Since it’s inception last year, DC’s fledgling Black Label imprint has brought only one new series to bear: the controversial Batman: Damned from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. The other publications of the imprint have been re-issues of previously released trade paperback offerings like All-Star Superman. That is set to change this year, with a few new series planned, one of which is a rescheduled one: Frank Miller and John Romita Jr’s Superman: Year One. While it’s been in limbo for a while now, the title received it’s new release date today from DC Comics: issue 1 will premiere in June 2019, followed bi-monthly by issues 2 and 3.
The series, which–like Batman: Damned–will be a large format periodical, will chronicle the early days of Superman’s career. Here is the synopsis from DC:
Superman: Year One is a coming-of-age story for the future Man of Steel, featuring a young alien-boy just trying to find his place in a new world. Faced with the need to hide his heritage and powers in order to survive, Clark will find his humanity through the grounding of the Kent family and the relationships that will define the man he will become. Told by two of the most revered voices in comics, Superman: Year One is more than a superhero story – it’s about the choices made by Clark Kent on his path to becoming a legend. It’s a testament to the importance of choosing to become a hero.
Writer Frank Miller has become one of the more controversial scribes in comics, but before that, he was responsible for seminal works in the 1980s that helped change the trajectory of comicbooks forever, including Batman: Year One, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and two runs on Marvel’s Daredevil. An artist in his own right, Miller has provided the cover for the collected edition of Superman: Year One:
Artist John Romita Jr is renowned in the industry as one of the most influential artists of his generation, having drawn many Marvel titles, including Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, and The Incredible Hulk, among other titles.
Rich Davenport graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota with a B.A. in Mass Communication. He is a lifelong comicbook reader, a film fan and a hardcore video gamer. He also makes a lot of funny faces in pictures, much to his wife’s chagrin.