@sog7dc: She didn't disappear she just left smallville and hadn't been heard from since. The previous origin aka John Byrne's had her hung up on Clark after he left her to explore the world and her leaving smallville and kind of following his exploits only to later have them meet in metropolis, so may be it's a similar deal.
@k4tzm4n: Sorry that wasn't in direct reference to the article(which i've been waiting for to happen, so thx :) but rather the topic as a whole. You said yourself earlier people were mainly discussing that over anything else...I'll only agree it was jarring with that sears sign otherwise didn't really affect me all that much and plus things like the honest trailers and stuff poking such a huge amount of fun at something that i thought was pretty insignificant,kinda getting sick of it. But i know what you mean and i'm definitely game for more world building!