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.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville season 11 #22

Smallville 22At Lexcorp, Lex and his sister Tess are discussing the solution to her controlling Lex at night. He says to her hes going to strap himself to his bed as a means to curb her cryptic messages being sent to Watchtower. At the Leviathan, Batman’s secret hide out in Metropolis, Superman awakens to the sight of Lois who brings him up to speed since he’s been out. He later thanks Batman for saving him. The two then work together to find out where Mr. Freeze and Prankster are. While Superman was out cold, Batman built Superman and himself new suits of armour. Meanwhile at a police department, Oliver Queen is saved by his wife. Mean while meanwhile, back at the Leviathan, there’s Intergang is trying to cash in on the absence of Dark Knight and boyscout. And Mr. Freeze finds himself betrayed by the Prankster.Smallville- credits

With this issue we’re treated to yet another set of artists, by the way of Kevin West and Marc Deering the first page is outright dismissible but as I went on, and I noticed some potential.

I gotta say, Miller is definitely expanding smallville to something bigger than anyone would have imagined, there’s still an essence that carries from the show, but i think as each issue comes out its proving that this isn’t the show anymore. Which I’m really enjoying (minus the obvious fact it’s a dc comic book and that eventually it will deal with some form of a crisis). I’m really keen on seeing what else Miller has in story for story.

My biggest issue with this book (much less this issue) is the inconsistencies with artists. Just get one like they did at the start of the book/arc and call it a day.

Ps.. I’m pretty sure batman kept one of the bullets… Good job.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 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.

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

Smallville S11 #5

This was a great issue. There were thought provoking moments, added with decent art, and a nice cliff hanger.

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

As said in the last review, Hank Henshaw (Cyborg Superman, he’s not there yet however he is still very much human) was introduced. So now Clark must actually be a reporter for once in his life (he really doesn’t write many articles for a full time employee), and interview Henshaw. It’s the best part of the issue as far as my opinion is concerned. Before this, Ollie grills Lex about his “Guardian” project. There’s some cool hints/nods in that conversation (Think season 6). Then, at the space shuttle launch, we see Clark use his super hearing, which was a very creative way of showing that in a comic book, and hears something go wrong in the cockpit of the shuttle….. KABOOM. Onlookers witness the shuttle explode, and in the process, we see where the shuttle Chloe and Dr. Emil Hamilton have been searching for landed, in Smallville of course.

As I was briefly saying, the conversation with Hank Henshaw was a nice touch. They’ve had moments like this in the show, mostly in the last 3 seasons, but in comics it’s a bit more riveting. Like I said in one of these reviews, the writing can be childish, and you can’t really complain because it’s a comic book. Having these moments makes you think about all kinds of “powers”, from parents to government, being reactive instead of proactive.

The art was more tolerable for Perez & Chris Beckett in this issue compared to others, but that doesn’t warrant their stay in my opinion. I’m sure he’s gonna be the artist for the long haul, so I should just get used to the idea right? Hopefully I’m not the only one who agrees with this, and hope they leave the book.

This issue was pretty good. There’s still some hit or misses, but overall pretty good. If Henshaw is to become any kind of Superman, then he proved that he can be. However, given the conversation with Clark, he seems to tread on the dark side. Which shall be interesting, because let’s be honest, it’s not a matter of “If he’ll become Cyborg Superman”, but a matter of when & how.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art:  3 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 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 S11 #4

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

Somebody Saaaaaaavvvvvvveee meeee.. Come on folks, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Book 4 brings with it, an old, new face.

The story is much improved. The first 3 issues were mostly about Clark in action, and a round up of where the season is headed. This issue is the season in full swing, or at least the beginning of Lex’s role in this season. It starts out with Lex at the infamous Metropolis General Hospital. He seems to be undergoing some kind of treatment or test to figure out what’s been happening with his mind/brain since he was inflicted with that nuro-toxin, and seeing his late sister, “Tess Mercer” (it’s a combination of the female in the Superman 1 movie, who is on Lex’s side and the body guard “Mercy” seen in the animated cartoon, in case you didn’t know). Then it cuts to space, where Clark is scanning for any possible trace for what saved the Russians. Blurs into “S.T.A.R. Labs” aka Swan Technology and Research” (Yes, that’s the same swan, virgil swan from season 2 & 3 of Smallville who you might recognize as Chris Reeves), where he finds out he’s late for Lex’s press conference with Lois. Next, Lois begins to question Lex about his whereabouts at the time his sister had “committed” suicide (according to Lex’s lies). Lex answers the politically correct way, and then discusses his space ship launch, and introduces a new Super man, Hank Henshaw. Which he will be forever remembered as the man who became the cyborg Superman, after Superman’s initial death.

The art was slightly improved, but not by a whole lot. I mean ye I’m getting used to it, but I feel as if there isn’t much in the range of this artist. However, the actors faces & expressions were better in this issue compared to the last few.

The writing was much better here. Miller is really reminding me of the show, even if at times its a little childish. Which when you think about it, is kinda expected. Clark is wearing a suit made of tights, with a bright red cape lol. But I digress, the words said by Lex are true to what we saw for 10 seasons, so I was very happy about that. The Luthors were behind EVERYTHING in smallville, so it’s nice to see that sort of continue.

Personally, I feel as if this was a nostalgic issue with the appearance of Star labs, and the boy scout reference (There’s more, but I won’t spoil everything).
There’s also a moment at the press conference where the mental altercation that Lex is having with Tess, that leads me to believe the person who is actually “haunting” Lex is, Lemme say his/her initials start with M.M. Or J.J.

So with that said, enjoy the reading and thank you. Here’s you’re rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  2.6 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 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

 

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.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW