Batman by Jae Lee
DC Comics is reviving the Batman/Superman ongoing team-up series concept later this year,, but with a twist. The publisher has broken the news via USA Today that this summer a World's Finest-esque Batman/Superman ongoing series by writer Greg Pak and artist Jae Lee will launch, chronicling the "definitive story" of how the pop culture icons and trusted Justice League partners first met in the New 52 DC Universe.
Debuting in June 2013, Batman/Superman is a thrill for Pak, who said of writing the characters, "wow, Superman and Batman? That kind of lifts your hat and spins it around in the air a bit." The writer is excited "to depict some really key moments for them."
The story of the characters in the past is one Pak is especially enthusiastic for, saying there's actually a lot of flexibility in telling their first meeting.
"What would your reaction be if you saw a guy running around in a bat
costume in the dead of night attacking people for the first time? And
what would your reaction be if you met an alien who could crush steel in
his bare hands for the first time?" the writer told USAToday. "These guys are
going to have very different immediate impressions of each other than
we're used to seeing with these characters.
As for villains, Pak won't budge on that just yet, but promises it's a threat that specifically brings them together, and that comic book fans will be "very pleasantly excited when they find out about it."
As for Jae Lee's art (colored by his wife), Pak promises the contrast between the characters will stand out in the art, and praised Lee's depth of style.
"The idea of Jae Lee drawing Batman is sort of a no-brainer. That makes
total sense," Pak said. "(But) he's doing some cool new stuff and when you put these
two characters together, they've got different palettes and
The series will have "ramifications" for the present-day heroes, he teased, saying, "We're going to start in the past but it'll reverberate through. It'll be big and crazy and tons of fun."
This marks a major shift for Greg Pak, who has written primarily in the
Marvel Universe for the last several years. His most recent series for
the publisher, X-Treme X-Men, was announced as ending in April 2013, at the conclusion of the "X-Termination" crossover.
The series title is an interesting tweak, with the naming convention switched from "Superman/Batman" (the title of the 2000's ongoing series created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness) to Batman/Superman, perhaps indicating the greater marketing draw Batman has become in the New 52... or maybe they just went alphabetical.