Mark Waid is back at DC Comics after a decade-and-a-half absence to write the character he has always wanted to, Superman, while also revisiting the Dark Knight.
Yes, Batman is part of the adventures as well in Waid’s relaunch of a noted DC brand that commonly brought the Man of Steel and his Justice League compatriot together – World’s Finest.
They join forces yet again, starting in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1 by Waid, artist Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain, with the added help of the Doom Patrol to deal with the fallout from a chemical attack by Metallo.
DC offers this summary on their official site: “The Dark Knight. The Man of Steel. They are the two finest superheroes that the world has ever known…and they’re together again in an epic new series from the legendary talents of Mark Waid and Dan Mora!”
It continues: “In the not-too-distant past, Superman’s powers are super-charged from a devastating chemical attack by the villain Metallo…and the only ally that the ultra-powerful Man of Tomorrow can turn to in this turbulent hour is Gotham’s own dark vengeance: the Batman. A nearly fatal burst of power drives Bruce Wayne to his own extreme measures to help his friend…enlisting none other than the Doom Patrol for aid.”
Concludes the summary, “It’s the world’s greatest superheroes from the world’s greatest comic book talent in an epic comic book experience that kicks off the next big events in the DCU. Get ready, it’s time to soar.”
DC hyped up the book and Waid’s return in a glowing retrospective of his career that started in the 80s around the time Crisis on Infinite Earths unfolded.
Highlights of his tenure that ended in 2008 include Kingdom Come, Gotham by Gaslight, time spent writing Wally West’s ascension to the mantle of The Flash, and a period as the guiding hand of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Other than in Kingdom Come, Waid got to pen a 12-issue Superman story when he retold Clark Kent’s origin in 2003’s Birthright. Beyond that, he’s never steered the ship of a canonical ongoing series.
Speculation about Waid’s return has been buzzing since late 2020 when it was reported his foot was in the door at DC Comics again as a contributor – at least nominally – to Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last Stories Of The DC Universe #1.
Taking an extra year and a half, he is back officially at an interesting time. The company is in decline and anyone Waid would have an issue with, such as Bob Harras and Dan DiDio, has been purged from the ranks.
Do you have any faith Mark Waid’s new run at DC will be fruitful? Does the World’s Finest redo look like anything you’ll pick up? You can sound off in the usual place.