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DC Comics to unleash War of the Supermen in May

"War of the Supermen" #0

"War of the Supermen" #0

DC Comics continued its promised week of major news this morning by revealing the big Superman event for 2010: War of the Supermen, which launches in May with a Free Comic Book Day zero issue by James Robinson and Eddy Barrows.

The crossover, which builds on the “Brainiac” and “New Krypton” story arcs and the yearlong Superman: World of New Krypton miniseries, will center on rising tensions between Earth and New Krypton.

“The winds of war are stirring,” teases the DC Universe blog. But just how widespread will this war be?

“Right now, we’re taking the concentrated approach, limiting the war to the main miniseries and logical titles (i.e. Superman, Supergirl, etc.),” Editor Matt Idelson tells Techland, “but much like Blackest Night, it’s very possible the story will expand to touch upon other titles.

Although Blackest Night, which has been a bestseller for DC this year, initially seemed confined to the Green Lantern “universe” — the core miniseries, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps — it soon expanded to “touch upon” nine or so existing titles and spawned more than a dozen additional one-shots and miniseries.

DC used Free Comic Book Day 2009 to debut Blackest Night which, like War of the Supermen, built on storylines dating back more than a year.

So, will War of the Supermen be accessible to readers who aren’t steeped in recent Superman continuity?

“Absolutely,” Idelson says. “A big part of our jobs (editors and writers both) is to make sure we remember that any given issue of any book could be someone’s first. With a big, loud story like this, we have to be doubly diligent to make sure this thing is accessible, from the Free Comic Book Day zero issue right through to the finale.”

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This could be interesting. I am enjoying WoNK quite a bit, so as long as it doesn’t inflate as big as Blackest Night, which is impossible for DC, then it should be a great Superman/DCU story.

Boy, Superman sure looks goofy with his mouth stretched open. Is that supposed to indicate that he is angry? Is he supposed to be yelling something? (Which can’t be heard anyway in the vacuum of space).

Poor guy looks constipated!

We clearly need more angry Superman. Clearly that’s what we need.

Duke Matterhorn

December 8, 2009 at 7:46 am

Really? ANOTHER war? Is this all the big two have to offer, variations on the war/invasion/siege theme?

There’s event fatigue, and there’s this. It’s like Marvel and DC have a war-themed book of mad-libs which they whip out every year.

He could still be in atmosphere yeah? maybe?

@ Duke

Prepare for X-MEN: PEACE OFFERING. After this everybody will get along perfectly!

Or the next big Batman Event….. TEA PARTY. WHo needs criminals or conflict?

Well, it’s about time that the other shoe was dropped (like the practically inevitable conclusion that “New Krypton” was going to be anyway). However, making this ‘event’ the Free Comic Book Day offering does seem more like an act of desperation. And that cover art is hideous.

Duke Matterhorn

December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

@Kwas:

Hahaha I laughed real hard at TEA PARTY

I agree that the cover is goofy, which is too bad, but it’s free, so I’ll definitely pick this up. I haven’t followed Superman the past couple of years, so we’ll see if they can hook me in one issue.

“Or the next big Batman Event….. TEA PARTY. WHo needs criminals or conflict?”

Actually, I’d buy that. The idea almost sounds original in comparison to yet more “Superman Vs. Earth” nonsense.

“Get that space-camera out of my face!”

“Krypton! Represent!”

“I’m not gonna pay a lot for this muffler!”

etc.

Don’t knock the Batman : Tea Party concept. It almost sounds awesome if you consider The Mad Hatter doing something seriously Wonderland-esque with the entire Batman cast.

Wow, I just rationalized that. Not sure if that was a good thing.

KET
December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

“Or the next big Batman Event….. TEA PARTY. WHo needs criminals or conflict?”

Actually, I’d buy that. The idea almost sounds original in comparison to yet more “Superman Vs. Earth” nonsense.

And it would sell bubkiss, because this is what people who read Superhero comics want. Action, Conflict, big set peices and explosions!

I think the FCBD offering from here on out will be connected to some huge event. it worked for Blackest night! and you’re gonna see marvel follow suit. less desperation and more “first taste is free” marketing.

I’m glad TEA PARTY is such a hit! after all, whaddya think DC is gonna announce wednesday? I thought of the mad hatter thing, but he works so much better now as a secret six villain than he ever did as batman’s!

I can already predict what will happen. Just like with the Skrull War, where members of the alien invasion should theoretically be way more powerful than the people of Earth, the Kryptonians, each as powerful as Superman, are going to be defeated by the Earth’s heroes when in all reality there should be but a handful that could actually go toe to toe with them. As if people like Robin, Batgirl, Ravager, and the Creeper would last more than 2 seconds. And just like the Skrull Invasion, if its that easy that May Parker or Ma Kent can take them down, then where is the credibility of the threat?

If DC doesn’t announce Batman: Tea Party this week, I’m gonna be seriously disappointed.

Count me in for buying….Batman: Tea Party! :-)

I’m pretty pumped for Batman: Tea Party and I can only hope it ties in to the big Wonder Woman: Rational Discussion of the Issues event that’s been rumored for some time now.

One of the problems DC has now is how to make Superman relevant without reverting to the status quo of eliminating all the other supermen. Someone at DC should have made it so the longer one is exposed to a yellow sun the stronger they are, which would give Supes the edge over the rest or something.

All of that aside, the space opera stuff with New Krypton being near Earth and dealing with other interstellar civs like the Thanagarians (really, DC should explain why aliens look like Earth people, as with the Star Trek scenario of planets seeded with similar humanoids by an extraterrestrial race) is a good idea and the problems with trying to build utopia are interesting.

As for the war of Supermen idea, there is fatigue in particular because the conflicts seem a bit contrived. Granted, human don’t trust god-like beings and some Kryptonians would view people as insects, but what would be the point of conquest now when they have their own world? Cool thing about Blackest Night is that DC has done a good job of making the zombie war not the usual ‘ugh, he/she bit me and I’m changing now’ scenario and the ‘war’ aspect of it has dire purpose as in dealing with creatures that crave death etc. With Supermen a civil war may be inevitable due to differences, but it should have purpose. Also, here’s to keeping New Krypton around as it is refreshing to see Supes dealing with other Kryptonians as if it this is a What If? scenario.

I’ve already told my LCS that should DC announce Batman: Tea Party that I want all of the Mad Hatter variant covers.

I personally think Marvel has the potential to follow that up with its line-wide Franklin Richards: Naptime crossover, but to each their own.

Oooo! I know! Hulk: Family Therapy.

Why does Superman look like a muscular version of my grandfather?

Has JG Jones got something on Dan Didio? I’m sure he’s a nice guy and only trying to make a living like the rest of us, but why do they keep giving him such high profile work? Some of the covers for 52 were good, granted, but they were mostly those with strong graphic elements. Anything involving the human form and he ends up looking like an Alex Ross wannabee. Everything in this illustartion, from the anatomy to the facial expressions, from the foreshortening to the colouring is plain ugly. Not good for such a big event book.

Apologies. I misspelt illustration. Slapped wrist.

I getting really tired of these war comic books. First World War Hulks now a Superman War, c’mon writers come up with something new, make Superman a bad guy or something, write that Lois Lane has been cheating on him since he’s been gone, and please DC change Superman’s outfit, it’s about to be 2010, I don’t care if you hire Gucci do re-design him something new, damn no wonder I don’t buy Superman!!!

YAWN! Another event crossover. That’s one reason I gave up on DC & Marvel years ago, that plus the incredibly tedious storytelling.

Man, I really hate JG Jone’s covers and this is cover shows exactly why, it like some half assed Alex Ross with wonky faces. Like a dull Greg Horn or something.

Who looks at that Superman and thinks “Cool.” it’s a horrible cover. Horrible.

Everything else sounds fine. I don’t know what all the bitching about, buncha haters and too cool for school douchebaggary.

“And it would sell bubkiss, because this is what people who read Superhero comics want. Action, Conflict, big set peices and explosions!”

Not based on the responses on this thread so far. Readers want proper character development, momentum, imagination, and a REAL sense of purpose to their superheroes; not some trumped up “conflict”, mindless “action” and “explosions”, predictable “big set pieces” so the artist can be lazy with the page count, and yet more short-term gimmicks which only prove to erode the franchises’ worth even further.

So far the responses have shown more imagination and ingenuity than DC Comics has delivered with Superman in several years. I think I’d buy the Wonder Woman: Rational Discussion if it delves into why the title character has become such a boring shrew in recent years.

I am soooo done with these “events”. It really has become too much. Fall of the Hulks, War of the Supermen, Siege, ad nauseum. Who REALLY cares anymore?? I’m only getting the main BN title. That’s IT. Think I’ll stick with the indie titles from now on. DC & Marvel can keep retreading the same old ground, I won’t be there with my hard earned dollars anymore…

@ KET

What people say on the internet almost never equals what actually sells.

“Not based on the responses on this thread so far. Readers want proper character development, momentum, imagination, and a REAL sense of purpose to their superheroes; not some trumped up “conflict”, mindless “action” and “explosions”, predictable “big set pieces” so the artist can be lazy with the page count, and yet more short-term gimmicks which only prove to erode the franchises’ worth even further.

So far the responses have shown more imagination and ingenuity than DC Comics has delivered with Superman in several years. I think I’d buy the Wonder Woman: Rational Discussion if it delves into why the title character has become such a boring shrew in recent years.”

BwahaHaha, snork… based on the responses on this thread…HAHAHAHAHA.

Civil War… Secret invasion… Balackest Night… infinite Crisis…. based on responses ont he internet when each of these were announced they should have all died on the vine, yet they outsell everything else.
That was hysterical though KET, you have a future in stand up comedy.

So after the events of Final Crisis, Superman is confident about his powerful singing voice, now he even has a backing chorus. At least he’s singing in space, where no one can hear you miss a note.

they look silly. like they have space constipation. or maybe hemorrhoids.

I can’t wait for this.

screw all the haters all comic book fans do is complain so I am use to it, even if this was something they would be complaining.

Kwas:

What people say on the internet almost never equals what actually sells.

Truer words, brother. Truer words.

“BwahaHaha, snork… based on the responses on this thread…HAHAHAHAHA.

Civil War… Secret invasion… Balackest Night… infinite Crisis…. based on responses on the internet when each of these were announced they should have all died on the vine, yet they outsell everything else.
That was hysterical though KET, you have a future in stand up comedy.”

No, but you seem to be pretty good at corporate politics; perhaps you should join the GOP and replace Michael Steele.

Trying to brush this off by citing book events which overall DIDN’T have the immediate negative response of this cover merely shows how weak and simple-minded your commentary already is. You’re ignoring the ugly elephant already in the room.

I want my Batman: Tea party!. Come on DC do it!

That picture is hilarious.

I don’t see this being a big success. Despite the name value of Geoff Johns, the Superman books have been struggling all year. The success of Grant Morrison’s “All-Star Superman” proves there’s an audience out there for Superman comics; they just haven’t been interested in the whole New Krypton story. I sure as hell am not.

New Krypton led me to run from the Superman titles after all the work Johns did to get me invested. I am happy that Robinson, who has been nothing but a hack lately, is writing the next event about a story I actively dislike, so I can save a ton of money. You know this will touch on every DC book, just like Blackest Night.

Those Batman and Wonder Woman events sound fascinating.

This Superman one…..not so much.

The cover alone is so extremely off putting it’s scary. I’ll pick up the free book and unless it totally blows me away I don’t foresee myself buying into this event.

Why did they dress an inflatable sex toy up as Supergirl and fly it into space?

Finally a DC event that I can totally pass, since it’s only lame and boring Superman-stuff.

No problem with Supes fans, there are some great creators working on the titles, I just can’t stand the guy himself.

I’m actually going to go the other way than most people here and say I’m excited about this event. I started reading the Superman books last year on a regular basis and have really been enjoying them. So for the first time in awhile, I’ll be in on the ground floor of an event comic, instead of playing catch-up (Blackest Night) or not giving a damn (Final Crisis, Secret Invasion, Siege…etc.)

*Could* be interesting as long as you don’t have to buy 20 comics a month to keep up with it (like Blackest Night and Marvel’s Dark Reign). Seriously, is this the future of comics: year long story arcs requiring you buy titles you’ve never bought before?

Wake me when its over

December 9, 2009 at 7:15 am

This looks boring and uninteresting. There was something about “New Krypton” having a lower class/slave/serfs type thing. Thats what this is going to be about. Haven’t we seen this before in COUNTLESS other places?

DC really cheesed me with the whole Not-So-Final-Crisis comic book navel gazing experiment, I’ve given up on their events. I tried Blackest Night for two issues and found it a struggle to care.

I think Seige is going to beat War of Supermen. Why? Because it’s going to be a tight four story series that doesn’t go on forever. It’ll still have all the crossovers, but I’m going to ignore those.

Batman: Tea Party – Bruce Wayne decides culture has become oppressively bureaucratic and only encourages mediocrity and that titans of industry like himself should refuse to lend their productive genius to the world any longer. He founds Wayne’s Gulch and prepares to make his stand against the collectivist superheroes of the world. The issue will be 208 pages, consisting of a 3 page splash intro, a 200 page prose speech by Bruce Wayne espousing objectivism and enlightened selfishness with the remaining five pages taken up by a hardcore sex scene between Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. April 2010

dreadful artwork, but look at the state of New Krypton – looks a bit ‘falling to bits/volcano’ if you ask me…

Man, DC sounds it’s going to be just about nothing next year worth reading. I guess after Blackest Night I can take a break.

Though the art is a bit nasty (blow up doll supergirl…sheesh) I do like the image. Remember in Kingdom Come when Superman first appeared? or the moment in Origins when he opens his shirt, the little ‘Oh yeah’ feeling? I love the idea that Superman flies over Metropolis to take on the bad guy, then a hundred more fly in behind him. That’s an image I want to see.

@ Guy Fumetti

I dare you to go over to the WW club and say that she’s a ‘boring shrew’ lol

Why is outer space crap brown in that cover? Maybe reflects the issue itself….

wow…i cannot wait to see how captain carrot and the zoo crew get involved in this storyline…plus sum wild west cowboys based on dan didio himself….of coz its gonna happen…u know it….theres gonna be endless tie ins…flash, wonderwoman….atom….green lantern…everyones gonna get a tie in…and pretty soon its gonna be the same piece of crap which is known currently as BLACKEST NIGHT

I want BATMAN: TEA PARTY.

and the Thalia and Bruce sex scenes

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