Sunday, March 23, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 21, 2014

Learning Curve

A certain NYPD detective carries a ring along with his gun and handcuffs. Superman tries to adjust to his new role, but is in desperate need of training.  Luckily, their paths will intersect, but it better happen quick.

Superman as a Green Lantern is so good.  After gaining the ring last issue, I couldn't wait to see what happens next.  In my crazy mind, he would wield the ring like a pro right off the bat.  Thank the maker I don't write this book because what's the fun in that.  Nope, Bryan Q. Miller gives us a Superman who not only doesn't know how to use the ring, but quite frankly doesn't even want it.

Most of this issue is devoted to Superman trying to get rid of the ring (he can't) and then dealing with it's power.  It's cool to see him struggle a bit.  He is the most powerful being on Earth, but the ring is forcing him to try to dial it back a bit.  He's struggling with that and even apologizes to some really bad guys for going over the top stopping them.  I wanted to see him training, but I'm going to have to wait at least a week for that.

The other part of the issue deals with the Lantern who will help do just that.  I won't say who it is, but he is my favorite Green Lantern.  His origin is tweaked a bit which is a little disappointing, but it's not a deal breaker.  He also doesn't seem too thrilled to be given the trainer position which will surely set up some friction (and humor) in the coming issues.

The art of Marcio Takara stays strong.  It's a bit more gritty than other artists on the series, but everything looks great and I especially like the Lantern who will not be named.  

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Lantern #2 is another setup issue.  We get a favorite character's introduction complete with new origin story and Superman dealing with his new power set.  It's a slow build up, but I love the story and can't wait to see where it's going.


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