The three-part story will feature subsequent issues in August and October, with the full collection arriving in bookstores this November. The comic, billed as the creators’ “definitive origin story for the Man of Steel” is the third original work to be published through Black Label, following Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo and Batman: Last Knight on Earth from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Damned is slated to conclude in May following delays (presumably related to censorship issues after the first part of that series showed Batman’s penis) the week before Last Knight launches.
Superman: Year One #1 will hit on June 19. According to press from DC, it will tell a “coming-of-age story” featuring a Clark Kent who’s still young and searching. The thematic core is Superman choosing to be a hero. This sort of story about Superman is quite possibly the most common take on the character. When the book was first announced, it was said that this one and the rest of the label would be outside of continuity.
What’s perhaps most notable here is that Miller’s Batman: Year One (originally a four-issue arc appearing in Batman in 1987 drawn by David Mazzucchelli with colors by Richmond Lewis and letters by Todd Klein) has become the definitive story of the early days of that character. More than 30 years later, Miller will give a similar treatment to another of the publisher’s iconic heroes. This book also marks Miller’s first substantial work for the publisher since he returned to the world of his influential The Dark Knight a few years back for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, which concluded in 2017 and was comprised of nine issues and supplementary one-shot.
Damned, Last Knight, and Superman: Year One were all initially announced during the rollout of the imprint right around this time last year, although back then the plan was for Superman: Year One was for it to come out in August 2018. Still forthcoming and so far without release dates are Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Aquaman, Bitch Planet) and Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis) as well as another Wonder Woman title from writer Greg Rucka, which is as of yet without an artist. Seemingly delayed indefinitely is The Other History of the DC Universe from screenwriter John Ridley. That book was initially announced without an artist before being solicited as prose/comics format and then removed from the release schedule entirely.
The cover for the first issue is above with the covers for the other two as well as the collected edition below: