Second Coming co-creator Mark Russell and Madman creator Mike Allred will team up for a unique look at the Man of Steel in Superman: Space Age. The three-issue prestige series kicks off in July.
“This is a dream project for me,” Russell said. “Not only because I get to work with a genius like Mike Allred, but because I’ve always found Superman such a philosophically fascinating character, one which forces us to ask how different would the world be if we chose to be our best selves?”
Here’s the description from DC: After years of standing idle, the young man from Krypton defies the wishes of his fathers to come out to the world as the first superhero of the Space Age. As each decade passes and each new danger emerges, he wonders if this is the one that will kill him and everyone he loves. Superman realizes that even good intentions are not without their backlash as the world around him transforms into a place as determined to destroy itself as he is to save it.
“SUPER pumped to finally reveal what we’ve been working on in secret for so long,” Allred said. “Easily my biggest project for DC yet. Working with Mark Russel and his brilliant script has been a blast! Packed with head-spinning iconography, top tier characters, twists, thrills, and chills, resulting in a powerful instant classic epic! It’s been simultaneously intimidating and inspiring to meet the challenge of illustrating this phenomenal project!”
Here’s look at the first issue’s variant covers by Steve Rude, Nick Derington and Allred:
And here’s a look at Allred’s interior pages, which I’m going to presume are colored by his wife, Laura (although she’s not mentioned in the press release):
As you’ll see from the preview pages, one of the “dangers” Clark will face in the story is the death of the multiverse, as seen in Crisis on Infinite Earths. This series is set over several decades, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see other big DC events as part of the plot as well. Look for the first issue on July 26, with the rest of the series being released on a bi-monthly schedule.