December 5, 2011
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Yes, you did read that right. I thought I was done writing about Smallville news, but I appear to have been wrong. It looks like the loyal viewers of Smallville are about to be rewarded with an 11th season of the hit show. But there has to be a catch right? Indeed there is, but it’s not a terrible one. According to Bleeding Cool, the continuation of the Smallville world will take place in the form of a written book, not a graphic novel.
One of the biggest flaws of Smallville is that the climactic battles were never really that good, in part due to the associated costs of special effects. In a written word form, Clark/Superman can truly have epic battles against his opponents. For lack of a better term, this book has been described as a Smallville Season 11 and would presumably take place after the finale. But there is a lot of ground that could be covered in this novel. There is a lot of time between Clark’s first appearance as Superman and the bedtime story Chloe was telling her son. Regardless, it should be a fun ride to see how everything develops.
What is perhaps the most interesting part is that Bryan Q. Miller will be writing this new Smallville novel. I was a big fan of Miller’s work on Batgirl prior to the new DCU relaunch. The fact he doesn’t have a book in the DCU is almost criminal in my mind. But it looks like he’s landed on his feet with the novel-form continuation of Smallville. A note of caution though, there has been no official confirmation of the Smallville novel. But, I remain cautiously optimistic that we will see it. What will be fun about this is there are not TV budget restrictions on a book.