The Supermen are coming to comic book shops near you. Superman: The Coming of the Supemen hardcover collection by Neal Adams is being released this month.
Update: The book is out and you can find my full review here
The book will feature many concepts and characters from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. The collected edition graphic novel is set to be released November 16, 2016. The official solicitation, from DC Comics:
From legendary writer/artist Neal Adams comes a threat so epic it will take more than one Man of Steel to handle it in this new 6-issue miniseries! Superman is facing his worst enemies as terror is taking hold of Apokolips. There’s also another planet that has been deemed the New Krypton which is facing some of this evil.
Obviously, the Fourth World has a strong influence on this comic. Darkseid and other New Gods play a prominent role. Superman even spends significant time on Apokolips and runs into many of the interesting characters there.
The 6 issue mini-series by Adams was released as individual comics earlier this year. Adams may be 75 years old, but he is still one of the most respected names in comics. He had some flattering things to say about Jack Kirby’s New Gods, as he hoped to stay true to the King’s original vision:
And when I do Jack Kirby’s New Gods, I’m not changing them. I’m making them the New Gods. I don’t feel that Jack Kirby got a chance to explore these characters anywhere near enough. Once you see them, you realize the characters have so much to offer as characters that it’s a shame they were cut short.
Even on Smallville, right at the end, Granny Goodness was introduced. Granny Goodness from Apokolips. And those of us who know Kirby stuff were like, “oh my God! We’re going to get all the New Gods!” And then the show ended. “Oh no, really?”
You can tell Adams is a fan of Kirby’s work from these comments.Anytime a comic book creator is looking to honor Kirby’s Fourth World, I’m definitely in. I’m still interested to see what Adams can do with these characters, even if he is on the back-end of his career.
Besides, there just aren’t very many series that focus heavily on the New Gods these days. Adding another hardcover to the limited Fourth World library is always worth it.