Smallville: Season 11 is a comic book series published by DC Comics that maintains the continuity of the Smallville television series and details Clark Kent's adventures as the costumed hero Superman after the events of the Season 10 Finale.
The series features a unique publishing model, split between traditional print publication and digital release online and through mobile apps. For the primary story arcs, referred to as "episodes," digital chapters are released each Friday for a three-week period. During the fourth week, the three chapters are collected in a print issue released on the industry standard Wednesday new comic day.
On January 4, 2013, the series moved to a weekly release schedule without breaks. The primary story arc cycle is maintained with additional digital chapters of supplemental "parallel" story arcs released every fourth Friday. Following the parallel story week, the primary cycle would begin again. This scheduling has since been modified.
Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips ... enter Season 11! New allies abound! New enemies a-foot! Old friends return where they’re least expected, bringing new challenges.
Originally planned to be released every fourth Friday, these digital chapters of supplemental story arcs were introduced following the third primary story, Haunted, to feature other heroes and supporting characters in an effort to expand the Smallville universe.
While considered a separate "episode," these "parallel" stories are comprised of only four chapters and run chronologically parallel to the primary long-form story arc. (ex. the Effigy parallel story arc was released amidst the Haunted primary story arc and its events occurred concurrently with the events of Haunted.) While there isn't a set practice for when the parallel story chapters break up their partner primary arc, often two of the four chapters of each story will run in consecutive weeks.
As originally conceived, the chapters were to be released exclusively in digital format and not published in print editions to preserve the regular printing schedule of the primary story arcs. However, on February 8, 2013, it was announced that Effigy would be released in a collected print edition called Smallville: Season 11 Special #1 on May 29, 2013. Subsequent parallel stories have since been released in print edition "specials."
Though the Season 11 title banner will cease with the conclusions of both the Hollow parallel story and the Olympus main arc, the continuity will be continued through various mini-series that will continue the current digital-print format. Parallel stories will be printed under the title Smallville Special.
|11.1||Guardian||1-12||Main||Cyborg Superman (Guest)
|11.2||Detective||13-24||Main||Batman and Nightwing (Guests)
|11.3||Haunted||25-27; 29-31; 33-35; 38-40||Main||Impulse (Guest)
|11.4||Effigy||28, 32, 36, 37||Parallel||Martian Manhunter and Batman
|11.5||Argo||42-44; 47-49; 51-53||Main||Supergirl, Booster Gold and Legion of Super-Heroes (Guests)
|11.6||Valkyrie||41, 45, 46, 50||Parallel||Lois Lane and Lana Lang
|11.7||Olympus||56-58; 60-62; 64-66; 67-69||Main||Wonder Woman (Guest)
|11.8||Hollow||54, 55, 59, 63||Parallel||Tess Mercer and Lex Luthor
- Smallville: Season 11 #1 (May 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #2 (June 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #3 (July 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #4 (August 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #5 (September 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #6 (October 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #7 (November 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #8 (December 2012)
- Smallville: Season 11 #9 (January 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #10 (February 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #11 (March 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #12 (April 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #13 (May 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #14 (June 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #15 (July 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #16 (August 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #17 (September 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #18 (October 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 #19 (November 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Special #1 (May 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Special #2 (July 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Special #3 (October 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Vol. 1: Guardian (April 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Vol. 2: Detective (August 2013)
- Smallville: Season 11 Vol. 3: Haunted (October 2013)
Through an interview with TV Guide, it was announced by series author Bryan Q. Miller on September 6, 2013, that the Smallville: Season 11 title would be ending after that Olympus arc. The continuity of the series will continue, but each subsequent story will be released as its own miniseries. (i.e. what was originally planned as Season 11 Episode 9: Alien will now be known by the title Smallville: Alien.) The digital-and-print hybrid format will continue, as will the inclusion of parallel interlude stories.
The number of appearances counts all 19 issues of the regular comic, as well as the three specials, totalling 22, which is akin to the number of episodes per season in the regular television series.
- Clark Kent/Superman (19+2)
- Lois Lane (17+1)
- Lex Luthor (12+1)
- Tess Mercer (14+1)
- Chloe Sullivan-Queen (11+1)
- Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (10)
The following Recurring Characters appear in more than one issue this season (number of appearances in parentheses). The list also does not include flashbacks:
- Emil Hamilton (7+1)
- Otis Berg (11+1)
- Barbara Gordon/Nightwing (5+1)
- Bruce Wayne/Batman (4+2)
- Chloe Sullivan of Earth-2 (2)
- Lana Lang (1+1)
- Kara Kent (3)
- Bart Allen/Impulse (5)
- Diana of Themyscira (4)
- Jeff Hage (4)
- Brainiac (3)
- Steve Trevor (4)
- General Sam Lane (3)
- Hank Henshaw (3)
- Martha Kent (3)
- Mister Freeze (3)
- Prankster (3)
- Joe Chill (3)
- Terri Henshaw (3)
- Winslow Schott/Toyman (3)
- Jay Garrick/Flash (3)
- Booster Gold (3)
- Shelby (2)
- Frank (2)
- Felix Faust (2)
- Rokk Krinn (2)
- Doomsday (2)
- Clark Luthor/Ultraman (2)
- John Jones/Martian Manhunter (+2)
- Perry White (1)
- Dinah Lance (+1)
- Faora (1)
- Alfred Pennyworth (+1)
- James Gordon (+1)
- Jor-El (+1)
The following Recurring Characters appear only in flashbacks this season but also appear in other seasons:
- Lionel Luthor (flashback only; 3)
- Thomas Wayne (flashback only; 3)
- Jonathan Kent (flashback only; 3)
- Oliver Queen (Earth-2) (flashback only; 2)
- Granny Goodness (flashback only; 2)
- Disciples of Zod (flashback only)
- Virgil Swann (flashback only)
- Lionel Luthor of Earth-2 (flashback only)
- Gordon Godfrey (flashback only)
- Kyla Willowbrook (flashback only)
- Clark and Lois's apartment
- Frank's newsstand
- Metropolis General Hospital
- Port of Metropolis
- S.T.A.R. Labs
- Daily Planet Building
- Ace of Clubs
- Stryker's Island Penitentiary
- Crime Alley
- Coast of Cameroon, Africa
- Mumbai, India
- Paris, France
- Jay Garrick's House
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Over the Atlantic Ocean
- Tinasha, Africa
- Washington DC
- Dulles International Airport
- Martha's Washington home
- Washington mall
- Washington National Cathedral
- Hall of Congress
- Alexandria, Virginia,
- Smallville High School
- The Torch
- 31's Century
- 31st Century Metropolis
- 31st Kent farm
- 31st Loft
- 31st Earth and space
- 31st New Krypton
- Smallville: Season 11 was released as both a digital and print comic book.
- The new digital first series was first released on April 13, 2012, with new digital chapters released weekly thereafter. Additionally, the online chapters will be offered in a print periodical, along with an episode guide to the series, the first print issue was released on May 2.
- The first 12 weeks are the "season premiere". It has a one-word title, Guardian. As always, they will all have one-word titles.
- Season 11 will feature the cast of characters moving into the next phases of their lives: "Work, love, heroics and villainy all play a part in how they're settling into a very 'Look! Up in the sky!' world."
- Miller describes each Season 11 "episode" (or arc) as "bigger" than the show. He likens each to a "mega-episode" or a TV movie that continues the Smallville saga.
- Clark will be more comfortable in his skin, still much like his television counterpart but with a dash of "Reeve-Supes Zen". He gets to shake hands with those he saves, enjoys flying, and sees his abilities more as a job now that he really likes.
- The changes to the Superman costume - from the traditional/Superman Returns-inspired look in Finale, Part 2 to a look similar to the "New 52" style featured in the current DC Comics Superman titles - will be explained during the second chapter of the first arc, Guardian.
- Bryan Q Miller publicly announced on twitter that the "regular" characters for Season 11 include, and quote: "Clark, Lois, Lex, Tess, Oliver, and Chloe." However, Otis Berg appears in more episodes throughout the season than Oliver.
- Bryan Q Miller will use bits and pieces of terminology from the New 52 universe, like A.R.G.U.S., as well as take from the wealth of original things and from DC stories past and make what would be a fun story to see through that “Smallville”-colored lens.
- Season 11 has , and will take bits and pieces of Infinite Crisis, Crisis on Infinite Earths among other crisis events in the comics.  Even though not every episode's about it, but we'll come back to it regularly as the season progresses and we'll see what the Monitors want and why they want to destroy the Multiverse and the "Crisis" might be to big for Superman to handle it alone.
- Wonder Woman will appear in print issue 16 in August. Miller revealed that he took elements that best embody the best from each interpretation of Wonder Woman. But when we first meet Diana, she isn't being called "Wonder Woman" just yet. She's got a very specific mission. There's a very big reason that she left the island, which we'll eventually cover.She will have elements of her classic costume she might get into a more traditional look around the end of the episode.
- Marionette Ventures will return in some form as time goes on.
- Miller confirmed that many heroes, old and new, will appear during the season. .
- ↑ SMALLVILLE SEASON 11’s First Print Issue Available Now DC Comics Blog
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Smallville Season 11 Comic Book Features Impulse and Expands its Universe TVGuide
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Smallville Season 11: Release Schedule Blue Sky Bricca Braq - BQM's Blog
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Exclusive: Smallville Comic Book Changes Format, Heads for a Crisis TVGuide.com
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Smallville Season 11: Building the Justice League IGN.com
- ↑ 2/8/13: Smallville Season 11: Release Schedule (Updated) BlueSkyBriccaBraq (Bryan Q. Miller's Blog)
- ↑ Episode #11-3: "Haunted" KryptonSite Spoilers
- ↑ Parallel Story #1: "Effigy" KryptonSite Spoilers
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 2/8/13: Smallville Season 11: Release Schedule (Updated) BlueSkyBriccaBraq (Bryan Q. Miller's Blog)
- ↑ Parallel Story #2: "Valkyrie" KryptonSite Spoilers
- ↑ Parallel Story #3: "Hollow" KryptonSite Spoilers
- ↑ http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2012/02/09/announcing-smallville-season-11/
- ↑ http://blueskybriccabraq.squarespace.com/blog/2012/2/9/smallville-season-11-or-where-ive-been-hiding.html
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Miller Takes "Smallville" to New Heights in "Season 11" CBR.com
- ↑ http://herocomplex.latimes.com/tv/smallville-season-11-graphic-novel-gets-into-crisis-mode/#/0
- ↑ http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=45317
- ↑ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/05/10/exclusive-smallville-season-11-wonder-woman/7
- ↑ http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/05/10/exclusive-smallville-season-11-wonder-woman/7
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bryanQmiller/status/333027237886566400
- ↑ https://twitter.com/bryanQmiller/status/282938240133103616
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