Tomorrow, DC Comics will release its next batch of Annuals. These special oversized issues will not only build off of the events in their respective series, but will also greatly impact the expanding DC Universe. Leading up to their releases, we’ve been putting individual spotlights on each of these Annual issues by giving you special sneak peeks at what’s to come! You’ve already seen us tease JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1, BATGIRL ANNUAL #1 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1. Last up? ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1.
In ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1, explore more of the secrets of the “missing five years” between when Clark Kent came to Metropolis and the present day. Plus, Superman will have to battle his first Earth-born villain: the Kryptonite Man! We asked Associate Editor Wil Moss to tease a little bit about what fans can expect from the duo’s face-off. Take it away, Wil!
“Grant Morrison first introduced the DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 version of the Kryptonite Men in ACTION COMICS #5. But one of those three Kryptonite Men actually has ties to Superman that go back even further,” he teased. “Learn his origin, witness Superman's first exposure to Kryptonite, and get ready for an utterly epic brawl courtesy of writer Sholly Fisch & artist Cully Hamner! The Annual also sees the return of Steel, who, by the end, has a surprising new mission and agenda going forward...”
Sounds cool! But hey, Wil, what about this back-up story by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis and fan-favorite artist Ryan Sook that we’re hearing so much about?
“We're really excited about the back-up because it's the comics-writing debut of Max Landis! Max wrote the screenplay for the amazing film Chronicle (and he's done a couple of funny short-film parodies of some of our stories -- YouTube 'em!), and now he turns his unique vision on the DC Universe, providing a brand new take on a classic Superman villain. Featuring sublime Ryan Sook art, this story is one you won't soon forget, trust us! And it's only the beginning...”
Intrigued? Us too. Below, take a sneak peek at ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1 by checking out a piece of interior art by Hamner, and don’t forget to pick up the issue when it lands in stores tomorrow!