Comics fans have noticed a considerable void on television since the Superman series Smallville ended its impressive ten-season run back in May 2011. The only comic book series currently on the air is AMC's The Walking Dead, which obviously appeals more to fans of horror and survival tales than your standard superhero fans.
However, DC Comics has just announced that they're going to help fill that Smallville void with Smallville Season 11, a new comic book series that will be released first in digital format and then collected into a print periodical. The series will be written by former Smallville screenwriter and Batgirl writer Bryan Q. Miller, with art by Pere Perez, Miller's creative partner on Batgirl: The Flood.
Smallville Season 11 will debut as a digital comic on April 13, 2012, with a new digital chapter coming out each week featuring covers by Cat Staggs. A month later, the chapters will be collected into a print version that have the added bonus of a TV episode guide. The first printed version is scheduled for May 16, with covers by none other than Gary Frank.
"Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips…enter Season 11!” said 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."
In the meantime, I'd like to heartily recommend/shameless plug the Smallville: The Complete Series DVD set from Warner Home Video, which features four Daily Planet stories from yours truly...