DC’s Lazarus Planet crossover will expand in both time and scope next year, as the publisher announced a follow-up miniseries, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods by G. Willow Wilson and Cian Tormey.
Revenge of the Gods will feature the Shazam! family and Wonder Woman, as they take a stand against the old gods who have decided to “take down the heroes they once called champions.” Or at least some of them take a stand; at least one of them actually goes over to the other side. The story will run through a four-issue bi-weekly miniseries, as well as issues of Wonder Woman, in March and April.
“I’m excited for readers to see what we’ve been cooking up–old favorite characters, new favorite characters and team-ups you’ve never seen before are all coming your way,” Wilson said. “Diana will be tested in ways she’s never been tested before, and find new allies in unexpected places. There are some twists and reveals that I guarantee will have you jumping out of your chair.”
Revenge of the Gods will follow in the wake of the bigger Lazarus Planet crossover:
Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods takes place immediately after the events of Lazarus Planet. The gods of the Multiverse have decided to take down the heroes they once called champions and the world they’ve sworn to protect. For years the gods sat idle atop their mountains as their legends faded into obscurity along with their bodies. Now is their time to remind the selfish mortals of their existence and take back the world with something more powerful than belief…fear. Only the brave heroes Wonder Woman and Shazam stand in their way, but will their combined powers be enough?
“I am incredibly excited to get to work with G. Willow Wilson. I have been a fan of her work for years now and I couldn’t have chosen a more exciting book to work together on than Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods,” Tormey said. “The story is going to feature things that I’ve never even thought about drawing before, so I hope everyone is ready for what we have planned!”
Here’s the full solicitation for the first issue:
LAZARUS PLANET: REVENGE OF THE GODS #1
Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
Art by CIAN TORMEY
Back-up written by BECKY CLOONAN and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
Back-up art by ALITHA MARTINEZ
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Variant cover by SIMONE DI MEO
1:25 variant cover by MICHAEL CHO
1:50 foil cover by DANIEL SAMPERE
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 1 of 4 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 3/14/23
The gods have leveled up, and Shazam is no match for them! After Wonder Woman’s changing of sides to save her Amazon sisters, Billy must use his quickly fading wisdom of Solomon to formulate a plan to stop his world’s destruction. Little does he know a secret ally awaits him in Olympus…but how will he make it there? Sounds like a job for Wonder Girl!
Here’s a look at all the covers for Wonder Woman #797, which kicks off a two-part story by Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad and Amancay Nahuelpan that sets up Wonder Woman’s role in the DC Universe going forward:
After Diana’s shocking choice to align herself with the gods, her world has changed. Could godhood be the answer to all her problems? Find out as Diana ascends! Wonder Woman #797 and #798 will feature Mary Marvel backup stories by The New Champion of Shazam Writer Josie Campbell and art by Caitlin Yarsky (Black Hammer).
As a reminder, Lazarus Planet is a series of seven one-shots that will find the DC Universe “rocked to its core” as “dangerous and transformative chemicals” are released into the atmosphere, causing some ordinary humans to develop super powers and already empowered metahumans to find their abilities changed. It follows the stories being told in Batman vs. Robin and the recent Robin solo series. It’ll kick off in January with an “alpha” issue and will end in February with an “omega” issue, to be followed the next month by Revenge of the Gods. It’s also the precursor to DC’s bigger line-wide Dawn of DC initiative, which will bring new titles featuring Cyborg, Doom Patrol, Shazam! and more.