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Superman Continuity Gets a Rebirth Overhaul in 2017 Crossover

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Superman Continuity Gets a Rebirth Overhaul in 2017 Crossover

Though the reinvented Man of Steel introduced in 2011’s New 52 reboot looked like the character readers have enjoyed for over seven decades, that incarnation of Superman never quite clicked the way past iterations had, leaving even many of the most die-hard fans hoping for a return to the previous version.

And that’s exactly what they got; just as the new Clark was sacrificing himself to save the world, the pre-Flashpoint version of the character arrived on the scene, with his wife, Lois Lane. Readers responded strongly and positively to this Superman’s return, rewarding the “Superman” and “Action Comics” titles with the best sales they’ve seen since the early months of the New 52. Fans even embraced Jonathan, the new Superboy, who happens to be Lois and Clark’s son, and will soon co-headline his own series with Damian Wayne, aka Robin, aka Batman’s son.

Well, DC Comics is teasing a change to all of that in March 2017; “Superman Reborn” will see the origins of the current Superman family, as well as his predecessor, explored in a way that reveals neither is “what you believe you are.” The long-gestating sub-plot featuring Mr. Oz, whom many believe to be the Watchmen’s Ozymandias, will come to a full boil in Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s “Superman” #18, when one of his prisoners (perhaps Tim Drake?) escapes, resulting in the revelation of a “shocking truth” that will rock Clark, Lois and Jon’s world. The crossover then hits Dan Jurgens and Doug Mahnke’s “Action Comics” #975 before boy king back to “Superman” #19 and then concluding in “Action” #976.

Now, while it’s a bit unlikely fans really have to worry about Jonathan/Superboy’s fate, since his and Robin’s “Super Sons” series will have just launched three months earlier, the solicitation text does promise a “tragic moment” in the crossover’s first chapter, while the final installment, in “Action Comics” #976, is described as leaving Superman’s world “drastically changed.”

Check out the covers for the crossover, as well as the full solicitation information for all four issues, below.

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Superman #18

SUPERMAN #18

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON
  • Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
  • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
  • “SUPERMAN REBORN” part one! In DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the enigmatic Mr. Oz told this Superman, “You and your family are not what you believe you are. And neither was the fallen Superman.” Now, in the first Rebirth crossover between SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, the shocking truth behind Oz’s words is revealed. It begins with one of Oz’s prisoners escaping, and ends in a tragic moment for Lois and Superman.
  • * The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
  • On sale MARCH 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

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Action Comics #975

ACTION COMICS #975

  • Written by DAN JURGENS
  • Backup story written by PAUL DINI
  • Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
  • Backup story art by IAN CHURCHILL
  • Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
  • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
  • “SUPERMAN REBORN” part two! Celebrating our 975th issue with a supersize special as another layer of the Superman/Clark Kent mystery is exposed! And in a backup story written by Paul Dini with art by Ian Churchill, learn what it all means for the Son of Superman, who is the prize in a deadly game!
  • * The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
  • #975 on sale MARCH 8 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 • RATED T

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Superman #19

SUPERMAN #19

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON
  • Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
  • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
  • “SUPERMAN REBORN” part three! In the penultimate chapter of this tale the life of Superman’s son hangs in the balance—and the Man of Steel faces the truth about his life!
  • * The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
  • On sale MARCH 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

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Action Comics #976

ACTION COMICS #976

  • Written by DAN JURGENS
  • Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
  • Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
  • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
  • “SUPERMAN REBORN” finale! As this epic tale wraps up, Superman’s life is drastically changed…and that’s all we are saying for now—except that you won’t want to miss it!
  • * The covers by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and the variant covers by Gary Frank for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976 will connect to form a single vertical image.
  • On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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