Smallville: Alien is a comic book miniseries from DC Comics that follows the continuity of the Smallville: Season 11 comic book series, which in turn follows the continuity of the television series.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Issues
- 3 Recap
- 4 Main characters
- 5 Recurring characters
- 6 Title
- 7 Notes
- 8 Continuity
- 9 Discontinuity
- 10 Locations
- 11 Quotes
- 12 References
The story is set in Russia, where a mysterious Monitor falls from the sky. When the news from Russia gets back to Metropolis, it turns into a race between Superman and Lex Luthor to get to this Monitor first and find what the crisis is. The story also introduces the Rocket Red Brigade, a Russian superhero team from DC lore.
- Smallville: Alien #1 (Released on December 11, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 1 (Digital Release November 15, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 2 (Digital Release November 22, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 3 (Digital Release November 29, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien #2 (Released on January 8, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 4 (Digital Release December 13, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 5 (Digital Release December 20, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 6 (Digital Release December 27, 2013)
- Smallville: Alien #3 (Released on February 12, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 7 (Digital Release January 31, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 8 (Digital Release February 7, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 9 (Digital Release February 14, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien #4 (Released on March 12, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 10 (Digital Release February 21, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 11 (Digital Release February 28, 2014)
- Smallville: Alien - Chapter 12 (Digital Release March 7, 2014)
In a flashback Superman recalls an advice his father, Jonathan, gave him, when he had to read an essay at school in front of the entire class, parents and teachers. Clark was very scared but Jonathan convinced him to believe in himself and in what he had written, and gave three key phrases to get it right : "Find your center, stand your ground and speak your piece."
Flying in space above Earth, Superman remembers his father's advice while listening to the world talk about his recent confession of being an alien. There is mistrust and fear of him, but Superman knew the risk he was taking. While trying to remember the three phrases his father told him, Lois sends him the third phrase in a text message, showing him she is there for him. Suddenly Clark hears a bullet train in Japan that cannot be stopped so he goes back to work. Inside the train there is a small boy, named Hiro Okamura, who is playing with his robots and toys when suddenly the train runs at full speed to a fatal accident. Tess, who observes the situation and supports Superman from the Watchtower, informs "Boy Scout" of a fluctuation in Earth's magnetic pole that has destabilized the train's track system but still she does not know what caused it.
Fortunately Superman succeeds in saving the train, slowing it down and no one gets hurt, but then nervous people start to question him about his origin and if there are more aliens like him, that they should be afraid of. Hiro seems to run away from the train, as if he is afraid of Superman, who just tries to explain that he needed the world to know that not everything out there is a threat.
Meanwhile in Russia, a trucker, while driving his truck, watches something falling from the sky. He observes what at first he believes to be a meteorite but as he approaches, he sees in the middle of a smoking crater a man dressed in a strange attire and an apparatus on one of his eyes.
The U.S. president summons Superman to a meeting at the Oval Office, where he shows to him some photos of someone who fell in Russia in recent meteor shower. Superman recognizes the person as a "Monitor" and when the President asks him what is a "Monitor", Superman responds to him by saying that he will know as soon as he does. Superman then promises he will investigate the matter, and that is something that everyone should be concerned.
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is informed about the crash in Russia by the newscast and then his assistant, Otis, who enters his boss' office, comments on the recent revelation of Superman being an alien. Lex seems not to care too much about it, feeling that somehow he already knew. Otis also informs Lex that the recent crash in Russia has yielded similar readings came from the ship that crashed in Smallville months ago and it is now kept in S.T.A.R. Labs. Lex realises that the "thing" that fell in Russia may be from alternate reality too so he orders Otis to prepare the jet so they can travel to Russia.
At Watchtower, Chloe, Tess, Clark and Lois discuss Earth-2, which was presumably annihilated by the Monitors, and Clark wonders what crime could that Earth have committed to deserve to merit annihilation. Chloe says everything she knows about the alternate Earth and the Monitors but also informs them that the memories, that were transported to her from her doppelgänger never actually took root and she only gets fleeting glimpses. Tess informs them that Lex is preparing his jet to visit Moscow and Lois thinks of a way to sneak in as a press attaché and go to Russia with Lex so she can keep an eye on him. Clark then says he has a better idea and the proceeds to communicate with another member of the team, asking for a favour.
Boarding the plane, Otis tells his boss that he has invited the press to chronicle his "greatness", much to Lex's annoyance. They then watch as Superman fly over them with Lex seeing it as a challenge but Clark, who is inside the plane as a representative of the Daily Planet, says that it might be more of a reminder. Lex is obviously disappointed having Clark Kent accompanying him in his travel, saying that Lois Lane would be better company.
Meanwhile, Supergirl, who has seemingly returned from the 31st century, communicates with the Watchtower and says that Luthor bought it, revealing that she was part of Clark's plan to make it look like she was Superman while he was actually on Lex's plane in his civilian attire.
Chloe accompanies Lois at the Daily Planet and Lois says she shouldn't walk her here in her condition but Chloe says that she is not that pregnant. Lois asks about Oliver and Chloe says he is in San Francisco, where he just closed a deal for Queen Industries to provide financial assistance in rebuilding Pier 39. Chloe says the more they help cities get back on their feet after super-related disasters, like they did with Washington and San Francisco, the less crime will have the chance to take advantage of the situation. Then Lois asks her why she is in Metropolis with her than being out there and Chloe responds that she is just very bored. Just then, Lois receives a message from Clark, who is inside Lex's plane, with a photo of him and Lex.
Meanwhile inside Lex's jet, Clark interviews Lex about what he believes crashed in Russia and asks him why he is so interested on that and if it has something to do with his alleged attack at S.T.A.R. Labs. He then asks him about his rivalry with Superman but Lex responds by saying he doesn't trust Superman and in fact nobody should trust him, he also says he is glad the world is finally starting to sober up. Clark then says that Lex's amnesia is not a secret so he asks him if it has something to do with that and Lex says he is not sure but maybe his hatred for the superhero has something to do with his old life.
After that Lex starts to ask Clark about his relationship with Lois and why they haven't get married yet but Clark says they just haven't find the right moment yet. So Lex advises him not to wait too long, mentioning the amount of coverage Lois gives to Superman, indicating with that he might lose her to another man. Suddenly the jet gets into a big storm and because of a lightning they lose an engine so Clark tries to find a way on how to save the crew without being seen but surprisingly someone else catches the jet from its fall. At first, Lex thinks that Superman might have saved them, something that makes him clearly irritated but it is revealed they were saved by a Russian team of superheroes, called the Rocket Red Brigade, who stabilizes the machine and welcomes them to Moscow.
Meanwhile in an unknown facility in Moscow, the Russian Prime Minister is informed that the President wants to talk to him about an important matter but he says that it has to wait because he wants to meet with Lex Luthor and find out what he has to offer for his prisoner, revealing that he has already imprisoned the fallen Monitor.
Barbara Gordon hurries out of a diner into the rain to meet Batman, who drops into a building where three men are playing cards and talking about a criminal called "Hatter", who is looking for a crew. They all are shocked by Batman's sudden appearance. They claim to have done nothing wrong until Bane kicks in the door, saying that Batman is after him. After a brief fight Bane gains the upper hand and is about to break Batman until the cape crusader calls in the Batmobile for backup and kooks Bane down. Just then Nightwing appears and they finish off Bane together. Batman then questions Nightwing's tardiness who simply explains she was on a date with an acrobat. Batman then notices the bat signal in the sky and leaves.
Jim Gordon lights a cigarette while waiting for the arrival of the dynamic duo and starts to countdown. On their arrival, he questions the whereabouts of Bane and Batman tells him that he can be found in a warehouse, depowered. Gordon then shows to him a corpse of a young man in a Superman T-shirt, who was beaten to death, and he tells Batman that this sort of hate crime is right up his alley.
Back in Metropolis, Chloe blankly stares at the skyline until Lois comes in and tells her they have a story to chase down in Gotham together.
In Moscow, Lex Luthor meets with the Russian Prime Minister and they talk about the alien. The Soviet leader has granted him the privilege of seeing him first out of gratitude because in the past, Lex helped his nephew Mikhail with his metahuman condition. Lex tells to him everything he knows about the being who fell from the sky, that it is not of this world and is responsible for the destruction of an entire parallel Earth. The conversation is settled with Lex Luthor taking a look on the captive Monitor, and offering a lot of money to the Prime Minister to take him back to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Clark thanks the Rocket Red Brigade for saving them earlier and recognizes one of the team members as being one of the astronauts who was in the Guardian rocket months ago, Alexi. Alexi tells Clark that the government offered him the opportunity to form a team to fight against internal and external threats to Russia, all inspired by Superman, and in fact they already have prevented many meteorites from hitting the country. Alexi also reveals that the thing that fell the other day from the sky was not a meteorite but a man, which makes Clark ask if he thinks it seems right to keep the man captive. Alexi replies that his opinion is that if someone does not want to say why he is here, he does not hide anything good.
Lex questions the Monitor, who reveals that his name is Ray-Lan. Luthor attempts to negotiate with him but Ray-Lan shows his contempt for this world, so when Lex, seemingly disappointed with him, decides to leave, Ray-Lan says that he knows what is happening on this world and what actually happened to his mind, offering to fill his memory gaps. Luthor then asks Ray-Lan what does he want in exchange.
Later, Clark arrives at the door of the premises where the Monitor is in, which is also the base of the Rocket Reds and he says goodbye to Alexi, who asks him to thank Superman from his behalf for saving his life. Suddenly the alarms of the facility are activated and Clark, removing his glasses, uses his X-ray vision to see what happens. The warning is fully justified as Ray-Lan has somehow been freed from his chains and makes a hole in the wall, killing a member of the Rocket Reds. Alexi says he does not want to hurt him, but Ray-Lan says he will have to.
Chloe and Lois arrive in Gotham City and they find Batman and Nightwing, who have been interrogating a criminal known as Zsasz, on a rooftop. Bruce seems to be a little surprised that the two women were able to trace him and then he invites them to the Batcave.
There, the two cousins get impressed by the amazing underground complex that Bruce has assembled. Bruce is investigating the murder of a man dressed as Superman, which clearly looks like a hate crime connotations against the aliens and the recent revelation of Superman about his origin. Batman is using his billion dollar computer to make a face reconstruction of the corpse based on photos from the crime scene, so they can identify the dead man but the results the computer shows leave everyone speechless, the face of the murdered man is none other than Clark Kent or someone who looks like him.
Meanwhile in Russia, the freed Monitor is killing soldiers on his way out of the facility. Lex asks him why he does that, and Ray-Lan responds that if he does not understand his purpose, he doesn't deserve to live so he proceeds to kill Lex too. Fortunately, Superman's timely intervention saves Luthor, and the fight between Superman and Ray-Lan begins. While fighting the Monitor mocks Superman's weakness and then Superman asks him what is the "Crisis", to which Ray-Lan is surprised that Superman doesn't know. Superman gives him a headbutt in the face and both contenders are separated by the blow. Ray-Lan, who lands on a building, succeeds to escape, while Lex wonders where he has gone, but Superman, seeing his own blood on his hands wonders how the Monitor could hurt him.
Ray-Lan has just escaped from the facility in Moscow he was held captive in thanks to the chaos he created and Superman, who is still sore, realizes he is bleeding because of the cut on his eyebrow. Ignoring Luthor, who shouts at him to follow the Monitor, Superman flies above the clouds and the solar energy, which recharges him, heals him immediately. Then he communicates with Tess at Watchtower and tells her that now they have two priorities: to find out where the Monitor is hiding and how was Ray-Lan able to hurt him.
Switching back to his civillain disguise, Clark returns to the scene of conflict and reunites with Lex Luthor. Lex decides to go and find the Monitor on his own, whom he can trace through a device. Clark goes with him and when Lex thinks Clark can not hear him, he tells Otis that he took Clark with him because he wouldn't mind if something happened to him.
Meanwhile in the Batcave, Batman meditates with Chloe trying to solve the murder of the man dressed as Superman, and they talk about the crisis that is about to happen. Bruce questions Chloe on how does she know about the crisis and what will happen and Chloe tells him that she has seen it with her own eyes, through the memories of her doppelganger.
Back in Russia, Clark and Lex have tracked the Ray-Lan to the abandoned and radioactive city of Chernobyl. While searching the place they find there a hole in the ground that leads them to an underground level where a huge spaceship is hidden.
Lois and Barbara walk through the streets of the rainy Gotham City, backtracking the final footsteps of the deceased "Clark Kent", whom the decided to call "Dave", and they talk about about Barbara's struggle to manage her personal life and the crime fighting on the same time. Barbara then asks Lois how she is so calm since the shocking revelation about the identity of the murder victim, back at the Batcave. Lois says that the victim's DNA was proven to be human so he can't be Clark and besides that she knows that her fiance is safe in Russia. Suddenly they are attacked by a gang of thieves but they both succeed to defeat the thieves and after that they discover an underground tunnel with footsteps coming out of it.
Back in Russia, Otis is trying to reach Lex by cell phone, but it's not working. While talking with Alexi of the Rocket Red Brigade, Alexi offers Otis a drink but he says that he never drinks while on duty so when Alexi asks him how often he is on the duty Otis says always. He then indicates there's some hidden shame in his past that relates to his unwavering loyalty to Lex.
Meanwhile, Lex and Clark explore Ray-Lan's spacecraft. Lex tells to Clark that the meteor shower that caused the accident of Karolyev ("Guardian") were the remains of a destroyed parallel Earth, and that suggests the existence of others. In fact, deep inside the spaceship, the two discover a glass tube-like structure that somehow contains several parallel earths that have already been decimated. But before they could react to the incredible view, the Ray-Lan appears, commenting that in every dimension, humans are far more troublesome than they should be and tells them that their world has already far exceeded its useful life, and the two of them will not live to see its end.
In the morgue, Batman and Commissioner Gordon examine the body of the deceased "Clark". Batman scans the body with a device, finding DNA samples from the killer, which reveal something he says he'd rather not share. He immediately contacts Nightwing, who is with Lois and Chloe at the Batcave, telling them he's "going dark." Without a word, Barbara races out of the cave on a motorcycle and meets Batman at an abandoned park called Amusement Mile, the one that the Joker often used as his refuge. After a brief argument, Batman says he's not the hunter right now, he's the hunted and so is Barbara. Suddenly, someone throws Batman and Nightwing explosive balls, incapacitating Batman momentarily, and stepping out of the smoke. When Nightwing turns to face her opponent the man reveals himself as the other Clark's killer. Surprisingly the man appears to be a version of Bruce Wayne, dressed in a mockery of the Batsuit with his face painted with makeup similar to Joker's.
Meanwhile, beneath Chernobyl, Clark and Lex try to escape from the Monitor, who is stalking them through his ship while revealing bits and pieces of his plan. Ray-Lan explains that he has been destroying alternate earths one by one, and in a specific order and that order wasn't followed to the letter by one of his fellow Monitors, which is why he ended up on this earth, along with possibly a few other alternate earth inhabitants. Ray-Lan also says that his fellow Monitors should be trying to prevent the inhabitants of the Earths they destroy from learning the truth about the fate of their world and Clark realizes that is why another Monitor killed Chloe Sullivan of Earth-2, when she set foot on this Earth. Ray-Lan says that this is the reason why he is planning the destruction of this earth ahead on the agenda, even though his superiors do not approve of that.
Eventually Lex and Clark manage to escape the ship, which fires its thrusts in preparation to take off. Clark takes advantage and flies himself and Lex out, timing his movements to make it look like they were thrown out by the blast. They land on a bridge, and the Monitor surprises them and shoots Clark in the chest, sending him flying through the air and into a frozen lake. Lex dives in after him and approaches the sinking body of an unconscious Clark, whose shirt has been ripped off by the hit of the Monitor, revealing his Superman costume.
In the Russian military base, Otis remains concerned about his boss, who still does not answer his phone, and wonders what he can do for him. Suddenly, he sees one of the armors of the Rocket Reds and an idea came to his mind.
Meanwhile, Lex is diving into the frozen lake trying to reach Clark, but another shot coming from the Monitor hits Clark and makes him sink deeper in the water, making him unreachable. Luckily for Clark, Lex couldn't reach him and so he did not see his Superman costume inside the shreds of his civilian clothes. Ray-Lan grabs Lex from the icy water, throws him on the snow and says to him that he will end up dead like Clark because he does not deserve to witness the majesty of the final destruction of this Earth. Lex, who is suffering from hypothermia, asks Ray-Lan to answer him just one question for himself, why does he hate Superman so much and why, though his memories are gone, he still feels that terrible hatred for him when he sees the "S" on his chest.
Ray-Lan does not have the time to answer Lex's question as Superman appears and attacks the Monitor, throwing him far away in the forest. Because of his hypothermia, Lex has fainted and Superman lights a fire around him to warm his body. He then rises above the clouds to recharge himself with solar energy.
While regaining his strength, Superman communicates with Tess and Emil Hamilton at the Watchtower, who explain to him why they believe the Monitor can hurt him without the help of any kind of kryptonite or red solar radiation. They say that the Monitors are beings outside the laws governing their universe, their energy is not governed by the physical laws of our own, which also makes Superman vulnerable to their attacks. Emil tells Clark to seek help from Supergirl but he refuses because as he says if the Monitor can hurt him, he can hurt Kara too. Clark then descends and gets ready to face his enemy once again improvising.
In Gotham, Batman fights with his alternate self from another Earth, and the fight seemingly ends in draw but surprisingly the alternate Batman overpowers him. Nightwing intervenes but she gets stabbed in the belly by the villain, who tells her that he also killed the Barbara Gordon of his world, and this causes the wrath of Batman, which he needed to beat his opponent. The alternate Batman confesses that he killed the Clark of his world, who was found dead in Gotham, because Clark discovered his identity and revealed it to the police. The alternate Batman then asks Batman if there is an Arkham Asylum on this world and tells him to better kill him now and not take him there but Batman responds by saying he doesn't kill because of what happened to his parents and his alternate self says that he killed his. After Batman makes sure Nightwing, who is heading back to the Batmobile, is okay he arrests the villain.
In Russia, Ray-Lan remotely controls his ship but Superman swoops down and destroys his arm cannon. Lex tells Superman to kill the Monitor or else his peers will keep coming. Superman tells him that's not his style and then flies directly into the beam of the ship, using it against itself and destroys it. As he falls, the ship causes a great explosion throwing shrapnel and fire, but fortunately Otis, wearing an armor of the Rocket Reds that he "borrowed", intervenes and saves Lex. When Clark falls from the sky, wounded and blistered by passing through the beam of the ship, he sees Ray-Lan lying dead among the rubble, impaled by a metal rod on his chest. Regretfully, Superman apologizes and closes the corpse's eyes.
Lex wakes up in a bed in Metropolis General with Clark sitting in a chair beside him. Lex is shocked to see him alive, and Clark explains that Superman saved him from drowning and warmed his body in the same way he did with Lex's. Luthor apologizes for dragging him to Russia in his expedition, but Clark says he volunteered. Clark tells him the Monitor probably would've tried to destroy the planet with or without Lex's intervention. Clark starts to leave, when Lex tells him he's a good liar. Despite Clark's consoling words, Lex says he can see the disapproval in his eyes. And he suspects he saw that look in his "past life," before he lost his memories. Clark acknowledges something of their history, saying that many times Lex's need to save the world often butted heads with his ego.
Later in the Watchtower, Lois, Chloe, Clark and Tess read an article on the Daily Planet, titled "The New Cold War" and written by Cat Grant, presenting Superman as a threat and even stating that the Monitor's ship was actually his. Lois is furious with Cat's article and gets even more angry because of the fact that Franklin Stern didn't publish her story about the murder in Gotham. Clark says that they have bigger problems to worry about as the danger of the "Crisis" hasn't passed yet. Suddenly Bruce appears and says that even though he knew that the man in Gotham wasn't actually Clark he is happy to see him standing on his feet. Bruce also informs them his evil doppelgänger is safely in custody with John Jones. Moreover he says that because of the "Crisis" he has decided to join the team, at least temporarily, so they can face the threat together.
At the team's base on Mars, Martian Manhunter oversees some of their prisoners, with Batman's doppelganger being among them.
In a D.E.O. quarantine zone, Emil and his crew perform an autopsy on the Monitor's body, while Director Steve Trevor observes. At the same time, Agent Diana Prince examines the Monitor's equipment and informs Trevor that an item is missing. This apparent comms device which was present at the scene, was somehow lost and nobody knows where it might have gone.
Later, at LexCorp, Lex, after uttering a whispered thanks to Otis for saving his life, which Otis almost certainly didn't hear, and a scientist connect the comms device, which was stolen by Lex with a radio station to launch a powerful message to the multiverse: "To all my counterparts residing in what my people have called the multiverse, my apologies for joining the party this late. My name is Lex Luthor and I think it's time for a little chat. "
- Otis Berg
- Kara Kent/Supergirl
- President Thomas Martinez
- Bruce Wayne/Batman
- Barbara Gordon/Nightwing
- James Gordon
- Victor Zsasz
- Emil Hamilton
- Bruce Wayne (Earth-13)
- Steve Trevor
- Diana Prince
- Jonathan Kent (flashback only)
- Martha Kent (flashback only)
- Chloe Sullivan (Earth-2) (flashback only)
- Lois Queen (flashback only)
- Booster Gold
- Hiro Okamura
- Angela Chen
- Oliver Queen
- Mikhail Mxyzptlk (flashback only)
- Clark Kent (Earth-13)
- Alfred Pennyworth
- John Jones/Martian Manhunter
- Curtis Knox
- The title refers to Superman's status as an alien, which he exposed to the rest of the world in Olympus.
- The title also refers to the Monitor.
- Superman speaks fluent Japanese and understands Russian.
- During the group's discussion about Earth-2 and the Monitors, Tess questions them calling the Smallville main universe Earth-1. Noting that their Earth could be Earth-37, for all they know. It was later revealed that this is not the case as Earth-37, which was a seperate Earth, was also destroyed because of the Monitors.
- When Lex asks Otis when was the last time he had cognac, Otis says at Bibbo's. This mention is a nod to a character from the comics named, Bibbo Bibbowski, a former world heavyweight boxing champion and owner of the Ace of Clubs.
- The criminals in the warehouse, where Batman drops in, were talking about a criminal named "Hatter". This mention is a nod to the classic foe of Batman called Mad Hatter, who is modeled after the character of the same name from Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- While fighting with Batman, Bane tried to hurt him with his signature move, which was first featured in the Knightfall storyline. In that story, Bane succeeded to defeat Batman by raising him up and throwing him down upon his knee, breaking his back and leaving him a paraplegic. Because of that he is often credited for being the only villain to have "Broken The Bat" and this iconic moment is often recreated and alluded to numerous times in most of the character's appearances in other media with the most recent being the live-action film, The Dark Knight Rises.
- When Batman asks Barbara why she was late, she tells him she was on a date with an acrobat and when he asks what is his name she tells to him that he must figure it out on his own. This mention is a nod to Dick Grayson, the first sidekick of Batman, known as Robin, who along with his parents was originally a circus acrobat. In the comics, Dick was a prominent love interest for Barbara as he was the original Robin and she was the original Batgirl. Grayson was also the first to take the mantle of Nightwing, a title that Barbara has in Smallville. Barbara later mentions that the boy she is dating is always busy with his parents' circus, this is a nod to Haly's Circus, a traveling circus that was once home to the Flying Graysons, Dick's parents.
- The "Superman" costume of the young dead man found in Gotham City is a nod to the costume that Clark Kent wears in his early adventures as Superman in the New 52, which have been featured mostly in the pages of Action Comics. Originally the idea of Superman's first costume being a lot simpler (blue jeans, T-shirt with the "S" symbol and work boots) than the iconic costume he later adopts was first introduced in Smallville, where in the most parts of the show he had the red-jacket/blue-shirt look. This simpler look has also being used by some other members of the Super Family in the comics like Superboy and Supergirl (Linda Danvers).
- While being interrogated by Batman, Zsasz mentions "Quinzel" as his psychiatrist. This is a nod to Harley Quinn's alter ego Dr. Harleen Quinzel, who was a psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum before she became The Joker's henchwoman and girlfriend.
- After the sixth issue of the main story arc miniseries, Smallville: Alien will be on hiatus for a month and on the four Fridays of the remaining weeks during the hiatus, the four-part miniseries, Smallville Special: Harbinger, will be released instead. After the hiatus, Smallville: Alien will return non-stop until its final issue.
- Tess mentions that she enlisted the help of a communications expert called "The Ray", which in the comics has been the name of four individuals, all superheroes. The Ray's powers has been associated with generation of light and solid light constructs.
- The idea of a Jokerized Batman was also featured in the New 52's crossover event between Batman related titles, called Death of the Family, where Joker after abducting Damian Wayne (Robin) presents to him a brainwashed by the Joker toxin, Batman, telling Damian that he has to kill his father or else Batman will kill him. Unwilling to kill him, Damian chooses death, but the Joker kills Batman, who in the end is revealed to be a fake.
- The fact that the alternate (Jokerized) version of Batman stabbed Barbara Gordon in the belly, while saying to her that he killed the Barbara of his world, who was on a wheelchair, is a nod to the famous storyline The Killing Joke, which features the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) by the Joker, an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle.
- The scene where Superman flies directly into the beam of Monitor's ship, using it against itself and destroying it, is a nod to a scene from the film Man of Steel, where Superman destroys in a similar manner a terraforming world engine activated by Zod to transform Earth into a new Krypton.
- In the last issue of the Alien storyarc, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, also known as the DC Trinity, appear together for the first time in the Smallville universe.
- Upon seeing Nightwing and Batman together, the Bruce of Earth-13 says that it "brings a smile to my face". This is a reference to the Joker's line: "Gotham City... always brings a smile to my face", in the 1989 movie Batman.
- More information will be revealed about the coming "crisis" mentioned by Chloe Sullivan of Earth-2 in Guardian.
- The Monitors are responsible for the destruction of Earth-2, as seen in Haunted.
- Dr. Curtis Knox appears in his cell where John Jones locked him in Season Seven episode "Cure", and has a new cellmate: the Batman from the parallel Earth.
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