Monday, April 20, 2020

Smallville: Continuity #1 (2014) Review

Adventures in Space and Time

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller

Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 29, 2014

I was a little critical of the last Smallville mini, Chaos.  It started off strong but ended as too much of a setup than its own story, in my opinion.  Well, since this first issue of Continuity is what it was set up, I may have to rethink everything.  I should always remember the mantra, "In Bryan Q. we trust" and I won't get worried ever again.  It also helps that Ig Guara's art kicks ass as well.  I'll work him into the mantra real soon.

After the craziness at the end of Chaos, I was expecting a little recap and a whole lot of explanation.  Guess what?  We don't get either. Instead, we head to the 31st century and take a peek at my favorite superhero team of the future. It was a combination of Hell Yea and WTF.  Of course, Miller not only writes a hell of a scene, but it completely makes sense and sets up this arc so well.  Color me impressed.

The issue could have ended there and I would be fully on board, but I guess an eight-page comic might piss some people off.  Don't worry, Bryan Q gives us more.  Steve Trevor and Agent Prince are still hanging out with the President in D.E.O Headquarters looking grim and worried and Superman and Lois finish their little Tibetan vacation and join the fray.

We also get to see my favorite couple, Oliver and Chloe.  When I turned the page, I expected a big moment, but Miller just teases it. Damn you, Bryan.  The two are feeling a little trapped, but Oliver has a plan.  If anyone wants to see how a couple should be portrayed in a comic, just check out how Miller writes these two lovebirds.  You instantly know they are in love and will do anything for each other.  Just imagine what they'll do for their little one.

Ig Guara's art is great, especially the beginning.  Everything looks so good and the final page has me so pumped up for the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

If the job of the first issue of an arc is to get the reader pumped up, then mission accomplished.  The crap is already hitting the fan, but the cavalry is on the way.  When all space and time is threatened, can you really show up "on time".  I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.  Highly recommended.


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