While many Fourth World fans are hoping for more reprints of some of the classic titles, digital comics aren’t a bad consolation prize.
One of the series that has recently popped up for sale on Kindle and Comixology is Walter Simonson’s fantastic Orion run. This continues the trend of New Gods comics showing up in the digital format. Jack Kirby’s Forever People and New Gods are also available digitally.
Orion is often referenced as the best non-Jack Kirby series that centers around Orion and the New Gods. It ran for 25 issues from 2000-2002. It includes many aspects of the larger Fourth World, but it does center around Orion and his struggle with Darkseid.
As of the time of this writing, issues #1-17 are available on digital services. It appears new back issues are being added weekly, so hopefully all 25 will be listed soon.
If you are interested on this Orion run, I highly recommend looking into this beautiful omnibus. This omnibus collects all 25 issues of Simonson’s Orion run, including the backup Tales of the New Gods stories that were included in those comics. There are plenty of other bonus features in the collection as well.
Previously, only the first 5 issues were collected in Orion: The Gates of Apokolips trade paperback. Soon, the entire run should be available digitally and in the omnibus format.
Hopefully this means more Fourth World work is on the way. Kirby’s work on Mister Miracle and John Byrne’s run of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World are in need of the digital treatment. Simonson’s Orion is something of a continuation of Byrne’s Fourth World series. In fact, Byrne and Simonson did some collaboration on the two series.
While much of the post-Kirby New Gods stories are a mixed bag, this run might just be the best. It is worthy of being listed next to the King’s work. It is a must-have for Fourth World fans in either digital or physical format.