General Lane’s showdown with Superman puts Lois in danger, and Lex discovers Tess’s secret in Smallville Season 11 #8.
Smallville Season 11 #8
Superman tries to escape the army helicopters chasing him through downtown Metropolis, led by General Lane. As Lois contacts her father and questions his motives, he reveals that those higher up than him want Superman tested. After Superman not only survives the assault, but also manages to save Lois from a crashing helicopter as well, it seems General Lane’s mind is made up. Meanwhile, Lex reveals to Tess’s “ghost” that the toxin she used to erase his memories has the side effect of imprinting the user’s consciousness on the victim. Lex devises a way to separate them both, and intends to test the procedure on Hank Henshaw and one of Dr. Hamilton’s robot drones….
The idea that Tess’s mind is somehow trapped in Lex’s feels rather unnecessary. The toxin in itself was already a pretty weak plot device in order to make Lex to forget Clark’s secret for the tenth time. I could almost allow it being the reason Lex now has super-intelligence. Like, maybe it freed up some space or something. The problem I have is two-fold. While I understand the desire to make Lex more like his classic comics self, super-smart and ignorant of Clark’s secret ID, that really does take him away from being SMALLVILLE’s Lex, who was not a super-science genius, but who had talents of his own, and after ten years, had earned his knowledge about Clark’s secret.
My second problem is that, since SMALLVILLE’s Lex already had problems with hallucinations (having seen his mother, baby brother, and a Wildman manifestation of his own killer instinct in the TV series) if you wanted him to see Tess, there was already a built-in acceptance for it. You didn’t need to put more weight on an already flimsy plot device.
Basically, my question is, why have Lex Luthor in the SMALLVILLE comic if he isn’t going to be THE Lex Luthor from the show, but just some guy named Lex Luthor? I know it’s kind of late to be bringing this up, but I had been waiting to see how this all played out.
The Superman plot was far better, as Superman, Lois and General Lane all have a family squabble, but with guns and heat vision and stuff. Again, Clark comes off perfect as Superman, saving Lois and trying to save the city as well. General Lane seemingly starts off as his NEW KRYPTON self, just out to get Superman, but then turns back into the version from the show, who was infinitely more reasonable and interesting. After seeing Superman save his daughter for the 100th time, it seems he might just be firmly in Superman’s corner.
The only problem I had was Clark asking Lois how the General knew he was Superman. Where was that question even coming from? If it ties into their last conversation on the show, why bring it up now? There was nothing about General Lane targeting Clark to get at Superman. Clark didn’t factor in here at all. A better question might have been “Your Dad doesn’t know I’m Superman, right? Just making sure.”
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great Superman and Lois moments||Lex’s storyline just gets wackier by the week|