Chapter 4 of Guardian is up on Comixology, so if you go to get your Smallville fix right now I won’t blame you, but make sure to come back for my review! Smallville is back from hiatus, and wow does it sure feel good to say that again! I was actually a bit surprised that they took one at all, but with the way it coincided with the first print release I think I see what they were doing there. Every issue has released on time thus far though (in fact the first installment was early!) so if they keep up that consistency I will be a very happy customer! It’s probably smart to draw out the series a bit too, we don’t know how long it will last and I don’t want to rush right through it. Every fan of the show needs to be reading this book, and I’m not just saying that because it’s a project I want to succeed, but because it is a perfect translation of the show back to the comic medium. It’s also taking advantage of the comic book format to give fans of the show and of Superman everything they’ve been wanting and more.
Chapter four of Guardian takes us right back into the story without missing a beat, and the variety of locations that it takes place in helps to make this feel like a much longer issue. There are enough unique settings and conversations to maximize the number of break ups in your mind, and each new technology and trick the issue spotlights gives you another “oooh and aaah” moment. I’m going easy on the spoilery details this week, but I would be remiss not to mention the monument to Christopher Reeve and his Smallville character Doctor Virgil Swann. His appearance on the show was emotionally stirring, and the rebranding of S.T.A.R. Labs is a skillful example of how Smallville has paved its own way while still honoring everything that came before it. The dialogue in chapter four is punchy and laced with metaphor, and the art team especially has kicked it up a notch. The depictions of the technologies that Bryan Q. Miller wrote into the story are very effective, the scenes of Clark in space are stunning, and images and colors like the ones used in the Tess Mercer flashbacks provide contrasts and a multifariousness that contributes to the fresh feeling of each panel and the overall book. One reveal that I can’t help but give out is the inclusion of Hank Henshaw. They’ve been teasing this one for a while, and I can’t wait to see what my favorite writer does with my favorite villain!
As always don’t forget that you can talk Smallville with my crew and I live on Sunday nights, and please buy Smallville, don’t pirate this book. Remember, we vote with our purchasing power, and it only costs 99 cents to flex your consumer muscle on this one. Also, let’s make sure to give credit where credit is due: