As Clark and Oliver have one final team-up, Chloe discovers something in the recent cosmic storm that may cause the heroes to join forces yet again, in Smallville Season 11 #3.
Smallville Season 11 #3
Superman helps Green Arrow take down a gang of smugglers, possibly the last time they will team up for a while, as Oliver and Chloe are days away from a permanent move to Star City. However, as Chloe reviews footage from the Russian satellite Clark saved, she and Lois discover that some kind of space ship came through the Rift, and is now hiding on Earth.
One of the best things about Miller’s work on this series has been his ability to combine each short segment with plenty of action and character work. The thing about this comic is that, having evolved out of a TV series, where the emphasis was more on the character dynamics and less on the action, it’s a certain necessary evil that much of the time will be spent on having two characters just talking. So far, this comic has been full of that. Clark and Lois, Lex and General Lane, Clark and Lex, Ollie and Clark, etc.
Right now, we are still building up our cast, getting to know where everyone is at and what the new status quos are. There’s a lot of people talking about their feelings, and what it’s like to be in the situation they are in.
In the hands of a less-skilled writer, that would devolve into page after page of talking heads. Miller wisely bookends this week’s issue with a fight scene and a major revelation, keeping things entertaining, or at least filled with enough eye-candy to balance out the talky bits.
Superman and Green Arrow continue their version of the World’s Finest Team, minus all the grim acrimony Batman usually brings to the proceedings. And I don’t know if it was just that we got to see Superman do something other than pose, but his new suit looked especially cool this week. It’s starting to grow on me.
I’m a little miffed that we didn’t follow up on Lex’s vision of Tess from last week. That seemed like a pretty big thing to just not address, switching over to some other stuff. Also underwhelmed by the revelation of yet another spaceship hiding in yet another cosmic storm. Unless the similarities to Clark’s origin are intentional and thus merited, this plot runs the risk of retreading old material.
But overall this was a fun chance to see our main characters interact. The constant reshuffling of the same few characters is running its course though, and hopefully we’ll get some big scenes that involve more than two people in the coming weeks.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|A nice balance of action and character work||Can we get more than two characters per scene?|