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TV show 'Smallville' continues in comic book form

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Superman in Smalville: Season 11 #1

"Smallville" managed to be the longest running sci-fi/fantasy series on network television, running 10 seasons before going off the air last spring. Well, it's back for more, except in comic book form.

Smallville: Season 11 #1 just launched today, and in an interesting approach, it's going to be a weekly digital comic available for about a dollar a week. I downloaded and read the first issue, and it reads like... well, like an issue of "Superman." The way the characters are drawn are in line with what they look like on the TV show, but other than a little more Green Arrow (who isn't regularly part of standard Superman comics) and Chloe Sullivan (who isn't a regular character in other Superman comics), it's a pretty standard introductory story.

In this first story, the world seems to be adjusting to having a superhero in their lives. Superman is initially spoken of by all the characters before he's actually seen, ultimately saving a Russian space satellite.

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WonderCon recap Part 1: YouTube banks on geek, '21 Jump Street' stars hit Anaheim and Marvel Comics hearts digital

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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Jonah Hill speaking at the 2012 WonderCon in Anaheim, California.

The second biggest pop culture event of the year (next to San Diego Comic-Con), with tens of thousands of fans in attendance, is in the books, so let's take our first look back at some of the new and notable to come out of the convention:

"21 Jump Street" stars hit on married woman

In one of the convention's shortest panels, "21 Jump Street" stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum showed footage from the film on its opening day, as well as appearing live and answering fan questions. Oh, and they appeared in their movie police outfits.

The fan-friendly marketing looks to have worked, helping the movie hit a number one opening weekend with $36 million.

In one of the panel's funniest moments, a woman asking a question referenced her husband, leading Tatum to say that her husband deserved "major points" and Hill declaring her the hottest wife at WonderCon.

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