When Clark took to the skies in the Smallville series finale, fans wondered whether or not the 10-year long journey would find some way of continuing. This week, DC Entertainment revealed that the adventures of Clark Kent (now Superman) will be continuing as a digital and printed comic book series.
The series, titled "Smallville Season 11," will pick up six months after the events in the Smallville series finale, and will follow Clark Kent through his first year of being Superman. Joining Clark on his adventures will be Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan (now Queen), Lois Lane… and Lex Luthor.
Penned by longtime Smallville writer Bryan Q. Miller, DC Entertainment intends on releasing the first chapter of "Smallville Season 11" online beginning April 12, with a new chapter to follow each week. Additionally, a print version of the online series will be made available beginning May 16,
Here's what Miller had to say about "Smallville Season 11:"
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.
For those that didn't notice the artwork from above, it appears that DC Entertainment made sure to secure the likeness of Tom Welling for the comic. And what about the rest of the Smallville gang? From the way that Miller is describing the "fantastic job" that the artists have done to capture "the look of the show and the players", it certainly sounds like everyone's likeness has been locked down – including Michael Rosenbaum.
While there certainly will be some grumblings from the Smallville fan base, it's hard not to be excited about "Smallville Season 11." In many ways, it can be said that Smallville could have successfully continued with a series based solely on Clark Kent as Superman.
Of course, barring the budgetary needs in order for that to happen, as well as the difficulties of continuing a show that has already been on the air for 10 years, the only place that Clark Kent's story could continue would be in the form of a comic book.
… not to mention the fact that we'll finally be able to see what Tom Welling would look like wearing the Superman suit – even if is through illustrations.
You can check out illustrated Tom Welling in his full Superman glory below: (click for a larger version)
Smallville Series 11 will premiere online on April 12
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Source: DC Comics