Things Get Weird for DC’s Serial-Era BATMAN AND SUPERMAN in May

Our old-school heroes go cosmic in Part 3 of Gene Luen Yang and Ivan Reis’ run on Batman/Superman…

This spring, as you likely know by now, DC’s planning a run in Batman/Superman starring versions of the World’s Finest heroes based on the midcentury serial era.

The Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel battle adapted versions of the Wizard, Spider Lady and Atom Man to kick things off but things get downright cosmic by the time the story hits Part 3 in May’s Issue #18.

Dig the official solicitation info released Friday by DC:

Art and cover by IVAN REIS
Card stock variant cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
ON SALE 5/25/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are on a mission to stop the godlike from destroying the pocket worlds he’s created…but where on Earth did even come from? The answer starts not on Earth at all, but with an ancient cult of World Forger worshippers on a planet far away—and if our heroes are to have a prayer of stopping this mythic behemoth, they’ll need to get to the bottom of his power source, and quick! It’s a race against time as the parallel lives of entire worlds hang in the balance!

A few thoughts:

— Here’s that variant cover mentioned above:

— Having not yet read a page of this, I’m really curious where this arc is headed. It looks like it’ll start out really pulpy and go full bore into cosmic sci-fi. I’m cool with that because A) the serialesque versions of the characters are central to the story and it’ll be interesting to see them encounter mysteries beyond their ken; and B) Gene Luen Yang is a helluva writer who also brought some surprising sci-fi elements into his superb Superman Smashes the Klan, which was inspired by the Man of Steel’s radio show.

— When all is said and done, don’t you want to see regular Superman and Batman titles starring the ground-floor versions of the characters? I do.


— DC Takes BATMAN AND SUPERMAN Back to the Days of the Serials. Click here.

— BATMAN and SUPERMAN’s Serial-Era Adventures Continue in April. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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