Every comic book fan knows the story of The Death of Superman. But as tragic as it may have been to see the Man of Steel beaten to death by Doomsday… the story is going to even darker.
Don't worry, Superman fans: Clark Kent isn't going to be made to relive that chapter of his life. Instead, the iconic death is being re-imagined as a prestige one-shot comic showing how things could've gone differently in another version of the tale, and if Lois Lane got the chance to exact some revenge. The answer appears to be a bloody and brutal one, now that Tales From The Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 has been revealed by DC Comics.
The premise of the new Death of Superman story may be a lot to process, but it's just one of several books planned to "put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events" in the history of the DC Universe. As the most culturally significant comic book death of all time, The Death of Superman is a no-brainer to help kick off these Tales From The Dark Multiverse. The new and horrifying endeavor begins in October, but fans can feast their eyes on the cover art for The Death of Superman #1, depicting Lois Lane's bloody ascension from the Man of Steel's love… to the avenging Eradicator.
In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins. With Lee Weeks producing the cover seen above, the story itself is told by Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC's Mysteries of Love in Space), Brad Walker (Detective Comics) and Andrew Hennessy (Sinestro, Titans). For those fans who may have missed these iconic moments in DC's history, a one-dollar reprint of the original, less-twisted comic issues being re-imagined will also be re-released alongside the Dark Multiverse 48-page one-shots.
The collection continues to build off of the concept introduced by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal, in which the Justice League heroes discovered the Dark Multiverse--an endless sea of worlds too dark to survive, rising and falling unseen while brighter worlds rose to fill out DC's expansive Multiverse. It was Batman at the heart of those realities, including the version that became Doomsday Batman a.k.a. The Devastator. So it's a welcome change to see how Lois might have altered the course of history, instead. She's not alone in that regard either, as Tales of the Dark Multiverse will also be putting a darker spin on stories and events like Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night, The Judas Contract, and more.
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 arrives at comic book shops on October 30th, along with a one-dollar reprint of Superman #75.