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: