Monday, September 23, 2013

365 Comics...259: Smallville Season 11 #17 (2013)

These busy weekends and weekdays AND week day nights are making it challenging to get anything done that requires creativity or even a modicum of critical thought.  So over the next few hours (or minutes, your time) it's Comic Book Catch-Up (or "catsup" as the generic brands call it), quick little posts about comics (which, really, is what 365 Comics was in part only supposed to be anyway).

Holy crap, how have I had this comic for almost two weeks and not talked about it yet.  It's Smallville for Cristos N. Gage's sake.

I am, if you haven't noticed, and extremely vocal supporter of this continuation of the Smallville television series, and I have to wonder if it's the first comic book spin off of a TV series, movie or book that is so vastly superior to its source material.  Let's just say it is and move on.  Vastly. Superior.

This a book every fan of DC comics prior to, say, summer 2011 should be reading.  If you aren't, here's just a taste of what you're missing:

- one of the absolute best iterations of Wonder Woman put to paper, immediately right up there with Rucka and Azzarello.  You should see what she does to a tank with a length of chain.  Ridiculously amazing.
- Director Bones and the DEO
- Felix Faust
- The 1940's-era Shadowpact (for real!)
- A squee-inducing last panel

I've said it a lot when talking about Smallville S11, but Bryan Q. Miller should have been in charge of the New 52, because his re-imagining of so many DC characters so far have been so vastly superior to what's come out of the New 52, and far better than the TV show even at its best (not being hindered by budget or cast will allow for that).

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