Tuesday, August 3, 2010

DC Comics "Elseworlds" Tales Return This Week

For nearly two decades, DC Comics published a series of comics called “Elseworlds.”  They were out-of-continuity takes on many of their most popular characters, and they were a ton of fun.  Mike Mignola's illustrated Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is considered the first Elseworlds comic.

Sure to be fair there were plenty of stinkers in the crowd, but some of DC’s most critically acclaimed and beloved material — JLA: The Nail, Superman: Red Son, Kingdom Come – are all Elseworlds books.

Yet in recent years, Dan Didio has pretty much killed all efforts tell Elseworlds tales.  Luckily, DC Comics promoted both Jim Lee and Geoff Johns to senior management positions, because we now have a new Elseworlds tale coming out this week with Superman: The Last Family of Krypton #1.


Returning to a character he's long been associated with, legendary writer Cary Bates explores a different side to Superman's legend in an Elseworlds tale that hinges on the fact that while baby Kal-el has rocketed to the distant planet Earth from his doomed homeworld of Krypton, he was not alone. How does a world handle the emergence of the Last Family of Krypton as Jor-El, Lara and Kal-El make Earth their adopted home?


  1. I've heard complaints about how Geoff Johns has been working to bring back his childhood into current comics. This right here is another example of why Geoff Johns recreating his childhood is awesome.

  2. Elseworlds was largely a Batman phenomenon for many years, so I'm glad to see some Superman in the mix. :)

  3. Just finished reading it, and I loved it. Bravo.

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