DC Teases ACTION COMICS #1000 with Free SUPERMAN Comic You Can Read Right Now!

On April 18, DC Comics‘ second longest running series, Action Comics, will hit a major milestone and become the first American comic to ever reach 1000 issues. The 80-page issue includes art and stories from huge names like Brian Michael Bendis, John Cassaday, Olivier Coipel, Paul Dini, José Luis García-López, Geoff Johns, Dan Jurgens, Tom King, Louise Simonson, Scott Snyder, and Marv Wolfman! It will also feature an unpublished story by the classic Silver Age Superman artist Curt Swan. To celebrate this huge moment, DC has released a free five-page story called “Of Tomorrow” and you can read it right now, right here!

The current fan fave Batman creative team of Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman have put together a heart-wrenching story about love, family, and the end of the world as we know it. It’s an exciting taste of the sequential smorgasbord that Action Comics #1000 will have to offer us, and it’s a fun free comic for you to read this new comic book day! As you can see from our sneak preview process page, the comic is full of classic Supes action, and this five-page story is the perfect way to get excited about the Man of Tomorrow’s 80th Anniversary.

Will you be flying faster than a speeding bullet to get Action Comics #1000? Who’s your favorite Superman artist? Is there one creator you’re especially exciting to see tackle the Son of Krypton? Pull on your red underpants and let us know below!

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From: https://nerdist.com/action-comics-1000-free-superman-comic/

Dan Jurgens Talks Saying Goodbye to Superman with ACTION COMICS #999 (Exclusive)

For over 30 years, Dan Jurgens has helped mold the world of Clark Kent and his cosmic alter-ego. From his first brush with the Son of Krypton as a penciler on 1987’s The Adventures of Superman Annual #1 to his iconic stint as a writer and artist for on Superman in the ’90s, which spawned the best-selling graphic novel Death of Superman, Jurgens has made his mark on the Man of Tomorrow.

Now, as Action Comics heads towards its thousandth issue, Jurgens is moving on from the Big Blue Boy Scout yet again. We got an exclusive look at Jurgens’ last issue, and caught up with him to talk about three decades of creating Superman comics, his last issue of Action Comics, and the morality of the Man of Steel.

Jurgens’ time on Superman makes him one of the iconic character’s longest tenured creators, a fact that’s not lost on the storyteller. “Knowing that I was able to make that kind of contribution to one of, if not the most notable character in comics, is really quite special,” Jurgens told Nerdist. “One of the reasons for that is it means I was able to find different things to say about the character, while at the same time finding some consistency in approach. It can be a delicate line to walk and I think I found the right path.”

Collaborating with Jurgens on Action Comics #999 is artist Will Conrad, who brings a unique take to his visualization of Supes. “Will has a particular approach to Superman that captures him quite well,” Jurgens said. “I’ve always said that Superman needs to have a certain sense of presence on the page that comes across all the time. Will gives Superman that sense of presence and stature that really feels like Superman. At the same time, Jon and Lois have the necessary level of humanity that works for them. It’s a great approach.”

Issue #999 is a juxtaposition between epic Superman space action and the interior home life of Lois and Clark, but it also explores the idea of restorative justice, something often ignored in cape comics. “We talk all the time about what a horrible place the Phantom Zone is—being stuck there is a particular form of cruel and unusual punishment,” Jurgens said. “So that takes us down the road of wondering if Superman would really use that as a prison? In our understanding of Superman, would he really act as judge, jury, and ‘executioner’ in terms of sentencing someone—even as evil as Cyborg Superman—to the Phantom Zone? Or would he try to actually help him?”

These kinds of questions are what appear to make Superman a fascinating character to Jurgens. “I’ve always said that one of the unique things about Superman is that he deals with the victims of a crime in a way that most superheroes don’t,” he said. “Yes, he’s there to stop the criminal, but he’s also there to help the victim. And, given his origin, Cyborg Superman is also a victim.”

Jurgens began his current Superman arc with the Rebirth relaunch, which saw Action Comics return to its original numbering. “This really acts as an epilogue to our previous story, which was all about family,” Jurgens said. “We’re continuing that here. It also serves as a bridge to my story in Action 1000. Both deal with the concept of, ‘Who is Superman?’ Sure, we see the obvious, which is his ability to move a mountain, but does he ever go beyond that?”

He continued, “Anytime a writer is exploring a character, they have to find the proper parameters. As I step aside, I decided to do a little of that with Superman rather than just tell ‘the next big adventure.’”

The thing Jurgens is most excited about in his last issue is the fact that it’s a story that matters. “We aren’t marking time here—not just filling in the gaps,” he said. “We advanced the ball on the family’s overall relationship. We also addressed the overall question of how Superman relates to his rogues gallery. It made for a very nice way to bid a fond farewell to Superman.”

Action Comics #999 hits your local comic shop on Wednesday, March 14

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From: https://nerdist.com/dan-jurgens-action-comics-999-goodbye-to-superman-exclusive/

DC Comics pairs Frank Miller with Superman and more in ‘Black Label’

DC Comics’ Black Label, announced through The Hollywood Reporter today, will pair writer Frank Miller (Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns) with artist John Romita Jr. (Kickass, All-Star Batman) for Superman: Year One.

But that’s not all: Kelly Sue Deconnick (Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) will team with Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis) for a retelling of the origin of the Amazons. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the team behind Dark Nights: Metal, will tell an equally wild story about Batman carrying the Joker’s head around a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Hot off his own bestselling run on Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka will reprise the character in a very different way. And John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) will retell the history of the DC Universe from a new and modern perspective.

The idea behind Black Label, says DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, is to invite the biggest artists and writers in comics today to work with the biggest of DC’s characters, and give them the freedom to do whatever they want.


Art teased with the announcement of Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, DC Comics, 2018.

Art from Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, by Phil Jimenez.
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“Many of our perennially best-selling, critically acclaimed books were produced when we unleashed our top talent on standalone, often out-of-continuity projects featuring our most iconic characters,” Lee said in a statement, “a prime example being Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom.”

That creative freedom of Black Label includes freedom from DC’s main continuity, and Lee is not wrong about the impact of stand-alone books to DC’s history as a publisher. Great creators using DC-owned characters as jumping off points, but without the limits of fitting in with any particular DC timeline, is the situation in which perennially selling staples like The Sandman, Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were born.

DC recently announced it will return to the world of The Sandman with a Neil Gaiman-overseen imprint, started up a spiritual sequel-cum-crossover to Watchmen, and now with Frank Miller on Superman: Year One, is returning to the creative force behind The Dark Knight Returns as well. The announcement describes the book as:

A groundbreaking, definitive treatment of Superman’s classic origin story in honor of his 80th anniversary. This story details new revelations that reframe the Man of Steel’s most famous milestones—from Kal-El’s frantic exile from Krypton, to Clark Kent’s childhood in Kansas, to his inevitable rise to become the most powerful and inspiring superhero of all time.

Here are DC’s descriptions of the other currently-announced Black Label titles:

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the creative team behind DARK KNIGHTS: METAL

Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told.


Art for Batman: Damned, DC Comics, 2018.

Art for Batman: Damned, by Lee Bermejo.
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BATMAN: DAMNED from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, the creative team behind JOKER

On a deserted Gotham City bridge, a body is found. Whispers spread the news: Joker is dead. But is this a dream come true or a nightmare being born? Now Batman and DC’s outlaw magician John Constantine must hunt the truth through a Gotham City hellscape. The city’s supernatural recesses are laced with hints about a killer’s identity, but the Dark Knight’s descent into horror will test his sanity and the limits of rationality, as he must face a horror that doesn’t wear a mask.

WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS from Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet) and Phil Jimenez (INFINITE CRISIS)

A Homeric epic of the lost history of the Amazons and Queen Hippolyta’s rise to power. Featuring monsters and myths, this three-book saga spans history from the creation of the Amazons to the moment Steve Trevor washes up on the shores of Paradise Island, changing our world forever.

WONDER WOMAN: DIANA’S DAUGHTER (working title) from Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN, BATWOMAN)

It’s been 20 years since the world stopped looking to the skies for hope, help, and inspiration. Now the world keeps its eyes down, and the powers that have risen have every intention of keeping things that way. Amongst a scattered, broken resistance, a young woman seeks to reclaim what has been forgotten, and on the way will learn the truth about herself, her heritage, and her destiny.

THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE from John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, THE AMERICAN WAY)

A compelling literary series analyzing iconic DC moments and charting sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya, among others. At its core, the story focuses on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues. It isn’t about saving the world, it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.

Superman: Year One will hit shelves in August as the first Black Label book to be published — but the Hollywood Reporter notes that each Black Label title “will be released in a format and schedule dictated by its creators.”

From: https://www.polygon.com/comics/2018/3/8/17095954/frank-miller-superman-year-one-dc-comics-black-label

Batman Beats Superman In An Amazingly Easy Way

Batman and Superman have faced each other several times in the past, but few battles have been won so decisively and so quickly.

Spoilers incoming for Batman #42, so if you haven’t read the issue yet you’ve been warned.

Poison Ivy is currently controlling…well, just about everyone, everyone except for Batman and Catwoman. The two leave Wayne Manor and head to get a bite to eat, with Superman following them from the sky. He just hovers in the air, watching, though to be fair it is Ivy watching through him.

As they arrive to another location, Batman leans over to Catwoman and says “Come close. I have to tell you something. I don’t want her to hear.” He tells her he loves her, and then leans in closer, saying “But, y’know, with the wedding…” Superman seems to tile his head just a bit, and at that moment Batman lets out a long whistle, causing Superman to yell in agony and hold both of his ears.

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Turns out a whistle does incredible damage to someone with superhuman hearing.

As they walk into a house, Superman can be seen falling from the sky. It seems they discussed this plan beforehand, with Catwoman saying “Okay. I was wrong. You did it. Superman with a whistle.” Batman points out that this isn’t really Superman though, as “Clark knows when to listen and when not to listen”

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It’s a perfect moment and just goes to show that a man with a plan is just as dangerous as someone with superhuman powers.

You can see the images above.

Batman #42 is written by Tom King with art by Mikel Janin with a cover by Janin and a variant by Olivier Coipel. The official description is included below.

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“Everyone Loves Ivy part two! Poison Ivy has taken control of every man, woman and child on the planet, and only Batman and Catwoman have escaped her influence. But will the pair of them be enough to nip this in the bud?”

Batman #42 is in comic stores now.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/03/07/batman-beats-superman-in-an-amazingly-easy-way/

To celebrate ‘Krypton,’ look for the DC Comics pop-up shop during SXSW

The cast from WBTV’s “Black Lightning” are currently schedule to attend, alongside noted DC writers and artists including DC Publisher Jim Lee (Batman: Hush), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics #1000, Man of Steel) and Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman, Action Comics). Tickets to the signings are available now.

From: https://www.austin360.com/entertainment/movies/celebrate-krypton-look-for-the-comics-pop-shop-during-sxsw/yV3xH1b2Qj6LVkGeDEaZzI/

Alleged comic book thief arrested, Madison police say

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‘Action Comics’ #1000 Trailer Released – ComicBook.com

DC has released a teaser trailer for Action Comics #1000, the hugely-anticipated anniversary issue that will kick off Marvel superstar Brian Michael Bendis’s run as the primary architect of DC’s Superman mythology.

Given the length, and dialogue-free nature of the spot, it seems likely this will run on the wall of DC’s pop-up shop at South by Southwest. Similar trailers for comics, movies, and DC TV shows ran on the side of a similar pop-up store at DC in DC.

The trailer features no new artwork, but rather focuses on a number of images from throughout Action Comics’s 80-year history. Near the end, there is a rapid-fire countdown beginning with “The Oz Efect” and concluding with Action Comics #1000, featuring the issue’s main cover by DC co-publisher Jim Lee.

Since Bendis’s upcoming miniseries Man of Steel promises to introduce a new threat with ties to Krypton, one must wonder whether DC’s decision to begin the countdown with an image from “The Oz Effect” is teasing something particular.

“The Oz Effect” pitted Superman against Mr. Oz, a mysterious, hooded figure who had been skulking around the edges of the series looking suspicious for a few years. In the story, Mr. Oz revealed himself as Jor-El, Superman’s birth father, and said that Earth did not deserve his son. He hoped to convince Superman to abandon Earth, and to take his wife Lois and son Jonathan with him.

After Mr. Oz’s defeat and mysterious disappearance, Superman doubted the villain’s story, but traveling through time and space to witness Krypton’s death, the Man of Steel finally came face-to-face with his answer in yesterday’s Action Comics #998.

In addition to a story by Bendis, the return of Superman’s red trunks, and a story by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Superman: The Movie driector Richard Donner, Action Comics #1000 will feature a total of ten covers, including one by legendary Marvel Comics creator Jim Steranko.

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As the first mainstream American comic to reach 1,000 monthly issues, Action Comics #1000 is being supported by DC with the kind of publicity campaign rarely provided on the publishing side, especially for single-issue comics.

You can see the trailer above. Action Comics #1000 will be in stores on April 18.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/03/01/action-comics-1000-trailer-released/

The Man of Style: 15 Superman Suits Ranked From Weakest To Strongest

The Last Son of Krypton, Superman is a superhero unlike any other. The standard considered to which all other heroes are held to in comic books, Superman forever paved the way for the medium when he first appeared in Action Comics #1. People had never seen anything like it before, with his Golden Age costume and his cape billowing in the wind as he jumped over skyscrapers. Like most things however, Superman is a character who has changed and adapted to fit the times he’s written in. With the changes come different powers, new assortments of supporting characters, weirder and stronger villains, and of course, a wide-range of different and gnarly costumes.

He is the superhero with the longest-running history, so it makes sense whenever Superman’s wardrobe is altered and/or modified. Granted, there are particular looks that never go out of fashion and remain fan-favorites, just as there are others that are met with distaste and only appear for a time before disappearing into the figurative ether. Without question, Superman has endured more costume changes and been suited in more ridiculous armors, than nearly any other comic book character. Today at CBR we’re looking at 15 of Superman’s most powerful uniforms and suits of armor!

15. CLASSIC RED AND BLUE

You can’t talk about Superman and any of the many costumes and suits of armor he’s donned over the years without first discussing his classic red and blue outfit. It might not be the flashiest or give extra powers, but it’s a look known by practically the entire world. The power to inspire is Superman’s and his costume’s greatest ability.

It was made from the cloths and blanket he was wrapped in by his parents when they put him in a rocket to escape the exploding Krypton.

In her infinite wisdom Ma Kent realized her son needed an appropriate look to go out and save the world. With a little elbow grease, she sewed together his clothes and blanket. Because it was Kryptonian in origin, Superman’s suit remained undamaged when bullets hit it and it never caught fire. It was nearly as invulnerable as the Man of Steel himself.

14. SUN ARMOR

Superman’s lead a colorful life. Part of that life revolves around both aliens and his relationship with the Sun. Though the star supplies Superman with his powers, in the early days of his career, the Last Son of Krypton was still struggling to unlock his potential. Other problems Superman wasn’t especially experienced with were kryptonite and Lex Luthor. In Superman Confidential #11, Superman is dying of exposure to kryptonite, partly thanks to Luthor.

While his body suffers, his mind is visited by a telepathic alien (who’s also a historian) — its been locked inside the chunk of kryptonite that is killing Superman. After some shenanigans, Superman comes to and the chamber with the kryptonite is closed off. Superman then puts on some lead-lined Sun Armor and takes the sealed chamber with the spirit of the telepathic alien into space so he can throw it into the Sun, per the alien’s request.

13. RETURN OF SUPERMAN COSTUME

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Following Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday, four beings showed up stating they were the “real” Superman. There was a Cyborg version of Superman, a Kryptonian weapon posing as Superman, a young clone, and an engineer. To the surprise of few, none of them were actually the real Superman.

Yet the Kryptonian copy of Superman, the Eradicator, had actually taken Superman’s body and used special Kryptonian machinery to revive Superman in a special healing chamber.

After, Superman was put in a healing suit so the rejuvenation process would keep restoring him. The result was a snazzy silver and black outfit. From there, Superman got together with his friends and stopped Cyborg Superman from causing untold destruction. Later on, an alien friend of Superman used her telekinetic powers to transform the black costume into his traditional-looking garbs.

12. NEW 52 ARMOR

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DC’s the New 52 introduced a lot of changes to their longtime comic book history. One of the biggest revolved around Superman and his origin. In seeing Clark Kent’s early history as the Man of Tomorrow, he doesn’t have the classic uniform, but it running around in jeans, a T-shirt, and a cape. Only later, through a crazy sequence of events involving attacking the spaceship of The Collector of All Worlds, does he stumble across Kryptonian armor. The armor quickly synced to his DNA and became Superman’s uniform.

The armor shaped around him by assembling outwards from the S-Shield and over his body. Essentially a form of Kryptonian nanotech, Superman later learned to make the armor shift, making it resemble any type of human clothing. While fans had problems with the costume, it did save Superman from ripping open his shirts all the time.

11. ANTI-PARASITE ARMOR

The villain known as the Parasite is one of Superman’s deadliest enemies. Known for his ability to drain his victims of their life force and even their powers through either touch or proximity, getting in close and personal with the Parasite is typically a no-win situation. In the comic Superman Earth One: Volume Two, Superman is still young and relatively inexperienced, so when the Parasite shows up for the first time, Superman loses their first encounter, nearly killed in the process.

Desperate to find a way to beat the energy-absorbing baddie, Superman retreats to the Fortress of Solitude where he’s outfitted with anti-Parasite armor.

Yet it comes with a few weaknesses, including preventing Superman from absorbing sunlight or letting him unleash his heat vision. Still, Superman makes do. At the last instant, right as his armor shatters, Superman lands a powerful punch, defeating Parasite.

10. METAL MEN ARMOR

In the 12-issue series Justice, Lex Luthor and a cabal of villains have seen a prophecy stating the world will end on account of the superheroes failing to prevent a nuclear Armageddon. Though the dream was actually fabricated by Luthor, Gorilla Grodd, and Brainiac so in order to create a Legion of Doom and destroy the Justice League, the other villains aren’t aware of their plot and sign up.

Able to infect anyone with little mechanical worms, Brainiac kidnaps the heroes’ sidekicks and puts them under his thrall. Before the final battle, the Justice League realizes they need protection; else they will be taken over too. And so, the heroes known as the Metal Men wrap themselves around Superman, Batman, etc. offering them shielding from Brainiac’s technology.

9. KRYPTONITE PROTECTION SUIT

One of Superman’s few weaknesses is kryptonite, the radioactive rock from his homeworld. It’s brought Superman to his knees on more than one occasion. But what if there was no kryptonite on Earth for Superman to worry about? His foes are constantly getting a hold of the stuff and using it to nefarious ends, so why not just get rid of it all? In Superman/Batman #44-49, Superman believes he’ll be more effective at fighting crime if there’s no kryptonite left to threaten him.

He and Batman round up all the kryptonite they can find and lock it away and during it all, Superman wore a protective lead-lined titanium kryptonite Suit.

It was a total body suit with a face-covering helmet that had a retractable one-way visor so he could use his heat vision. It also had a life-support system built in and could self-repair.

8. POWER ARMOR

When Mxyzptlk’s temporarily turned Superman human, because that’s the sort of tomfoolery Superman has to deal with from imps that come from the 5th dimension, he still wanted to protect Metropolis. His friend Professor Emil Hamilton created the Power Armor, letting Superman continue to fight crime. Superman first used the suit to stop the villain Killgrave from escaping Stryker’s Island Prison. There was a bit of a learning curve, as Superman was unfamiliar with the armor, so fails at keeping Killgrave from escaping.

The Power Armor gave Superman super-strength and served as considerable protection. It could punch through brick and concrete walls, withstand small-arms fire, and was dropped several stories, falling through two floors of a prison building. The suit also had several sensors built in, but Superman found the sensors a poor substitute for his super senses.

7. THE MASTER RACE ARMOR

The final installment to Mark Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns trilogy, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, featured a group of Kandorians trying to take over the Earth. Batman goes about recruiting everyone he can to stop the threat. Unfortunately, the Kryptonians, though still in the relative infancy of their power, are more than a match for the planet’s heroes. With no choice left, Batman enters Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and literally digs him out of a self-imposed exile.

The two heroes unite, but realize they need something to even the odds against the hundreds, if not thousands of crazed Kryptonians.

Having seeded the clouds with synthetic kryptonite, Batman and the Flash manipulate the weather patterns and make it rain down liquid poison on the Kryptonians. Not one to stay on the sidelines, Superman dons specialized hulking lead armor to protect him against the kryptonite while he fights.

6. SUPERBOY-PRIME ARMOR

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Superboy-Prime is one of the strongest non-magic based mortals in the entire DC Universe. There are few in the Multiverse that boast his level of power. Even though he’s just a teenager, Superboy-Prime is leagues above most heroes or villains. Originally a good guy during Crisis On Infinite Earths, he went insane in Infinite Crisis. During the event, Superboy-Prime, obsessed with ridding the universe of its “imperfect” heroes, goes on a rampage. Tearing through the Teen Titans, all the Flashes come together and throw Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force.

While this would be an inescapable prison for some, it’s merely a bump in the road for Superboy-Prime. He reappears in relatively short order, but wearing a power suit modeled after the Anti-Monitor armor. This extra layer of protection constantly supplies him yellow solar energy, boosting his already insane levels of power.

5. KRYPTONIAN WARSUIT

Long ago, the Kryptonian Warsuit was developed as an instrument of war. When it wasn’t being used to raze enemies’ planets to ash, it was applied for surviving harsh radioactive wastelands. Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, since it’s made of Kryptonian technology, created a Warsuit for him.

Superman didn’t use the Warsuit much, but it did appear in the Adventures of Superman comics, and more notable when he fights Lobo for the first time.

Throughout the fight, Lobo nearly kills Superman and the hero has to retreat to the Warsuit to even the odds a bit. Later, after being killed by Doomsday, Superman used a Kryptonian Warsuit to facilitate his slow recovery process. It was forgotten for a time until Lex Luthor discovered it. Lex reprogrammed it and course tried to kill Superman with it in the “Fall of Metropolis” storyline.

4. ELECTRIC BLUE

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Amidst DC’s The Final Night, the Sun went out and Hal Jordan had to sacrifice himself to re-ignite it. With the Sun, the source of Superman’s power, going out, the Man of Steel lost his powers. When the sun later returned, so did Superman’s powers, except now they were wonky and didn’t work properly. Because the solar energy was metabolizing in a different ways inside his body, Superman was turned into a being of energy.

He no longer had his typical powers, but now possessed insanely powerful energy powers. These new abilities were so intense that he needed a containment suit. This led to the infamous “Blue Superman” era. If that wasn’t enough, a later attack by Cyborg Superman spit electric Superman into two versions: an electric red Superman and an electric blue Superman. Don’t worry, it didn’t last forever.

3. HUNTER/PREY OUTFIT

In the 3-part Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey, Doomsday reveals he’s alive and well. After breaking free from his restraints on an asteroid, he heads to Darkseid’s home world Apokolips and starts killing everyone and everything in sight. Meanwhile, Superman senses Doomsday and decides to hunt down the monster. Superman gets outfitting with a Mother Box and goes to Apokolips. When he gets there, Doomsday eludes him and Superman battles Cyborg Superman.

Afterwards, Superman teams up with Waverider but before they go and fight Doomsday, Mother Box outfits Superman with a new suit, providing him with a whole array of weapons, including sonic weapons and plasma swords.

Combined with his Kryptonian abilities, the suit’s power would mean destruction for anyone… anyone who isn’t Doomsday that is. Still outmatched, Superman risks everyone is one last gamble and sends Doomsday to the end of time with the help of Mother Box.

2. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ARMOR

In the mini-series Superman Unchained, Superman discovers that a powerful alien named Wraith fell to Earth decades earlier and the U.S. government kept it under wraps, housed it, and made it a fighting force for the country. When General Lane learns that Superman knows of Wraith’s existence, he decides to kill the Man of Steel. Superman fights back, practically destroying all of Lane’s forces, but Wraith intervenes and punches Superman to Colorado.

At one point, Superman comes into possession of something called the Earthstone, takes it to his Fortress of Solitude, and General Lane arrives at his doorstep armed for war with weapons specifically made to kill Kryptonians. The Fortress then builds Superman a war suit to fight with. Extremely durable, more so that Superman himself, it also came with an extendable energy hammer and an energy shield.

1. COSMIC ARMOR

In response to the evil Monitor Mandrakk escaping imprisonment, his wife, Zillo Valla, enlists Superman’s aid. Clark however, is at the hospital bedside of his wife Lois, since she’s in a coma, but Zelo says the Monitors have a cure they will give her if Superman helps her. He agrees. With a bunch of Supermen pulled in from across the Multiverse, Captain Allen Adam, or Captain Atom, fuses Superman and Ultraman together, creating Cosmic Armor Superman.

Powered by the two Kryptonians, Cosmic Armor Superman is fueled by memories, duality, symmetry, and all possibilities and probability.

With Multiversal power at his beck and call, supplying him with every super power, this new Superman and his battle chassis battle Mandrakk, a being more powerful than anyone or anything within the Multiverse, and wins. Though technically more an individual than a garb, with “armor” in the title, Cosmic Armor makes the list!

From: https://www.cbr.com/strongest-weakest-superman-suits/

DC Reveals If Superman Believes in God or Not

In Superman #41, in stores last week, the Man of Steel discussed his belief in God — and just like every other time that has happened, it has become news inside and outside of genre circles, so let’s take a little peek at what is driving the discussion.

Writer James Robinson, filling in for regular Super-scribes Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, brought Superman and his son Jon to witness the end of a dying world, experiencing something not entirely unlike what happened to Superman’s birth world of Krypton.

(Ironically, Superman witnessed the destruction of Krypton firsthand in an unrelated Action Comics story this week.)

Along the way, Jon asked his father whether or not he believed in God.

“Honestly, Jon,” Superman says in the issue, “I’ve seen too much not to believe in ‘something.’ But this is the important part…’something’ isn’t everything.”

The implication, of course, is that it is not belief but behavior that truly matters.

“Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” says 1 John 3:18, in a Bible passage that would back up such an interpretation.

Superman, of course, is friendly with The Spectre, created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel with artist Bernard Baily. The Spectre, it is generally accepted, is the vengeful hand of God…which of course implies that God is a thing that exists.

At the same time, there are pantheons of gods both old (just ask Wonder Woman, whose dad is Zeus) and New (see Mister Miracle about that) wandering through the DC Universe.

As suggested above, this is hardly the first time the question of Superman’s spirituality has been addressed. Superman, who was raised on a farm in Kansas, was likely brought up in an environment where God’s existence is a matter-of-fact thing. The Kents have been shown as regular churchgoers in several of their iterations over the years.

In Action Comics #850, this was made explicit, in a story that discussed Clark’s family history fairly openly. He was raised Methodist, according to that story, and he and Martha both attended church fairly regularly. Jonathan Kent was not a regular churchgoer, but did not appear to have any reservations about God or his son’s church attendance.

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In John Byrne’s The Man of Steel, Jonathan told Clark that he had prayed for him during then-recent struggles.

In his adult life, Clark Kent no longer regularly attends church (although he and Lois were married in one) and does not seem to identify specifically as Methodist, adopting a more broad-spectrum approach to spirituality as seen with the “something isn’t everything” observation.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/03/02/dc-reveals-if-superman-believes-in-god-or-not/

‘Action Comics’ Finally Reveals Whether Mr. Oz is Really Jor-El

In today’s Action Comics #998, Superman finally does what he set out to do at the start of the “Booster Shot” storyline: he witnesses Krypton’s final moments, from the relative safety of Booster Gold’s Time Sphere, and sees his birth mother wiped from the planet’s surface by a raging explosion.

He also sees, to his horror, that his father, Jor-El, was whisked away from the planet at the last possible moment by a flash of blue energy.

That moment — when his father vanished while his mother was swallowed by eternity — is what Superman had gone back in time to “look for,” but hoped fervently he would not find.

It seemingly confirms the story of Mr. Oz, a character who has been lurking around the fringes of Superman’s world since 2014.

Jor-El first appeared as Mr. Oz in an issue of Superman during Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr.’s run. He presented himself as someone who had been watching Superman’s story from the beginning, and who had “taught” Superman at some point. The Man of Steel himself had encountered Mr. Oz a couple of times before the big reveal came, though, and did not seem to recognize him.

In Action Comics #984, Superman’s son Jonathan helped his father battle supervillains by jumping into a Kryptonian warsuit (a giant purple humanoid robot) and tearing after the Superman Revenge Squad. He was assisted by a mysterious voice — apparently Mr. Oz’s — who knew the details of the suit intimately, seemingly implying that he was Kryptonian or had spent a lot of time around Kryptonian technology.

The theory that Jor-El could be Mr. Oz gained traction shortly before the big revelation came, when a solicited lenticular cover to Action Comics #988 appeared to depict Jor-El disappearing in a flash of blue light during Krypton’s explosion.

That blue light, long associated with the teleportation powers of Watchmen‘s Doctor Manhattan, has been appearing at or near the site of various mysteries since Rebirth began. That would line up with Mr. Oz’s claims that he was taken against his will and whisked around to various places, including an interdimensional prison, with no (or at least very limited) control of where he went and when.

That said, Superman’s biological father is no downy innocent; throughout “The Oz Effect,” he manipulated people and events in order to persuade Superman that mankind is unworthy of his protection, declaring that he had sent baby Kal-El to the wrong world, and that humanity would “prove” to him that it does not deserve Superman or his son.

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And now, with a little help from Booster Gold, it appears as though Superman has confirmed that villain was indeed his biological father.

Action Comics #998 is on sale in comic shops and digitally now.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/03/01/action-comics-finally-reveals-whether-mr-oz-is-really-jor-el/

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