DC’s Superman panel was held yesterday evening at New York Comic-Con. The biggest news coming out of the panel is the confirmation of a Scott Snyder written/Jim Lee drawn Superman series coming later next year. While rumor mill site Bleeding Cool has reported that the book will be called Man of Steel in conjunction with the upcoming film, but there was no official title was given. The book will be in current continuity and according to Snyder will feature long, epic stories similar to what we’ve seen in his Batman work.
Grant Morrison confirmed that he will be wrapping up his run on Action Comics in February with issue #17. The writer said that we will see the Superdoom character from issue #9 returning in issue #15. Morrison confirmed that Superman did once die in the New 52 continuity, and that several past Superman stories would be referenced in upcoming issues of Action Comics. Sholly Fisch, writer of the upcoming Action Comics Annual, said this story will feature Superman’s first exposure to Kryptonite and will depict Steel’s new direction in the New 52. Writer Andy Diggle and artist Tony Daniel talked a bit about their upcoming run, saying that the new black costume would be explained in the story coming out of H’el on Earth.
Speaking of H’el on Earth, a crossover between Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy, the event was heavily teased during the panel. The Justice League will be making appearance, with Batman, Flash, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman appearing on several covers. The event also features Superboy prominently wearing Superman’s kryptonian armor, while Kal returns to the t-shirt/jeans look. Could this be the reason for Supe’s new suit?
With three ongoing series, two sister titles, a major crossover, and some outstanding talent attached, the Superman books are looking better than they have in years. With 2013 marking the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, I can only hope it will be his best year yet. Check out some artwork from the panel below, and keep checking back for more news from NYCC!