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All-Stars Frank Miller And John Romita Jr. Collaborate For ‘Superman: Year One’

Published on April 10, 2019

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A few years ago, Frank Miller announced that he had partnered with DC Comics to produce another miniseries. But this time, instead of being about Batman, whose popularity led to Frank Miller becoming one the rockstar writer/artists of the 1980s, it would be about Superman. This June, it was finally be released and will have a familiar artist collaborating with Frank Miller.

John Romita Jr. And Frank Miller Are Creative Geniuses

John Romita Jr., the son of John Romita Sr. one of the most famous comic book artists of the ’60s and ’70s, followed in his father’s footsteps. He has wowed readers with his hyper-detailed art for decades now and his most famous work has been with Frank Miller. Back in the ’90s, Frank Miller was asked to retell Daredevil’s origin in a modern way, and the only artist he wanted to work with was John Romita Jr.

Their work together produced the Daredevil: The Man Without Fear miniseries, which is considered the definitive origin of Matt Murdock. If you are unfamiliar with the comic, you should check it out. It served as the basis for the spectacular Netflix Daredevil‘s first season and is responsible for making the black suit iconic.

Frank Miller’s Reputation With Superman

Frank Miller is known for many things, but first and foremost is The Dark Knight Returns. In this dystopic future of the DC universe, Superman is but a pawn for the US government to use in whatever way they see fit. The comic famous ends with a climactic battle between the one time friends as Superman was ordered by the president to stop Batman.

Many fear that Frank Miller’s inherently dark storytelling style will bleed over into the most optimistic character ever created. Frank Miller has gone on record to state that in all his other stories, we have been seeing Superman from the eyes of the cynical Batman. Superman: Year One is going to be the reverse, which means see a very different storytelling style from Frank Miller.

What To Expect From This Comic?

What we do know about Superman: Year One is that it’s going to be three issues long and released in a prestige format. This means a larger page count, so more story in each issue for every month. It’s going to be released via DC’s recent imprint, Black Label, which is designed to give top creators the freedom to do whatever they want with these characters without it interfering with continuity.

Black Label may sound familiar, as it’s also a place for DC to put out it’s more R-rated content. This led to the entire debacle over a naked Bruce Wayne in Batman: Damned. The synopsis that DC has released for the series implies that it’s going to be another Superman origin, which is a sandbox many creators love to play in. Let’s hope that Frank Miller manages to pull this off with style and go down in history as a great Superman writer.

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