Smallville: Lantern #3 (DC/Comixology)

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Rating: 3.5/5 – A Fun Elseworlds Comic Where You Just Go With It.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Ian Gowan.

Ollie Queen aka Green Arrow is investigating the crime that happened in chapter 2. It’s then that he learns that Clark Kent aka Superman is now a Green Lantern. This is a enjoyable although it can be a little confusing for those out of the know about DC. This comic borrows from a lot of different areas of the DC Universe (DCU) and can be found here: https://www.comixology.com/Smallville-Lantern-3/digital-comic/83979

This comic is a spinoff of the Smallville Seven Eleven digital first series from DC Comics. That comic is a spinoff of the TV show called Smallville that ended in Season Ten. That TV series is essentially a spinoff of the Superman comic series. This comic has gone from the original comic, to a spinoff TV show, then to a digital first comic series, and then into this series. It leaves my head spinning but you just have to go with it to have any fun.

I enjoyed the dialogue which did remind me of the sharp witty banter on the Smallville CW show. Writer Bryan Q Miller was a writer for the Smallville TV show for several seasons. He was brought over to comics by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Bryan has written a run on Teen Titans and then he did the first arc of Batgirl in the New 52. Bryan does a good job of explaining as much as he can in this short chapter. Although it would be challenging for anyone to understand all these different influences in the big DCU. Ultimately, you just have to go with it and have fun as though it were an Elseworlds story. Elseworlds are stories that occur in a type of parallel universe to the regular DCU. In other words, what happens to Superman in this story isn’t the same Superman as in the any of the other DC comic titles.

Artist Marcio Takara art is enjoyable and really helped to propel this story forward. The art has a nice clean style to it with nicely designed pages and unique characters. Marcio is a new artist to me which is always exciting to find in a new comic. I hope to see more of his work in the future. I think he would excel in a Sci-Fi comic series. The colors by Carrie Strachan are important as there are a lot of different characters floating around in this comic. I love cover artist Catt Staggs’s painterly style. I wish she would cut loose a little more and show more action on her Smallville covers.

At first when I read this digital comic chapter I thought I was too lost to figure it out. Then after another couple of reads, I just learned to enjoy what’s happening right on the page. Sure there could’ve been a little more substance to the story. It’s all stuff we’ve probably seen before in a comic. Although I’m willing to give this more of a chance since it’s only the third chapter in a twelve part series. This digital comic is worthy of your time. It’s a mash-up of the Smallville TV series, the Green Lantern comic book series, and a few other series thrown in for good measure.

Reviewed by: Ian Gowan
ian@comicspectrum.com

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