After DC Comics Smallville completed its run leading to Clark Kent finally taking on the mantle of the Superman fans know and love, it opened the doors for an all new direction in his life and what better than a comic. Season 11 kicked off letting fans get acclimated to the new direction of the character while maintaining the universe created in the series. Volume 3: Haunted collects issues 9-12 and brought the Flash into the mix further extending it’s reach into the DC Universe.
Smallville Season 11 Volume 3: Haunted follows Clark as he teams up with Bart Allen aka Impulse to stop the mysterious speed storm that have begun striking across the globe. Meanwhile Lex tries to get Tess to reveal what she knows about Superman and the secrets of Earth 2 are revealed. While the previous story moved at a slower pace while building the characters storyline this one kicked it up a bit and had a more comic feel than that of the TV show. It still fits within the continuity and continues to build on the world the story created. The focal point here is obvious between Clark and Barry but includes not only a cameo from another Flash character, but also a suit reminiscent of another incarnation of Superman from the comics. The artwork looks good, but there are variations with some of the designs looking like the show and others a bit off. This doesn’t hurt anything in the bigger picture, but does take you out of the mythology of the show at times. Needless to say this series is doing a good job keeping Smallville alive and has left the universe wide open.
For any fans of the TV series this is another great collection to continue the stories set up for ten seasons. After the time fans invested into the series it’s is great to see this series taking it to the next level in storytelling and furthering the adventures of these characters. As the series progressed they have brought in characters that were always hopeful for the TV series, but never happened. Besides the collected issues of the series this collection also features various designs for Bart and Dark Flash as well as a variant cover gallery and cover layout designs.
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