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.

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 #25

smallville25-1The 3rd story arc commences with this issue and it starts with the elements seen in Fracture (Se.7 Ep.12 ), Run (Se.4, Ep.5), and of course the ever relevant fact Lex no longer remembers anything prior to the series finally thanks to Tess.smallville25-2

In Fracture, we saw Clark gallivant in the mind of Lex, and now Lex has to do the exact same in his own mind. He’s interrupted by Otis, his assistant, and told that there’s a super battle going on with Superman and  Psimon (an actual DC character) who is some how connected to Lex (this is Psimon’s first appearance on the show/comic), who has now showed up offering to stop the fight somehow. Angered by Lex’s presence, he attempts to strike him only to miss, thanks to Superman rushing in to save Lex and taking him to Mexico (or a Mexican owned region). When Superman returns, Psimon outsmarts him. At random, Impulse (or the flash, depending who you ask) helps take him down, since his actions and thoughts are basically registered simply as impulses versus normally processed thoughts. To help with his high metabolism, he gets everyone ice cream in typical Smallville fashion.

This may be the best start to an arc so far, and that’s from the start of the cover, to the end of the issue. From the small nods, to past events and characters like Bert, the C.S.I. photographer (which Bryan Q. Miller also wrote the episode he was featured in). I loved that Superman took Lex to Mexico. Too often is Superman the “good guy”, where as admirable as that is, it gets MAD boring. Sometimes, within reason, Superman should be able to do some asshole things like that. For example… “I don’t like you villain, let me just hit you into space for a second just because I can”. But anyway, I’m curious to see where this arc takes us in writing.

The artist again is new in this issue and is probably the best that’s ever worked on the book so far. Jorge Jimenez’s art with Carrie Straghan on colours. Jimenez captures the same flair that was in the episode “Fracture” with the creepy hallways and even the look of the younger Tess Mercer. And, this Lex IS MUCH MORE like the Lex from the show, much better art in this first issue. Let’s hope it continues.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Story: 4 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

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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Enjoy your week!!

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

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

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.

Enjoy your week!

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

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #6

“This is your Dream Charles, I have given it to you”

10 days after the events on the moon, the “Phoenix 5” (here on out, known as the PHX.5) have created a more tolerable, livable, and PEACEFUL earth, creating a source of food where it once couldn’t grow. On a newly erected X-men Utopia, Charles Xavier, visits his old student Scott Summers aka Cyclops and they discuss how this “accepting” of mutants will cost nothing since it’s almost like a dictatorship. The PHX.5 give reason to be more terrified of mutants who are just mutants, now more than ever. All across the world the PHX.5 are creating peace. It’s a new era from the world, much less, the X-men. At Avengers Tower, Cap.A is having a debrief with Iron fist, who tells him as a battle was ensuing, Colossus showed up, and convinced Zazz to power a PHX.5 power source. In the next room, Stark, Beast, Logan, and the Black Panther are all discussing the possibilities that the PHX.5 may take in a “worst case scenario”, whereas Beast and Black Panther figure, ‘who says they’ll do anything?’ So far they have only made the world peaceful. Days later at the White House, Stark, Cap.A, Obama, and Black Panther, discuss what the PHX.5 meant by a “Pax Utopia”. Elsewhere, Wanda Maximoff foretells the future, or sees, or even creates a possibly deadly time line. Later, the Avengers devise a plan to break into Utopia and snatch Hope away from the PHX.5. Emma Frost senses them, and her and Scott go to violently greet them. Just as the plan seems to be a bust, Wanda shows up and wants to take the Avengers away. Hope wishes to go but as Scott tries to stop Wanda by grabbing her arm, he feels, for the first time since getting the Phoenix Force, pain. After realizing that most of the problems mutants face, stems from the hero’s (in this case the Avengers) protecting the humans against anything, he says 3 words… “No more Avengers”.. To be continued.

Hickman, who wrote issue 4 in this series, and may have given the best opening so far in this crossover event, wrote this issue as well. I’ll probably go out on a limb and say this is my favourite issue to date. The talk with Xavier and Scott really has a certain weight to it. Not only was Professor Xavier a teacher to Scott, but he really was a father figure to him (Scott grew up in an orphanage before his powers came to be). So when he says “here’s you’re dream, I have given it to you”, it’s not intended to be an insult, but I’m sure it is. In the first Superman movie, there’s a saying “the Father becomes the son, and the son, the Father”, which has this never ending cycle. In those words, there holds a lot of meaning for those two, which later it will hold even greater meaning. Another part I loved about this was the Black Panther, and Beast. They give that non superhero feel, meaning they aren’t all, “let’s just go fight”. They give the reader a more rational realization of the entire thing. Fighting is basically all Cap.A and Logan now. In part, due to his weapons manufacturing, so does Iron Man but, BP(Black Panther) is the Head government official of his nation of Wakanda, and Beast hasn’t ever liked fighting, he just did when it was absolutely necessary. He brings up a great point as well about how these are his friends. Honestly, Hickman just does a good job with each character, and ends the issue great with the “No more Avengers” line.

Oliver Copiel, has done a lot of Marvel cross overs. If I’m not mistaken, he was the lead artist for House of M, Siege, and I’m sure he’s done a few Avengers (New) runs. His work in this book is good, but it’s not the best showing he’s ever had. I don’t know if he had other things going on, but I wonder why it’s not as great as others. Most of the flaws are small though. The Scale of Utopia is MASSIVE in this issue. The reveal of that, and the Utopia battle may be my favourite moments in this book.

As I said, this is my fave book, and this is the start of all hell breaking loose. Enjoy your week.
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.7 out of 5
  • Story: 4.7 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

AVX #5

AvX continues. Not on Utopia, but this time on the Moon.

This is by far my favourite cover for the series. PERIOD.

As the two teams head to battle, Hope Summers is off to the side trying to see if she’s able to handle the entire Force of the Phoenix. The two teams engage in battle, while Logan tries to end the connection between Hope and the Phoenix, by killing Hope Summers. Meanwhile, Stark who is off preparing his “end game” weapon (If you will), a “Phoenix Buster” suit. As the battle rages on, Logan finally reaches Hope to kill her… *OPTIC BLAST*. All around Earth and slightly beyond, different characters are feeling the immense power of the Phoenix. Back on the moon, the Phoenix Buster is ready. Stark launches it towards the fire bird, he initiates the “Big Bang Cannon” (Stark & Pym believe the Phoenix Force was the “result” of the big bang.. Which may be the single most powerful “bang” in history) and just like the atom bomb, there’s a shock wave… Silence.. and questions. For as Cap.A looks around, they notice something that was far from expected. Cyclops, Namor, Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have absorbed the Phoenix. To be continued.

Well this issue was similar to the way issue two played out with the narrative, but instead of every hero, it was solely coming from Hope Summers. It really does ask great questions about life. Kinda like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, what is responsible for a gun shot victim? The bullet, the gun, or the hand? It really takes a deep look at what is happening. Fraction has been a writer I’ve been following for awhile now, since he took over the Invincible Iron man book to “reboot” it, to make it closer to the Robert Downey Jr version of the character (Which has been a major joy to read).
I believe he did a brief stint as an X-men writer (he “created” the Utopia the X-men have at the time of this issue). He tends to write stuff that makes you think, all while being able to give you great super hero moments.

JR. Jr draws such brutal scenes of violence. It’s probably why he decided to join Mark Millar in creating Kick-ass (which is now a major motion picture being filmed in Toronto… Again). When Hope goes a little berserk, Logan gets MESSED up and it’s so helpful to have an artist that can draw so well. All the previous work, I haven’t mentioned any of the great work that the inker has done. But he, Scott Hanna, has been phenomenal. The last 3 issues have just been so well done by showing how huge this event is, and how much of an impact each action has for each character. If anyone knows John Romita Jr and is reading this, tell him/her Xavier says thank you (Unless of course you are John Romita Jr.).

Again, this was a “fight” issue, but this was way more of an emotional issue as well. Hope, she is like 15 years old, and having all this chaos around her; wanting the phoenix force, having others wanting to kill her, protect/detain her. Not to mention that she is the “mutant messiah” so her “pain” and her “chicken or the egg” comparison is pretty on point, all things considered. This is the turning point issue. It’s no longer “AvX”, But Avengers Versus the Phoenix Five.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.2 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 4.5 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