Last year, we heard that Smallville’s story editor Bryan Q. Miller was going to continue the story of Tom Welling’s Clark Kent and his assorted cohorts from the WB series in a series of novels. Turns out DC’s plan is a little flashier and a lot more frequent.
DC will be launching Smallville Season 11 as a digital-first comic, to be written by Miller and released weekly starting on April 13, 2012; they’ll be collected into print on a monthly basis (with an episode guide as a bonus).
Here’s the lowdown from DC’s press release:
The new comic book series picks-up where the show left off (with Clark officially now as Superman!) and features other fan-favorite characters including Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and General Lane. The book features an all-star creative team—in addition to Miller, Smallville Season 11 creators include print cover artist Gary Frank (Superman Secret Origin), digital cover artist Cat Staggs and interiors by Pere Perez (Batgirl).
“Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips… enter Season 11!” enthuses Miller. “New allies abound! New enemies afoot! And old friends return where they’re least expected! Pere and colorist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players, and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.”
This sort of in-continuity sequel to dead TV shows is a trend first started with Dark Horse’s Whedonverse books (Buffy Season Eight and, to a lesser extent, their Serenity comics), but it makes perfect sense. Give the fans what they want with a fraction of the costs associated with a television series.
So what else would you like to see continued in comics?