End of an Era – Superman Oversized 48-Page One-Shots

DC Comics has announced that they’ll be publishing two oversized 48-page one-shots to mark the end of an era of Superman comic books.

ACTION COMICS SPECIAL #1 and SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1 Celebrate Three Prolific Superman Storytellers, Feature Bonus Content

The creative talent of ACTION COMICS writer Dan Jurgens and the SUPERMAN team of Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi have brought legions of Superman fans story after story filled with action, humor, emotion and candor – traits that have continued to present Superman as an enduring symbol of hope, optimism, truth and justice. This May, the conclusions to their epic runs serve as the centerpieces of two special one-shot issues.

On sale May 2, the 48-page ACTION COMICS SPECIAL #1 features “The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor,” written by Jurgens with art by Will Conrad. Beginning with the events of REBIRTH, Superman’s greatest enemy became his most unexpected ally. Is Lex finally on the heroic path, or is he still hiding his true colors? When he finds himself in an adventure where Superman could be destroyed, what will he do? Save the Man of Steel, or witness his demise at the hands of an unimaginable enemy? This oversize special also includes stories from Max Landis and Francis Manapul (TRINITY, JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE) originally slated to appear in the DC UNIVERSE HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017 #1, and Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES) with artist Jill Thompson (WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON).

Available May 16, SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1 features Tomasi and Gleason’s “The Promise,” concluding a story from REBIRTH that began in issue #8, 2016’s “Escape from Dinosaur Island.” Before Superman’s world goes through some drastic changes, he has unfinished business to attend to on Dinosaur Island. Superman and the Losers’ Captain Storm take one final trip together into the abyss of tomorrow, which brings the military man out of time into the world of today. This 48-page extra-size special also features bonus stories by Mark Russell with art by Bryan Hitch and Ian Flynn with art by Kaare Andrews.

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February 13, 2018 6:38 pm

Awesome looking covers.

“Before Superman’s world goes through some drastic changes..”

Oh boy, here we go.

February 13, 2018 10:58 pm

In the words of a certain Metropolis citizen in Superman 2, ” Man this is going to be good!”

Kal L
Kal L
February 13, 2018 11:25 pm

I am weary of Bendis… The comics so far have been great, and I’m worried Bendis will bring his 2000’s Marvel style to it.

I really hope that it works out for the best.

February 14, 2018 12:25 am
Reply to  Kal L

Yeah I gotta concur with Kal L.

Kal L
Kal L
February 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Reply to  MattComics

We can only but hope for the best

February 14, 2018 1:35 am

I’m pretty bummed that Jurgens is leaving as I think he completely salvaged Superman post New52.

I’ll be cautiously optimistic about Bendis because I like a lot of his stuff, but I must admit that the ‘Superman faces great changes ahead’ has me extremely worried. Also I just saw that he’s writing the Kitty Pryde movie so I hope that doesn’t come at the cost of Quality Superman stories.

February 14, 2018 9:58 am

This overwhelming, compelling and haunting all at the same time.

If all goes “According to Hoyle”… and the stories, premises and writers etc…all can “stand and deliver” the goods, coupled with the restoration and revitalization of Superman’s Iconic Costume, then we may all be on the verge of one of the greatest Superman era’s of all time – the “Platinum Age”!!?

Lets hope:)