Smallville: Season 11, #1
Author: Bryan Miller
Illustration: Pere Perez
Publisher: DC Comics
Purchased on iBooks
“Somebody save me” were the lyrics I use to hear weekly as I watched one of my favorite television shows. It was a show that I went through high school and college with and had a strong connection to as I related to the teenage Clark Kent (minus the superpowers) who eventually grew into a man. Through the good-and occasional bad-episodes, I remained a loyal fan of Smallville and even had the opportunity to meet the man who has portrayed Lex Luthor better than any other, Michael Rosenbaum. It is a show that I still miss and look forward to re-watching at some point in the future. Even though the show has come to an end, it has done what other television shows have done (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, etc) and lived on in comic books.
SPOILER: When the decade-long TV show came to an end, the moment had finally come for Clark Kent to embrace his destiny as Superman. In the series finale, Clark defended Earth from Darkseid, and Lex Luthor resurfaced after missing for years. These events finally pushed Clark into becoming the hero for mankind.
The comic takes place six months after the events of the end of the TV series. Clark, as Superman, has become a symbol of hope for everyone, especially those in Metropolis. In this first issue we see, characters from the show such as: Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor. The reader is also treated to seeing Superman saving Russian cosmonauts.
It is great to see the series live on in comic form. It is also good to see the story continue rather than ending when the show did. It even has some of the “feel-good-moments” that have been a constant theme for the show with Superman expressing to one of the Russian cosmonauts that fathers are the real heros.
The Pros: The illustrations of the characters resemble the look of the actor/actress who portrayed them on television. It is great to finally see Tom Welling (comic book version) in the Superman costume.
The Cons: As great as it was to go down memory lane, there really wasn’t a storyline in this issue. Not that it is bad, but it was just Superman doing his thing and inspiring others without much character development.
Jer gives it 4/5.