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.
It was announced on September 6, 2013, that the Season 11 title will end, but that the continuity of the series would continue through various miniseries.
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||Hank Henshaw (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; 64-69||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)
- Smallville: Season 11 Vol. 4: Argo (March 2014)
- Smallville: Season 11 Vol. 5: Olympus (October 2014)
Through an interview with TV Guide, it was announced by series author Bryan Q. Miller on September 6, 2013, that the Smallville: Season 11 moniker would not be used any longer after the Olympus arc. Subsequent stories will be released as their own miniseries, maintaining and furthering the continuity of the previous title (i.e. what was originally planned as Season 11 Episode 9: Alien is now known by the title Smallville: Alien). Each miniseries features unique chapter numbering. The format of nine-to-twelve chapter main stories interspersed with four-chapter parallel stories also continues. In the covers of many of the issues of the miniseries the sub-title "SEASON 11 CONTINUES" appears, indicating that even though there is a unique chapter numbering for each miniseries, they are all still included in Season 11. Moreover, in the printed issues of each main storyline the Season 11 moniker is still used on the title, even though it is not used in the digital issues (for example the first digital issue of Alien is inscribed as Smallville: Alien #1 but its first printed issue is inscribed as Smallville Season 11: Alien #1). Also the printed issue of each parallel storyline continues the previous numbering as it is considered an one-shot and does not have subsequent issues (for example the first digital issue of Titans is inscribed as Smallville: Titans #1 or Smallville Special: Titans #1 but its printed issue is inscribed as Smallville Season 11 Special #4).
|1||Titans||1-4||Parallel||Jay Garrick and Teen Titans||Ep. 11.9; Special #4
|2||Alien||1-12||Main||Rocket Red Brigade, Monitor, Batman and Nightwing (Guests)||Ep. 11.10; Vol. 6
|3||Harbinger||1-4||Parallel||Zatanna Zatara and John Constantine||Ep. 11.11; Special #5
|4||Lantern||1-12||Main||John Stewart, Parallax and the Green Lantern Corps (Guests)||Ep. 11.12; Vol. 7
|5||Chaos||1-12||Main||Eclipso, Hank Henshaw, Supergirl, Superboy and various characters from parallel Earths (Guests)||Ep. 11.13; Vol. 8
|6||Continuity||1-12||Main||Justice League, Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes and many more (Guests)||Ep. 11.14; Vol. 9
- Smallville: Alien #1 (December 2013)
- Smallville: Alien #2 (January 2014)
- Smallville: Alien #3 (February 2014)
- Smallville: Alien #4 (March 2014)
- Smallville: Lantern #1 (April 2014)
- Smallville: Lantern #2 (May 2014)
- Smallville: Lantern #3 (June 2014)
- Smallville: Lantern #4 (July 2014)
- Smallville: Chaos #1 (August 2014)
- Smallville: Chaos #2 (September 2014)
- Smallville: Chaos #3 (October 2014)
- Smallville: Chaos #4 (November 2014)
- Smallville: Continuity #1 (December 2014)
- Smallville: Continuity #2 (January 2015)
- Smallville: Continuity #3 (February 2015)
- Smallville: Continuity #4 (March 2015)
- Smallville: Alien (May 2015)
- Smallville: Lantern (October 2015)
- Smallville: Chaos (May 2016)
- Smallville: Continuity (January 2018)
The number of appearances (in parentheses) counts all 19 print issues of the regular Season 11 comic, the three print Season 11 specials, all 16 print issues of the miniseries comics, and the two print miniseries specials.
- Clark Kent/Superman (37: 19+2+16+1)
- Lois Lane (34: 17+2+15+0)
- Lex Luthor (28: 12+1+15+0)
- Tess Mercer (26: 9+1+15+1)
- Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (18: 10+0+8+0)
- Chloe Sullivan-Queen (26: 11+1+14+0)
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/Supergirl (3)
- Bart Allen/Impulse (5)
- Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman (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 Century Kent farm
- 31st Century Loft
- 31st Century Earth and space
- 31st Century 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 were 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", titled Guardian. As the TV episodes, each story arc has a one-word title.
- Season 11 featured 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 is 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 - are 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 used bits and pieces of terminology from the New 52 universe, 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 took 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 debuted in print issue 16. 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 was set to return in some form as time goes on. However the team did not appear in any issue of the series, besides a flashback sequence in Valkyrie.
- Bryan Q. Miller announced at New York Comic Con 2014 that Continuity would be the series finale of Smallville Season 11.
- The writer revealed there are no plans for Smallville: Season 12.
- Marc Guggenheim, creator of Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, confirmed that Season 11 is considered part of the Arrowverse's canon.
- SMALLVILLE SEASON 11’s First Print Issue Available Now DC Comics Blog
- Smallville Season 11 Comic Book Features Impulse and Expands its Universe TVGuide
- Smallville Season 11: Release Schedule Blue Sky Bricca Braq - BQM's Blog
- Exclusive: Smallville Comic Book Changes Format, Heads for a Crisis TVGuide.com
- 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
- Parallel Story #2: "Valkyrie" KryptonSite Spoilers
- Parallel Story #3: "Hollow" KryptonSite Spoilers
- Miller Takes "Smallville" to New Heights in "Season 11" CBR.com
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