Monday, April 20, 2020

Smallville: Chaos #2 (2014) Review

The Gold Standard

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla and Daniel HDR
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 13, 2014

The first issue of Smallville: Chaos was pretty crazy. Of course, when Lex gets involved with funding super science it's bound to be interesting.  The end of the issue promised the multiverse being back in Smallville in a huge way.  Bryan Q. Miller delivers on that promise, but also gives us what I love best about this book...awesome costars.  When I say awesome, I mean my favorite character of all-time and one that's been neglected by the New 52.  It makes sense though because when there is multiverse action, Booster Gold is soon to follow.

Oliver and Chloe are at DEO Headquarter and while Diana tells Chloe the ultimate in spoilers, Steve Trevor is trying to recruit Oliver.  With a child on the way, I hope he accepts the offer.  The recruitment is cut short when Booster (yea!) contacts them about Superman and Lois disappearing. Booster knows something is up, but can't put a finger on it.

Miller then gives us a little more of the crazy black gem from the last issue.  STAR Labs is on the case, but the thing has a mind of its own or at least has possessed another one.  The book ends with another awesome guest trying to find Supes and Lois while the reader sees exactly where they are.  It's expected, but still unfamiliar enough to be awesome.  I can't wait to see how the duo gets back home and can only hope Booster is involved.

The only bummer is we get no Lex this week.  We do see Otis lurking in the shadows, but I want to see what happens if and when Lex is found out.  Something is going to hit the fan.  Other than that we get am issue that is a bit of a setup issue, but when everything that it sets up is awesome then I can't complain.  Bryan Q. Miller continues doing such a great job of pushing the story forward by reaching back to past events as well as new.

Agustin Padilla and Daniel HDR share art duties and the book look great as usual.  It's the character work that stands out this week partly because of the lack of action, but also because it is so good.  I also have to give kudos to Carrie Strachan on colors.  The various scenes all have a unique look to them thanks to her great job.

Bits and Pieces:

Bryan Q. Miller continues making Smallville the great book it is.  It's so much fun and even when it's a setup issue like this week, it's still great.  I say it all the time, but everyone can enjoy this book and should.


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