Friday, April 18, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #6 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 18, 2014

Game On

The Green Lantern Corps doesn't know of a treaty, but they have a few secrets.  Oliver is out "sleuthing", but forgot to mention it to Chloe.  We see two big bads face-to-face and one is bigger and badder than them all.

We are half way through this Lantern mini and Bryan Q. Miller is messing with my mind.  Just when I think I have a grip on where the story is going, he makes a left turn into WTF ville.  This issue has a huge moment that makes this already good story totally epic.  Suddenly, there is so much more at stake than just Sector 2813.

Using Superman as the POV character learning about the Green Lantern Corp and their position in the Universe has been so good.  Miller doesn't just shove information down the readers throat, but gives us little bits as Superman learns them.  It gives a nice pace, but also points out that the Corps knows more than they are letting on.  In this issue, one of these secrets comes home to roost and it's huge.

Secrets are the order of the day this issue.  Oliver is off with the D.E.O and "forgot" to tell Chloe. Ohh! I'm tellin Mama.  Of course she finds out and isn't pleased.  After dealing with Prometheus, I hope Oliver is around to apologize.  It doesn't look good.

The Issue ends with the big moment I mentioned earlier.  The book just went from a Superman story with some Green Lanterns in it, to a Green Lantern story that happens to have Superman in it.  Even if it's in the Smallville Universe, GL fans are missing out if they aren't reading it.

Marcio Takara art continues to get better each week.  His gritty style fits this story and he does action so well.  The final couple of pages are dark, scary and awesome.

My only complaint this week is I want more Lex.  This week, more Lex means any Lex.  After last weeks cliffhanger, I couldn't wait to see what he finds out, but Miller is dangling it like a carrot.  Bryan Q. Miller is an evil genius.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Lantern #6 expands on the Smallville version of the Green Lantern mythos in a big way.  Bryan Q. Miller is slowly opening up the Universe to Superman and luckily, we are there for the ride.  Marcio Takara's art is dark and gritty like the story.  This mini is becoming epic.


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