DC Announces Dark Multiverse Version of “The Death of Superman”


BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL and THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN Debut This New Line of One-Shot Prestige Format Stories

Future Titles to Include Twisted Takes on INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT and THE JUDAS CONTRACT

One-Dollar Reprints of Original Comics Also Available Concurrent with New One-Shots

DC announced today plans to put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events in its publishing history with a series of prestige format one-shots called TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE. Beginning in October, DC’s most talented artists and writers will take fan-favorite events from the DC Universe down a dark and twisted path.


Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.

But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.


The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC’S NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL, DC’S MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE), with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) and Andrew Hennessy (SINESTRO, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH, TITANS), with a cover by Lee Weeks.

In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.

These are the first of several titles in this new line; additional one-shots will focus on other events such as INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT, NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 arrives at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30. Timed to the release of each TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE title, fans can also purchase a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, BATMAN #497 (October 16) and SUPERMAN #75 (October 30).

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July 15, 2019 6:40 pm

“In a broken world much like our own…” Metropolis gets attacked by an alien threat bent on world domination every Tuesday, invariably resulting in millions in property damage and many deaths, but sure, go off I guess. Look writers, I understand the appeal of transplanting heroes that always win in the end in a setting of moral ambiguity and I encourage it once in a while; it’s nice to leave your comfort zone. I even get the appeal of grimdark. But don’t try to sell me this as relatable for being closer to our reality. Our broken world doesn’t actually… Read more »

July 15, 2019 7:17 pm

“The death of Superman”.

Not again.

July 15, 2019 9:08 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Sounds more like a different version of Reign of Supermen

July 16, 2019 9:08 am
Reply to  Superman2878

How about an Elseworlds story where Superman survived his first fight with Doomsday? How would the events of the reign of the Supermen change since Superman survived his battle with Doomsday? That would be interesting to see right?

New Roosterman
July 18, 2019 7:58 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Great idea. I’d buy it if it was written.

July 18, 2019 10:10 pm
Reply to  New Roosterman

I hope that DC will one day do that story.

July 15, 2019 9:00 pm

Good lord. DC would trademark the word “dark” if they could.

July 16, 2019 10:22 am
Reply to  MattComics

Good point. Although they did create Justice League Dark, so maybe they did trademark the word Dark?

New Roosterman
July 16, 2019 7:29 am

“In a broken world much like our own…” someone writing comics comes up with an original idea instead of adapting someone elses! :-O

July 17, 2019 11:37 am

“In a broken world much like our own…”

Perhaps the statement simply implies the world in this story is much like ours, only broken? And not necessarily that our world is broken?

Personally, I think it sounds interesting enough to be the first Superman comic I’ll buy since Dan Jurgens’ run ended last year.

July 26, 2019 2:46 pm
Reply to  Hollywood

Um, what makes our world broken? I know it’s not a perfect world, but I don’t think that it’s broken.