Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s long awaited Superman: Year One finally arrives in just a few short weeks, but before it arrives in stores, CBR has an exclusive, extended look at the Black Label series' first issue.
As the title suggests, Miller and Romita's story reinvents one of the most famous superhero origin stories of all time. Judging from the preview, the debut issue will spend quite a bit of time on the iconic hero's years growing up in Smallville, a part of his life when Clark Kent was still learning how to balance his special abilities and responsibilities with the desire to fit in and be a teenager.
The first issue of the large-format series will arrive in stores Wednesday, June 19. The following two issues will be released in August and October, with the series' collection hitting stores in November 2019.
SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE is a coming-of-age story for the future Man of Steel, featuring a young alien-boy just trying to find his place in a new world. Faced with the need to hide his heritage and powers in order to survive, Clark will find his humanity through the grounding of the Kent family and the relationships that will define the man he will become. Told by two of the most revered voices in comics, SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE is more than a superhero story – it’s about the choices made by Clark Kent on his path to becoming a legend. It’s a testament to the importance of choosing to become a hero.
The project was originally announced in early 2018 as one of the launch titles for DC's Black Label line, an imprint designed to allow "premier talent the opportunity to expand upon the canon of DC’s iconic superhero comic book characters with unique, standalone stories that are outside of the current DC Universe continuity." Though Superman: Year One was originally promoted as the first Black Label series, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Batman Damned arrived first, in September 2018.
Superman: Year One #1, by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., arrives in comic stores and via digital download on June 19. Check out CBR's full preview below, and check back with us for more on the series in the weeks ahead.