Friday, December 9, 2022

Smallville Season 11: Going beyond TV


Somebody save me
Let two warm hands break right through it
Somebody save me
I don’t care how you do it
just stay, stay
C’mon, I’ve been waiting for you.
I made this whole world shine for you
Just stay, stay



For ten years, I have personally enjoyed most of the seasons. The actors alone make the series worth the watch.

Tom Welling played Clark Kent, who just wanted to find his place in the world, beautifully. With every beat, he became someone to relate. Someone who lost his parents and wants to find his place in the world before he can be the hero the world needed. He struggled to find himself through high school before finding it within himself to help people as openly as possible. And through his years, he gave the audience a transformation Man of Steel that had not been seen before; people had never seen the journey from the boy who was scared that he could everything to the man who wore a red and blue suit and saves the world everyday.

Jonathan Schneider played a Johnathan Kent who had to raise, well, a god on Earth. In an interview in Smallville‘s 100th episode, he felt it was his honor to be the father to someone who was special. No one should ever felt alienated because they are different. And that was the way he raised his son, Clark.

Michael Rosenbaum portrayed Alexander Joseph Luthor. He was not always the villain. And in Smallville, it showed the slow process of the boy who was stuck under his father’s shadow transforming into the dark, sociopath.

Everything about the series was properly timed when it came to the character’s development because they had ten years to make these characters ready. In those ten years, they paid homage to all the 75 years of progress that Superman has made; with every life action adaptations, including that of the late and great Christopher Reeve, and the multiple animated series out there, and the comics. And so it is easy for me to be ecstatic to see that they were given their own comic.


The start of Smallville takes place immediately after the events of the finale of Smallville, which was, strangely enough, entitled Finale. In that episode, he wore the general red and blue suit, and, yes, there was a set of red undies on the outside. However, in the first issue, Lex, in his menacing manner, says, “Looks like he changed his costume.”

I should side step to say that Smallville was written as a continuation to the television series. That means Superman looks like Tom Welling did at the end of the television series. And the illustrator does an excellent job of reflecting that. That is not especially important, but I think it should be addressed.

Back on topic, the comic does not follow the flow of the television show. Instead of giving a main plot with a bunch of side plots (which will be resolved in forty minutes) all while tying it together, this comic goes in a comic book nature. There is a straight forward cause and effect story line with excellent side stories which will come into play in later issues to push an overall story line and arc.

One of the side factors is the relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent. In the cinematic marvel, Man of Steel, Superman’s relationship felt rushed and hastened in the screen time allotted. It was also taken for granted. But, not here. Here, Superman needs Lois, and that is made as clear as Kryptonian crystal.

All too often Superman is recognized for his power, not for how human he can be. In the television version of this comic, Chloe Sullivan, Clark’s best friend, points out that it is Lois – and his loved ones – who keep Clark grounded even when he takes to the skies. In this comic, it is Lex that proves that being grounded makes Superman, not a god, but a man. And that means Superman can be beaten.

The plot seemed to push the fact that they are super-heroes and need to save the world. Obviously. It is what they were doing when they had a Friday night slot. Of course, Clark would be shooting through the skies, saving people, pulling people out of exploding rockets. And with these factors, it is Lex, Superman’s greatest adversary, that proves how exploited that makes him.

It was all a master plan. And for the course it was written and played out so beautifully. it was worth the read in every way. For me, it felt like reading something like the Dark Knight movie on pages of a comic book.

Seeing Lex tell Clark, “It would seem that the isotope Lexcorp was using…left quite the residual trail of radiation [on you].” Smallville issue 4, page 28

That’s right, the ending is just as depressing as The Dark Knight. Lex can track Superman and Clark no matter where he was. Superman was stripped of the fundamental right of privacy; however, it can be said that unlike gods of old, Superman was not free to come and go as he pleased. It made it so that even though Clark is superior to mankind in almost every way, it would be Lex’s triumph because he made it impossible for Superman to enjoy certain privileges of the lowliest of humans. In one aspect, Lex stood above him.

This story which has all the twists and turns necessary in the middle for an absolutely great read, delivers something that anyone can enjoy. It does not matter whether someone loved the show, enjoys Superman or just wants to pick up the comic.

Smallville delivers in every way.


He loves his comics, focusing on DC comics. He is majoring to be an engineer and loves all forms of Science Fiction. Fantasy has a special place in his heart.

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