Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Smallville: The Comic - A Review From 2003
The success of the WB television show Smallville is well-known to most, by now. What may not be known, however, is that D.C. has produced a spin-off comic.
Smallville: The Comic fits right into television continuity, following the life of a teen aged Clark Kent and his high-school friends. Containing two different stories, Smallville manages to be big on suspense, action, and even characterization.
In the first story, "Raptor," a young man is caught in an explosion at an excavation of dinosaur bones, which also happens to be infused with kryptonite. As a result, he begins a slow transformation into a human/raptor hybrid, and sets his sights on settling a family grudge with Lex Luthor. Though the story is standard "mutation of the week" fare, which was so common in the TV. series' first season, it is a well-paced story, with very nice artwork by Roy Allan Martinez.
In "Exile of the Kingdom," readers and fans get a peek inside the head of Lex Luthor. Why does the sole offspring of a billionaire choose to make a small Kansas town his home when the big business and nightlife of Metropolis beckon? This is the question posed by Lex's high society friends, as well as his less-than-loving father. Though John Paul Leon's thick lines and rather unexpressive art don't add much to the story, the examination of Lex Luthor, perceived by so many to be a "spoiled rich kid," is well worth the read.
Smallville can be found at comic shops, comic conventions, or online auctions and catalogs. Considering the loyal following of the television show, it's a shame it can't be found on newsstands, as well. Recommended for all readers.
Smallville: The Comic, published by D.C. Comics, 72 pages, $3.95.
Review by Mark Allen