Saturday, May 3, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #8 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 2, 2014

Seeing Yellow

Ollie wakes up in the Hospital and Chloe isn't mad, she's ready to kick ass.  Lex and Mrs. Hunkle argue about the merits of phone books until the phone starts ringing and Superman visits Gotham to clean up the yellow mess he started.

Smallville: Lantern  is nearing it's finish and Bryan Q. Miller has so much to wrap up.  It's not that I don't trust him to do it and do it well, I'm just spoiled and want everything to happen at once.  I hate to call this issue a "setup" issue because of the negative connotations that go with that.  Lets get passed that because if an issue is setting up something awesome in an awesome way, isn't it in turn awesome?  Say it with me, "setup is good when setup is awesome".  That is our new mantra.  Meeting adjourned.

So, on with the comic.  Ollie wakes up in the Hospital (thank God he's not dead) and Chloe is not concerned with his aching ribs, no she wants Prometheus and she wants him dead.  Miller is taking his time with the Prometheus story and overall it is the least interesting part of Lantern.  However, I always love the Ollie-Chloe interaction and Miller nails it again.  These two are a real couple in my mind and they are great together.

Then we get to my favorite...Lex.  He hasn't been in every issue of Lantern, but when he is he steals the show.  He's guilty again, because his scenes are the highlight.  He is having tea with Mrs. Hunkle, but tea isn't whats on his mind.  He is looking to find out the whereabouts of one Alan Scott.  Lex is used to getting his way, but Hunkle shows she is no timid old bird.  In fact, she one ups him and you can feel Lex's burning anger singe the page.  Then something happens that is so ill timed and so incredibly great.  If Lex isn't in next weeks issue I will die waiting for his reaction.

Of course there is also Superman.  Last issue he left John Stewart fighting Parallax to chase down the Yellow
Rings on Earth.  He arrives and heads to Gotham where the Rogues Gallery has gone Yellow.  It is as good as it sounds.  Batman and Nightwing are already knee deep in Yellow-ized villains and Supes arrives just in time to save a certain female pysclogist from Mr. Freeze.  Then the issue ends like a great action show with the Villains looking nasty and ready to ponce while the heroes stance-up and say a quick one-liner to show how badass they are.  Bravo.

I only had two problems with this issue and they are pretty minor.  The first is having S.T.A.R Labs tap into Superman's ring.  It just seems like a too convenient way for Superman to talk with Emil.  The second thing actually made me laugh.  When Batman is first shown, he yells "report" into a comm device.  The next panel has Nightwing saying, "just getting my ass kicked".  Then we pan out to see they are standing side-by-side and not actually fighting.  I'm sorry, but it really seemed silly.

Edit: Bryan Q. Miller corrected me that Batman was not using a comm link, but was actually wiping his lips while talking.  He is absolutely right and I'm a dummy.  So, I only had one problem, but since they were so minor it will not change the score.  It is still great.

Marcio Takara continues to impress me.  The art is getting better and better and this week we get a full page of select Batman Rogues decked out in Yellow.  It is great and I like the little touch of each villains' construct matching the villain in question.  Pretty sneaky, Marcio.

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Smallville: Lantern #8 proves once and for all that setup issues aren't bad.  It is awesome and sets up so much that is sure to pay off in a huge way.  Bryan Q. Miller and Marcio Takara are firing on all cylinders and I can't wait until next week.  Highly Recommended.


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