Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #1

Writer: Joanne Starer Artist: Natacha Bustos Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 6, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 17
8.1Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

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 Smallvil more

  • 10
    AIPT - Piper Whitaker Sep 5, 2023

    Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville is fun, cute, and reminiscent of their past in Keith Giffen's JLI and it will only continue to get crazier as the mini series continues. I can't wait to see what these three have in store for Bea and Tora. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Sep 6, 2023

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 9, 2023

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

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Sep 5, 2023

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

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Anthony Bergamini Sep 5, 2023

    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-schoolJustice League International fan, this is a comic not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 13, 2023

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Sep 12, 2023

    Starer, developed a really interesting concept and a fun cast of characters that fit into a potentially interesting premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 5, 2023

    It's much more Gilmore Girls/Northern Exposure than it is a superhero comic, but it started to win me over by the endand 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. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Book Spot - Jamie Remolde Sep 5, 2023

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 9, 2023

    I'm not 100% sold on the premise, but I'm enjoying Ma Kent and Ice's rapport, and worried about Fire, so I think the issue did its job. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Sep 2, 2023

    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. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 5, 2023

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Jawsh Sep 24, 2023

    LOL I really enjoyed this

  • 8.5
    derbycomics Sep 5, 2023

    Two former Justice League International members are banished to run a hair salon in Smallville in FIRE & ICE: WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1, the debut issue of Joanne Starer and Natacha Bustos’s new “Dawn of DC” miniseries.


    After the incident involving Guy Gardner from Power Girl Special #1 earlier this year, Superman banishes Fire (Beatriz da Costa) and Ice (Tora Olafsdotter) to his hometown of Smallville while the fallout from the situation dies down. They’re tasked with managing the town’s hair salon and fitting in with small-town America. The duo’s friendship is put to the test as Ice takes a liking to the slower pace of life, while Fire is looking to redeem her image and is ready to do whatever it ta more

    + LikeComments (1)
  • 7.0
    Screaming Enigma Sep 22, 2023

    While Bustos's art wasn't my favorite, especially when we have Terry Dodson doing the cover, I thought Starer presented a nice and more grounded story for these two. I will admit that this is my first time reading a book led by Fire and Ice, so I didn't really have any prior standards and/or expectations going into this. However, I enjoyed this for what it was and I'm interested enough to read more. I think this has the potential to be a fun miniseries that I hope gets a bit better as time goes on.

  • 5.0
    ResearchReader Sep 11, 2023

    This feel like this is a good book to base a '5' off of. It is not good in the least, but also not a total disaster.

    What it does hilariously wrong: The characterization of Fire and Ice, with the big emphasis on Fire. Fire comes off as an out of touch, unlikable a-hole who really has no redeeming features and doesnt seem like the Fire from JLI at all. Also her entire background of being a secret agent is gone. Only a model/influence style background remains. She is far more shallow. Ice is much better but still kind of flat. She needs more to her. Fires rant at Superman is totally uncalled for. If you said this book was to justify taking Fire and Ice out to pasture and put justify them not showing up in comics for years after thi more

  • 4.0
    thecimmerian Sep 5, 2023

    If this is the kind of thing your into, God bless. I knew what this would be from reading the preview story a while back but I wanted to give it a chance since I enjoyed the old Giffen DeMatteis stuff and hoped beyond hope it would at least be decent. Well, it's written fine but it's not my kinda thing at all. It saddens me as I know we wont see these two characters again for years. This is cutesy wootsy YA type stuff and I really don't care for it. There is a fan base for this but I'm not a part of it. Again, if you like it I'm' just not my cup of tea. I really think this should have been labeled differently from the dawn of DC stuff. Maybe as a YA title.

  • 2.5
    ItsJess Sep 5, 2023

    Reads like it was written by someone whose faculties stopped developing past the age of 13.

  • 1.5
    fzanca Sep 11, 2023

    Well, we've established in this issue that Joanne is not a comic book writer. She's a slice-of-life writer who has a very specific feminine agenda. From the opening dialogue from Fire, I knew this was not a book for me. I loved Fire in Checkmate, but this is not that character. She openly brings danger to Smallville without a care for the residents. This is a piece of trash and I won't be continuing. If you're thinking of picking it up -- don't.

    My comic Reviews -

  • 1.0
    RKS Sep 5, 2023

    HA HA HA...No.

  • 8.5
    KittyNone Sep 11, 2023

  • 8.0
    ComicWorm Sep 10, 2023

  • 8.0
    richiemmolina Sep 5, 2023

  • 7.0
    ZachPort123 Nov 28, 2023

  • 7.0
    Watchtower022 Sep 6, 2023

  • 5.0
    Smithd33 Feb 6, 2024

  • 5.0
    Jessi Sep 7, 2023

  • 5.0

  • 2.0
    General C K Mar 25, 2024

Reviews for the Week of...