Author: Bryan Q. Miller bryanqmiller
Pencils: Agustin Padilla, Daniel HDR, Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover: Cat Staggs
Reviewed by: @kimmiecoo
Here we are, on the eve of Smallville’s season 11 finale with the penultimate “episode” Chaos. I cannot believe the end of the season is upon us but a lot has happened to Clark, Lois, Chloe, Lex and the gang – Superman finally revealing to the world that he is an alien from the planet Krypton, Tess Mercer “resurrected”, Lex Luthor trying to be the savior … I mean pad his supervillain resume and Clark making a few more Superfriends.
With any good penultimate episode there is drama, intrigue, lots of action, loss, sacrifice and a cliffhanger. Chaos did not disappoint.
With Superman being launched into a parallel universe and Earth being left Superman-less, his Superfriends including Connor and Kara returning from the 23rd Century work together to try to not only fight off Eclipso who is infecting the people of Earth but also to combat against the impending Crisis. This scenario was a great way to show how Clark has brought all the heroes together to fight for the greater good but to also show that they do need that extra push of Superman in their corner.
This plot element of all the bad converging and seemingly overwhelming odds brought about a satisfying resolution for the character of Hank Henshaw who was first introduced in the season premiere episode of Guardian. He initially fought Superman but with Clark’s guidance and friendship, Hank Henshaw became an ally and in the end he made the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone.
While the heroes banded together to fight off the impending doom, Lex was being Lex, trying at least in his head to save humanity but in reality growing into his supervillain role and as with any great supervillain, Lex figured out in Chaos that he cannot rely on anyone else even your other world counterparts, you have to “save” the world all by yourself.
I loved when Bryan introduced Otis back in beginning of the season and have continued to love Otis’ inclusion in Lex’s storyline. He adds a nice counterbalance of levity and humor to all of Lex’s scheming and “evilness”.
However the main thrust, the main appeal, the focal point of this episode was Lois and Clark who together as a couple were thrust into many dangerous, unfamiliar yet seemingly familiar worlds no thanks to Lex’s machinisations. They had to survive their world jumping all on their own, relying on each other, working together, saving each other, trusting the other to get home safely.
I remember when Smallville was airing and we would get episodes where Lois would find herself in a perilous situation with Clark but Lois was still in the dark about Clark’s secret i.e. Bloodline, many of us fans had lamented that we would never get to see an adventure where Lois was in the know and she and Clark would get to work together as a couple, saving each other and saving the world.
Luckily Smallville got to continue in the comics and Chaos gave us our wish. It was beautiful to see their adventure unfold and see how this supercouple worked together to get home safe and sound albeit beaten up, tattered and weakened. Bravo and thank you Bryan Q. Miller for writing such a strong loving super couple in Smallville’s Lois and Clark.
All in all a great penultimate episode for Season 11 and now onto the season finale, Continuity.
P.S.: So sorry for my delay in writing this review. Had a lot going on this summer including company and going to the Baltimore Comic Con to meet some great DC Comics writers and artists.