Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #5 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 27, 2014

Promises, Promises

I am two things...a gluttonous jerk and a Smallville fan.  Right now I'm eating a Cheesesteak Pizza and reading and reviewing Bryan Q. Miller's Smallville: Continuity #5.  That, my friends, equals Heaven.  What's even better is that Continuity is turning the corner and getting back to the high quality read it was during the middle of the Chaos arc.  Don't get me wrong, a bad issue of Smallville is better than 99% of the comics out there, but when everything is clicking, it's hard to top.  Almost everything is clicking this week.  There is action galore, an awesome guest appearance and a Lois and Lex team up.  That last one is the highlight of the whole arc so far, I just wish it lasted longer...actually, everything about it was perfect.

The Manhunters are doing what they do best.  Hunting men...and woman...and anything that moves.  Our heroes are doing their best to fight back, but it's obvious they are fighting a War of attrition. The battle has it's ups and downs with Green Arrow providing the best parts.  I love Ollie and Miller always gets the best out of him. This week it isn't necessarily him, but a couple of allies that had me grinning from ear to ear.

All of this is great, but nothing compared to Lois and Lex.  These two play off each other so well, I want an L & L book right now.  Of course, just when you fall in love with Lex, he goes and does something crazy and makes him even more.  Seriously, how can you hate a guy for being true to himself?  I'll give him one thing, he doesn't go against his word.  Nope, he follows it to a tee.  I won't spoil the ending, I'll just tell you Lex has a huge grin on his face.

Things are about to go down big time.  I was a bit disappointed with the slow burn this arc was taking, but it's ramped up into overdrive. Bryan Q. Miller gives us action, humor, more action and more humor.  I loved it.

I also loved Ig Guara's art this issue.  Everything looks so good, but it's the character's expressions that nailed it for me this week.  Again, Lois and Lex get the full benefit this week and Guara's character work on them was great.

Bits and Pieces:

Now this is what I expect from Bryan Q. Miller and Smallville.  This issue had action, humor, great art and a Lois and Lex teamup. Things look like they're going to get worse before they get better and I can't wait to see it happen.


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