Friday, May 30, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #12 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 30, 2014

The New Guard

I will not waste time this week.  If you already are reading this book, you'll continue loving it.  If you are on the fence, jump off and join the smart people reading Smallville.  You won't be disappointed. This issue ends the Lantern arc and Bryan Q. Miller does his magic by tying everything up nicely and getting the reader excited for the next one.

Last issue ended with the promise of a fight and we get one.  It may not be the one I expected, but that makes it all the better.  Ganthet may be gone (so sad), but his advise may yet save the day.  That's why I love Miller and this book. There is no wasted space.  I also love the always expanding cast and we get that this week as well. Superman and John Stewart join forces with a few Lanterns that fans will be so happy to see.  I hope we continue seeing them in the book.

Then we get to see my favorite couples in Smallville..  Oliver and Chloe are the heart of this book.  They are so good and so good together.  They pinkie swear to never lie to each other and I loved it.  Oliver is hilarious, but this scene shows how natural Miller makes their relationship.  The other couple is not as "good", but they are great.  Lex explains to Otis that all is not lost.  No, their plans didn't go exactly as Lex wanted, but just like the end of the Alien arc, Lex has a Plan B and it's mostly from space.  Again, Miller is building arc-to-arc to a huge event.  Maybe even a "crisis".

I love the way Bryan Q. Miller has introduced the Green Lantern Corps into Smallville.  Not only has the book expanded, but the Corps has been transformed as well.  Both are for the better.  After Alien and Lantern it is obvious Lex has a grand plan and I can't wait to see it unfold further.

Marcio Takara ends the arc in style as well.  I wish there was more shock and awe, but the one full spread is great and everything else rings true.  I really liked his Parallax and really, really liked watching it get the crap beat out of it.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Lantern #12 ends another great arc and gets the reader fired up about the next one to boot.  Bryan Q. Miller gives us everything we want to see in a Smallville book and Marcio Takara is there to bring it to life.  I always seem to say it, but this book deserves to be read by everyone.  Highly Recommended.


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