Smallville Season Eleven Chapter Thirteen Detective Part One – Whew, this book sure has a lot of titles! It also has a lot of entertainment value, both as a continuation of the Smallville television series and as an inspired Superman tale in a very unique section of the DC brand. This is going to be a spoilery review, so if I were you I’d go buy the book first! If you’ve been waiting for my word, then trust me, this is an installment that you’re going to love! The issue reads rather quickly because it’s basically split into two parts, a “Clois” scene and then an action scene with Gotham City’s soon to be Metropolis-bound protectors. It’s a best of both worlds kind of deal here because you get to enjoy some of Smallville’s famously sensual Clark and Lois interplay before switching to some face punching, jaw stomping comic book combat!
Detective’s art team has portrayed a mature looking Clark and Lois, more chiseled and defined. These artistic details are matched by the story details. Smallville is a very well thought out comic with a lot of attention paid to how things work. If you like a bit of technobabble and sciency plausibility to flesh out your superheroics, then this is definitely the book for you. These early scenes occasionally leave Lois in danger of having only her fuzzy bunny slippers to keep her warm, whenever Clark is preoccupied with using the knowledge of the known galaxies to remove Lex’s tracer. The hint at obsession is used as a transition to the comic book medium’s most obsessive character – Batman, who after ten seasons is finally making an appearance in the Smallville continuity. We’ve only just been introduced, but I like him already! This Batman is very much an urban knight, whose anger and focus are clear in every panel. These extremes are balanced by a more light on her feet sidekick/apprentice in a female Nightwing. Her role has an on the job training kind of feel to it, and her utilization as a sort of advanced scout gives more credence to the idea of Batman having an assistant. The story that brings them into Smallvile can be summed up thusly: while investigating advanced Intergang weaponry meant to take out superheroes, Batman discovers a clue about the man who killed his parents that points him towards Metropolis. I like the intermingling of plots, especially because I predicted escalation as an issue and had always hoped to see Intergang used in this capacity! As always, please buy Smallville, don’t pirate this book. Remember, we vote with our purchasing power, and it only costs 99 cents per digital chapter to flex your consumer muscle on this one. Another print collection will be available soon, so if digital isn’t your thing DC has you covered! And of course, let’s make sure to give credit where credit is due: