Aspect, March 2004, 5.99, 257 pp.
In 1989, a meteor shower hit Kansas changing the landscape of Smallville. The Kents found the toddler they adopted and named Clark and concealed his spaceship among the meteorites on their farm. At sixteen Clark Kent knows he is different from every other being on the planet but he still tries to fit in. His friend Lex Luthor, who lost his hair in the meteorite shower, invites Clark to take a trip to Metropolis with him.
A scientist who had a psychotic breakdown thinks he's Agent Green. He believes an alien lives in Kansas and it is his duty to capture him. He bugs the room that Clark and Lex are temporarily residing in. While he spies on them, the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) kidnaps Lex in order to blackmail his father into paying the money he owes them. Clark knows he must help his friend escape from the Yakuza and the fake government agent without revealing his powers because as much as he likes Lex, he does not trust his pal.
One of the best features of the Smallville series is that Clark is just as confused and unsure of himself as most sixteen-year-olds are. There is plenty of action in SMALLVILLE CITY but the best parts are when Clark questions his role in life and why he was sent to earth in the first place. His pondering about himself and those around him makes him seem real. His relationship with Lex is fascinating and it would be interesting if Lex remains a true friend (comic book aside) when an adult Clark becomes the superhero he is meant to be.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner