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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

Things could not possibly be worse for Fire and Ice, in Beatriz da Costa’s professional opinion. Superman sent the former Justice Leaguers packing for Smallville following an extremely public and utterly disastrous mission (that was all Guy Gardner’s fault, thank you very much) and in doing so doomed them to a fate worse than death: irrelevance.

Ice finds herself drawn to the quiet life and dreams of planting roots. But Fire… well, Fire will do just about anything to get the heck outta Dodge and back on the hero circuit-including challenging the DCU’s biggest villains to a knock-down, drag-out, live-streamed brawl in the streets of Smallville!

A raucous, timely, unflinching comedy about a decades-long friendship on the brink of disaster and what it means to be a superhero at a crossroads in your life, Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville reintroduces the iconic duo to the Dawn of DC, in a series from rising star Joanne Starer (The Gimmick, Sirens of the City) and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur co-creator Natacha Bustos!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    All around, Fire & Ice Welcome To Smallville by Joanne Starer, Natacha Bustos, and Tamra Bonvillan is a fun and wild ride with strong emotional moments and a nice atmosphere that carries the humor of Keith Giffen with a modern touch. This is definitely the book to watch out for over the coming months.

  • 100

    It’s been a long time coming for Fire & Ice to get their due, but Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville more than pulls it off. in the hands of Joanne Starer and artist Natacha Bustos, the issue delivers what might be comics’ most iconic friendship with both deep and obvious respect for their character histories while also leaning into more modern complexity. The result is a comic that has the feel of the Justice League of the late 1980s but with a bit more awareness, with both Bea and Tora treated as real characters with flaws, frustrations, and legitimate complaints about how they’re seen and treated by the rest of the superhero community. It’s also just fun, which brings it all together in a fun read that is both serious but doesn’t take itself too serious. It is pitch perfect in every way.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1 is a hilarious book reminiscent of the glory days of late 80’s Justice League. The humor comes naturally and never gets too silly and I love Martha Kent’s presence in the book. A surprise character pops up at the end and promises to make next issue equally fun. Recommended.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Fire and Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1 checks all the right boxes with skill and aplomb from the entire creative team. A sharp, witty social commentary that also serves as a well-rounded and holistic reintroduction to its leading ladies. Whether you’re new to Fire and Ice or an old-school Justice League International fan, this is a comic not to be missed.

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    It is amazing what Joanne Starer’s story was able to do with a brief idea from a one-shot special. Welcome to Smallville is a wonderfully inventive look at not only the characters of Fire and Ice but of the universe of Smallville. Martha Kent gives the girls their first taste of small town life. From diners, to homemade apple pie, to introducing some of the locals, Martha proves once again that she needs a lot more credit. Understanding, caring, compassionate, she’s the perfect listener and great for advise. With cameos and guest stars galore, this one is sure to put a smile on your face. With a Terry/Rachel Dodson cover and interiors by Natacha Bustos, this title walks that fine line between a standard comic and one of those young adult books, DC has been putting out.

  • 90


    Fun start to a really offbeat title. Does a great job introducing the characters and their current conflicts, both internal and external.

  • 85

    Derby Comics

    What a hilariously pleasant surprise this issue was and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story plays out! It’s not easy to maintain it consistently, but we could be in store for an epic miniseries if Starer can maintain this perfect level of camp.

  • 85

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Starer, developed a really interesting concept and a fun cast of characters that fit into a potentially interesting premise. Pulling superheroes in supervillains out of the traditional big city. The atmosphere allows for some interesting convolutions of traditional Ciara storytelling styles. There is comedy inherent in this situation. However, it could become very, very silly in a way that is not at all appealing if Starer and company don’t play things perfectly. Working outside the realm of the traditional genre. Tropes is fun, but it also runs the risk of being very absurd. And that probably not going to be very good with a comedy that should have a little bit more of a grounding in serious emotional development for the characters.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    While we don’t get too far in terms of any actual larger plot or story here, and I’m sure there is one, that’s more than fine. I’m still of mind that we need more low-stakes books that just enjoy good character material and engage in the world with them without it being some massive threat. The low stakes make it easier to enjoy and keep it from being so intense as to take the fun out of it. And while there are serious aspects to a Fire and Ice story, they excel in lighter fare. The team here has captured a lot of this very well and has me excited to see what’s next for it and how their lives in Smallville will play out. I just hope it doesn’t become too big and over the top because a smaller approach works better.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    It’s much more Gilmore Girls/Northern Exposure than it is a superhero comic, but it started to win me over by the end—and Natacha Bustos’ art is perfectly suited for it. There are shades of both Maguire and Amanda Conner in it, but it’s its own wonderfully colorful thing and really elevates the story.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    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.

  • 78

    The Comic Book Spot

    Personally this is not my favorite type of story but that is my own personal opinion. I do have an interest to see where this goes in the future.

  • 65

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    All in all, though, Fire and Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1 makes an interesting case to keep reading, giving us two complex and distinct characters who play well off one another, with art that’s lively and fun. Fire hasn’t looked this good since Adam Hughes’ days on Justice League International, and the idea of a Norwegian ice princess finding her way in the land of wheat fields and Flint Hills is a compelling one, so I’m willing to give this six-issue limited series ’til issue #3 to get its feet.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1 looks, reads, and feels like a YA story. That’s not inherently wrong, but this story takes place in current continuity, and Fire & Ice are written as immature Junior High students instead of the seasoned heroes they’re supposed to be. That doesn’t make it bad, just very odd.

  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    The series is clearly not intended to be approached through a serious lens, but Harley Quinn has the market cornered on goofball antics. Fire and Ice could be treated like top of the B+ level heroes if given a chance. This won’t be the title that changes anyone’s opinion.

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