[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Artists: Art Thibert, Stephen Segovia, Ken Lashley, Renato Guedes
“RETURN TO SMALLVILLE!” Searching for an explanation of the source of her powers, Lana traces her steps back to high school with a teenage Clark Kent in Smallville. With Lana’s role as Superwoman hanging in the balance, Lex Luthor makes an unexpected appearance.
In this issue, Lana returns home to Smallville to find her hometown in a state of chaos. It seems that she may be the cause of the damage, and Lex Luthor implores her to stop. The reader is also taken back to her childhood, when her and Clark were teenagers, as this version shows a Lana Lang who has known about his powers longer than every other version. In this version, we also find a young Lex Luthor, who happens to go to school with Clark and Lana. We also get the treat of seeing Clark and Lex banter for one of their very first times, with many more to come.
Lana and Cark, for the first time, show that they want to be more than friends. Clark even gets jealous of a boy named Amos, who Lana likes, and skips detention so she can have a ride on his motorcycle. Lana takes the initiative and kisses Clark. But he soon gets injured because of a necklace she has made from red kryptonite, similar to how she had a necklace of green kryptonite in the Smallville TV series. By the end of the issue, Lana reunites with someone from her past, as the red kryptonite has taken over her being, leading to a clash with Supergirl.
The first negative, I found is there is not enough interaction between Lex Luthor and Clark, or even Lana. As he is a major part of the present day events, one would surmise that he should be a major part of past events. The second negative I found is that the big reveal came rather quickly, as I would have liked to have seen this unfold over two issues, as opposed to just a single issue.
Although the plotline seems rushed, it is still worth buying!