Chapter 7 of Guardian has hit the digital stands, and now so has my review! Here are my thoughts on the latest issue of Smallville – be wary of spoilers! At seven digital issues in we’re just past the half way point of what will be considered the first episode, and every installment has continued to impress. Chapter seven starts in a cornfield, with Chloe and Green Arrow heading towards the spot where the mysterious ship from the previous issues landed. Their conversation is full of Bryan Q. Miller’s trademark smartmouthed banter, and Miller finally works his boxing glove arrow jab in. Chloe’s “our money” line hit my eyes a little funny. It’s true they are married now, but I remember her own little misappropriation of his funds on the show, so seeing her mock him about it is almost ironic. There isn’t too much time to dwell on it though because the big reveal turns out to be that the spaceship is Oliver’s. Of course he hasn’t built a ship yet, so the craft bearing his Queen Industries logo is obviously from the future. This is an absolutely insane revelation (I mean that in a good way of course!) and I can’t wait to see where this one is going.
When we jump scenes we find Commander Henshaw alive and in Dr. Hamilton’s care. Henshaw is badly burned and paralyzed from the incident, but although he appears it he’s not comatose, and is consciously trapped in his unmoving and injured body. His wife is beside herself with devastation, and blames Superman for not being able to do more. Superman learned from Henshaw that the disaster was no accident, and heads to Lex for answers. Storming off to confront Lex is very reminisce of a good old fashioned Smallville episode, and Clark even brings his old fashioned temper along with him. After smashing in through Lex’s window we learn the truth of Lex’s real plan – he’s been setting Superman up! The beauty of this plan is that he doesn’t have to pull off a perfect frame job, all he has to do is make Superman look suspicious or involve him in enough events that the government wants to interrogate him about them. Of course Clark won’t just turn himself in for questioning, so now our nascent hero is at odds with The United States of America. There are other great spoilerific things to look forward to in future episodes, but for now I’m absolutely entertained! I can’t end this review without mentioning my image of the week here, isn’t that a gorgeous piece of artwork? You really need to see the full thing to appreciate it, but it’s an amazing rendering of past evils on the show, and would make a beautiful mural or poster for my wall.
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 a chapter to flex your consumer muscle on this one. Another print collection will be available on July 4th, so if digital isn’t your thing DC has you covered! Also, let’s make sure to give credit where credit is due: