All-star team set for 'Superman: Year One' in June
The writer who famously charted the first year of Batman’s crime-fighting adventures now plans a similar early look at the Man of Steel.
“Superman: Year One” will be written by Frank Miller (“Batman: Year One,” “The Dark Knight Returns”) and drawn by John Romita Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Kick-Ass”), working with inker Danny Miki and colorist Alex Sinclair.
Miller and Romita famously paired on a Daredevil origin tale called “Daredevil: Man Without Fear” in 1993-1994, which Comic Book Resources praised as “a true celebration of one of Marvel’s greatest creations.”
A news release from DC Comics calls the tale the creator’s “definitive origin story for the Man of Steel.”
Representatives of DC Comics showcased artwork from “Superman: Year One” to retailers at the recent ComicsPRO industry conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, and retailers found a lot to like with the artwork.
“Obviously Miller and Romita have gone down hero history road before with Daredevil, but where Matt Murdock was a scrappy, self-made youngster from the school of hard knocks, this comic looks to the skies for its inspiration,” said retailer Carr D’Angelo of Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks and Northridge, California. “Miller and Romita have presented a more aggressive Kal-El in previous outings, but Danny Miki's inks seem to add a smoother style and a homespun Smallville quality to the art.”
Retailer George Stasky, of Brave New Worlds Comics, with two shops in the Philadelphia area, agreed.
“The artwork that was shown to me was really nice and looked to be the best work JRJR has done in many years,” Stasky said. “The inker that was brought in did a fantastic job of embellishing the art, tightening it up while softening some of his rougher edges.”
Miller told Syfy Wire that he believes he has an original take on Superman’s early days.
“The exploration and discovery of his powers and his mission is at the heart of the new series,” Miller told Syfy Wire. “It’s essentially the story of an alien kid who turns into Superman. It’s a different take; I don’t think it’s one we’ve seen before.”
DC Comics announced the release plan for the series this month. Large-format periodical releases will hit comic shops from DC’s Black Label imprint in June, August and October. The collected edition will be available in bookstores and comic shops in November 2019.
The first issue is set for release on June 19.
Matthew Price is an award-winning journalist who has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.