Saturday, June 7, 2014

Smallville: Chaos #1

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 6, 2014


We just got finished the awesome Smallville: Lantern mini and one thing is for sure.  Lex is up to no good. In fact, after everything that has happened in these incredible minis, Lex has been a constant.  Lately, he runs in at the end, scoops up some alien tech he likes and runs off (possibly laughing to himself).  This week we start the Chaos arc and this time Lex is front and center and we get to see the fruits of his labor.

The issue starts with Superman doing super kinds of things.  By that I mean he's battling a possessed Professor with a giant black diamond.  It's a couple panels that are all good fun, but it's also Bryan Q. Miller. That means that this isn't just a throwaway scene.  File it away and rest assured that it will come back to roost.

What's important now is happening in Antactica.  Lois Lane is there (she really does go anywhere for a story) at the Holt/Kord Supercollider Project interviewing the namesakes for a story.  I write this with a huge smile on my face.  Ted Kord and Micheal Holt!  The original Blue Beetle and Mr. Terrific!  Of course this sort of project costs money to run and that's where Lex comes in.  Maybe two of the three smartest men in the world are together in the room, but it's Lois who proves to be the only one thinking straight.  Don't trust Lex.

What follows involves particle physics, Otis and what appears to be the beginning of a crisis.  It's a bit of an "ah-ha" moment for longtime readers and Lex fans like myself.   As usual, I can't wait for next week.

Agustin Padilla is on art duties and everything looks stellar.  This book has been consistently good looking even with the changing artists.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Chaos #1 is the beginning to what already looks to be an awesome new arc.  Bryan Q. Miller builds on everything that came before to come blasting out of the gate.  Lex may play it close to the vest, but he's showing his cards early.  He may just be causing a crisis of the infinite variety.


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