In perhaps the biggest news of the DC Comics re-launch, a brand new look for Superman has been revealed. When DC Comics promised to unveil 52 new number one issues, the biggest controversy was over whether this meant even Action Comics would be starting over. As suspected, it is now official that after seventy-three years, there will be a new Action Comics #1. There will also be a brand new costume for the Man of Steel.
DC Comics has officially announced four new #1 issues involving the Superman family of titles. The longest-running monthly comic book of all time will restart in September 2011 with Action Comics #1. The new Action Comics will be written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Rags Morales. According to DC Comics, Action Comics #1 will present a Superman who is defending a world that doesn’t trust their first superhero. The cover image of Action Comics #1 shows Superman in a t-shirt with the familiar “S” emblem, a red cape, jeans, and boots.
However, the Action Comics look of Superman is likely a temporary costume showing the hero first emerging to the world. The ongoing new look of Superman is more evident on the cover of the also announced Superman #1: The Man of Tomorrow, Today. Superman #1 shows a Superman costume with a modernized look. Among other changes, Superman’s new costume is missing the familiar red trunks and has hi-tech looking boots. Superman #1: The Man of Tomorrow, Today will introduce the new status quo of the Man of Steel as written by George Perez and illustrated by Jesus Merino.
In addition to the two newly re-numbered Superman titles, DC Comics also officially announced Supergirl #1 and Superboy #1. Supergirl #1 will be written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson with artwork by Mahmud Asrar. DC Comics describes Supergirl as having “the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth.”
Superboy #1 will be written by Scott Lobdell with artwork by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean. In describing the new Superboy, DC Comics wrote, “They thought he was just a failed experiment, grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon.”