Smallville Season 11 #37

Smallville - Season 11 #37 001Batman and Martian Manhunter are ambushed by the White Martian, Batman leaves to find something he can use against it leaving MM to create a distraction. The two Martians communicate telepathically and continue to fight to a standstill where she confesses to committing her crimes out of hate and fear. Batman returns to help by questioning her, using the memory of Dr. King Faraday (discovered about him through telepathy), to his advantage to subdue her rampage and have her see a more peaceful coexistence . She explains she used Faraday to protect her as Faraday used her to remind her or his fallen daughter thanks to her shape shifting abilities and says her name is M’Gann M’Orzz. Later, in Gotham, Bruce explains to Barbra that he let Jon Jones decide what to do with her. The two then begin to train. Meanwhile in Metropolis, the two aliens go to Jones’ home where he find out from his neighbours that Superman had repaired the damage. He claims that he and his “niece” need to go away for a bit in space so the two morph into their natural looks and head off to Mars.

The end… For now.

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Well, Effigy is done. I still don’t entirely get why it was called as such. Maybe I should read it again. Anyway, when you take away the title, it’s all really just an origin to a character that for the most part is still very new in the regular DC universe. It’s cool that we got a new hero in Smallville lore, but we already have so many who are way underused as is. I don’t know how popular this character is, it’s rare that I see anyone who is a fan of Jon Jones outside of the Justice League cartoon show. So adding his “niece” kinda just seems ill timed but yet still logical. Random thought, I don’t think he even has a multi verse counterpart, like how Superman Has Ultraman in normal comics continuity.

This isn’t the best story that Bryan has told nor the worst. It was nice to see how much Bruce cares for Barbara, and how he would react to all the optimism from one of Metropolis’ boys in blue (Jon Jones is a cop detective there) I’d be interested in seeing the script work for this issue as well just to see the freedom he gave the artist.

Axel Gimenez seems to have given up in these last two issues. It’s still good, but it’s nothing to rave about. Though, it may not be entirely his fault. The colours felt very dull this issue. It’s not the worst I’ve seen, it’s just boring.

Best set of panels and art...
Best set of panels and art…

I’m hoping that the use of Megan Morse is very good and has an important role in future issues. Then if not, this was a major waste of time.

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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X-men Days of Future Past cast update. Bottom right is Omar Sy. a french Actor in the role of Bishop. (Prof. X, Magneto, Colossus  respectively from top left onward)
X-men Days of Future Past cast update. Bottom right is Omar Sy. a French actor in the role of Bishop. (Prof. X, Magneto, Colossus respectively from top left onward)

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 #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 #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!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW