‘Smallville’ fans have known for a while now that their beloved television series would get new life as an online comic series beginning this April. Last month, Brian Q. Miller, writer of the web comic as well as the television show, spoke about what we could expect from ‘Smallville’ season 11.

Now, with the web comic premiere only a few weeks away on April 13th, Miller is at it again. This time, the writer sat down with IGN for an interview about the series. In addition to some interesting news, IGN was also able to snag a piece of the first cover art for the series by Cat Staggs and another from the print edition, which releases May 16, by Gary Frank.

Here are a few highlights from the interview:

On when ‘Smallville’ season 11 will be set:

So in the finale, there was this seven year time jump that went to everyone seven years in the future. We are not that far in. We’re six months after Clark became Superman for the first time and pushed Apokolips out of orbit, because we had a proto-Darkseid causing some chaos and Apokolips was going to crash into Earth and people were not happy! Superman saved Air Force One with Lois on it and then he pushed the planet out of orbit. So it’s kind of Superman: Year One with a Smallville cast of characters.

On possible guest appearances from other DC superheroes:

People keep asking that, it’s the weirdest thing! [laughs] There’s certainly a chance for lots of DC guest stars to show up, and lots of DC guest stars will show up. But the focus is primarily on Clark as Superman. So if they do come in, just like they did on the show, it would somehow have to inform what Clark is going through. I mean there’s a cast of at least five characters, possibly more, who are regulars in the comics. It’s definitely an ensemble piece, so people will come in and out but there’s already a very large pool of characters to play with.

When asked about new villains:

In the first arc, we meet a former astronaut named Hank Henshaw…

For the rest of the interview head on over to IGN Comics.

But for now, it sounds pretty exciting to me… especially the tidbit about Hank Henshaw who, as comic fans know, is one of the great villains of the comic series, even if he’s not one that has been explored much in television or movies.

What do you think? Are you going to check out ‘Smallville’ season 11 when it hits in a few weeks?