In DC RETROACTIVE: SUPERMAN – THE '80s, Destiny shows Superman a bleak future overrun by chaos, where even the greatest heroes have abandoned all hope and courage. And to make matters even worse, he is tested to his breaking point as he is shown a future where his closest living relative, Kara, is no longer alive. In order to save the fate of the world and the lives of millions of people, Superman is presented with a decision that may be the biggest moral conflict he’s had to face yet. But when even The Man of Tomorrow can’t tell the difference between the right and wrong thing to do, who can?
Written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Sergio Cariello, this lost tale from CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS shows readers a whole new side to this epic chapter in the history of the DC Universe. Continue reading for a classic destiny-themed story by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Curt Swain and Frank Chiaramonte, originally published in the ‘80s. DC RETROACTIVE: SUPERMAN – THE '80s goes on sale tomorrow.
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FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1 comes to us from a distinguished creative team indeed. Peter Milligan is the writer of many acclaimed titles, notably SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, the cult classic published by Vertigo in the ‘90s. From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS to INFINITE CRISIS, artist George Perez is no stranger to major events. Joining them on the project are artist Scott Koblish, who has worked on various DC titles for decades, including SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and WONDER WOMAN, and Fernando Blanco, the artist of FALLEN ANGEL.
When it comes to a series written by Milligan starring Shade the Changing Man, the “leader” of the Secret Seven, one might expect a level of otherworldly weirdness. The first four pages certainly pave the way for a surreal journey to come….
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Two weeks ago, we announced all the artists who will be illustrating all the ‘70s books in this summer’s RETROACTIVE series. Today, we’re going to fast forward one decade and reveal what artists will be joining the creative teams of the previously announced writers behind the ‘80s books. We’ll also be giving you quick first looks at what these titles will be about. As we mentioned before, each of these new 26-page stories will be followed by a classic story from its era by the same writer.
Keep checking back to THE SOURCE today as we reveal details for all of the 1980’s books.
DC RETROACTIVE: SUPERMAN – THE ‘80s #1
Joining acclaimed writer Marv Wolfman will be artist Sergio Cariello to tell an exciting “lost tale” about the Man of Steel that connects directly to Crisis on Infinite Earths.
ONE-SHOT • On sale AUGUST 10 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
If you haven’t read your copy of BRIGHTEST DAY #23 yet, then whatever you do, do not click on the jump (major spoiler alert!).
With the reveal of Swamp Thing as the Dark Avatar, BRIGHTEST DAY gears up full-force to its epic finale. A plant/human hybrid, Swamp Thing first appeared in 1971 in the early-20th-century-based HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, written by Len Wein, fan-favorite for his super hero adventures, and legendary horror artist Berni Wrightson. A year later, he returned as the star of his own series set in the contemporary DC Universe.
In this series, it was revealed that Swamp Thing was once completely human, in the form of scientist Alec Holland. When a bomb went off in his lab, Holland retreated to a nearby swamp and materialized as the plant elemental, Swamp Thing.
Throughout the years, there have been many different takes on Swamp Thing’s origins. In Alan Moore's historic run, it is revealed that he was not in fact a reincarnation of Alec Holland, but rather a member of an ancient group of plants called the Parliament of Trees, and had only absorbed all of Holland’s memories and personality. It is this same Parliament of Trees that The Elementals must now protect in BRIGHTEST DAY.
The star of four of his own series (1972, 1982, 2001, and 2004), Swamp Thing has had his stories intertwine with other supernatural characters in the DC Universe, including Phantom Stranger, Demon, Deadman, and on occasion, the Justice League of America. He has also repeatedly crossed paths with Batman, has lived alongside Pamela Isley (a.k.a Poison Ivy), and has taken on Lex Luthor (in issues 52-53 of SWAMP THING VOL. 2) in the mid-80’s – around the same time he visited the abandoned Cambridge mansion in Crisis on Infinite Earths. His “American Gothic” storyline was just re-published in the hardcover, Saga of the Swamp Thing: Volume 4.
With the ability to regenerate by turning any matter into his own body mass, Swamp Thing is a creature of monumental power and is quintessential to the DC Universe. After having been absent for so many years, what does his return signify?