This comic was a no-brainer and rumored for some time, but DC has finally announced their new Batman/Superman comic, titled Batman/Superman. (World’s Finest is now Worlds’ Finest with Huntress and Power Girl and moving the apostrophe would probably cause mass confusion, so we back to a more literal title for the book.) The real surprise here is the creative team: Greg Pak and Jae Lee.
Jae Lee has been over at DC for awhile, working on Ozymandius for the Before Watchmen goodwill tour. Greg Pak, on the other hand, has not been at DC. To the best of my knowledge, this would be Pak’s first work for DC and the first “name” Marvel scribe DC has pulled over in a while. Actually, let me qualify that: first Marvel scribe who was a “name” after the 90s were over.
While Pak’s not been in the spotlight lately, his star shown brightly five years back with a very popular run on the Hulk titles, including the “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” storylines. Pak hasn’t been as visible in the last few years, but part of that may well be having caught assignments on lower visibility titles.
This is a good signing for DC and a good pairing of name creators.
While one wonders how much thinner the Batman franchise can stretch, a Superman-Batman team-up book has been a steady staple of DC for decades. Batman’s red hot. Superman’s getting a line overhaul to be headed up by the Scott Snyder/Jim Lee Superman title. This really ought to have some legs.
June’s a big month for DC. They’re launching 6 new titles (replacing 6 titles that could have VERY low sales by the time May rolls around) and relaunching the Green Lantern family of books. Here’s the new title list as it stands:
*(presumably) untitled Lee/Snyder Superman title
* add 3 more.
Usual suspects include a Robin title, Martian Manhunter and Shazam! to fill out those extra slots. And probably one non-cape title, though those haven’t been faring very well for DC.