DC Comics has announced that chapter one of a new digital-first “The Death of Superman” mini-series based on the DC Universe animated movie of the same name is available today.
The new series comes from famed Superman writer Louise “Weezie” Simonson, and kicking off art duties is superstar WONDER WOMAN ’77 artist, Cat Staggs, followed in subsequent chapters by Joel Ojeda, Laura Braga and more. Readers can download the first chapter now.
What is it like to be Superman – when the events of a day can be completed in a matter of minutes? This series begins as readers follow the hours that lead to the Man of Steel’s face-off with Doomsday – the alien that is destined to destroy him. He’ll save an astronaut when a meteor crashes into their shuttle, he’ll save Major Lane when his experiment-gone-wrong Metallo comes for revenge, plus he’ll save time for a visit when Ma and Pa come to Metropolis to meet his new lady, Lois – and that’s just the beginning. The series contains additional chapters following the path of the Daily Planet’s Jimmy Olsen in those fateful hours, plus the aftermath of the loss of a true hero.
“These are never-before-told stories of what happened before, during, and after the conflict with Doomsday that cost Superman his life,” says Simonson. “To me, Superman is a man who leads a double life. He can manage it better than most because he can move at super-speed. He is hyperaware of what’s happening around him and is driven to combat evil because, in many cases, he’s the only one who can.
“Each story will explore what power means – for someone like Superman who wields it for the good of humanity, or the villains who use it to further their own selfish agendas.”
“The Death of Superman was such an earth-shattering moment in comics history and to be connected to that, even after all this time, is amazing,” says Staggs. “Getting to draw Superman battle it out with his nemesis is a dream come true – and it is an incredible honor to get to work with Louise Simonson on this project.”
THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN: PART 1 is a 12-part series, released weekly. The first chapter is available for download now via the DC Comics App, readdc.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store and Nook Store. A print collection of the mini-series will be collected at a later date.