Saturday, October 4, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #6 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 3, 2014

Feeling Blue

I had been down on Continuity until last week, but that issue swept away my fears that it would be the first Smallville mini that I didn't like.  However, Bryan Q. Miller won me over (again) with some great action, lots of humor and the greatest teamup I didn't even know I wanted...Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.  It was so great and if you haven't read last week's issue, go do it right now, dammit!  Okay, now that you're back, it was great wassanit?  I guess you're wondering if this weeks issue is as good and the answer is almost, but almost still means pretty damn good in this case.

Last issue ended with Lois plummeting to her death after Lex betrayed her big time.  So much for the teamup of the century.  Of course, if you thought this would be the end for her, you haven't been paying attention.  It's not if she will be saved, but by whom. Leave it to Miller to make the by whom so awesome.

Meanwhile, Superman and more friends you can shake a stick at are busy fighting the Manhunters.  If you have been reading all the excellent Smallville minis (and you should be), then there is a good chance you'll be pumped to see at least one of your favorites, if not a handful. Add the bonus of watching them interact and kick ass together.

Then Bryan Q. Miller does it again.  He throws in such a great moment with Lois and Lex and while I was still laughing, he pulled the rug out from under my entire being.  The impact of what happens will be dependent on your own history with this character, but to me it was heartbreaking.  Then if that wasn't enough, the issue ends by showing the reader that the fight has become more than personal and the Monitor's plan has changed in a very big way.

Like I said earlier, this was a pretty damn good issue.  Miller upped the action and then tore my heart out, but in a good way.  I don't know what the hell that really means except these are the things I love about comics.  The only thing that bothered me about the issue was the fangirl screaming of Lois and Nightwing.  It's something I'd expect from Harley Quinn, not them.  Other than that, I loved it.

That love includes Ig Guara's art.  He gets the opportunity to do a bunch of group scenes and big spreads and nails it.  I seem to say it over and over, but this is the best issue of Smallville he's done.

Bits and Pieces:

Smallville: Continuity #6 grabs the momentum of last issue and runs with it.  The characters are plentiful and great and the action is non-stop.  I'd say I had a great time reading it, but Bryan Q. Miller broke my heart.  Read it and I know you'll agree.  We are halfway through this arc and I'm not sure if I can take this breakneck pace.  However, the cliffhanger promises to shift it into a higher gear for the second half.  I can't wait.


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