COMICS: Bryan Q. Miller Details Plans To Expand The SMALLVILLE: SEASON 11 Universe

While doing promotional interviews for the latest episode of Smallville: Season 11, writer Bryan Q. Miller has revealed that the universe will be expanded through tie-in digital exclusive chapters, and also teases what's to come in future episodes...

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By Alex Lynch - 12/14/2012
While speaking to IGN and TVGuide about Smallville: Season 11's new chapter, which features the return of Impulse (A.K.A Bart Allen), former Batgirl author Bryan Q. Miller has revealed that Smallville: Season 11 will have a monthly tie-in chapter showcasing stories outside of Clark's journey.





The original schedule for the book has been to release three weekly digital chapters a month, and on the fourth week of the month the story would be collected to print and put on stands that Wednesday, with no digital chapter releasing. That has now changed, and the off week will contain a digital chapter expanding the universe.

While speaking with TVGuide, Miller said "These are stories that will help fill in the rest of our world while Clark is busy on his main adventure. The first four off-weeks will be 'Effigy.' It gives everyone a chance to keep that Smallville machine rolling every week." 'Effigy' will feature Smallville's John Jones teaming up with recently introduced hero, Batman. While talking to IGN, Miller explained the first arc of the tie-in series is "a 4 chapter tale that follows Detective John Jones as he investigates a series of murders that have a deeply-rooted connection to his past. And our Batman (whom we met in Detective) goes along for the ride." Commenting on whether the tie-in arcs would be collected into that week's print issue, Miller confirmed that the expansion arc would be digital-exclusive. "Our parallel Smallville narratives will be digital-exclusive, only seeing print in collected trades."



Smallville: Season 11 returned to Comxiology today with a brand-new chapter featuring the return of Impulse. The story-arc is called 'Haunted' and will see almost each of the main characters being haunted by an element of their past. While talking about the story, the author stated that "There's something that has been haunting Bart for some time, some baggage he's been carrying. Everyone in our story is being haunted — physically, metaphorically — by some element of their past." said Miller to TVGuide. While commenting further on Impulse's story, Miller confirmed that we will finally see how he gained his powers. "For the first time ever we head-on address how Bart got his powers. Perhaps there was more to it than possibly even Bart knows." Speaking to IGN, Miller promises that Bart's character has barely changed from the one we saw on the TV series, saying "Under the outfit, he’s definitely the same “amigo” who stole Pa Kent’s wallet, lo those many years ago. But there’s something he’s been hiding from his friend, Clark, for almost as long as he’s known him. When he shows up in Metropolis, that secret won’t be very far behind."



Bryan Q. Miller also explained that 'Haunted' will hunt-deep into the mythology of Smallville, something hardcore fans already got a taste of through various flashbacks in the book. "It's the first time we are relying heavily on previous Smallville series history. This arc has many more roots in specific episodes and mythology from the series." The episode will not only feature Bart's past, but will continue on the story threads of Lex Luthor trying to dive deep into Tess's memories and Chloe finding out more about her Earth-2 doppelganger (who had previously teased "The Crisis").



Finally, Bryan Q. Miller later teased to IGN the future of new heroes and possibly creating a Justice League for the Smallville universe, teasing a unique roster. "Absolutely", commenting on whether or not we'll see the league form. "Though, by the time we see them out in full force towards the end of the season, it may not be the roster everyone’s expecting. Regardless, we’ve got a few more familiar DCU faces to meet before we do a roll call."

The latest chapter (#25) of Smallville: Season 11 is now available across a plenthora of platforms including iTunes, Comixology, Kindle and more.




Images courtesy of TVGuide.

Sources: IGN;TV Guide
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TheJokerMask - 12/14/2012, 2:38 PM
Hate to say it but this is SHIT
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/14/2012, 2:39 PM
I would only buy this comic tothrow in a homeless man's burn barrel for him to stay warmer that much longer during this Christmas season. Waste of trees....
Odin - 12/14/2012, 2:41 PM
Great tv-show, BAD comic book.
superherofan21 - 12/14/2012, 2:45 PM
The Great Odin has spoken.
DioFoRio - 12/14/2012, 2:46 PM
that cover is [frick]ing awesome!! I needed to laugh!
DukeAcureds - 12/14/2012, 3:44 PM
We gonna get a New 52 designation for this?
spager45 - 12/14/2012, 4:05 PM
Hmmmm I may pick up a few back issues of this... I. Actually liked the show and would like to see where the characters have gone since then. Nice article dude.
blackster - 12/14/2012, 4:55 PM
smallville was dogshit. and so is this
ManofSteel22 - 12/14/2012, 4:55 PM
I do like these comics,but the art work is a little childish,but a comic is a comic
Suzanne - 12/14/2012, 5:10 PM
This has been a great continuation of Smallville and in some ways better then the TV Series I wish they would have done this season on the CW instead of a comic book.
AnditsOn1 - 12/14/2012, 6:13 PM
I know eventually they will expand smallville season 11 comic book universe by bringing more tie-in series and I'm SUPER excited about it, BUT batman again?????? F*ck no! That feels like another excuse to sell yet another batman series! F*ck no! Hopefully this tie-in series will flush bat-crap out immediately after the first four chapters...(four months...f*ck...)
AnditsOn1 - 12/14/2012, 6:15 PM
@ManOfSuperguy, I'm reading it and tell you what, that's actually f*cking good.
Optimus83 - 12/14/2012, 6:16 PM
Smallville Back. ...Batman When???
PeterParker1991 - 12/14/2012, 8:04 PM
OMG: Let Smallville die! Loved the show, but seriously R. I. P
mgeoff88 - 12/14/2012, 9:51 PM
The cover art is bad, but the interior art is nice. I wish we would've seen more of Bart Allen/Impulse on the TV show.

I really liked Kyle Gallner in the role. Great casting IMO.
DukeAcureds - 12/15/2012, 5:35 AM
TheAlexLynch@ Neither are the Earth One books or the last issue of Flashpoint or Young Justice or The Huntress mini-series, but they're all part of the New 52 multiverse.
As far as this latest Smallville comic and things like Before Watchmen goes, they haven't said either way.
AtomicChipmunk - 12/15/2012, 9:47 AM
shit show shit comic

WTF did they do to Kid Flash?
GUNSMITH - 12/15/2012, 11:56 AM
SHOULD GET ALEX ROSS TO DO IT HIS STYLE SO IT LOOKS LIKE THE ACTORS..
Ancar - 12/15/2012, 6:45 PM
PLEASE, DC, END UP THIS [frick]ING SHIT!!!
MJPETTY7 - 12/16/2012, 12:31 PM
My lord, the morons on this site...

IT'S DOING BETTER THAN ANY OTHER SUPERMAN RELATED COMIC OUT THERE RIGHT NOW!!!! Do people not realize that it's the MINORITY who don't like Smallville? Because honestly, it's EXTREMELY consistent every week and always in the top 5 DC digital downloads of the week. Not to mention, the prints been selling really well. People loved the series, which is why it's now a comic spin-off. You don't like it? BUZZ OFF! Because there are still people that look forward to Smallville every Friday, and I am one of them.

Also, before I end my rant, Smallville (for the 1000th time I've said this...) is AN ELSEWORLD'S STORY!!! Just like the DCAU, just like GLTAS, just like Young Justice, just like the Dark Knight Trilogy, just like Arrow, and just like every other form of media DC has put out outside of it's "set" universe. You don't like it, go back to the New 52 and SHUT UP! There. I'm done...

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