BATMAN/ SUPERMAN Returns: DC Revives Ongoing for the NEW 52
by Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Site Editor
Date: 21 February 2013 Time: 01:06 PM ET
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 environments." 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.
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