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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5 (of 6)

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Based on 7 critic ratings.

Fire and Ice’s salon has gone up in flames, and Smallville doesn’t seem far behind it. The villains in residence grow restless for bedlam and a better payday than they’ve had access to since joining Fire’s “rehabilitation program,” and even the locals have got a strange, almost possessed gleam in their eyes these days…

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29 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville isn’t a book that changes the hierarchy of the DC universe. It’s just a book that exists to have a few laughs and evolve two characters from a cult classic comic book series from the late ’80s. It doesn’t have to be anything more. I can’t wait to see how the creative team sticks the landing on the final installment.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Next issue is the last issue of the miniseries, but I hope DC keeps Fire and Ice in Smallville and we get either another miniseries or (dare I hope) an ongoing series with the characters, because this little corner of the DC Universe has been too masterfully constructed to just toss it away. Despite the abrupt tone shift of Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5, I still enjoyed the book and I look forward to next issue. Recommended.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5 continues this series trend of being unlike anything else DC is putting out right now, and that is meant in the most positive way.

  • 75

    Geek Dad

    The plot this issue seemed a bit muddled, with a lot of infodumping, but Bustos’ art continues to be a highlightit’s just as expressive and colorful as it needs to be to homage the work of the great Kevin Maguire.

  • 75

    Derby Comics

    I can’t hate this series, I just can’t. The loose plot and haphazard pacing should be driving me mad, but Joanne Starer’s writing makes these characters so lovable that I can forgive some of the rushed plot development happening in this penultimate issue to set us up ahead of the finale. Fire & Ice have such a relatable relationship that you can’t help but feel that their friendship is something you go through with your best friend at some point in your life. Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain bring it all together in some of the most fun visuals you can ask for. I wish this book was an ongoing, but with the plot starting to come apart for this specific arc, its clear that the end is coming just at the right time.

  • 60

    Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #5 starts to pull things together in time for the next issue’s finale and while the overall plot of the issue is a little clunky and jumbled because it has the task of throwing a lot of new information at the reader while also tying that information to previous events, it’s still pretty enjoyable largely for the character development on the part of Fire. We see her finally having to be confronted by some of her tendencies and vulnerabilities which certainly helps set things up in an interesting place heading into the finale. That said, there’s just enough going on here that it makes you wonder how they will stick the landing and if they pull it off, what it will ultimately mean.

  • 20

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #5 is an abysmal, painfully terrible comic from cover to cover. The mediocre art can’t cover up for the bad humor, nonsensical plot developments, and a complete lack of storytelling skills.

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