On the last day of the New York Comic Con, DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio invited a surprise guest to join him on stage during the publisher’s “Sunday Conversation” panel — legendary comics creator Keith Giffen, who announced he’s working with Jeff Lemire on a new Inferior Five miniseries.
This isn’t the first time the duo have worked together, as both were part of the four-man team that wrote the weekly Futures End series for DC. Lemire and Giffen will co-plot the series, which Lemire will write and will feature artwork by Giffen. In addition, Lemire will write and draw a back-up for the comic starring the Charlton Comics character Peacemaker. Lemire will work with his Sweet Tooth collaborator, colorist Jose Villarubia.
“The Inferior 5 series by Keith Giffen and I will be set in the continuity of DC in the late 80’s and feature many characters published then!” Lemire said on Twitter.
The Inferior Five first debuted back in the 1960s as a parody of superhero teams. Created by E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Joe Orlando, they would make sporadic appearances in other comics over the years, typically more humor-oriented comics like the Captain Carrot miniseries The Oz-Wonderland War and Angel and the Ape. Peacemaker, created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette in 1966, has had more frequent appearances, including in 2014’s The Multiversity: Pax Americana by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. He’s also the basis for the Comedian in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen.
Check out artwork from both stories below.