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Comic Critics #129!

Here is the latest installment of the Comic Critics strip, courtesy of Sean Whitmore (writer) and Brandon Hanvey (artist)! You can check out the first hundred and twenty-eight strips at the archive here and you can read more about Sean and Brandon at the Comic Critics blog.


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That’s one reason to watch Smallville.

If completely unsubtle nods to comic books lead to eye cancer, the world would be a sadder place.

Is it bad that I enjoy Smallville?

Yes and you are a bad person for it.

Bravo, well done as usual guys!

Tsktsktsk. Bad. Particularly the last panel. (I mean, c’mon, All you have to have ever watched is the opening credits for the past 3, 4 seasons and you know he’s flying, so why run with the leap tall buildings gag? Mixing up lines from NO ORDINARY FAMILY already, Sean?)

And no, I’m not gonna wink my eye. My mother’s having eye surgery in the morning (cataract removal), so I think there’s plenty of chance for blood spurts to worry about then, thank you.

Thank GodJesus I got out midway through the second season. :)

Daniel O' Dreams

August 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The thing is he’s still NOT flying and all those quotes are directly from the show even the “leap tall buildings line” all that winking at the audience can’t be healthy.

Am I the only one who remembers interviews from right when the show started being made (in Wizard, think?) with the writers/producers basically saying “The show is about Clark, not Superman/boy. You’ll never see a,b,c, or x,y,z in Smallville.” And yet I’m pretty sure the last 5 or six seasons have been based around everything they said would never appear. Lovely. Bets on the standard costume appearing before the end?

Yeah, TV Clark cannot fly. I thought Raven was making a reference to something I wasn’t getting.

Bets on the standard costume appearing before the end?

Technically it’s already appeared, Clark just hasn’t worn it yet.

The “squish” sound effect should have come in 2008.

YES to this.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I’m not a Superman fan.
I cheered when they killed off the guy in blue pajamas.
I groaned when they did the Super-wannabees.
I booed when they brought him back.
BUT …..
I watched all 9 seasons of Smallville
Will probably LIKE the FINAL season.

The tv character’s SOOOOO much better than the comic character.
Probably will sniffle when the final credits roll on the final episode of the final season.


Thank GodJesus I got out midway through the second season.

I never tried the show but always meant to. Then they hired Loeb and I decided never to give the show a chance, because if I liked the first season I’d have to eventually make my way through whichever episodes Loeb worked on, and I didn’t want to subject myself to that.

Actually T., Loeb was on the show when it started and left half way through.

Nice comic as usual. I always kind of liked the winks since the show is pretty cheesy so it fits perfectly.

lol I calling it now, Lex Luthor comes back in the finale…mysteriously “forgetting” all of his suspicions about Clark being an alien….

I don’t think he’ll forget. I think he’ll have some sort of monolog in which he explains that he’s changed his mind, because anyone who could do all the things he thought Clark could would make a name for himself instead of being so modest all the time.


sometimes you make comments that make me wonder if you’ve ever read a Superman comic in your life.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 31, 2010 at 8:07 am


off and on over the past 25 years.
I keep hoping to like a superbook, but all the good ones, I mean, the REAL good ones, are one-shots/mini-series/short arcs.
Then my attention gets pulled away by Vertigo. or something edgy/dark/weird — which is alot like Smallville, but not the comic.

I hate to be the one to break this to you Tom, but Smallville is not edgy/dark/weird

Pft, whatevs. Smallville is endlessly entertaining.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 31, 2010 at 10:28 am

@JoeMac; I don’t know, ever since they brought Doomsday into Smallville, the flavor of the series gotten a bit darker, sure with some light moments. Even Clark Kent’s character has been grimmer.

I’m not complaining about the tv series, I like it. so sue me. ;-)


I double checked…Jeph Loeb joined Smallville in the second season:


[…] Coma it is. Guest written by the Smallville guys? Speaking of Smallville, this is pretty funny […]

HA! But that’s pretty much the show in whole…

Make fun…but I love the show.

I’m a Smallville/TomWelling fanatic, but I still got a chuckle out of this. You better believe I’ll be watching season ten. I haven’t missed one episode yet, and I’m not about to start now. I’ll miss my favorite show. :(

I had a lot of trouble liking Smallville… It was so obvioulsy struggling NOT to have him become Superman. But then I found a way to enjoy it: Smallville is an “Elseworld” version of Superman where he never adopted the costume, never became (or becomes) Superman and only ever lives his life as Clark Kent. There – isn’t that better?
p.s. I have always had the idea in my head that the reason he can’t fly is legal – it would infringe on the license sold to the big-screen version of Superman. Am I wrong?

“My mother’s having eye surgery in the morning (cataract removal), so I think there’s plenty of chance for blood spurts to worry about then, thank you.”

So the world needs to be careful of making jokes that might potentially have something to do with a surgery someone’s mother might have? wtf.

Oh and smallville sucks but my girlfriend likes it so that’s cool.

How was any of that even funny. It was just so unfunny , whoever this guy is you need to quit writing and go do whatever you do normally. If someone feels like explaining why this is funny go at it.


It was funny. The only people not to find it funny are those brainwashed into worshipping Smallville to an unhealthy degree.

It’s better than Superman Returns. I guess that isn’t much of a complement, is it.

I don’t understand this strip. Is the character imitating Sarah “Winky” Palin?
Or do I have to watch some dang TV show to understand?

I don’t have time to watch television — there are too many comic books to read!
I can read 2 Silver Age comics or 4 Brian Bendis comics in the time it takes to watch a half hour of TV.

Wow, so much lameness on this page. The show has had its bad moments (seasons 4 and 7 were not good) but it’s overall been a hugely entertaining and fun take on Superman. Of course you’ll always have your uptight nerds complaining about “but Supergirl flies before Clark!?!?!?” but really, who gives a crap? It’s basically Ultimate Superman. Not everything needs to be the same.

As for the comic, this is like 6 years too late really.

A couple replies:


August 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

“Is it bad that I enjoy Smallville?”

Not remotely. The last season was probably the best in the series. It was great.


Daniel O’ Dreams
August 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

“The thing is he’s still NOT flying and all those quotes are directly from the show even the “leap tall buildings line” all that winking at the audience can’t be healthy.”

Uh, no. They’re not.


September 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

Ha if all the Smallville haters in the world use their powers for good we would all have jet packs and clean drinking water for all the 3rd world countries….no wait we wouldn’t all the whiners and complainers would just find something else to complain about. Cracks me up it’s like me getting on the desperate housewives blog and complaining. Why people who don’t watch the show or watched a few episodes feel the need to get online and cry about something they now nothing about is beyond me. SMALLVILLE and politics, two things most people no nothing about but everyone knows how to make it better. I liked the comic strip. Jeph loeb is awesome, smallville is awesome, im out!!

The original creators/showrunners of the show originally said “No flights, no tights”. Well they left 2-3 seasons ago, right around when the show got really comic-booky and the new showrunners threw that rule out the window.

The basic problem with the costumes is that a look that works in a comic book or cartoon (especially one that’s very old and thus has a “retro” pedigree) looks silly in a live tv format in a show that’s very grounded in the real world. We’re watching Clark’s origin story drawn out over a 10 year period. At what point is this kid who has gone from flannel shirts and jeans to business suits with suspenders going to decide that a royal blue bodysuit with crimson accents (two colors which clash violently in real life as opposed to comics) is the best look for the world’s first openly operating super-hero? Why will he choose to wear red underwear on the outside of his pants? Why will he eschew a zipper (don’t Kryptonians ever go to the bathroom)? Why, in 2010, will he abandon the reasonably cool looking trenchcoat for a cape even after “The Incredibles” has lamp-shaded how inefficient capes are for action heroes? How are they going to explain away the whole “no one recognizes Clark as Superman because Clark wears glasses and Superman doesn’t” thing?

Actually, my favorite question is: How is he ever going to adopt the name “Superman”? He is presently known as “The Blur,” and in a world in which Superman has never been the name of a superhero, the word “superman” is most likely associated with Friedrich Nietzsche’s “ubermensch,” a concept heavily associated with Nazism. So I’m really curious as to the sequence of events that leads the people of the world to see a god-like alien who calls himself “Superman” as something to admire rather than fear.

@Alan; Red and Blue violently clash in the real world? Tell that to the American Flag. Or over half of the flags on the planet for that matter. solid colors do not clash. Patterns clash.

He wore all Black in season 9 as a reflection of the darkness that has entered his life and also his transition from the blur to finally coming to terms with his greater destiny as Superman.
(As stated by the showrunners ) who since they took over have been moving more in the comic direction.

Lois Lane names him Superman. Just like in the comics.

I actually love Smallville, one of my favorite shows

My favorite was the first Aquaman episode, after deafting the bad guys, Arthur, says he and Clark should form a Junior Lifeguard Association, Clark replies that he isn’t ready for the J.L.A. just yet.

Beyond that I enjoy Smallville, sure some parts are silly and the old days of that piece special K showing up at the wrong time was got lame, but its still a lot of fun.

@JBW You beat me to it! I thought that was the funniest “wink” to the audience that they’ve done. It was a well-done pun/joke setup and punchline.

Beyond that, the Geoff Johns-penned ones over the last couple of seasons — “Legion” and “Absolute Justice” have been some of the best comic-book adapted TV superhero scripts ever. True, that’s not a huge universe, but it’s still a treat when it’s done well.

@JBW You beat me to it! I thought that was the funniest “wink” to the audience that they’ve done. It was a well-done pun/joke setup and punchline.

I actually saw that episode. That JLA “joke” was incredibly forced and absolutely frickin’ HORRIBLE!!! It was not funny, it was embarrassing and groan-inducing. It’s what I use as my example of the worst “winking” dialogue from the show.

This was such a worse piece of comicstrip. Who the hell is this Sean who wrote this piece of sh!t. There was not even a hint of humor in it. And this stupid brain-donor is made the moderator at CBR. Simply Great! Kick him out, CBR.

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