Injustice: Year Zero, a new digital-first series from DC Comics, made its debut today with the release of its first three issues, as was essentially promised last week by a broken press embargo.

The book is being written by Tom Taylor (who has been teasing it for a good while via somewhat-cryptic posts on social media), and it is being illustrated by different artists, with this first trio of stories including the work of Rogê Antônio and Cian Tormey, along with colors by Rain Beredo and letters by Wes Abbott. Cover artwork for these comics is being done by Julian Totino Tedesco.

The story of these comics — which are available individually for $.99 or in a bundle for $2.49 — is a prelude to Injustice, a video game tie-in series also written by Taylor that sees Superman turn into a dark fascist who murders The Joker (who murdered Lois Lane), and ultimately wars with Batman. It’s a whole, very over-the-top, thing. In this new story, Batman and Superman are still very much allies and friends, and they are interacting with their predecessors, the Justice Society of America, in a storyline that involves revelations about superheroics during WWII as well as mind control and once again The Joker.

Chapter four in this story is slated to publish digitally on August 18.

This book fits into an expanding slate of digital-first titles from DC Comics. There have been a number of solid, meat and potatoes digital stories about the companies most popular heroes released this year. In addition, there has been a digital-first Batman: The Adventures Continue series (which expanded the story from Batman: The Animated Series to involve Jason Todd), DCeased: Dead Planet (which fills in gaps in that series), and, most recently, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, which has been a grandiose artist showcase that only uses its three titular colors.

You can find the full press release about Injustice: Year Zero below, along with preview artwork from the comics…enjoy!

DC proudly announces the launch of its newest Digital First series, Injustice: Year Zero! Publishing twice monthly and spanning 14 chapters, the first three chapters are available to read immediately as a bundle for $2.49 when purchased at readDC and comixology.com, or individually for $0.99 on all participating digital platforms!

Injustice: Year Zero returns fans to the world of DC’s bestselling Injustice: Gods Among Us; back to a time before Superman punched the Joker through the heart and became the fascist ruler of Injustice!

Year Zero isn’t as morally grey as what comes after,” said Tom Taylor. “This is Superman and Batman at the peak of their friendship. Lois and Clark as a team. The Justice League united, and the Justice Society as a shining example for all. Of course, by its very nature, there’s going to be tragedy and shocks and deaths, but there will be hope, there will be triumph, there will be love with the loss and heart alongside the hurt.”

Taylor’s prequel story in Injustice: Year Zero, “Fall of the Old Gods,” focuses the action around the Justice League and the discovery of how their predecessors covertly fought within WWII to bring down a tyrant. When the Joker finds a way to control DC’s Super Heroes, he uses his leverage to sabotage the Justice League—and the JSA—from the inside!

Injustice: Year Zero Chapters One through Three, written by Tom Taylor with Rogê Antônio, Cian Tormey, Rain Beredo and Wes Abbott on art, are available for purchase now on participating digital platforms, including readdc.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more. Injustice: Year Zero Chapter Four will publish on Tuesday August 18.

Injustice: Year Zero cover art is by Julian Totino Tedesco.

DC’s comics are available on participating digital platforms seven days a week, including readdc.comComixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, DC UNIVERSE, and more.

Injustice: Year Zero

Injustice: Year Zero

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