Friday, August 15, 2014

Smallville: Chaos #11 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 15, 2014

I'm Bleeding

I am such a huge fan of the Smallville comic.  If you ask me, a bad issue of Smallville is better than a lot of other comics best.  Until this week, that is. Something weird is happening.  As we get closer to the conclusion of the current Chaos mini series, the issues are getting worse not better.  That is not a good trend at all.

I love seeing Superboy, Supergirl and Cyborg Superman teaming up to fight Eclipso.  However, I don't like Eclipso.  Not one bit. Bryan Q. Miller is so good at developing characters, but I think he dropped the ball with Eclipso. This story line has felt disconnected from the rest of the book since this arc began and I feel it's because the reader never gets a real idea what Eclipso is up to.  Unless something drastic happens, this issue ends the Eclipso problem and it ends with a confusing whimper rather than a bang.

We get to see the fate of Ted Kord, Booster Gold and Micheal Holt.  It's quick, but it's the best part of the issue.  Just wait until you see who saves the day.  This certainly isn't Futures End.

Superman and Lois Lane ended last issue being sentenced to "walk the plank" into the Bleed.  Superman seemed resigned to his fate and this issue we see that he actually has a plan.  Seeing and understanding are very different, I'm afraid to say.  I don't think I fully grasped what was going on.  Unfortunately, I am a big dummy.

I usually like Agustin Padilla's art, but not this week.  It is overly confusing and just not up to his usual standards.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Chaos #11 is a rarity...a bad Smallville issue.  That's bad in itself, but with one issue left in the Chaos arc it's downright upsetting.  The story and art are both confusing and don't hit the notes this book usually does.  I hope everything is back to normal for next week's finale because I can't recommend this issue at all.


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