Chapter 9 of Guardian has entered the digital marketplace! Go read it now and then come right back here for this spoiler filled review! After last week’s action packed installment, chapter 9 starts by letting the reader, and the characters, take a little breather. After rescuing Lois, Clark flies her up, up, and away into a safe cloudy haven. It’s a secluded, quiet, cool atmospheric setting (possible pun intended) that lets you really feel the peace and tranquility. It’s the most romantic, tender Clois moment of season 11 so far, and one I’ve been waiting for. Writer Bryan Q. Miller captures their voices of course, but even the best of the best can’t replicate the chemistry Tom and Erica had on screen. It’s still an absolutely iconic embrace, with the wrap around cape, Lois having to go up on her toes to kiss Clark – despite already standing on his feet as they levitate – all of it is perfect!
After that we skip to the complementary Chlollie scene. Truth be told I’ve been so invested in the other storylines, I forgot Chloe and Oliver were doing a “one last mission” kind of deal before returning their focus to establishing themselves in Star City. Their exchange in these sequences screams “trouble in paradise” to me. Chloe’s side of the conversation is all about getting away and settling down, while Ollie is veering towards humor and deflections. Maybe these are just the type of talks you have to have when you’re married, but on top of all that we have the implication that lately it’s been all interruptus and no coitus. Either way they return right to form when it’s action time, and despite the spectre standing right behind them it’s refreshing and reassuring.
The Tess storyline continues to be intriguing, with new layers added every week, and Otis trying to talk to her made for one of the funniest moments in the series to date. I think that plot has a long way to go before it plays all the way out, but the Hank Henshaw story is reaching critical mass. The events are unfolding in ways similar to how they have in the past, with a respectful Smallville twist. Part of the beauty of this comic is how it can be complex in its own right and still infinitely more streamlined than its source material. The art team must be having a blast expressing these ideas visually, and the theme matching borders and backgrounds they produce add a unique personality to the book.
As always, 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 the Fourth of July, so if digital isn’t your thing DC has you covered! Also, let’s make sure to give credit where credit is due: