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

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #15

After catching the criminal from last issue, Superman makes him apologize in front of all the onlookers that gathered. In that audience, none other than Bruce Wayne. Who begins to discuss with his “assistant” Barbra Gordon, the manner of Superman’s love life (Don’t worry he hasn’t a clue he’s actually Clark). Later at the Ace of Clubs, Lex and Wayne have a meeting about a joint project, and which ends in Lex turning down the offer. And just as soon as he does Superman arrives to question Lex about the “control chip” found in the Teleportation vest seen earlier (last issue). Now at Lexcorp R&D Lex reveals that, yes its his, but no he isn’t responsible past creating and branding the chip. The chip was stolen several weeks ago (back in issue 3) is where the tech came from. Clark believes he knows who’s responsible. A few moment later at Stryker’s Island. Superman is looking via video feed at Toyman.. Who is in Hyper-solitary. Else where in strykers, Batman pays a visit to Bruno Manheim who is reading a “Crime bible” (DC fans will know what that is). As he begins to question him about “Joe Chill” Superman shows up and they exchange blows… One being enough to phase Superman… To be continued.

Its weird. Whatever Batman hit superman with.. It isn’t green. Its a nice touch to change the norm. My guess is he’s got some kind of red sun emitting from his chest and hands. This Batman that Miller has created. Is different.. Yet the same, its almost like he looks like the one from the animated show, yet like its own version. Maybe its just me but I had hoped that there would have been an actor they took the face from. But meh. No matter.

The Art is a bit spotty. But its still a bit better than the last few issues. I know I can’t draw hands (nor can I draw) so I’m only guessing its not just me, but it’s a actually a challenging thing. But I feel like the artist just didn’t give not one damn.

It will be an interesting fight in the next issue.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.5 out of 5,
  • layout*: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 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

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

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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

Smallville Season 11 #12

I love when a story comes together, or when it creates a twist. But I do have my let downs.

So it’s the next day, but from all the drama in the last issue, one would think has been a week or two, with all that’s happened in the last 11 issues. Superman decides to pay Lex a more cordial, formal, human visit. He tells Lex that even though he’s the cause of Hank’s current condition, he believes he was doing the right thing, in some kind of “Lex Luther” way, and his apologies for the windows. But Lex has something else in mind (This is where you may want to revisit *issue 6**). When the shuttle carrying Hank Henshaw’s team into space, blew up and caused a radiation leak, it covered Superman. Though non lethal, it does act as a tracking device, which has just finished the calibration process. Oh, and it can track him for roughly the next 500 years. Later Supes informs Lois that Clark is on extended leave, and he confesses to his fiancé what Lex has done to him. Back at Smallville General Hospital, where Chloe saw her Earth 2 counter part, Ollie tells her the last words were “tell Superman it’s coming”. The Crisis, back in Metropolis, Tess tries to see if she can make Lex move from her side of the mind, she gets a finger to move. High above the city, Superman is watching and listening, as he hears Lois tell him, she loves him. The end.

Perez he drew a much better Tom Welling Superman than he has up to this point. The best scenes are all the Superman/Lex scenes. Every face made was right for the emotion. I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I believe an artist gets the script, and the artist chooses the best moments to draw where everything would make sense. From the story to the characters feelings, to small details that lay in the background. With that said, another scene that was well crafted, was the reveal of what Chloe of Earth two said. In the background, it’s all red; In all the major crises, at some point the sky’s turn red (the reason I don’t know.. Just does). Now that may have been intentional, or just a something that was added for flair of causing more drama.

The scenes with Lex were also the best scenes written, but this is where my flaw comes from. We’ve done this story already, well kind of. If you watched Smallville season 8, then you may know where I’m headed with this. If you haven’t, well go and watch it. Not all of it, because it was a very garbage season, but to give you a brief recap. In season 7, Lana Lang left the show, or was written out. Either way she left, then somewhere in the early mid season, she came back in season 8 as her love for Clark was rekindled. Lex devised a plan to separate his ex wife from Clark (who has loved her ever since season 1) for good. Some way or another, Lex made an invisible suit that would absorb & store Kryptonite, which means it would kill Clark if he tried to be with her (at the end of season 7 Lex figures everything out about Clark; Spoiler), so Lana absorbs the Green K, and thus ends Lana’s story. This is KIND OF the exact same thing, minus hurting anyone thanks to the radiation, but separating him from the one woman who actually loves him. The best thing about this, is that I didn’t see it coming.

So, this officially ends the Hank Henshaw story, for now and well, the next issue is interesting. As far as continuing Smallville, it’s been a love-hate thing, but thanks for reading 12 reviews.

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Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.8 out of 5
  • Art:  3.6 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.1 out of 5
  • Story: 3.8 out of 5

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville S11 #11

This was the conclusion.. To the first set of issues. Almost all plot/story threads are tied off in this issue.

The fight that started in S.T.A.R. Labs is an all out brawl (and dialogue) between Superman and Hank Henshaw. Which ends with Superman saving Hank from himself. Then back at the lab, there’s a mild debrief and Terri Henshaw seems to be okay with everything… (Which is a let down for the issue considering how adamant she was in the last issue to end Superman) Back in Smallville, the Queens are aware of being followed so they agree to part ways and try to out smart their predator. Two “love you’s” and a panel later, we’re at the mysterious helmet wearing visitor and then they fight, as they always do. He learns that they have fought before, on a different earth. Enter Chloe; who shoots her in the arm and then tries to heal her (yes, she has the ability to heal people. Very pointless and to be honest, I could have sworn she got rid of it). Some weird repulsion thing happens and then they separate. Where ever the mysterious travel landed.. The she’s met by the same person who was following the Queens, then a loud thunderous sound occurs and as they rush over to the visitor, pull off her helmet.. It’s CHLOE! She informs them that the other earth.. Earth 2… Is gone.

Alright to kind of clear up that madness, in season ten.. They introduced a new “Earth” which just so happened to be written by Bryan Q Miller. I don’t believe Chloe was in the episode.. But it does not matter. The point that was trying to be made was that it’s gone. In the comics (bare with me here) “Earth 2” is an Earth similar to ours but more peaceful. If you can think of your golden age of comics (think 1930’s to about 1950) then you know what I mean. In Smallville Earth 2 is where Clark isn’t found by the Kent’s, but by the Luthors. Chloe wasn’t in those episodes. If I’m not mistaken, she was dead.

Artistically.. Perez has slightly gotten better each issue… Not by much, but slightly.. This issue is well done with all the action. And the shocking discovery at the end. Though.. At first read, it’s a little hard to figure out who it is.. But through process of elimination, it’s clear.

There’s a thing about comic books I’ve always been at an impasse about. If you watch a movie, for example, the Toby Magurie Spider-man series, the one draw back that was sadly consistent, is that the action scenes never had any of spider-man’s banter.. Because  well, he was off fighting. Any fighting/action movie rarely has banter/any other form of dialogue unless its a war general shouting out commands or something like that. Go ahead think about any movie, it’s rare they have dialogue during the action or if there is they both stop to talk. In comics, they fight and talk.. ALL THE TIME! Never really makes sense to me, but each panel is to represent a moment in time of which either the dialogue or the “action” takes place, which could range from a group of people walking to someone throwing a jeep into a building window. Miller and Perez use their talents well to craft great scenes because when Hank and Superman go at it they show you a level of how strong willed Superman is, and how lost Hank became in such a short period of time. This is easily the best part of the book. Then when they’re back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the remainder of that feud, though not over, seems… Well pointless.. Just becomes… Irrelevant. Mostly in part to how Terri Henshaw reacts, this issue wasn’t Miller’s best showing. In any regard, I do find it funny that he wrote one of the earth two episodes, and he brings it back. I think this may become less like the show.. And more like a Regular DC comic book.

Rating.

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 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

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.

Rating

  • 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