DC's latest addition to their 'What's New in the New 52 ' feature - Psycho Pirate - of course has a very infamous place in DC Universe history, as the only character that remembered the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths universe after the events of Crisis.
Now a version of that character is returning/debuting in the New 52 in the pages of next month's Superman and Superboy.
"Psycho Pirate will be coming after both the Man and the Boy of Steel, "writes DC E-i-C Bob Harras. "But how is it that he’ll be fighting Superman in Metropolis and Superboy in Queens at the exact same time? As it turns out, Psycho Pirate is able to project himself into multiple locations – so who’s battling the real one?
"Either way, Superman and Superboy better look out, because being in two places at once is not all that Psycho Pirate is capable of. By using his Medusa Mask, Psycho Pirate is able to make his enemies relive their most painful memories. When the snakes from the mask coil out and bite someone, they enter into layers of hidden emotions and force them to the surface. So is that why the people of Metropolis have all gone crazy? Hmm ….
"Plus, if the H.I.V.E. Queen was seeking order and Hector Hammond was looking to take over for himself, what will Psycho Pirate’s anarchistic tendencies mean for Psi War?"
Does the character return signal a coming role in a multiverse-like New 52 scenario? Perhaps in Grant Morrison's Multiversity? Time will tell, but until then check out these Brett Booth designs.