Saturday, February 22, 2014

Smallville: Alien #10 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Edgar Salazar
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 21, 2014

Let's Take a Breather...Kind Of

Otis is worried about Lex and hatches a plan.  Lex worries about Clark and Ray-Lan calls him pathetic. Meanwhile, Superman wonders why Ray-Lan can hurt him and chooses to fight anyway.

If anyone reading this review discounts this title as a digital castoff or only a lame TV show tie-in, stop now and slap yourself in the face.  Now do it again just a little bit harder.  Ok, now that you have been knocked out of your stupor, go download all the Smallville digital chapters.  Every last one of them.  If you're still of the archaic sort, I will allow you to read these in the collected print editions.  You will thank me either way.

Bryan Q. Miller is one of the best writers of Superman and comics in general.  In fact, I hear talk that DC is in the middle of a Man of Steel renaissance with Pak, Soule and Johns.  Miller belongs on that list.  Smallville has been such a good series and the future looks bright (I won't make a joke about wearing shades).  The Alien mini has been great as well and while this issue is a bit of a breather, it's not just "filler".

War is coming and this issue is the calm before the storm.  Otis is in the book for a few panels but Miller shows his love of Lex and a hint of what he is planning.  Oh Otis, you're an unlikely hero, but I'm worried about you.  While this is going on, Lex tries to save Clark and while it looked at the end of last issue that he would discover Clark's secret, it doesn't play out that way.  How it does play out is that Miller shows how complex a character this Lex is.  The issue ends with Superman going on the attack by himself because even though he knows he could die, he has to do something.

Like I said, this issue was a bit of a breather, but it is still really good.  We get to see the resolve of the characters as they are about to fight a battle with repercussions for not just our Earth, but multiple Earths as well.  Seriously, the multiverse may be at stake here.

Edgar Salazar continues his streak of wonderful issues.  Everything looks great and even though there aren't any "big" events to portray, everything here is great.  I also like this week's new cover by Cat Staggs which shows the Big Two fighting off their major villains and looking cool doing it.

Bits and Pieces:

Bryan Q. Miller and Edgar Salazar continue the goodness in Alien #10.  Though it's a bit of a breather issue it's not just filler.  The fate of Earth(s) is lying in the balance and this issue is the calm before the storm.  I can't wait for next week.


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