Smallville: City: Smallville Series: Book Eight Paperback – 6 May 2004
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A must for all fans of the hit TV show (ENIGMA)
An all-new, original story based on the hit TV series, Smallville - the tales of Superman's teenage years. The acclaimed, award-winning show - now entering a third series - attracts a weekly UK audience in excess of 5m and continues to grow in popularity.See all Product Description
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I was not disappointed. "City" captures the interactions between the two main characters (Clark and Lex) beautifully, and gives us interesting, well-rounded views of all the people in their lives. (Even better, it reads as though Grayson has actually spent some time around small farming towns, while the show sometimes makes me doubt that its writers have ever left LA!) The deep bond between these two characters, in all of its complexity, is portrayed compellingly, even as we see some of the forces that will eventually start to pull them apart already at play.
The story of Clark and Lex's adventures in Metropolis ties in nicely to where the characters are at this point in the Smallville story (early S2, approximately), and also gives Grayson a chance to really delve into a question Smallville the show has only begun to touch on -- how can someone who can do as much good as Clark can live with the knowledge that he can't possibly save everyone his powers could help? The moment in the novel at which Clark, completely overwhelmed by Metropolis, breaks down in a telephone booth, is about as perfect a distillation of Smallville as a story of the superhero's coming of age as anyone could hope for, on the show or in a book.
I hope Devin Grayson keeps writing comics (and that DC will someday release a collection of her great work on Gotham Knights!). But I also hope this won't be her last venture into the Smallville universe; I'd love to keep reading books like this one!
Fortunately, the TV tie-in novel, CITY, rectifies that lack - showing us, finally, the friendship between the boys, instead of just telling us about it. I normally avoid tie-in books, but I can't recommend CITY highly enough - if you like Smallville and if you got hooked on the show because you wanted to see what Clark and Lex were like as friends *before* they grew up and became enemies, buy this book. You won't regret it.
There are so many insightful references to many wonderful episodes (just *loved* the take on "Leech" -- my favorite Clark N'Lex scene from Season One) and the author has the characters, in all their rich layers, down perfectly.
Ms. Grayson also has a wonderful grasp of the "rhythm" of the show itself; this book was more like a dream episode, wrapped up in a well-written, action-packed novel. And the Clark and Lex interaction being the focus for once .... YAY! Loved it!
It's a highly enjoyable read during the current show hiatus. The show's writers now have much to live up to. Congratulations to the author on such great work.
I CAN'T WAIT for the next SV novel by Ms. Grayson!
The storyline follows the two friends on a trip to Metropolis, where they get involved with the Japanese mafia, a psychotic field agent who believes he's discovered the identity of an alien who crashed in Kansas in 1989 and the machinations of Lionel Luthor. And along the way, the unlikely friendship between these two characters is examined in the way only a true fan of the show could do it.
This novel has suspense, intrigue, action, laughter and even some moments of sorrow. If you are a fan of Smallville, then you must not let this one get by you! I can only hope that we are fortunate enough to get another novel written by Ms. Grayson.