When Byrne and his colleagues followed the footprints of the King…

John Byrne’s Fourth World stories sometimes get overshadowed by his other DC work but his ’90s output is getting its own omnibus in 2021. (The Man of Steel Vol. 3 has also been added to next year’s line-up. Click here for more on that.)

Dig the official description from Amazon — along with a placeholder art by Walt Simonson, who produced the lion’s share of the covers for Byrne’s run.

From Jack Kirby’s Fourth World #1

Following his legendary work on Superman, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, John Byrne takes on Jack Kirby’s groundbreaking creations in this oversized hardcover collection!

John Byrne reinvented Superman and illustrated some of the most famous stories in X-Men history. Much like how Jack Kirby created the Fourth World at DC following his genre-defining career at Marvel, after Byrne’s work on multiple pop culture icons, the writer and artist took on the Fourth World himself, as collected in this hardcover omnibus.

While staying faithful to Kirby’s original vision, these tales brought characters like Orion, Darkseid, Mr. Miracle, and the Forever People into the 1990s, reviving the epic mythology of New Genesis and Apokolips for a new generation of readers.

This collection also includes Genesis, a team-up between the heroes of Earth–including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman–and the New Gods of New Genesis against Darkseid, as the Godwave threatens reality!

This volume collects New Gods #12-15, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World #1-20, and Genesis #1-4.

A few thoughts:

— The 680-page hardcover lists for $75 and is due July 13, 2021.

— Besides Simonson, creators include Bob Wiacek, Ron Wagner and Joe Rubinstein, among others.

— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


— John Byrne’s MAN OF STEEL Volume 3 Hardcover Gets Release Date. Click here.

— JOHN BYRNE’s Complete GENERATIONS Saga to Get Omnibus Treatment. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I honestly never thought that this would be collected. But this makes me happy. Which makes it all the more baffling why DC didn’t do an omnibus of Byrne’s Superman run.

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    • Yeah, I also find DC’s decision not to make Byrne’s Superman run baffling. I also wonder why there’s still no Omnibus collection of Mike Grell’s “Travis Morgan: Warlord”?

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