Smallville Season 11 #1 (2012)

Smallville Season 11 #1 (2012)
Story: Brian Q. Miller
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorists: Randy Mayor and Chris Beckett

Episode 1: Guardian

So, DC decides to try to mess up something they did right by with the Superman franchise.  Rather than working to create webisodes or to continue on TV, we get instead DC trying to use TV to make a comic.  They tried this before with Smallville, to mixed reviews.  This issue picks up pretty close to where the last one left off, albeit a few weeks or months later. 

The Good:
The characterizations are excellent.  Except for Lois, the characters look remarkably like their TV inspirations.  The art is nice and crisp.  There are no impressionistic things or modern cubism.  Very real, very four color, very super hero-ey.  Even the idiosyncrasies and comments of characters remains consistent with the series.  It is nice to see the gang together again.  They also picked up with most of the storylines as well, which is a plus.

The Bad:
More ramming the "totally super modern and ultra cool" (not!) Man of Steel costume down our throats.  Rather than let us traditionalists have a little something, no, just a few months after donning the iconic outfit, for some reason Clark decides to go more with a monochrome look.  LAME!!!!  it doesn't work, doesn't fit, but DC and Dan Didiot doesn't care.  All they care about is what they think is slick and clever marketing of what will be YET ANOTHER BUST for the Superman movie franchise.  Just let this one germinate without the "help" of Dan and co.

Bottom Line:
This is a nice start.  While I hate the recostuming, overall it is a nice first issue.  Hopefully, the writers and artists will stick more with TV than in the comics universe because right now the TV universe makes sense while the new 52 is a bunch of convoluted, mix time line, politically correct, trying to grab headlines gobbly gook no one can understand and that is lame arse.  If you want Supes without the new lameness of the 52, then jump on this boat and see how it rides.

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