batman to metropolis and Miller kind of filled it decently. Though I wonder what he told the artist… But I’ll get to that in a moment. There isn’t great dialogue in this one.. It almost felt too childish.. But yet still enjoyable. I will say the best part was the kid standing up to the criminal. In season 10 there was this whole need to inspire more people to be a little more vigilant with their every lives, so it was nice to see it continue. The BIGGEST issue is when Lois enters the scene.. Its the worst handled part of any book I’ve EVER read… Ever. Like it was so bad & pointless… That entire Daily Planet scene. In the Miller written episodes he has this intern that was literally only in his written epi’s and for what ever reason.. He needed to bring him back… Pointless way of doing it too.

Chris.. Chris.. Did you watch the show.. Did you see the costume designs.. Because I don’t think you did. He screws up the nice looking Luthor Corp. Logo.. To something you’d expect to see in the 90’s. And then screws up the fist appearance of Superman in the issue.. I don’t think I liked anything about the artist in this issue. NEXT ARTIST PLS!
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Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 1.5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
  • Story: 2 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

Smaville Season 11 #13

Finally..

It’s been some time since we last saw the boy scout, and when the story starts, we find ourselves at the famed “Fortress of solitude”. Here we find a shadowed Naked Lois in Clark’s bed. How you may ask, well somehow the Fortress can “block” it (which makes sense since when ever a satellite tries to find the Fortress, it can’t be seen on any form of tracking), but how he got there is a bit more of a mystery..or utter confusion. Basically, Oliver Queen’s satellite passed through the lane of vision to allow Superman to use the caves (see season 2 of the show) to beam himself there. This is the first time Clark also explains a bit of his flight ability.  Cut to Gotham where Nightwing is stopping a crime, but when one criminal decides it’s time to high-tail it out of there in a car, in comes Batman to save the day. As he interrogates him, he confesses a name, Joe Chill; who also happens to be connected in Metropolis. Guess where Batman is headed? To be continued.

THANK THE STARS ABOVE MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!!! With the new arc comes a new artist, Chris Cross, who shows some promise. It’s a bit of a rocky start, but its may just be a relief to not see Perez any more. The art work at the start of this book is great. When it gets to Gotham, I fairly enjoyed seeing how they blended all the versions of Gotham from the recent movies to the ones in the animated and video game versions as well. Oddly, it felt like the “Lady Vengeance” episode in season 5 after Johnathan Kent’s death, w ith how she was introduced, and all that. The best part of this issue is when you first see the full body of Batman, and the trademark pose of him just standing there looking with thunder and lightning cracking the night sky(made famous by the “Batman: the Animated Series” that ran in the 90’s & bled into a justice league series… Fyi). The character design of Nightwing is a bit troubling. All signs point to a girl, which to me is just sad. I miss the black and blue outfit of Dick Grayson. Hopefully, however long his run is, it’s better than Mr. Perez.

Miller introduces Batman in a very crafty way, and has the Lois-Clark love thing down pretty well, though his explanation for Clark seems flawed (it does make sense however). The way he introduces batman is pretty clever, but expected. After I watched the Avengers, I went to see all of what I could find from Joss Weadon about that film and one thing stuck out to me “characters need to feel like they actually have a life outside of the 1+ you see them for”, and he certainly covered that. I say that because, when we are introduced to Batman, you instantly always go to the best moment of Batman according to you, the reader (Go ahead.. Bet you just did it). His Nightwing is a bit tacky. Nightwing is a female in Smallville, and thanks to that, Bruce Wayne seems more like Tony Stark now. But either way, I’ll give it a piece of my time, so let’s hope the next issue is better

Enjoy your week!!Rating 3
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.3 out of 5
  • Art:  3 out of 5
  • layout*: 3 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 out of 5
  • Story: 3.3 out of 5

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #7

So… No more Avengers right?

see this for issue credits

Cyclops, Namor Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have all hit and laid siege upon different Avenger “bases” (headquarters if you will) from the tower, to the mansion, to the Avenger Academy (and anything else I’m missing), following what Cyclops said, “No more Avengers”. Where ever Magik is, is where action starts, and all while everyone is fighting, Tony Stark is back in Wakanda studying the effects of her powers against the Magik to see how to beat the PHX.5. Avengers start to be on the losing side, so trying to make an escape plan & trying to buy his team more time, Hawkeye goes off and gets a piece of Emma Frost. He’s set on fire. The avengers and X-men both leave the fight, X-men taking Hawkeye as prisoner knowing they can heal him. Back at Wakanda, Black Panther “bitch” slaps Stark who is trying to create something that will allow himself to die if his plan fails. Dr. Strange and the rest of the Avengers devise a plan to appear like Wanda Maximoff if ever needed. Which it is, in another battle the Avengers take one of the X-men known as “Transonic”. And with 2 simple words Wanda, Makes Namor “Go Away” back on utopia, Namor and Cyclops exchange words, which leads to Emma Frost informing him that The Avengers are in Wakanda, who are planing on leaving to go to the mystical realm of Kun-Lung, when a great wall of water shrouds Wakanda. “WAR” shouts Namor… To Be continued.

Well, as much as I like Matt Fraction, this issue really didn’t feel right. Yes things are still crazy, but it just didn’t feel he got anyone right besides Tony Stark. It’s also kinda pointless what happens to Hawkeye,  actually a lot of it is pointless. It just feels like after the last issue there should be WAY more fights happening. More “chaos” more Avengers versus X-men. I don’t know Fraction to be boring, but it just felt that way, not even Fear Itself was this bad (However I really enjoyed it.. Even though it was RANDOM as hell). Maybe this issue is plagued by having tie in issues to fill in the gaps. One upside is the convo with Stark and T’challa.

Oliver Copiel. I may have hyped his art work a bit, though still very impressive for what it is, it just misses til the last two pages. It may be the placement/use of the panels/frames but something was off. Thankfully, it’s not dreadful, it just doesn’t have the same flair as it usually does. I remember at Fanexpo one year, he said that they finally have him drawing things he likes to draw, and that was around the “Siege” event (So was Soca Explosion 3 folks), so maybe that’s the issue with his work in this one. To further explain it, picture a movie with a lot of quick edits.

Ps. Matt Fraction explained a little what the whole Namor Emma Frost thing was and he basically said it was a long time coming since his uncanny X-men stint, and it’s why he added Namor to the team. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that is issue holds more meaning if you’re an X-men fan.

Enjoy your day,
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.2 out of 5
  • layout*: 2 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 2.7 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