SMALLVILLE Comics To Get A Major Format Change

SMALLVILLE Comics To Get A Major Format Change

Smallville Season 11 will switch from being an ongoing to a series of mini-series this fall. Click for more details.

By EricJoseph - Sep 06, 2013 08:09 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Comics
Source: TV Guide

This November, Smallville Season 11 will come to an end with the print issue numbered 19, the final chapter of the Olympus arc. But fear not because Smallville will live on as a series of mini-series. Kind of a mouthful, huh? The series will remain digital first with a monthly print collection. However, in December you will not see Smallville Season 11 #20 at your comic shop, but Smallville: Alien #1. This trend will continue with a new #1 with each subsequent arc.

Series writer Bryan Q. Miller, who also wrote for the TV show, explains to TV Guide that this is to "get the casual or first-time reader a little more up to speed in each of those No. 1 issues. Not that we don't already do that to an extent, but [now] the first 20-30 pages of each arc will be more about setting up the status quo for the miniseries, rather than jumping right into things. It's a way to help welcome more people into the Smallville universe that we've been expanding on since the television series ended."

Translation: Smallville won't come to an end until it's planned conclusion, but #1's boost sales. The fact of the matter is that most digital first series don't do as well in print, barring Injustice: Gods Among Us. It's a shame, but it's the truth. I wish every fan of Smallville/ Superman would read these comics and some are surprised to hear it exists when I tell them.

Alien, the first mini-series, will take place in Russia as a Monitor falls to Earth. In Smallville lore, Monitors were responsible for the destruction of Earth 2 and are the harbingers of an upcoming Crisis. Clark and Lex will race against the clock to recover the Monitor for their own ends. The Rocket Red Brigade will also appear. This arc will kick off November 15 digitally. My best guess is that the print issue will hit the second week of December.

Side stories will continue during the off-weeks digitally and still be published in print as Smallville Specials. The next one is titled "Titans" and will see Conner Kent, Mia Dearden/ Speedy, Blue Beetle, and Zan and Jayna form a team. Its first chapter will debut October 4 digitally.

For your viewing pleasure, here is Cat Staggs' gorgeous cover for Smallville: Alien #1.

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misner89 - 9/6/2013, 8:20 PM
don't really get this why a mini-series for more stories our something ?
stephens2177 - 9/6/2013, 8:32 PM
If you get this digitally its already set up in arcs pretty much with the name of arc,and cover being the same for entire arc,just now it will be official.

I think the best part of this annoucement was that conner kent/superboy will be back starting oct 4 in the arc Titans.the jay garrick school for superpowered kids could be a awesome spinoff book,call it Titans,great way to expand the smallville hoping they let conner continue to mutate,and change the way his body and powers work into TTK.
EricJoseph - 9/6/2013, 8:38 PM
@misner89: It's still a monthly in essence, but you'll just get a new #1 every four or five months. The Specials/ side stories come out in print on months that have five Wednesdays along with whatever annuals DC releases.
@stephens2177: Hopefully some art for the Titans side story will be made available soon.
stephens2177 - 9/6/2013, 8:49 PM
That would be great
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/6/2013, 9:44 PM
Kind of odd.
A TV show based on comic books lives on as a Comic Book.
Lozzy - 9/6/2013, 10:42 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing eventually happens to the MCU.
Brainiac13 - 9/7/2013, 3:01 AM
I think this should end completely.......I hate it when they try to drag and stretch a story which ended on TV.
Brainiac13 - 9/7/2013, 5:34 AM

I didn't say I hated it.....I said I hate it when they drag a finished Tv show.

I am a big Supes fan but there are many better titles out there.

If you are enjoying this, my comment will not distract you in anyway.

Its just my opinion about a tv show which ended.
misner89 - 9/7/2013, 7:19 AM
one of the best comics dc has to offer
weareanydaynow - 9/7/2013, 5:42 PM
Bought the frist 2 TPBs enjoyed it. I enjoyed the show for what it was through most of the series. I was really surprised how well I liked this comic series so far. I figured it would just drag on and on, but it's taken the shows themes to great places.
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