It’s been announced that DC is moving forward with not one, but two, new projects from the critically acclaimed writer, Mark Waid.
In the first, artist Bryan Hitch (JLA) is partnering and providing art for the 3-issue DC Black Label miniseries: Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor. Focused on Superman’s determination to find a cure for his greatest enemy’s terminal illness, the comic hopes to answer the question, just – why would he?
Meanwhile, for the second, Emanuela Lupacchino (Wonder Woman) is helping the Teen Titans get their own sort of origins with World’s Finest: Teen Titans. An exploration of their early escapades, the series is an updated project depicting the team in the world of today.
Details on both comics runs are listed below.
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor finds Superman conscribed by his nemesis to find a cure for the mysterious terminal ailment that threatens Luthor’s life. The Man of Steel is willing to scour the universe, jump to alternate dimensions, and even travel time in an effort to rescue Lex all while the rest of the world is happy to see the bad guy go. So…what exactly is Clark’s motive here? Is he really kind hearted enough to ignore Lex’s many, many, many attempts to end his life? More to the point – can he even succeed?
“For the first time, Superman’s fighting the tide of public opinion, embarking on a mission that billions of people outright oppose. But he has his reasons—partly because of who he is, but partly because of a debt he feels he owes—and readers of Superman: Birthright might already guess what that perceived debt is,” said Waid. “Together, Superman and Lex are racing the clock in search of a cure as they travel the breadth of the super-universe, from Atlantis to Kandor to the Phantom Zone, all spectacularly reimagined by Bryan Hitch.”
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #1 will drop at local comics shops on July 25, with a new release every month. The first issue features a main cover and interior artwork by Bryan Hitch, with inks by the amazing Kevin Nowlan and colors by David Baron, and soon-to-be-revealed open-to-order variants by Kevin Nowlan and Chris Samnee, a 1:25 variant by Yanick Paquette, and a 1:50 variant by Evan “Doc” Shaner.
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest just got a spinoff and it’s World’s Finest: Teen Titans, spotlighting the rise of the original Teen Titans with a modern twist! Robin aka the Boy Wonder takes charge of DC’s grooviest gang of super-teens, but the newest super-team also comes with a host of super-problems. Sure, fighting crime alongside the Justice League is hard work but it’s peanuts compared to managing their socials and getting that rabid fan base to like and subscribe, am I right? Still, real-world problems abound as there’s a growing threat hellbent on driving a wedge between these friends so they never reach their full potential. Enjoy this new take on an old favorite when the Titans of the DCU were simply the Teen Titans.
“I’ve had so much fun writing the Teen Titans in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest that DC asked for more, and I couldn’t be happier,” said Waid. “Taking our cue from the main World’s Finest book, the series is set in the not-too-distant past, when Robin led the team—including Bumblebee and Mal Duncan—as they answered calls for help from kids worldwide and dealt with their celebrity status. The real fun for the wonderful Ema Lupacchino and me is revealing many surprising secrets about who each of the Titans really is. Even longtime readers will be stunned by these untold revelations.”
World’s Finest: Teen Titans #1 will arrive at local comic shops on July 11 featuring interior artwork by Emanuela Lupacchino, a main and 1:100 cover by Chris Samnee, open-to-order variants by Evan “Doc” Shaner and Jim Cheung, a 1:25 variant by W. Scott Forbes, a 1:50 variant by Lupacchino, a special foil variant by Cheung, and a blank sketch cover.