DC has announced that they will be reviving the Superman/Batman series and the two creators behind the book will be none other than Marvel stalwarts Greg Pak and Jae Lee.
The original Superman/Batman team-up book was created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness back in 2003, and the series continued until the birth of the New 52 in 2011. That run produced many excellent stories, two of which DC has adapted into their own stand-alone DVD releases with Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The DVD adaptations are excellently done, and I’d recommend them to new fans and old alike.
Greg Pak has been a longtime writer for Marvel, including a high-profile run on Incredible Hulk which eventually brought us the events Planet Hulk and World War Hulk. Jae Lee has also been a Marvel artist, contributing to the Eisner-nominated series Inhumans, and the comic book adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. This will be the first time that the two have directly collaborated. While Lee has worked for DC recently with the Before Watchmen: Ozymandias book, Pak is a relative newcomer. He said that being offered the chance to write the two biggest superheroes in the industry was the offer he couldn’t refuse.
Unlike Loeb and McGuinness’ run, this version of Superman/Batman will actually chronicle the first encounters between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. Pak said that he was particularly interested to seeing how the two would react seeing each other in action, without having ever heard of them.
Everything about this sounds great to me. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read that Pak has written, and Lee’s illustrations will give the stories the sense of power and gravitas that they deserve. I have no doubt that this will end up being an excellent book in the New 52.
Source: USA Today