REVIEW CORNER: Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville # 1

Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville # 1
Writer: Joanne Starer
Artist: Natacha Bustos
Colorist: Tamara Bonvillain
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Cover Date: November 2023
This week, I will look at “Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville” which takes two of the prominent members of the Justice League International striking out on their own in Smallville. Yes, hijinks will ensue (I mean, there were members of the JLI ); Longtime BFFs Beatriz Da Costa (Fire) and Tora Olafsdotter (Ice) set up shop in Superman’s hometown for a new beginning, and seeing as how Ice wants to embrace the kind-hearted quality that only Smallville can offer, Fire really wants to prove herself as a hero (She uses social media to help her on that quest) but comes up short thanks in part to the arrival of King Shark and a timely intervention by Superman himself.
This issue succeeds in bringing the charm while being entertaining but after a few pages, the chemistry between Fire and Ice gets dull to where the readers find it a chore to get through because even thought this series is meant as a way to reintroduce Fire and Ice, it feels like writer Joanne Starer took every cliche from episodes of “The Simple Life” as well as any movie that involves women making it on their own and basically added them into her script for good measure but she manages to keep the influence of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ JLI run intact for fan service that adds to the everlasting legacy of that title while bringing in the nostalgic factor with full force and I hate to say it, but it’s great to see L-Ron back (Who makes good as the book’s comic relief) not to mention the unforgettable hero that Fire recruits to help her look good (**NO SPOILERS**); Yes, this issue is a slow burner but I feel that as time goes on, this could very well be one of the best adventures for one of DC’s most iconic duo.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around. I will see you all next time.

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