If you’ve ever heard the Crash Test Dummies’ “Superman Song,” then you’ve got an inkling of just how lonely a job it is being the Man of Steel. Well Tom King’s new Superman story from the upcoming thousandth issue of Action Comics makes that even more depressingly apparent.
Well before you can buy the much ballyhooed Action Comics #1000 on Apr. 19, DC is previewing King’s five-page Superman story, "Of Tomorrow," which you can read in its entirety here. Fair warning though, if you were looking forward to some red-trunked escapism, look away now, because this is not for you Pollyanna types. So take your “the sun will come out tomorrow” attitude elsewhere, because the sun that’s coming out in "Of Tomorrow" is going to burn us all to hell.
Actually, we’ve all been dead for some 4 billion years at this point in the story, after the sun’s mass has dropped, and the solar tides just keep pulling the Earth further into its devastating orbit. So yeah, not for the faint of heart.
The story — from the creative team of Eisner-winning writer King, artist Clay Mann, colourist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer John Workman — represents just five of the 80-special edition pages of Action Comics #1000, which celebrates not just the landmark thousandth issue, but also the debut of Supes in AC #1, 80 years ago.
Action Comics #1000 is also significant because it’s the first DC issue to feature the work of Brian Michael Bendis, after he spent so many years writing gold for Marvel. Plus, it features tons more talent as well, including Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Geoff Johns, and many more. And there’s also going to be hardcover tie-in book: Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman featuring an unpublished story from Superman’s creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.
So yeah, there are a lot of things to be optimistic about Action Comics #1000. But while it may be a great read about the timeless connection between science, religion, and myth, "Of Tomorrow" is not one of them.