Saturday, January 11, 2014

Smallville: Harbinger #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Daniel HDR
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 10, 2014

Cigam Drow si Siht Os?

I have to admit, I do not have much of a history with Zatanna, Comstantine or DC's Dark Universe in general.  Here at Weird Science, Eric reviews Justice League Dark and Constantine's solo book because that's more his bag, baby.  However after reading the second part of Bryan Q. Miller's Smallville: Harbinger miniseries, I'm starting to wonder what I'm missing.  Yes, this little digital title is so good that it may make me go and check out the other "magical" DC books.

Constantine and Zatanna are a reluctant pair as they try to reacquire a magic book that the Brother Blood cult took from Constantine's collection.  Meanwhile, the true horror of the Blood Cult is revealed and also who is really pulling the strings.

Bryan Q. Miller nails this issue not with action, but with some really witty dialogue and interactions.  There are funny references flinging left-and-right, but it all fits.  I love Constantine and Zatanna together.  They may act like they hate each other, but the reader knows better.  The best bits of the book are Zatanna's attempts at messing with him.  The ending is a reveal that takes things to the next level.

The only issue I had was the Brother Blood Cult member who didn't have hands and then mysteriously had them back.  Maybe I missed something, but I don't think it was explained.  It doesn't ruin anything, it's just confusing.

Daniel HDR continues the fine job on art.  It looks really good and goes from playful to disgusting with ease. The only issue again was the reappearing hands.  Everything else was great, though.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Harbinger #2 is a great continuation of Bryan Q. Miller's miniseries.  This issue focused more on characterization and it's all the better for it.  Constantine and Zatanna are so good together and they better be because the true villain is a big one.


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