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Post  webhead2006 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:57 am

Changes afoot for smallville batman sidekick:
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/07/12/stephanie-brown-dropped-from-smallville-in-favour-of-barbara-gordon/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BleedingCool+%28Bleeding+Cool+Comic+News+%26+Rumors%29
Witten on July 12, 2012 by Rich Johnston in Comics

Stephanie Brown Dropped From Smallville In Favour Of Barbara Gordon?

It was the news that fans of the DC character Stephanie Brown had been waiting for for. Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl… this character had played a number of roles in Batbooks over the years but fans believed she had repeatedly received short shrift from DC Comics. And recently in the DC New 52, she vanished completely and was replaced as Batgirl by Barbara Gordon.

Then, recently, it was announced that Stephanie Brown would be the Nightwing character appearing along a young Batman in the Smallville11th Season digital first comic.

Writer Bryan Q Miller was originally quoted as saying “Bruce can be somewhat of an angry man. Stephanie’s personality is so can-do and unsinkable and bright, so it’s very much on purpose on Bruce’s part that he has a good cop going out on patrol with him every night.”

But it seems that creative decisions on the title have changed.

Bleeding Cool’s Peter S Svensson reports from San Diego Comic Con “if what my mysterious but sources says is true, Stephanie Brown will not be appearing in upcoming issues of Smallville Season Eleven as Batman’s sidekick Nightwing. Which had been previously announced by writer Bryan Q. Miller (who just also happened to write Stephanie’s solo series as Batgirl). The report I received says that last minute editorial changes have replaced Stephanie with Barbara Gordon, recoloring the art and changing dialog to boot.

“Yes, once again, Stephanie Brown gets replaced by Babara Gordon.”

One, two three…
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:57 pm

Meh.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:47 am

This was originally posted on K-Site. But God forbid he link to the original fucking article so here I am doing his homework for him. Anyway.

Jim Lee wrote:And one thing I'll add, through comiXology we had some data from our sales on Smallville and about 40% of people buying or downloading that comic book were new consumers; they had opened up new accounts. To me, that's a staggering large number and I think it points to the way we’re going to see a lot of growth, especially in terms of new readers.

URL- http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/23507.html

I privately worried about season 11's future in the months leading up (and since) the comic's debut. But apparently I underestimated the show's fanbase because they're obviously showing up in droves. Again, this goes back to the original point that even after ten freakin seasons the Smallville brand still has plenty of juice.

Mind you, I don't know what this implies about the paper issues. Who's to argue digital sales aren't the only thing keeping the title viable? But if you figure solid digital sales is indicative of solid paper sales (which sounds reasonable to me), there's no way Season 11 isn't a highly profitable title. I just can't picture it.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:58 am

Oh, something else. The digital #11? Yeah, that reveal of the lurker's identity... it kinda fell flat for me. First, the Earth 2 Chloe doesn't look much like Chloe. Not sure if it's a coloring error or what but obviously the hair is different. But the other thing is that it looks like Earth 1 Chloe's dialogue is being spoken by Ollie. But the other thing is that the rendering of Earth 2 Chloe makes her look more like Gina, Lex's cougar of an assistant from season 7. I usually like Pere Perez's art but things like this go back to the fundamentals of storytelling. The coloring thing may not be Perez's fault but the unclear actions and speech are.
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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:34 pm

Nice to hear its selling/doing well in sales.
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Post  webhead2006 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:25 pm

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Post  webhead2006 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:16 pm

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #7
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by CHRISCROSS and MARC DEERING
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
On sale NOVEMBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The first time in print for these digital first adventures!
• It’s a four-way, knock-down, drag out rumble as Intergang guns-for-hire PRANKSTER and MISTER FREEZE join the fray.
• Can BATMAN and SUPERMAN survive these villains and protect the life of – Joe Chill?!

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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:23 am

BQM on smallville season 11:
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/08/16/the-dark-knight-comes-to-smallville-season-11
The Dark Knight Comes to Smallville: Season 11 Batman and Nightwing pay Superman a visit in the comic book continuation of Smallville. August 16, 2012

by Joey Esposito Back in June,we found out that a longtime dream of Smallville fans was set to come true: Batman would be arriving in the pages of Smallville: Season 11,the comic book continuation of the hit Superman show. We stand on the eve of the digital-first issue's release --which you can download tomorrow for a mere .99 cents on the DC Comics app -- and so we talked with series writer Bryan Q. Miller about the implications Batman's arrival will have on Clark Kent and his friends.

We also touch on the Stephanie Brown controversy from Comic-Con,in which it was revealed that the fan-favorite character,initially slated to be present in the role of Nightwing,was axed for reasons unknown and replaced with Barbara Gordon.

IGN Comics: Let’s get the elephant out of the room first and put it to rest: Nightwing. Stephanie Brown. What’s the real story behind the change to Barbara Gordon?

Bryan Q. Miller: The editorial staff wanted a more “iconic character” in this case. Given the nature of our female Nightwing’s use in the story,of the available replacements,I leaned toward having Babs wielding the charged-escrima. That really was the beginning and the end of it.

IGN: Did the change affect anything significant for you story-wise? Did it require any rewriting other than dialogue?

Miller: The story itself only featured Steph as a supporting player,and was never directly about her,so the adventure was and remains a Superman/Batman World’s Finest action-packed romp in which Bruce is accompanied by a strong,positive,female apprentice. IGN: Batman’s appearance in the Smallville Universe is obviously long-awaited by fans. Do you feel any pressure –more than normal,I guess –to deliver the goods?

Miller: Absolutely. It’s a bit crushing,really. On the plus side,this arc has been written for a little while,so there’s a distinct difference between the “do it right” writing pressure and the “hope they like it” release pressure.

IGN: What’s the nature of Batman’s introduction? Is he already operating as Batman when Clark meets him or will we see him take up the mantle after the fact?

Miller: You will most certainly meet a Batman who is knee-deep in his career within the first 10 pages of the arc. Intergang’s been shipping high-tech anti-hero weaponry to any city with a “cape problem.” Batman and Nightwing’s run-in digs up a connection to his parents’ murder,lo,those vaguely many years ago.

IGN: In Smallville,Clark’s journey was influenced by many of the other heroes that answered the call of duty before him,or before he was ready to. Now that Clark is operating as Superman when he meets Batman,has his perspective on these kind of relationships/team-ups changed?

Miller: In Season 10,we saw Clark finally begin to use the knowledge he gained over the course of the entire series to help deal with certain situations. Now that he’s finally in the cape and has taken to the skies,he’s much more in command of how he approaches confrontations/team-ups like these. Clark’s grown up a lot –he isn’t going to immediately jump to the “You’re a villain!” place when another cape passes through. Metropolis is Clark’s city. He’s the superhero sheriff,as far as he’s concerned.

If Batman (or any other vigilante) rolls into town,Superman is the one who’s going to strive to take the driver’s seat and set the ground rules. Now,how Batman responds to these “rules” may not be to Superman’s liking. This isn’t, however,a Superman vs. Batman story. There might be some conflict,but it’s very much more (especially once we get past the first 30) Lethal Weapon with the World’s Finest.

IGN: What do you consider to be the cornerstone of Superman and Batman’s relationship,and how are you reflecting that in Smallville?

Miller: The tough part is that we’ve kind of mined that iconic Clark/Bruce friendship space with Clark and Oliver throughout the latter half of the series. This meeting is much more Clark becoming an ally who’s helped Bruce come to several realizations –not just about how to protect a city,but about himself. Superman is one who inspires,and that won’t be lost on Batman. There’s a great amount of respect that will bond the two men. IGN: From the cover images that we’ve seen,Batman looks like he’s more armor-plated than we’re used to seeing him. Can you talk a little bit about the design of the Smallville version of Batman and how it relates to the character that we’ll meet?

Miller: He’s very much just a man,and a smart one at that. And he’s also quite wealthy. Batman doesn’t take his war on crime lightly,and does his best to equip himself for any situation. This isn’t Year One for Batman. We’re somewhere between year 5 and 10 for him. You’ll see a Nightwing who’s far less armored –literally armed with escrima,a few gadgets,and a ton of moxie. She’s the scout. She’s the dancer. Batman –he’s the tank. And Gotham criminals don’t play fair. So Bruce is going to carry around as much with him as possible.

IGN: In terms of Nightwing,what role will she play in the story as a whole? Is she mostly a supporting character for Batman or will we get to see her interact with the established characters at length?

Miller: It’s a Batman/Superman tale,but since we’re an ensemble piece, there are definitely different pairings and interactions that we’ll see,not just between Nightwing and some of our players,but between Babs and the gang. It’s Bruce’s journey,though,through and through.

IGN: What’s the threat that Superman and Batman will be facing? Does the introduction of Batman indicate that one of his rogues might make their way to Metropolis?

Miller: Like we said a few questions back,the onion starts peeling with Intergang,and we wind up in a very big,bigger than we could ever do on television,place with not just one of Batman’s rogues,but a new one for Superman,as well.

IGN: In the DCU,historically,Batman and Green Arrow haven’t always been the best of allies. Are there any plans to explore that relationship,be it hero-to-hero or billionaire-to-billionaire?

Miller: There’s definite friction between the two,but much more in an Arrow-Batman direction. Bruce in no way takes Ollie seriously. Green Arrow pretty much isn’t on Batman’s radar as either an ally or a threat. This will prove to be a big “growing up” year for Oliver,so that’s only going to help him along.

IGN: Are you angling to make Batman a more permanent fixture in the Smallville Universe in the way that Green Arrow has become one?

Miller: Editorial-willing,we’ll definitely see him return for at least 2 more stories this season,but he won’t be around as a fixture. We’ve got our hands full with our ensemble,plus we’ll be revisiting old friends and meeting new allies and enemies. Lots of things to do! IGN: With the Smallville comics having more freedom to introduce the other major players of the DCU,does this mean there could be plans to introduce Wonder Woman down the line? Make the trinity complete?

Miller: I wonder if that’s in the cards. It’s really a wonderful idea. Thanks for thinking about that,Joey –you’re a prince.

IGN: Last time we talked,you were still adjusting to the digital format of this book. Making sure that it’s fulfilling as its own chapter but making sure that it works in the print context as well. Has that process become any easier for you? What’ve you learned working in this format?

Miller: I think we found our feet right around Chapters 5 and 6 of Guardian. If nothing else,the short burst approach keeps you on your writer toes. Every 10 pages has to have enough of a cliffhanger/reveal/question mark that people are willing to come back after a week and read more. But for the print crowd,every 30 pages has to have enough of a cliffhanger to make them want to go back out into the world and find another copy after an entire month has passed. It’s a challenge,to be sure. I think what I took away from Guardian going into Detective was to not be afraid to burn through plot. Just keep throwing logs into the fire and hope everyone likes the heat.

IGN: Anything you’d like to add?

Miller: Response has been fantastic,and I just hope people,both from the show and new to the world,keep digging it. Digital’s been selling like hot cakes,and we had a sell-out and reprint on print issue #1 –which is great. I’ve never had a sell-out before… or at least if I have,no one’s told me about it. I’d remind anyone buying in print to order it with their LCS ahead of time –higher print numbers benefit fans and creatives alike!
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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:39 am

Cool interview. And I encourage everyone to buy the print version too. Part of me wonders if DC takes print sales more seriously than digital sales anyway.
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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:05 pm

That is a good question. Its been selling well for both. Sso I would hope its a rrqual deal for digital/print. Can't wait for the print issue to come out.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:47 pm

webhead2006 wrote:That is a good question. Its been selling well for both. Sso I would hope its a rrqual deal for digital/print. Can't wait for the print issue to come out.
Apparently as of yesterday, SV S11- #13 was the #1 highest selling book on the market. Apparently that means "highest earning".

Think about that for a minute. The sheer fact that it's Smallville is one thing. But there's also the other thing, where the digital version only costs $0.99. It basically has to be outselling the competition 3:1.

Not that there will ever be a Singerman spinoff comic... but if there was, I'd like to see it manage that particular feat. Good luck, Apologists!
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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:00 pm

Colors that is great to hear again sv book is. Selling great. I hope the run last a good time. And would be sweet if any other former sv writer had a guest stint for a book too.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:31 am

webhead2006 wrote:Colors that is great to hear again sv book is. Selling great. I hope the run last a good time. And would be sweet if any other former sv writer had a guest stint for a book too.
Not holding my breath but I think it'd be kinda cool if Peterson/Souders or Gough/Millar went for a test drive on the book. Sure, other writers would be welcome too but those writers have an obvious history there.
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Post  webhead2006 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:20 am

Ya peterson and souders would be fun to see take a issue or two. There is some others I wouldn't mindd seeing too but I at the moment blanking on others I enjoyed.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:50 am

Eunuch page poll wrote:What is the best Superman related comic book title at the moment?

Action Comics
30% [35 Votes]

Superman
11% [13 Votes]

Superboy
1% [1 Vote]

Supergirl
5% [6 Votes]

Teen Titans
0% [0 Votes]

Justice League
5% [6 Votes]

Smallville: Season 11
40% [46 Votes]


Superman Beyond/Batman Beyond Unlimited
3% [4 Votes]

Young Justice
0% [0 Votes]

Superman Family Adventures
3% [4 Votes]
So the most popular comic amongst Apologists is... Smallville- Season 11.

If you don't think that's funny, I'm not sure what to say to you.

EDIT- Oh, I'd link to the poll but it's visible on the damned homepage and I can't think of a way to link to it directly. If I could, I would. But I can't. So I won't.
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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:26 pm

Ha well isn't that nice.
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Post  webhead2006 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:30 am

Season 11 ep 3:
http://www.kryptonsite.com/smallvillespoilers.htm
Episode #11-3: "Haunted"

November 2012 UPDATED 8/23/12: KryptonSite is first to reveal the title of the third story arc "episode" for Smallville Season 11 - "Haunted!" Look for it in about three months, once the "Detective" story has completed.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:40 am

You really would be hard-pressed to find a bigger Season 11 cheerleader than me. Gotta say though, the Chris Cross art was pretty inconsistent. Whatever else that jackoff reviewer from the Eunuch page may bitch and complain about, he's got a point there. But so far, Jamal Igle's stuff has been solid. Very expressive and similar enough to the actors from the show to create the illusion. If I've got a critique of the series, it's that no artist has really added much in the way of visual panache to the thing. Even Igle's stuff so far has been serviceable but not especially memorable.

Maybe it's just par for the course. If you're restricted to art that must resemble particular sets or particular actors, maybe it's too big a limitation to really put your own stamp on the thing. Maybe. Even so, I have to think that there's an artist out there creative enough to draw a visually stimulating comic book while still adhering to the framework set up by the show.

Either way, the art doesn't seem to be hurting the sales too much. According to Jim Lee, they've been friggin insane, especially for the digital version.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:40 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:You really would be hard-pressed to find a bigger Season 11 cheerleader than me. Gotta say though, the Chris Cross art was pretty inconsistent. Whatever else that jackoff reviewer from the Eunuch page may bitch and complain about, he's got a point there. But so far, Jamal Igle's stuff has been solid. Very expressive and similar enough to the actors from the show to create the illusion. If I've got a critique of the series, it's that no artist has really added much in the way of visual panache to the thing. Even Igle's stuff so far has been serviceable but not especially memorable.

Maybe it's just par for the course. If you're restricted to art that must resemble particular sets or particular actors, maybe it's too big a limitation to really put your own stamp on the thing. Maybe. Even so, I have to think that there's an artist out there creative enough to draw a visually stimulating comic book while still adhering to the framework set up by the show.

Either way, the art doesn't seem to be hurting the sales too much. According to Jim Lee, they've been friggin insane, especially for the digital version.

What's funny is, he is a HUGE Apologist. I mean, borderline-obsessive.

Hey, there he is!



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Post  thecolorsblend on Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:51 pm

Dude's also a major leftie. That hardly makes him a minority in the comics world as you probably know but I'm to the point now where I think being a leftie is the far more egregious offense. I mean, the Apologists? Fuck 'em, they lost and they're never getting another chance. In spite of all the fan campaigns, all the Internet postings, all the Bring Back Routh initiatives, all the threats of a boycott, etc etc etc, we're getting the reboot we should've gotten back in 2006. Over and done with.

However, every once in a while, America forgets what happened the last time a leftie was in office and the country gets fucked in the ass without any lube as a direct result. And it's leftwing asswipes like Igle who cheer it all on.

But on the other hand (A) I knowingly buy comics from leftie pros and (B) his work truly is superior to what we've seen up to now.
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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:08 pm

I agree don't really like the new artist on book they are good on some characters not so much the rest. Hopefully first one will return or some other as good one comes in.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:12 pm

webhead2006 wrote:I agree don't really like the new artist on book they are good on some characters not so much the rest. Hopefully first one will return or some other as good one comes in.
Um, that's kinda the total opposite of what I just said. So you can't "agree" with me. I like Jamal Igle's stuff. I'm in no hurry for him to be replaced.
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Post  webhead2006 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:28 pm

Oh sorry colors my mistake then read your post a bit to quickly and mis read your full thoughts. Personally I still liked perez(spelling?) A bit more then this guy. Its not utterly bad as I felt when immonen(spelling?) Took over on usm after bagley left and other bad artists. Hopefully if this guy remains on the book he will improve more in time.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:33 am

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