After a nearly seven-year absence, Superman's signature red trunks will make their triumphant return April 18 in DC Comics' Action Comics #1000.
The Man of Steel dons the shorts once more on the cover for the landmark issue, illustrated by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair. The publisher notes the superhero wears "a new costume that integrates a variety of classic and new elements" -- most notably, those long-missing trunks.
It was Lee, DC Entertainment's co-publisher, who designed Superman's costume for the 2011 New 52 relaunch that dropped the signature trunks and added a metallic sheen. For DC's 2016 Rebirth initiative, the Last Son of Krypton also briefly lost his red boots; however, those returned in April 2017. It probably goes without saying that the New 52 redesign was divisive, so many fans will undoubtedly welcome news of the return of the red trunks.
Along with the trunks, the new costume brings with it the yellow belt, also last seen in 2011. The design also integrates the blue metallic cuffs from the original Rebirth design.
Going on sale April 18, Action Comics #1000 marks the DC Comics debut of writer Brian Michael Bendis. He's joined in the special issue by a creative lineup that include Superman director Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Jim Lee, Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, José Luis García-López, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder and Tim Sale.