Friday, September 5, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 5, 2014


Last week, Continuity started with a bang...the Legion of Superheroes!  I love the Legion and hoped we'd get more this week, but alas, we do not.  However, we do get to see my favorite bald headed super genius/villain get his wish and a bunch of super friends gather for the impending crisis.

You know the saying, "Be careful what you wish for...", well Lex doesn't seem to mind at all.  The Monitor ships are hitting major cities around the World and Lex is playing his fiddle and leaving the worrying to Otis.  Meanwhile, Superman and Lois are still trying to get back to Metropolis when they run into the Monitors and worse, the Manhunters.  You'd think that Superman would have problems fighting while holding Lois, but I guess that's what makes him "Super".  Unfortunately. we don't get to see the battle, but we do get to see the results.  But not before Zatanna proves to be the early heroine of the Story.  She gets the President out of Washington along with Ollie, Chloe, Diana and Steve Trevor.  There is no time for congratulations, however, as the heroes boom off to join the growing resistance.  It's a who's-who of kick ass heroes led by Batman and Superman and while the issue ends with worried looks on their faces, there was a big smile on mine.

Being the second chapter in the arc, this issue is mostly setup.  Don't mistake it as mere filler, though.  Bryan Q. Miller is beginning to show us what's at stake and also who cares.  Lex is awesome in his selfish nonchalance and the gathering heroes are pulled from every arc up to now.  When the Legion arrives to fight alongside the likes of Blue Beetle and Jay Garrick I may just lose it.

Ig Guara continues on art and it's really good.  Ig is an awesome artist, but what i like best about his work here is that he makes sure everything looks and fits into the established comic universe.  Everything from Ollie's 3-d printer armor to the manhunters look perfect.

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Bryan Q. Miller and Ig Guara nail it again.  Even in a setup chapter like this, there are so many things to love.  The Crisis is on and the stakes are already high.  This is a big story and it's just getting started.  I can't wait to watch it happen.


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