Friday, September 19, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #4 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Crisis Prevention

Now this is more like it.  After being disappointed by the ending of Chaos and the beginning of Continuity, it only took this issue to make things right again.  This issue is strong from start to finish and Supes even gives another "Independence Day" speech to end it and this one is pretty good.   I guess the second time's the charm.  I'm usually all for a good reboot, but I'm now officially against it.

The issue starts off showing the reader what's at stake.  I know that there's been a lot of talk, but seeing it happen really drives it home.  Thankfully, the plan to stop it is in full effect.  Superman and Lois are prepping for Batman's plan.  If you are a Lois fan, it really looks like this arc is going to be for you.  I personally love Lois and love stories where she gets to show how awesome she is.  This is looking to be one of those stories.

In order for the plan to really work, Superman needs some help.  I'd love to make you guess who he goes to, but I will just come out and tell you.  It's Lex and it's so awesome.  It would be even better if Otis was there, but he must be off cleaning Lex's socks or something.  Oh well, it's still awesome.  It gets even better when Lex agrees to help and then as he says, "slips into something more comfortable.

After a very brief moment with the Monitors, we get to Superman's speech.  Everybody who matters is there and Superman gets them all fired up.  As the Manhunters attack, Earth's Mightiest Heroes (the real ones), charge into battle.  Next issue is going to be an action fest, for sure.

Bryan Q. Miller really ups the ante by showing how great he is with his characters.  Everything and everyone rings true and makes what's bound to happen that much more personal.  This is the book I fell in love with.

I wish I could  say I fell in love with Ig Guara's art this issue.  Yes, there are some really great panels, but some are a little off.  I don't like his Superman which is a problem in a Smallville book and Batman looks strange as well.  However, the plethora of other characters look really good.

Bits and Pieces:

Finally, an issue I can get behind again.  Bryan Q. Miller shows what's at stake and makes the reader care.  The heroes have gathered, a plan is set and the battle has begun.  I can't wait to see what happens next and recommend everyone else join in on the fun.  There's a crisis at hand and we're getting a front row seat.


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